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“Excellent Value & Accomodation. Solo travelers may feel isolated.”

The Barn at Ashe Hall
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The Barn at Ashe Hall
Ranked #2 of 2 Etwall B&B and Inns
Novi, Michigan
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“Excellent Value & Accomodation. Solo travelers may feel isolated.”
Reviewed September 29, 2009

Pros: Relatively easy to find and off a main road. Very clean rooms, nicely appointed and quiet. Nothing fancy or spacious, but the bed was soft and welcoming. Breakfast was very good. Vegetarian, but that's ok with me. Good parking. The staff was nice, friendly and very well organized. Don't let the Buddhist part dissuade you from staying there. It is a non-issue and never came up.

Cons: The rooms are in converted stables, away from the main house. My friend and I prefer to have separate rooms when we travel and to give us both a single room, we ended up in separate stable buildings. It appeared that we were the only guests that night, so we think we each had a building to ourselves. That was a bit disconcerting as had there been an emergency, there are no phones in the rooms and no one would hear any screaming, etc. as the wall are made of brick.

I would not return to this location as a solo traveler because I did not like the isolation. However, I would return if I was with my family or large group of people.

  • Stayed September 2009
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

Stayed three nights in a twin bedded room with wc, Shower down the corridor.

The b&b is run by a Buddist community (they don't try to convert their guests). The only differences to the more usual b&b is no bacon in the cooked breakfast (but the vegetarian sausages are very good - much better than the usual), the occasional person in saffron robes, no TV or radio (so bring a good book), and a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Its quiet (unless the other guests make a noise). I think the fact that it is run by buddists puts some people off - we were able to book the entire August bank holiday weekend the night before we arrived. All I can say is, its their loss. We had a great weekend.

The room was clean (small but enough space). The grounds are interesting, very prominent medieval strip lynchets on the lawn, Productive orchard. The house is a large Edwardian mansion with extensions put on when it served as a hospital in both WWI and WWII.

Locally there are good National Trust properties to visit (we did Kedleston Hall and Calke Abbey, both needed a full day).

One of the pubs in the village has stopped doing food, we never found the second one as the Blenheim House restaurant was both very good quality and affordable.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2008

Stayed here for one night for work and it is was cosy, warm and very clean and a welcome change to travel lodges and impersonal B&Bs.

Set in the grounds of a large house used as a retreat, the rooms are individually accessed off a courtyard in converted barns. They are compact, but have everything you need, including fluffy towels, alrm clock, tea/coffee and hairdryer. They have been 'Ikea-ered', so are fresh and clean and though you may initially panic that there is no TV, the peace and quiet is welcome.

The village is a 3 minute drive away, with late night store, pub, restuarnt and takeaway and a couple of local pubs serve decent food in the evenings. In the morning, you can get a slap up breakfast in the welcoming kitchen that caters for all tastes.

You are encouraged to wander the grounds and enjoy the views and bird song and behind the rooms is a pond with a seating area.

The retreat staff were very welcoming and for £40 ensuite for the night, I will definitely stay there again.

  • Liked — cosy rooms and cleanliness
  • Disliked — Could do with a light above front door/reception area
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
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Property: The Barn at Ashe Hall
Address: Ashe Hall Ash Lane, Etwall DE65 6HT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Etwall
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Etwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Barn B&B provides the first English Tourism council accredited accommodation in the UK dedicated to World Peace. Set in 38 acres of grounds the Barn is an ideal place to rest and relax. All rooms are 3 star rated with broadband Wi-Fi access. ... more   less 
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The Barn At Ashe Hall Etwall, Derbyshire

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