We stayed at Hargate Hall in the month of March 2014 and stayed at their Windsor suite for two nights. It was big and spacious and could easily accommodate three small families. The best part was the huge living room that had a kitchen attached to it. In the basement, there were three bedrooms that had normal as well as dormitory style beds. The Windsor suite can easily accommodate around 10 guests. We were only five so didn't require to use one bedroom at all. The bathroom were neat but there were no towels. Barring a kid, who showed us how to use the electricity meter, we didn't get to see anyone else. So service, that ways, was a bit disappointing. Other than that, we had a perfect stay.
Hargate Hall reminds me of the bygone era. The building itself is close to 150 year old and has a piece of history associated with it. As read, it was also used as a place to nurse the injuries of the soldiers of world war. The suites have a fire place too and the owners provide the coal and wood to get the fire going. The electricity meter is quite dated and runs only with one pound coin inserted into it (photo attached). To keep the meter running the whole night, one must insert at least 10 coins. This was the most irritating factor of our stay when we ran short of coins on the first night and the heaters stopped working. On the second night, we kept ample change with us to keep it going for the whole night.
Overall a beautiful place to stay with your family and friends, especially when you are in search of a laid back holiday, far from the crowd, into the countryside. This was my first trip to England and I would definitely recommend Hargate Hall to anyone traveling towards Buxton. A repeat visit for me, of course!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just five minutes from the centre of famous Buxton, this Victorian country house offers self catering apartments for 2 to 10 people with free Wi-Fi and open fires. Built in 1899 as a gentleman’s residence, Hargate Hall is set in seven acres of parkland near Buxton in the centre of the Peak District National Park. Converted to apartments in 1990, it now offers fully furnished and well equipped accommodation for a relaxing break.Apartments vary in size, from one bedroom to three bedrooms; however all contain modern conveniences such as flat-screen televisions, DVD players, digital channels and free Wi-Fi, to ensure a comfortable, home-from-home feel. Some rooms boast mezzanine style floors, ideal for older children. Apartments also feature fully equipped kitchens, giving you the freedom to either prepare your own meals or enjoy one of the many dining options found in Buxton. Well maintained decor and tasteful furnishings provide a relaxing space in which to unwind after a full day enjoying all of the area’s attractions. The heating in the apartments is operated by a pound coin meter which guests can use.Being in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, Hargate Hall offers a fantastic location to for a break of any duration. The Peak District was the first National Park to be established in England and is now the most visited in Britain. Dotted with picturesque villages and scenes of natural beauty, it is a vastly popular location for both the new and seasoned visitor. A wealth of activities and pursuits ensure there is something for everyone, ranging from mountain biking, caving, rock climbing and hang gliding to summer fetes, antiques shopping and visits to the area many historical houses and attractions. Chatsworth House, one of England’s most grandiose stately homes, is located a short distance away, with its stunning architecture, impressive art collection and scenic grounds. The nearby village of Castleton boasts 4 grand caverns, including the Blue John Cavern, named after the attractive variety of Fluoride found only in the immediate region.Founded by Romans and originally named Aquae Arnemetiae, Buxton has a long history as a spa town with its geothermal spring rising at a constant temperature of 28c. The popular tourist attraction of St Ann’s Well, a shrine to St Ann since medieval times, allows visitors to bottle limestone filtered water piped directly from the spring. The town also offers many sites of historical interest and of course the stunning architecture for which it is famed. ... more less
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