We booked for one night on the strength of a recommendation from a friend. We arrived quite late and there was nobody at reception which other people seem to have complained about but as this is just a small boutique hotel with a semi-open plan hallway it wasn't too difficult to stick our heads around the door to the bar to find a really friendly, polite and helpful lady who booked us in and showed us to our room.
The hotel has clearly been recently renovated and has a nice clean modern look to it without being too flashy or detracting from the country hotel feel too much. I couldn't help feeling that the breakfast area would have made a nice cosy lounge / function room but aside from that there are comfy sofas aplenty in the communal areas and the restaurant has a nice warm and welcoming feel.
We'd booked the biggest room which is on the top floor and is a pleasant attic room with a ridiculously comfy oval bed, a massive TV, lush carpet and with a slate-tiled wet area with sink and an enormous bath - perfect for a romantic getaway. This room is has velux windows which means you can't enjoy the spectacular cliff views but it is the bridal suite so I suppose window-gazing isn't top of most guests' agenda!
We ate in the restaurant and the food was superb. We had the salmon which was nice and the lamb shank which was huge and perfectly cooked, as were the veggies. The quality and quantity of the food was excellent and great value, and we would definitely eat here again if we were passing and not stopping. All the staff were excellent, attentive and really friendly and even sorted the lamb bones for us to take for the dogs that we cheekily asked for.
We didn't stay long in the bar but the room service was also faultless and, unlike in many hotels, not the rip-off you expect and we got a cracking breakfast bang on time the next morning to send us on our way happy and content. We'll definitely come back, even if it is only to eat as we are passing, but if we are stopping in the area again it will be here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Hotel located between Matlock and Matlock Bath - Under new Management since October 2014 - New restaurant Opened February 2015 'Artist's Corner Restaurant' ... more less
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