“ Location: Stanshope near Ashbourne, Derbys DE6 2AD / Tel: 44(0)1335 310278 „
Stanshope Hall is a bed and breakfast nestled in the Peak District. Its nearest proper town is Ashbourne but this is a car journey away and its nearest village is Ilam which is within walking distance but has no real facilities so this place is for people looking for a county break to get away from it all. It is perfectly place for a walking holiday in the Peak District. I stayed in Stanshope Hall in May 2009. A twin room for 2 nights cost £180 which comes in at £45 per person per night and this included breakfast Upon arrival to the place I was struck by how beautiful it was. It is a gorgeous old farm house and the setting of the Peak District is truly stunning. We were given a warm welcome, a quick run down of info we needed to know and were shown to our room. The room itself was lovely. It was a good size with twin beds, wardrobe a desk, bedside cabinet and a television with all the freeview channels on. The room was equipped with a kettle with coffee and tea, a telephone an iron and ironing board, towels, flannels and soaps and everything you might expect. The room also had a large en-suite bathroom with a toilet and bath but no shower. There is also a communal living room there which looked lovely, but, as I was staying there because I was attending a wedding at which I was bridesmaid I was busy all day so didn't make use of it. The owners have a very friendly 3-legged cat which is a plus point for me but might not be for everyone. The cat doesn't go upstairs into the bedrooms so allergy sufferers need not worry about sleeping in cat fur. For breakfast there was a good choice which included cereals, croissants and jams and a selection of hot dishes like kippers, a traditional English breakfast with Derbyshire oatcakes and poached eggs. I went for the tradiational breakfast and it was absolutely delicious. Everything was locally sourced and very fresh. The one thing that really let this place down was the fact that there didn't seem to be much hot water and the bathroom didn't have a shower. This mean that the option for washing were limited to a sink wash or a luke warm bath which soon went cold. I ended up boiling a kettle and pouring it in which isn't really what you expect! It was a shame because everything else was so lovely and hot water is a pretty basic! A shower would have been nice too. All in all I would consider staying here again but I do feel that the hot water issue is not acceptable, particularly when people are paying £90 a night for a room!