The Dog & Partridge Country Inn & Hotel
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The Dog & Partridge Country Inn & Hotel

Town End Lane, Swinscoe, Ashbourne DE6 2HS England
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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3.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
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3.7 of 5 bubbles
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The Dog and Partridge Country Inn is set in glorious surroundings on the edge of the Derbyshire / Staffordshire Border. This Peak District Hotel provides the perfect base for sight-seeing and walking holidays. This Derbyshire Hotel has been owned by the same family for over twenty years. And is renowned for the clean and spacious Derbyshire Accommodation located in the grounds of the inn – all on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Our location provides a great holiday base for those wanting to explore Derbyshire or Staffordshire; for businesses needing a meeting or conference venue in a small Derbyshire Hotel or for guests wanting a great night out or a party venue at a Peak District Hotel. With many notable attractions such as Alton Towers, Matlock Bath, Chatsworth House, Carsington Water, Haddon Hall and the lovely market town of Ashbourne only a short drive away, landmarks like Dovedale, Beresford Dale and the fantastic Derbyshire Villages Ilam, Hartington and Tissington – famous for the well dressings – are also within easy reach. The Dog and Partridge Country Inn has long been a popular base for walkers, ramblers and climbers in the Peak District, with a wide choice of walks, routes and climbs of varying distances and degrees of difficulty, all within easy reach of this Peak District Hotel.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Hiking
Table tennis
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun terrace
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Housekeeping
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Languages Spoken
English
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Vicky G wrote a review Apr 2021
Polperro, United Kingdom70 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for two nights having booked a day at Alton towers for the family ( two adults my two sons 19 and 14 ) we travelled from Cornwall and arrived at about 8pm , we were warmly welcomed and asked if we would like anything hot from the kitchen which was lovely . The room was warm , clean comfortable with all you need for a comfortable stay , we booked cooked breakfasts at extra costs hot and ample with proper sausages and black pudding ( but well worth the money ) the continental was free and ridiculously generous more like a picnic ( fantastic ) which is all delivered to your door by the lovely staff . We did not eat at this venue but I did see the food that came out of the kitchen looked good . The real ale was great and my husband enjoyed the cider on tap . All in all this place was lovely , friendly warm and welcoming , you can see they are doing all they can with the covid battle . I wouldn’t hesitate to re book or recommend.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Little Miss Travel wrote a review May 2021
Halifax, United Kingdom35 contributions25 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 1 night. The staff were attentive and we really enjoyed the food that was served. We liked the self contained cabins and that you could park right outside. After a full day at Alton Towers we also really appreciated that our small cabin had a bath tub.

We turned the electric radiator off as it was directly underneath the curtains and seemed a little risky to us to sleep like that, so our room was on the chilly side and the walls between the cabins are thin, we could hear everyone leaving in the morning.

That being said our stay was still comfortable and we enjoyed the breakfast before leaving.
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Date of stay: April 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Lucas l wrote a review Jul 2020
Peterlee, United Kingdom36 contributions6 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked to start here for 2 nights, 2 adults and 2 children. Check in was smooth and social distancing rules were followed. We knew breakfast was continental, this wasn't an issue. We ordered toast which we got 1 slice each and the choice available was ok. The first night we ordered burger and chips room service, this was not as nice as the price suggested. 2nd breakfast was not good, we asked for toast for the children we were offered white or brown, which we opted for white, when it arrived (4 slices again) it wasn't white, we were told it was 50/50 as they had no white left. We asked.if we could have more toast and we never received it. The standard of the pre-bagged cereal was poor, I asked for Coco pops and received something else, even though they had mini boxes available. We were upgraded from the family room to a 6 bedded room, view was lovely, the room lacked attention to detail as dead flies were found on the window sill and dirt on the door (? Chocolate ? Blood ? Something else). WiFi available, however we could net connect, we contacted reception and they said it was working. Telephone signal very poor so unable to make calls home, and having a 7 and 10 year old without internet access wasn't good, it wouldn't have been so bad if if hadn't been raining as they could have entertained themselves on the play park. The inn is situated in beautiful settings, staff were friendly, prices in the bar were a bit too high for us, especially the price for a can on pop. We would visit again, as the location to alton towers was great.
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Date of stay: July 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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kris2018177 wrote a review Apr 2021
Brighton, United Kingdom4 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed on the first night of lockdown easing on 12th April. Lovely little self contained block with bunk beds, tv, comfy double and lovely bathroom. Plenty of hot water and rooms were heated well.
We arrived late in the day and the staff were rushed off there feet but still provided great service.
Food wise we could eat outside or in our room. We chose to have room service which is a reduced menu but the food was genuinely outstanding, and after a long day paying Alton towers prices it was great food at a good price.
Continental breakfast delivered by basket the following morning was a lovely little spread, and also for £5 extra I got a full English delivered.

