Our stay at Holden House was booked for us by Three Rivers Angling Adventures. The purpose of our stay was so that my husband, a keen angler, could fullfil his long held ambition of catching Barbel. I organised the trip way back in December 2011 as a Christmas present. (Please see my review of the angling experience once TA have checked out the authenticity of my review and Three Rivers are not yet listed on the site).
Built in the mid 1700's Holden House is a listed building with many original features. Landlady Angela Sheard is extremely proud of her business and many of her residents are returning customers. The full English breakfast, plentiful supply of cereals, toast and preserves would set up any angler for his day of fishing on the Trent, Derwent or Dove. Our room was "snug" housing both a double and single bed, double wardrobe, bedside three drawer chest, rustic chair and small table housing the tea and coffee making facilities, with a small flat screen tv on the wall above. En Suite facilities were a walk in shower, saniflow toilet and wash hand basin. Despite the lack of space the room was perfectly adequate for our needs. There was a plentiful supply of good quality towels, bed linen was clean and fresh and the decor plain but fresh and clean. Despite a little bit of flaking pain on the ceiling in the en suite (to be expected in a a house of this age) everything was clean and polished to a high standard. Shower water pressure was a bit low
We were fortunate that after so many weeks of torrential rain and flooding in the area we arrived in bright, hot sunshine and the jewel in Holden's Crown is its position on the banks of the River Trent. After a long walk along the canal banks and dinner in one of the many local pubs/restaurants it was a real treat to sit on the comfy swing chair in the balmy warmth of a perfect summer's evening observing the wildlife on the river. Only days before the water level had risen 8 inches above the bank, flooding the very area where we were enjoying the peaceful and relaxing evening.
Holden House is ideally situated for anglers, walkers and cyclists wanting to fish or explore the area. The Canal Side walks are a fascinating look at a relaxed and quieter pace of life. There are plenty of interesting places to explore but as we were only there for two days - primarlily to catch what is, apparantly, a prince among fish - our exploration of the area was minimal.
Angela is a friendly and laid back landlady, happy to chat or leave you in peace if you need. Struggling to recover from a complicated leg fracture she still manages to cook a great breakfast - fried eggs served exactly as you like them - everything fresh, hot and cooked to order.
Holden House doesn't deliver five star luxury - but what it does deliver is a clean, comfy, relaxed, friendly, ideal resting place that we would happily return to.
- Also Known As:
- Holden House B & B Shardlow, Derbyshire, UK
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holden House is situated on the banks of the River Trent. We are a Georgian House that is Grade II listed. We're a friendly family run B & B offering Quality Accommodation for Guest visiting the area either for Business or for Pleasure. We aim to give a High Quality service to enable our Guests to have an enjoyable stay with thoughts they will visit us time and time again. Most rooms have views of The River Trent or the Trent and Mersey Canal. We pride ourselves on providing a Comfy Bed with a Great Breakfast. ... more less