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“Short stay to area from Norfolk” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sportsman Inn

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Sportsman Inn
Ranked #4 of 6 Hayfield B&B and Inns
2 reviews
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“Short stay to area from Norfolk”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

It was as we expected in that it could do with a refurbishment ( I believe ? owned by Wainwrights Brewery ? ) but it was comfortable and clean and ideal for walkers and a short stay, the food was good as were the staff, very friendly and helpful. had a deal for two nights stayed for three., not three star but hey it's a B & B Inn in an ideal location. doesn't deserve all the negative comments, you get what you pay for.

Room Tip: Room 5 full facility's back of building so quiet but no view except a high bank
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Martin G
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

We stayed on a 2 night deal and found the place had had a lot of previous bad press but gave it a go.
Stayed in room 3 which was very small with en suite the room was clean but in desperate need of a re vamp.The en suite was just to small the shower base was rusty and you couldn't even get showered properly ,the room itself a bit musky/damp smelling, the carpet was thread bare in places and very little storage of clothes etc we didn't stay for the second night due to the smallness of the room.The food was ok but was expensive for what you got, the beer was good and an average price. The location very quite and an ideal place for walkers.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank geoff b
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

On arrival we found out our booking was for the day after but the landlord was happy to accommodate us without a fuss. The beer garden was beautifully sunny and the surrounding environment is stunning. Had a fabulous meal and really enjoyed our stay which was excellent value for money. Will definitely return to the area again and would stay at The Sportsman as it is such good value.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank judycamp
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

I have read previous reviews about The Sportsman and have my own opinion. This pub is the ideal walkers rest location, set just near the start of the trail for Kinder Scout, just far enough outside Hayfield village to be quietly off the well trodden track. The situation is charming, actually beautiful after the stresses of the city. It is surrounded by trees, steep fields with sheep and dry stone walls with amazing birds and wildlife. The pub room was clean with fresh towels, soap and shampoo, an adequately sized TV, kettle and coffee/tea with chocolates. The food was hot, freshly cooked and delicious and the staff very helpful, charming and friendly. Breakfast is plentiful with fresh sliced loaf, coffee and tea ad lib and a delightfully friendly lady who is eager to please. I had a great stay there travelling alone and made many companions in the bar in the evening. I last stayed at The Sportsman 16 years ago and alas, it has not changed, apart from the landlord. A revamp would definitely do this pub justice in what is potentially a gem of a ramblers rest. OK if you're looking for something more up market and Ritzy, then this certainly will not be the stopover for you. If you are looking for a modest atmosphere, hearty, warming food, a great breakfast, a good pub bar and polite, smiling faces, plus a clean comfortable bed for just £60 after a long and arduous fell walk , then this makes a heart warming stopover. I didn't find it too pricey either. It's definitely got more charm than a Premier Inn or a Travelodge and the people are real!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Sue S
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346 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

We stopped for a small libation be forcing doing the Kinder Scout walk. The pub is a great rendezvous point, but it seems dark and dinghy. It is as if it is making a good income from the local camp site and dies not need to try any harder. If this is the case, it is unfortunate, because with a lick of paint here and there, a touch of maintenance, it could be much more appealing. We never stayed over and would not be tempted to given what we saw.

The food is hearty and the beers are good.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Southport, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

we stayed in the Sportsmans for two nights while working nearby. We very quickly renamed the landlord "Basil" as he obviously based his management style on Mr Fawlty. The beer was very expensive, the food although very average was incredibly expensive, my room, 3, was cold and damp, my friends room upstairs, had no loo or tv, the main saving grace was the charming young lady working behind the bar. She made pleasant conversation and tended to our every need. Despite this I will never stay there again and would not recommend the place to anyone.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

Having read the previous reviews I was a little apprehensive. Management of the inn is carried out by two people. We were greeted by Paul, who could not do enough for us and was ver helpful in advising us of the locality and things to do. I agree it is in need of updating but Paul told us that they are tenants and it is the owners who are not willing to spend money on it. A great shame as it could be a very good prospect, particularly being located at the bottom of Kinder Scout and perfect for walkers, campers and caravanners. The food is excellent and portions were more than generous. Yes the rooms are dated but we did not intend to do much else than sleep and clean up there, and the B&B is perfectly adequate for that. The linen was fresh and clean and the beds very comfy. One point to note, they no longer accept Tastecard although they are on the website and display the logo on their window.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Gibbs308
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Additional Information about Sportsman Inn

Property: Sportsman Inn
Address: Kinder Road, Peak District National Park, Hayfield SK22 2LE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Hayfield
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Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Hayfield
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Sportsman Hotel Hayfield
Sportsman Inn Hayfield, Derbyshire

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