All in all lovely place, lovely grounds and perfect for what we needed, all covid precautions in place, couldn’t be happier
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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BarryinSomerset wrote a review Sept 2021
Bath, United Kingdom184 contributions48 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A friendly, well run family hotel, bar and restaurant. Well placed for exploring the Peak District. The main building has some splendid conservatory style dining areas as well as more traditional dining and lounging areas. The food is imaginative and reasonably priced with a good selection of wines (particularly South African) and local beers. The outside terraces are nicely spaced and we started with pre- dinner drinks and seamlessly moved on to dinner there. The steak and ale pie was also delicious. Breakfast included was a very full Continental with fruit, cereals and pastries. The cooked version an additional £5 pp.
The family who own and run the property were very much on top of things.
Accommodation is in well spaced units which include very adjacent parking, much of it covered. Our room had a King sized bed and modern shower/bath. Usual tea and instant coffee making in room.
The friendly "can do" attitude of owners and staff was very much in evidence and we appreciated it.
Why not 5 stars? Base sheet which did not quite fit, WiFi unreliable and no Thatchers cider ( only Somersby from Carlsberg!) despite the umbrellas!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jean G wrote a review Aug 2021
14 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 4 nights with our dog as a base for visiting the area and Alton
Towers. First, the positives; it’s very well placed for Alton Towers, 10 minute drive. The grounds are very well kept around the rooms with lovely flowers. Requests for extra loo rolls and milk were met quickly and staff were friendly. Tea and coffee in the rooms are a nice touch.Negatives- booking does not make clear the included breakfast is simply tea/coffee, cold toast and a ‘buffet’ that consists mainly of cold croissants (my request to have it heated was declined), trays of biscuits and pots of chopped up fruit. A hot option is £5 per person per day which works out a lot if you’ve not budgeted for it. We ate dinner once which was ok but very expensive for what it was. Booking mentioned a £20 charge for the dog to stay but I hadn’t realised it’s per day so it cost £80 which I felt was astronomical. The room would have to be thoroughly cleaned anyway so I don’t know what this charge is for. I guess most guests only stay 1 night so they wouldn’t be affected by it. Also you only have the tank in the room for hot water so if you’re a family you have to space out baths or showers to allow it to heat up again or get caught out as we did with a shower that went cold mid hair wash. The room was ok, beds and bathroom were relatively clean but they feel tired and really need decorating and re-carpeting. The wallpaper looked dirty and the carpet was all rucked up and felt grubby. Overall, I wouldn’t go back especially with that dog charge and the disappointing breakfast
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Julia S wrote a review Jun 2021
Northamptonshire, England28 contributions19 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Their website describes the Dog and Partridge as a 'Country Inn' and bedrooms 'in the grounds', with prices to match. When we arrived it became clear that far from being a country inn, it's a motel with a Wetherspoons-style pub. The bedrooms are essentially grubby portacabins in a carpark with poor quality fittings, and the pub/restaurant was cold and depressing. Although when you book you're told breakfast is included, you're told on arrival that you need to pay extra for a hot breakfast.

The dinner we had in the restaurant was borderline inedible. The burger was flavourless, gristly, greasy and very over-cooked. For the prices we expected high quality gourmet burgers. We noticed that the people sitting around us also didn't eat much of their meals, some of which were clearly burnt. The restaurant was also cold; people were wearing scarves, hoodies and gilets whilst eating.

The website describes you as a good base for walking holidays, but there was no where to dry any kit (the lobby to the rooms is cold and damp; nothing dried in there; there is no hanging space in the room itself) and your staff were unable to provide us with newspaper or anything to help dry our boots.

Both the duvet covers in our bedroom had numerous dirty marks on. The toilet didn't flush properly, and the sink gurgled intermittently all night (as the rooms are 'purpose built' you can't blame 'country plumbing' for that!).

Overall I feel completely ripped off. Had we paid £60 or £70 for the night I'd have been disappointed that it's a bit crap, but accepting that you get what you pay for. However, having paid £140, plus £40 for a 2 person dinner we couldn't eat, I feel very strongly that they've not delivered what we paid for, or what they describe.

The one upside was that a few of the staff were fantastic - the lady on reception was super friendly and welcoming, a waiter in the restaurant was great, and the lady running breakfast and reception in the morning was efficient, friendly and helpful.

I emailed the hotel about our disappointment and complaints (and their good staff) and didn't get a response.
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Date of stay: May 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Mike B wrote a review Aug 2021
Pontefract, United Kingdom18 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We book a couple of days at Alton Towers and stayed here overnight, from the minute you walk through the door you know you made the right choice. The staff were very welcoming and friendly, even though we arrived late we had our evening meal in the dining room, the food was amazing and just what we needed after walking around the towers all day. Our room (12) was very nice with a separate room with bunk beds for the older children, the bathroom was compact but more than functional, the beds were very comfy. We decided to pay the little extra (£5) for a cooked breakfast on the morning but the continental that was delivered to out room would have been more than enough on its own to the point where we ate the hot meals and put most of the other in our cases to eat on the way home.

