This was the 5th visit to Willersley Castle for my wife and I. Once again we received a very warm welcome upon arrival. Our 1st floor en suite double room was very comfortable and provided wonderful views over the River Derwent. The 200 year old Grade II listed building is in a spectacular location. The restaurant food was very good - with bottled wines, beers, cider etc. available at lunch or dinner. We find it most enjoyable to share a table and chat with other diners. (as host Betty says: "A stranger is a friend you've not yet met"). We managed a couple of swims in the lovely pool - especially after a 7.5 mile walk along the Cromford Canal and up to Riber Castle on a gloriously sunny day. (It was hard to believe it was only 1 week before Christmas!) The area is great for walking - short or long. If you like bookshops - Scarthin Books opposite the pond in Cromford - is a must to visit! Walk down the drive and around the side of the Parish church to go a short distance along the Derwent and take the path up to the cliff top viewing area - opposite the Castle. A stunning view for a photo shot!
At Willersley we joined other guests for a short act of morning and evening worship, led by resident hosts John & Betty - who also provided evening entertainment in the music room. We really value the Christian ethos of Guild hotels and the shared fellowship available to anyone who chooses to join in. (we have also experienced stays at sister hotels - Lindors and Abbot Hall). I recently acquired a free Hudl tablet with my Tesco vouchers and found that the hall, main lounge and 1st floor landing signal was okay for my needs. Yes a little slow when multiple users are active on tablets, notebooks and laptops. You need to input the password available from reception. I also asked for a router reboot before my device was recognised. Castle walls are thick - so naturally a challenge for any wifi signal! Yes there is a lift to 1st and 2nd floor of main house. We have also previously stayed in the Mews block. Only a short distance up the drive and nearer the swimming pool. A steep incline but if you need it - staff will take you up in the golf buggy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Willersley Castle is a 200 year old Grade II listed building, commissioned by the great industrialist Sir Richard Arkwright. It occupies a magnificent position on the edge of the Peak District, overlooking the River Derwent.Designed in the Georgian style, Willersley Castle stands in 60 acres of grounds ranging from meadows to limestone crags, on the outskirts of Cromford, just south of the spa town of Matlock Bath.It makes an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District National Park. With its dramatic gritstone edges and vibrant limestone valleys, Derbyshire is a walkers’ and climbers’ paradise, full of geological gems like the show-caverns at Castleton and the imposing cliffs of Matlock Bath.The area is steeped in history, from the grandeur of Chatsworth House to the elegance of the spa town of Buxton and the rich industrial heritage of Wirksworth, Cromford, and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Willersley Castle Hotel Cromford, Derbyshire