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Haddon House Farm B & B
Ranked #42 of 45 Bakewell B&B and Inns
Reviewed 21 February 2010

Love it or hate it you'll never forget it and, there can be no doubt, some people will love Haddon House Farm. However, we can not include ourselves in this category as we found the entire experience overwhelmingly weird. Upon arrival we were greeted by Marylin, the kooky Canadian owner, who confused me greatly by asking, "how should I call you?" Not that this question is difficult to understand but it did set the tone for the next three days; that being strange. Whilst being escorted to the Monet room (so called because of the outrageous decor; all things Monet) my girlfriend was frightened and somewhat disturbed by the stuffed owls in the entrance hall. I, too, am not a big fan of walking amongst dead animals. The hall was also decorated with bark, dried flower arrangements and children with no faces: Creepy!
The Monet lived up to expectations. Not a single surface (wall, ceiling or floor) was without a Monet or Marylinesque "feature". It was the latter that disturbed us the most: A bust that looked like a child who had been punched in the face; seagull shaped toilet roll holder; poems, written by Marylin, that explained, using too much detail, how to use the Saniflow system; postcards, everywhere, explaining how you should behave; more owls on the windows; guests poetry in a notebook which ranged in quality from poor to downright bizarre; and a guidebook that was more of a guide to Marylin than a guide to Bakewell.
We think we need to explain the guidebook a little further. Firstly, the restaurant reviews. These were mainly of restaurants that Marylin didn't like except for one, Piedaniels, that she loves overwhelmingly and rated it 9.9/10 losing marks only for lack of visual colour. Visual colour? Secondly, the guide to Marylin. Do we really need to know that she is from Toronto, where her great-grandfather owned a shop; that she likes flying, with Bill (more on him later) in a microlight; that she occasionally lives within a mile of film stars; that she does local archeology courses? Or would we prefer to have knowledge of things to do in Bakewell?
One final thing about the room: The bathroom. The saniflow system can create some terrible smells and is very, very loud when in operation. Also, it was never explained to us that the bathroom was without shower. We took it for granted, when we called up, that it would be a bath AND a shower.
Onto breakfast, It is a good thing, no doubt, that guests are allowed to choose when they have their breakfast. However, upon arrival one is greeted by a single table which you have to share with all the other guests who have chosen to eat at the same time as you. Even if you are tired you really have no choice but to join the conversation, even if it is with people who are a bit dull and if it is basically a rehash of what you have read in the guide book (which it is). Also, Marylin cooks in front of you so she is an eternal presence; she likes nothing more than to talk about herself although, occasionally, she will also tell you of things she has read in the Daily Telegraph. During these infernal monologues she finds time to order Bill, her husband, around. Poor Bill, I rather liked him.
So, summing up, it is quite expensive (they charge £25 for an hour in the hot tub; the tub being our main reason for choosing the farm); it is bizarre; and worst of all, Marylin did not laugh at my jokes.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2009

What a beautiful bed and breakfast this is. Michael and I stayed here for one night as a belated wedding anniversary celebration. Our only disappointment was that we couldnt stay longer. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we were made to feel very welcome. Our room for the night was "the monet" and truly makes you feel like youve stepped into a painting. The bed was just heavenly we didnt want to get up. Though having forced ourselves to do this we werent disappointed with the breakfast awaiting. Freshly baked muffins, bacon and eggs and extremely warm and interesting hosts to make us feel at home. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend and would definately recommend it to friends - tempting as it is to keep it as our secret!
Many thanks for your kindness we hope to see you again soon.
Michael and Charlotte

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 1 November 2009

This is a great B&B. A little on the pricey scale, but the size of the rooms, the lovely garden and the delicious breakfast make it worth it. The B&B is a five minute walk from town and surrounded by many walking trails, which the owners are happy to explain to you. A large stock of maps they lend out means they will never be lost and their restaurant recommendations are spot on and honest.

Overall, a lovely relaxing stay

Stayed: June 2009, travelled solo
Thank lizericson124
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Reviewed 28 September 2009

We wanted a short break into tranquillity and relaxation and got exactly that here at HHF. The owners were polite, pleasant and always warm to talk to. The room spring view room was a lot bigger when seen in person than in pictures and apart from a minor blip with the Sky pin code, it was a thoroughly wonderful stay. Although we would say the shower would need an upgrade to complete what was a nice en suite. The breakfast was delicious and quickly cooked in front of you. Overall, a charming place to spend time with your loved one(s) with and well worth splashing out for a good experience.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank explorersrh
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Reviewed 8 September 2009

Lovely location with beautiful rooms. Marilyn and Bill made us feel very welcome. Great for exploring the Peak District and parking not an issue at all. Just wish the weather had been better!.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Vrbarreto
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Reviewed 22 August 2009

We visited Haddon House Farm and stayed for 4 nights in August 2009. It lived up to its website - Marilyn and Bill made us feel so welcome, our room (Wil Shakespeare) was beautiful, comfortable and breakfasts were well cooked, very tasty, including homebaked blueberry muffins which had to be saved until lunch.
Breakfast was just like being at home, round a friendly table in the kitchen, chatting whilst breakfast was being cooked. Nothing was too much trouble. Marilyn has lots of information, guidebooks, maps, where to walk etc., and even helped us identify a strange flock of sheep!! ouse Farm is ideally located - not even a 10 minute walk into Bakewell, so its easy to walk back after a visit to the pub, close to Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, Buxton and the Derbyshire Dales.....And......best of all - a hot tub in the garden - where better at the end of a days walking to ease all the aches and pains....I know we'll visit again - Would I recommend Haddon House Farm? - Absolutely!!!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2009

We were expecting a very upmarket B&B and were surprised at the shabbiness of the farmhouse itself.

The room was nice but the kitchen was not up to scratch as it was very small and cramped and the owner was cooking in front of you. It was very untidy and the house was scruffy and not worth the money. The owners were pleasant and the breakfast nice.

I would not recommend it as it was very over priced. It did not warrant a gold star.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Haddon House Farm Haddon Road, Peak District National Park, Bakewell DE45 1BN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Bakewell
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Ranked #42 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Bakewell
Number of rooms: 11
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