We stayed here for two nights in relation to the wedding of our friends which was being held at nearby Bolsover Castle.
If you are after 5* luxury quality with a spa, this is not the place for you. If you are after a comfortable bed, discreet and pleasant staff and breakfast included, then this is the place for you.
The room had a decent sized double bed, with a good mattress (neither too hard nor too soft), the room had a luggage 'rack', a TV, tea and coffee making facilities (with chocolate biscuits!), toiletries, a sewing kit and a LOT of reading material in the bedside drawers. The amount of clothes storage available was acceptable for a weekend break.
You could also use an iron & ironing board and a trouser press, which were stored in a communal area. The guest lounge had a slightly larger TV, a good amount of seating and a large range of leaflets about nearby attractions, reading related to the area and a local Street Map which could be borrowed. They also had a lot of phone numbers of local taxi firms, printed on a laminated sheet of paper. This included taxis for Bolsover, which was very useful for us.
There was an ensuite with shower, toilet and wash basin (no bath). I do not know if any of the other rooms do have a bath. The shower was more than acceptable, and you could both slide the shower head up and down, and remove it from the rail for easy manipulation (an important consideration, I feel). There was also a sizable storage shelf in the shower itself, avoiding the horror of having to scrabble around in the shower tray for your toiletries which other hotels seem so keen to inflict on you!
Breakfast was included and was excellent. There was cereals and a full range of Continental items. There was also a full English available, with beverages and toast. I don't like cooked tomato, and on the second day they offered me beans instead, which was greatly appreciated. The views from the breakfast room are very good - you can see over the valley to the hills beyond.
It was obvious from the other guests at breakfast both days that Abigail's does a lot of repeat business. I am not surprised. The staff are friendly, polite (even when woken at after 11pm to be asked about the fan in the bathroom), and can direct you to local restaurants.
One word of caution - I had a print out from multimap, and as you get near to the Guest House, there is a confusion with the labelling / naming of the roads - I'd recommend having a really decent map to find the place!
It's only about a 5 minute walk from Chesterfield town centre and well worth the stroll.
- Also Known As:
- Abigail's Guest House Chesterfield, Derbyshire