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.
- 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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