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“What a gem!”
Review of Hassop Hall Hotel

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

We went to a formal dinner at Hassops Hall, and stayed overnight. We had a lovely stay: great food. ( both at the dinner and for breakfast the following morning) and a really characterful room. The description 'faded grandeur ' used by another reviewer fits the bill beautifully. The bed was huge and comfortable, the bathroom quirky, but functional and the main rooms were pretty and comfortable. Everywhere was clean and the staff were very helpful and friendly. The price for the night was far less than might be expected for a country house hotel. The only disappointment was that the weather was too wet and gloomy for us to explore the stunning scenery around the house. We hope to return in the summer.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Obviously if you are rich this is your local eaterie. For the rest of us, this is a special treat. The hotel/restaurant is a delightful building in a lovely country location in Derbyshire. Stunning countryside although on this occasion we arrived in the dark! We went to celebrate a birthday so we were only visiting the restaurant, not the hotel. It was where hubby and I were married so a bit of a nostalgia trip. As befits a place of this standard, the service is very good. You are welcomed and looked after with quiet efficiency. The menu was excellent and we were hard to put to make our choices. The Chateaubriand was to die for. The duck and turkey went down well. The wine list was excellent. In fact everything was great except for one dish; the dover sole was not good and when it was pointed out to the waiter out no apology or redress was offered. It was the only negative point of the evening. Should have made a fuss but it was a birthday event and the guest did not want to spoil the mood. Shame the waiter did not offer to do something. The fish was pretty much uneaten.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank eileendover32
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

A huge thank you to Helen and the rest of the Hassop team for our recent Weddng Breakfast. We , and our guests, were charmed by the Hassop experience - a very personal feel, gorgeous genuine faded country-house grandeur, superb food for every course and attentive service. Helen went to enormous trouble to accommodate our wishes, even allowing us to string family and friends photos around the sitting room. We spent a lot of money on flowers, which admittedly looked gorgeous, but actually the beauty of the Hassop table settings meant they were a lovely adjunct but not at all necessary. Dietary requirements were met with aplomb. We considered lots of lovely Derbyshire venues but are so happy that we chose Hassop, thank you.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Katechb
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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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2  Thank TimboLondon
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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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Thank christina175
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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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7  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.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Markwilf
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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: £93 - £169 (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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