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“More than nice, not as good as great”
Review of Hassop Hall Hotel

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Hassop Hall Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Bakewell
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 October 2013

This is a pleasant but not exceptional hotel, but in some ways it just misses the mark.

Firstly, there is no proper 'downstairs' area for guests: aside form the dining room there's a bar and a room off the bar, but each table seems to have one comfy chair and two or three of the sort that maiden aunts think is good for the posture. So one tends rather to stay in one's room, meaning the place feels rather B&B-like. Secondly, though there is some nice furniture, some of it is pretty close to thrift shop: on the large half landing outside our room, there's a sort of 'sofa graveyard' of tatty green velour furniture that looks like a staging area for the skip. Lastly, though the restaurant is visually very lovely indeed and the service extremely attentive, the food is... well... I'll give you an example: they put white sauce on the broccoli. It is full of appreciative locals (the car park is a lot fuller at dinner than at breakfast) and I am sure it knows its local market but for me, it was aiming at fine dining and missing. The menu is too long, a classic mistake, and though some of the dishes two of us had over the course of two dinners had perfectly cooked elements, some of it was not up to the mark.

Our room (the four poster) had lovely bones and some nice furniture but it still managed to feel a bit B&B and it wasn't cheap. It did, however, have a spectacularly interesting bathtub in a very large and attractive bathroom.

I would certainly go back: the hotel is beautifully situated and it is a handsome building - but If I were the manager, I'd have a careful think about what would happen if someone nearby decided to compete.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

Just returned from a few days here. I loved it from the moment we arrived at the impressive gateway! Everything about the décor and the ambience is just right - not at all hotelly and thankfully not madeover with a Spa, gym, modern wooden floors and other modern trappings. Our "standard" bedroom was lovely and spacious and the attention to detail was impressive: monogrammed bed linen, bathrobes and towels (lovely and fluffy), decorated toilet paper and complimentary newspaper. The bed was large and very comfortable and the bathroom really spacious (doesn't bother us that the bath isn't modern - so what!?). We found the room a bit hot at night but we hit a warm spell and guests would moan if the hotel was too cold.The breakfast was wonderful served in the elegant dining room with starched napkins and tablecloths. I love the old cutlery and teapots with the hotel's crest. The breakfast food was really good and the service friendly and faultless. We had one evening meal which was again served in the sumptuous candlelit dining room which made for a lovely evening although the food itself I found rather uninspired and rather old fashioned.(the over long menu immediately rang alarm bells) However it was not expensive as part of the DBB deal and the surroundings were so special - topped off by inclusive coffee & petit fours in the cosy wood panelled bar. I do hope they don't get Alex Polizzi in - its such a gem as it is ... perhaps a new shorter more modern menu?... but please don't do away with the old cutlery, table linen, beautiful soft furnishings, proper dining chairs, plush carpets and uneven floors. Wouldn't hesitate to stay again or recommend.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

I have been meaning to write a review for some time. Attended a wedding in June and stayed at Hassop hall. It's definitely seen better days. We had a lovely meal in the restaurant on the night before the wedding. What a disappointment the actual wedding meal was. Mass catering at its worst. I know it was expensive as I had the inside track. Very embarrassing for the hosts. Hope they had some refund. I agree totally with a lot of the other reviews. HH I has seen better days. They need Alex Polizzi pronto. It could be great with redecoration and updating without going the way of the myriad of "boutique " hotels out there. The location and grounds and raw materials are there. It just needs some investment and soon.

Room Tip: Wait till you know it's been remodelled!
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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6  Thank Thomasina33
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We have stayed at Hassop a few times and always had a fantastic time. Because of this we chose it for our wedding evening as we had a tiny wedding and we wanted somewhere special. The room was incredible and the atmosphere was friendly but luxurious throughout the hotel.

Attention to detail was perfect as ever. We had a small afternoon high tea requested and this was lovely. I cannot emphasize how perfect the staff and chefs made our special evening. The food was as glorious as ever and service faultless. We opted for a definite must if you choose to stay at Hassop, which is breakfast in your room. This is an experience in itself, with a perfectly laid linen table with all you could want hot and delicious brought at a time of your choosing. It cannot disappoint due to the quality of ingredients and the lovely bedroom setting.

We will definitely try to visit this most romantic place as often as possible as a treat throughout our lives.

Room Tip: All are unique with character
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Stayed for one night with my husband and 3 month old baby. Loved the bedroom, beautiful bed, shower, robes, fluffy towels.... staff were really welcoming and even looked after our baby monitor when it wouldn't reach the restaurant. Had a lovely 4 course meal and enjoyed the drink at the bar beforehand before being called to our table. Will definitely be back for a visit

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

Hassop Hall has a lovely aspect and is known locally as one of the most attractive hotels in this part of Derbyshire. The bar is beautifully painted with coats of arms, snug to return to on a crisp winter's evenng. Our room had a lovely view through a round window over the garden and the hills. The fittings are not the most modern but the location is light and sheltered and tranquil. It is obvious from arrival on that this is a country house adapted to become an hotel so that the floors are a bit uneven and the lift seems to be in an odd place. but the ambience is lovely. We could never find anyone to serve us but this is missing the point of the place. The area is stunning and some of Derbyshire's finest attractions are right on the doorstep. We were cosy here and didn't want to go home.

Room Tip: Not sure where the best rooms are. I liked our view over the gardens at the back.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Anne B
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

We were the hosts of our wedding and the venue was perfect. We arrived at Hassop Hall on Thursday 3rd October to be married the following day. We had a buffet supper that was priced at £25.99 per person. This was money well spent and good value for money. We had cooked ham, a wide selection of cheeses along with a variety of salads and crusty rolls. The portions were very generous and all our guests did go back for second helpings. There was ample choice of deserts and I'm sure that Helen and her team would of taken all guests dietary requirements seriously. I'm sure that if there was any guests with allergies then Hassop Hall would of only been more than accommodating with any of our guests requests. All they had to do is ASK!

The wine menu was extensive and beers were available both bottled or by draught. Knowing how fickle the hospitality industry can be, it does seem somewhat that a minor thing can be blown out of context and if only such matters had been raised with Helen and her team I'm sure that any matters would have been dealt with efficiently.

We booked a super room that had a four poster bed. I only wish I had taken pictures to show how clean and tidy the room actually was. What did impress me was the choice in toiletries as they were Molton Brown and we felt this was a nice touch.

The views were breathtaking along with the beautiful grounds in and around the main house. Hassop Hall is a very charming period building and what's important to us is that the owners have maintained its character and essence of what a period building should look like.

Overall throughout our stay we had 100+ guests descend on Hassop Hall and as the organisers of the wedding we feel that we could not of chosen a more suitable venue to host our wedding. We will certainly be returning in the very near future.

Room Tip: Front facing rooms have the most amazing views.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hassop Hall Hotel

Address: Hassop, Peak District National Park, Bakewell DE45 1NS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Bakewell
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Bakewell
Price Range: £99 - £179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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Hotel Hassop Hall
Hassop Hall Hotel Bakewell, Peak District National Park

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