I would highly recommend and will be returning the next time we are in the area.
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Julie C wrote a review Jul 2022
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I came away for 5nights with my 13yr old spaniel. We stayed in one of the cottages and ate breakfast and dinner each day.

All the staff were very friendly, pleasant and went out if their way to make us feel at home, even making a fuss of my dog.
All the meals were amazing, with a big choice off the evening menu. Breakfast had s buffet included with thd choice to upgrade to a cooked breakfast if you wanted.
As i had my dog, we ate each day in the bar area, strps away from the main restaurant.

The cottage was adequate for our needs, i loved the fact we could park next door to our room under a car port.
We had a family size cottage with double bed and bunk beds, TV, kettle and coffee making stuff. Plenty of plug sockets around do i was able to use the mini fridges for dog food and fan i brought. Along with an ensuite bathroom, with over the bath shower giving plenty of hot water.
The rooms are cleaned as often or not as requested during the stay, which actually is the first time somewhere didnt automatically change linen each day even if uou indicated not to!

There was grassy sreas and a seating near each
Cottage, and a large outdoor seating area for the bar. Being dog friendly thry even had a bin in the grounds to deposit poo bags.

The location was great for ablot of local sites, historic or towns or peak district.

Although in need of a liitle tlc on the decor front, it didn't take away anything from all the positives.
I wouldn't hesitate to return again.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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William B wrote a review Mar 2022
Glasgow, United Kingdom5 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed as a couple for one night during a trip to alton towers. From the outside the "inn" looks inviting however once you step through the heavy wooden doors you are quickly confronted with the truth. The theme of this inn is Tudor and to keep with the theme they haven't cleaned since Anne Boleyn was queen. The entrance way is dirty with an abundance of dust and cobwebs and the authentic smell of a poorly cleaned toilet and the old carpets are stained and dirty. The man who took our booking was plesant enough but gave off an air of couldn't be bothered.
Now you would assume an "inn" would have rooms, but not here instead you have a plywood portacabin. The room itself was dark and damp, with mould on the wallpaper and again the carpets are dirty. Bed Linen was clean aside from a few black spots and dust on the pillows. The head board was stained and the pillow and mattress protectors had a fair abount of human hairs woven into them. The toilet had the sweet aroma of rotting eggs and there was soiled toilet paper in the toilet along with toilet cleaner ? We can only presume the cleaner was caught short. The shower head was furry and so went unused. The bath plug was stuck in the bath and the drain and mechanism to lift the plug were detached from the bath itself any attempt to touch this was rewarded with more rotten eggs. Nor was there enough hot water to bath or shower. We then went to sleep lulled by the dust flickering over the one working bed light like fireflies.
After a poor nights sleep ontop of the duvet which was a kings size bundled into a double cover and quite lumpy, we went for breakfast. I had the continental a horror to behold meat, milk yogurt and cheese left out at room temperature with flies eating more of it than the guests. The milk and yoghurt were warm. I had two cereal bars which were nice thank you Kellogg's! The coffee bad brown wafery bits in it so went undrunk. My partner had the cooked breakfast which he said was ok. ( Three hours later in the loos of alton towers he changed his mind). The cutlery was dirty and upon being steated a mouldy jam was whipped away from the table but the cutlery went unnoticed but was changed when asked.
Checkout was simple handed in the keys and off to alton towers we went. Here in lies the danger of a family run business. If their standards at home are low then it is normal for them to run their business the same way. The inn is dirty, damp and the staff are too one young chap ln an apron so I assume the one doing the cooking looked unkept with greasy hair unchanged from the evening before. We had a voucher from booking.com so this travesty only cost us £15. We wouldn't stay again and after reading the 4* reviews can only conclude people drank the coffee and used the shower.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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£93 - £135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandDerbyshireAshbourneSwinscoe
NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Dog & Partridge Country Inn & Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Dog & Partridge Country Inn & Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Alton Towers Resort (4.7 miles), Tissington Trail (2.7 miles), and Ilam Park (1.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Dog & Partridge Country Inn & Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Dog & Partridge Country Inn & Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Dog & Partridge Country Inn & Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Dog & Partridge Country Inn & Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Bowling Green Inn, The Star at Cotton, and Café Impromptu.
Is The Dog & Partridge Country Inn & Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.00 miles away from the centre of Swinscoe.
Are pets allowed at The Dog & Partridge Country Inn & Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Dog & Partridge Country Inn & Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Tissington Hall (3.6 miles) and The Old Manor (3.6 miles).
Is The Dog & Partridge Country Inn & Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.