After reading all the reviews on this B & B, it would seem that you either love it.....or hate it. It also appears that Bill & Marilyn the owners are either very helpful.....or indifferent towards you. The following is our experience.
The website is very gushy and heavily elaborated about almost everything. I suspect the author to be a frustrated novelist! I was totally taken in by it, and expected to arrive in heaven! Incidently on making our booking and sending a cheque in full payment, I never actually received a booking confirmation. I had to ring up in the end to check to see if Marilyn had received it. Not an impressive start. I thought all proprieters confirmed bookings.
The entrance to the B&B is up a small tired looking yard, with no indication as to where to park so as not to hinder anyones access. The Owner, Bill was very welcoming and offered to help with our bags. On going through the front door, I instantly realised this was a very weird place. A metal cob web with a metal spider in it by the door, dead stuffed animals, weird toys, candles etc. The staircase to the next floor was quite steep, unlit and you had to mind your head. (Health and Safety would have a field day in this building)
You had to pass through the Dining area and up another flight of steep stairs to the Spring Meadow room (supposed to conjure up days in the Austrian Tyrol.....please!!!). I was instantly disappointed to be told the Bathroom was across the landing. Albeit only a few steps, I expected it to be en-suite. The room itself was very clean and comfortable, but I was disppointed again as the web site sung the virtues of king size beds and special french linen, when in fact we had a double 4'6" bed with John Lewis linen. Nothing wrong in that I know, but not as expected.
The hospitality tray looked inviting, but on closer inspection there wasn't any sugar, and you had to go downstairs and ask for milk. I looked at the impressive selection of fruit teas only to find the expiry dates on the the boxes varied between 2007 and 2008!!!!! (Throw them away Marilyn...please)
Trying to unpack and put things into drawers also became a slight problem as every drawer was stuffed with Marilyns books, games, selected reviews in a tatty book, plus some other weird stuff like stick on childrens patches if you had holes in your clothes. However, the wardrobe was very spacious, with plenty of nice matching hangers. Marilyn also provided a hand collated book, which was mainly about her and her opinions on various restaurants, do's and dont's. Pages of boring stuff, nothing very helpful about Bakewell.
One thing I would mention at this point, if you intend staying in the Spring Meadow Room at the height of summer, take a fan with you. The heat coming upstairs from the constant fired up Aga is overwelming.
The Bathroom, like everything else, is stuffed with bottles, books, candles, pictures, ornaments etc. The plug in the sink with the frog on top doesn't hold any water, so you have to use a spare green plastic one on the side. The toilet when flushed, doesn't stop flushing you have have to spend quite a while "getting the flush action right" otherwise it will flush all night. There is no shower as such.....another disappointment.....just a hand held spray attached to a mixer tap. *Take note: Once you have got the temperature right, if you lift the spray any higher than your waist, it starts to run cold. Its very ackward to use.
To get onto our Hosts.....Bill I found to be very friendly and helpful. Marilyn just said hello when we arrived, but no warm friendly greeting as expected. I noticed that any time we made a move Bill came out to see if we needed anything, but no sign of Marilyn. We didn't join in the Breakfast "party", as we felt uneasy about sharing a big kitchen table with strangers. Also Marilyn's kitchen area was so untidy, there were bits of food lying around, three quarter drunk bottle of whisky, tomatoes, cut lemon, bread rolls, litter on every available space everywhere......just made me feel sick. Also I don't think the freshly made bread and blueberry muffins have been seen since 2009!
On coming downstairs to pop outside for a minute, the two Jack Russells came running from nowhere and shot through the door to the garden......Marilyn just screamed at us not to let the dogs out. I tried to apologise but she wasn't interested.
On leaving there was no sign of Marilyn, no goodbye.....only dear old Bill dutifully doing his job of keeping people happy as well as the strain of having to run a busy farm. I actually felt quite sorry for him. A very nice man.
All in all I was not impressed. Had the website not been so over the top I would have taken the B&B on face value, but the website is very misleading and makes you think you are entering into pure luxury and pampering.......I can see some people feel that way by the reviews, but obviously we weren't on Marilyn's favourites list.
At £95.00 per night, it was just not worth it. We felt like intruders in someone else's home. Maybe the other rooms are more private, but the Spring Meadow Room has to be accessed via their Dining/Kitchen area. Not an experience I would want to repeat. Shame, as I had such high hopes.
Some of you reading this may think I am being picky, but I paid for what the website offered but did not deliver.
- Also Known As:
- Haddon House Farm Bed And Breakfast
- Haddon House Farm Hotel Bakewell
- Haddon House Farm B & B Bakewell, Peak District National Park