Picture this. You, your loved one, a country retreat and a warm meal. Outside it is a cold winter evening. Maybe it
is snowing. But you are inside where it is warm and cosy, the smell of good food wafting through the air. With your every need catered for and your other half by your side, this could easily be a scene
from a fairy tale or a day dream on a slow afternoon in the office. But dear reader, this is not an unattainable fantasy for such an experience is available and within your grasp. For a mere £66, you
and your nearest and dearest could be enjoying a romantic night away in the rolling Derbyshire countryside. Spending a night in the historic Old Hall Hotel in Buxton, not only will you spend the
evening in luxury, but you will enjoy a two course meal as well as breakfast. If that was not enough, you will also be treated to a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. And yes, all this for £66.
But where will you be staying? They say that 'location, location, location' is everything and if such an offer was extended from a seedy downtown motel, then perhaps it would not be quite so attractive. This, however, is not the case. The Old Hall Hotel is certainly bathed in history. Scholars claim that a shelter stood on this site as far back as pre-Roman times, the hot spring beneath the hotel attracting travellers due to its spiritual properties. They also came, of course, to benefit from a warm bath.
The current building dates from 1573, when Bess of Hardwick and her third husband, George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, built a four storied tower on the site. It subsequently became an important stopover for gentry and nobility during the Elizabethan period with guests including Mary Queen of Scots, who it is claimed etched the couplet, 'Buxton, whose warm waters have made thy name famous, perchance I shall visit thee no more – Farewell' on a window pane. Later, in 1727, author of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, described Old Hall as ‘indeed, a very special place with its own special feeling'.
Today, Old Hall is a grand, ivy covered, sandstone building that stands imperiously in the centre of the village of Buxton, enjoying its old age as a hotel and restaurant.
What people are saying...
There's nothing stale or dusty about these reviews for Old Hall Hotel.
Everything was superb for our entire stay. The staff were friendly and helpful and the breakfast this morning was lovely. Our room was spacious, clean and well equipped. The hotel is an historic old building so allthe rooms are different and have their own character.
The food was exceptionally well presented and cooked, the rooms well furnished, warm and clean. Overall a really excellent weekend and one we all will remember thanks to the charm of this lovely old hotel and the friendliness and professionalism of the staff. I will definitely return and absolutely recommend to anyone visiting Buxton.