After a hectic, wonderful day touring Chatsworth and Hardwick Hall, I drove up the tree-lined drive to the lovely East Lodge in the small town of Rowsley. It is a charming country house converted into an upscale small hotel with ten acres of landscaping and lawn surrounded by sheep farms. Very peaceful and quiet. Paved parking to one side of the lodge.
Check in was pleasant and easy, the young staff very professional and gracious. I stayed in Room 304, a superior double, a lovely room on the second floor, overlooking the entry and across the parking area to the rolling pastures beyond. A comfortable four-poster bed with beautiful linens, a chandelier, expensive draperies and fabrics gave a comfortable elegance to the room. The carpet looked new. There is a small but adequate en suite with tub (see photos). No a/c in this room (some other rooms do have it), but I opened a window just a bit and was quite comfortable.
Before dinner I walked the property with its beautifully landscaped grounds, pool, two fountains, and gardens. There is an additional little "secret' garden area across the lawn at the back of the property where I sat for a few peaceful moments and watched a farmer herding his sheep into their pen on a distant hillside. Only in wonderful England, I thought!
My dinner of scallops and filet in the lodge's restaurant was excellent, the wine good, and the décor classic and tasteful. There were probably four other couples dining also. Breakfast was in the same room: buffet for fruit, delicious eggs benedict ordered from the menu.
The lodge is impeccably clean, quiet, with an upscale clientele. I was traveling alone, and felt very pampered and safe. My bill was 215 GBP for one night, dinner, breakfast, and wine.
The next morning, I got out my handy GPS and drove to Kenilworth and Warwick Castles with no problems as I traveled south making my way to London eventually. I stayed at several lovely hotels on this two week trip, but East Lodge was one of my two favorites (the other was Doxford Hall in Northumberland). I hope to return to Derbyshire and East Lodge one day.
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