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“WORRYING FIRE SAFETY CONCERNS!!”
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Hargate Hall
Reviewed 29 June 2014

This was a venue for a DIY wedding, the wedding itself was lovely, and the celebration room provided an intimate setting, with good sized lawned areas, which were ideal for the photos. However, the apartment was dingy (although well equipped), but the bedrooms housed in the basement were very claustrophobic. WORRYINGLY, Bakewell apartment had a mezzanine with mattresses laid on the floor, this was approached by a pine ladder arrangement, this was immediately adjacent to the open stairwell going down to the basement bedrooms (so a total unprotected drop from top to bottom of about 20 feet). Off the mezzanine was a further mattress sleeping area which required the occupants to crawl on all fours through a tunnel arrangement likened by another reviewer to an MRI scanner! It has been padded with what looks like half an inner tube off a tyre!! DO look at the photos on their website before you book, at the photos for Bakewell. Now if you don't mind that, fair enough, but these apartments have metered electricity, and I defy anyone, let alone children, or those who have "drunk too deeply" to negotiate this ladder arrangement with any degree of safety, over another open stairwell in the pitch black.............AND GOD FORBID IF THERE WAS A FIRE. If nothing else it needs lots more emergency lighting. The house may suit some visitors, but I have very serious reservations about the safety of guests in the event of a fire breaking out, because I don't know how it passed fire safety checks. I have run a residential home, and I know our fire officer would NEVER have passed some of the apartments for public use. The owners are very friendly and it grieves me to criticise, because they are obviously trying to build a business up, but PLEASE PLEASE look at these concerns and act on them. This could be a superb venue with a bit of thought and money spent on it. Having said all that, all the guests enjoyed the wedding and the celebrations went well.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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hargateh, Owner at Hargate Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2014

Thank you for taking the time to raise your concerns. I hope that I can put your mind at ease over them. Firstly, we are fully aware that being an old building with lots of original wooden features, a fire would be a real concern. When the conversion work from a house to self catering apartments was first done, the plans were all passed by the relevant authorities and a fire certificate issues. This has now been replaced by a fire risk assessment which we have had done as well as other regular checks. However, we have also done a lot more than is actually required. The requirements for Self Catering properties are very different to those of care homes, I guess due to the nature of the different customer base. We have a fully integrated fire alarm system; detectors and sounders in all occupied spaces; we have more fire extinguishers than we were told we needed. In addition, we have looked at reducing the sources of fire hence the fact that we banned smoking in the building as soon as we bought it (before it became law) and we do not permit candles etc in the building. All the corridors, emergency exit routes, and living areas have emergency lighting. Some are the usual type, which are very visible, and others that look like conventional lighting.
Regarding the access to the mezzanines, I fully agree that these do not suit everyone. This is why we have put pictures on the website as well as a description of what people should expect. There are banister rails around all the mezzanines, stair well and along the side of the ladder to the mezzanine in Bakewell. There is scope for adding an additional rail to the side of the ladder to help with very small children but equally we don’t recommend that the very young use them at all. They are aimed at older children and younger teenager (who shouldn’t be getting drunk!). As can be seen in other Tripavisor reviews, some people love the mezzanines, others don’t. Having them gives people the opportunity to stay on site (albeit at a camping level of comfort), and certainly makes family holidays much more affordable, which is an area that we have proved to be very popular for.
We do our best to clearly detail what we offer here, and are sorry if you were disappointed by what you found. We are always working on the property, and looking for better ways to do things, and will of course bear your thoughts in mind, along with those of other guests.
We are very pleased that were glad that you and all the guests enjoyed the wedding celebrations.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

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!

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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

I have stayed here a couple of times now and cannot recommend it enough. Its a beautiful building with great rooms which are really clean and homely. The rooms have everything you need and the beds are really comfy. We hired out the whole hall and Anthony was fantasitic and so friendly.
The grounds are beautiful and we managed a couple of nice walks over the course of the weekend. I would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank sanchia g
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We booked to stop for two nights and the place is wonderful, beautiful grounds great location for peace and quiet, Anthony the owner couldn't do enough for us. We will be coming here again but for an extra night. We stayed in the Welbeck one bed apartment, it is fully equipped and very spacious, I love the big bathroom. He showed us around the rest of the accommodation, they are all wonderful in there own way. Hope you have a loverly stay Gill and Darren x

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

This was a great find! Such a lovely place with a really lovely welcoming owner. The upgraded apartments show real promise for the rest of the building and it will be lovely when they are all of the same high standards. Stylish bedrooms and good quality beds and linens. Very well equipped generally. A great location close to lots of tourist hot spots. Looking forward to a return visit sometime soon.

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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

We stay at the hall each year and take over the whole place. The accommodation is vast and yes imparts is tired and needs some tic but it's a big place and Anthony is a one man band, please give him time. It must also cost a fortune for the upkeep never mind the ongoing maintenance!

We had a smashing time and are already looking forward to next year.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

We visited recently for a few days away. The man who showed us round was very helpful and friendly. Good value for money and a beautiful location. A bit of a drive to Buxton etc but we had a car and enjoyed the trip so that was fine. The place is spotless. Very pleasant accommodation and grounds, we would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hargate Hall

Address: Wormhill, Buxton SK17 8TA, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Buxton > Wormhill
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Wormhill
Price Range: £68 - £363 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hargate Hall 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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