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“Anniversary surprise”
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North Lees Hall
Great Britain
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“Anniversary surprise”
Reviewed 1 August 2013

This was our second visit to North Lees Hall. four of us, two best friends, hubby and myself, had visited last October and thought it was beautiful then. The colour of Stanage Edge and surrouding countryside made us want to come back again. This we did, this time in Summer. We were lucky and dodged the storms and spent many occasions on the roof eating and drinking. As before, the hall was lovely and welcoming, clean towels and smellies for the bathroom. We had the four poster for a second time but friends remembered staying in a lovely cosy bed in the downstairs room. This was much better as the dining room and we had many a wonderful breakfast there. Water was piping hot and the welcome hamper filled with yummy treats, including a bottle of fizz, which we chilled and toasted our anniversary and friendship on the roof.

The walks around North Lees are stunning and we spent time just walking, climbing and meeting friendly people.

The sheep int he field next to the kitchen were awesome and one cheeky lady kept putting her head through the open window to say hello and look for titbits.

We walked all up to the top of the Edge and along to the next carpark and back. The scenery this time did not keep disappearing into the mist but was still a bit like four seasons in one day. Once down though the sun was baking.

We visited Eyam again, which has a very special and brave history attached to it regarding The Plague, brought into the village on some cloth from London - the village then decided to cut themselves off them the rest of the country and keep themselves in the confines of the village boundary, relying on food etc. brought to the village boundary from nearby villages. Well worth our second visit as the main manor house was open.

We also went down a water filled cavern, well worth the trip - 106 steps down and up though, but fantastic experience being 230 metres under the ground on a boat - through an old lead mine.

Another mind blowing place to visit is Derwent Valley. We walked up to the Dam where the Dambusters practised their flying raids and were completely in awe of its beauty and power. We hope to return one day and hire bikes to cycle through some of the trails there.

Back at the hall though, we had the fire lit during our previous visit last year, with a huge amount of logs provided. This time it was windows open, listening to the birds. Lovely.

I awoke very early one morning and spent over an hour watching the rabbits all running around outside. Great way to start the day with a smile.

Walking through the woods and The Warren just down from North Lees is beautiful. You climb up through the trees alongside a babbling stream. This leads you up onto the hillside and then if you wish up onto Stanage Edge, past remains of Roman settlements and a chapel, I did this one time on my own, late afternoon, early evening. It was beautiful but a little spooky as the thunder and lightning rolled in from the hills behind me and I suddenly realised how easy it could be to get lost..... Also, how very steep the lane back up to North Lees Hall was on foot.

We have only touched on walking and climbing around Stanage Edge and certainly would like to return again one day to find some Mill Stones we saw on a postcard.

The history attached to the building is wonderful. the spiral staircase is a bit tricky with trays of food but the backstairs are easy. The baths were lovely, and this comes from a shower fan. I felt having a hot bath made me feel more in keeping with the building, rather than a modern shower. The natural light from the huge mullioned windows was wonderful and it was fantastic to watch the lightning through the little panes.

I could just image Mr Rochester standing loking out of a window as in Jane Eyre and having seen it is sunshine and storms it is beautiful in both and very spiritual.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Stayed here for a long weekend in March with 4 friends. The accommodation was certainly unusual. All rooms were a great size and decorated beautifully. the welcome pack and the abundant supply of logs are lovely touches.

The Hall is stunning and all rooms are a great size, however it could have been just a bit cleaner. I know its a 16th century tower, but cobwebs in most rooms whilst adding to the atmosphere, was not what I'd expect from the Vivat Trust. We have stayed in other properties which were spotless. In addition, the people there before us had for some reason put dishes containing peanuts into the dishwasher and not bothered to clean them out which really is a bit off.

The layout confused us at first trying to work out which rooms were connected by which staircase but that was all part of the fun. My one negative in it was that the shower fixtures in the bathrooms had nothing for them to hang on and it was a tricky business showering and keeping the rest of the bathroom dry. It may not be in keeping with the character of the house but I'm sure the bedrooms are all large enough to accommodate a small ensuite which would make a huge difference.

On saying that we had a wonderful time, the views from the roof terrace are stunning and we were blessed with good weather too. I would recommend North Lees Hall for a break that is certainly different.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 January 2013

North Lees hall has been tastefully renovated by the Vivat Trust and our stay there was a magical experience. Our friend rented the property and his partner's anniversary surprise was completed by four of us knocking on the door as the sun went down to announce we were staying with them for a couple of nights. The view from the roof of this Elizabethan tower house comes with the melancholy knowledge that Charlotte Bronte once stayed here and based 'Thornfield Hall' and her novel 'Jane Eyre' on the experience. The six of us fashioned a course each for dinner that evening and drew lots for the two four poster beds. After a brisk walk toward, but not quite reaching, the gritsone of stanedge edge next morning we took in the stepping stones over the River Derwent and the grave of Little John, Robin Hood's pal in the local churchyard. If only we had come in the summer we could have tried out the magnificent open air swimming pool that must be the greatest attraction of Hathersage. North Lees is a unique property and gives a you a great feel for how life must have been led led in bygone times.The fresh air , the quiet evenings, the walks and the countryside surrounding the property are a potent mix. Might not suit all tastes but for us the stay was pure pleasure.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Godalming, UK
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

Dec 2012 - We had a great time at North Lees Hall, only spoiled slightly by the relentless rain! It is a fantastic property and lived up to all our expectations - in fact we were pleasantly surprised to find one more double bedroom than we'd expected so we had a spare! I think this may have been a 2nd kitchen in the past. This extra bedroom came in handy when the roof started leaking and we had to move the 2 children down a level. We did inform the housekeepers about the leak and they are aware of an issue with the roof in extreme weather. I believe there is an ongoing dispute with the roofers. For us, this was only a very minor inconvenience.

On the whole, the property was larger than we'd anticipated and the 3 main tower rooms (2 main bedrooms and lounge) were absolutely stunning and quite huge. They are wonderfully 'historic', appropriately decorated and furnished very comfortably.

The whole property was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The organic welcome food basket was lovely and the many extra touches like fresh flowers, and festive decorations were very much appreciated. It felt very homely and cosy, unlike so many bland holiday properties. We were surprised and delighted by the massive amount of logs supplied for the wood burners - unfortunately, with the weather being so grim, we did spent a lot of time indoors and burned our way through many of these in the main lounge. Having said this, we were very pleasantly surprised to find the property in general was so warm in the middle of December. We'd packed plenty of warm clothes as we thought it would be freezing, but we actually found ourselves turning the heating down when we arrived.

Only a couple of minor negatives - the 2 bathrooms, although very clean, were a little '1970s'. They both had baths with a hand held shower attachment, which meant either taking a bath or sitting in the bath and attempting to shower without spaying water all over the bathroom. However, they were perfectly adequate and you cannot reasonably expect all mod cons in such an old property. In addition, the cooker was also pretty basic and the oven was a bit smokey. Although the kitchen is 'getting on a bit' we thought it was quite charming and spent a lot of time in there, sitting around the table, drinking wine, chatting and playing games. Finally, and again because of the weather, we spent quite a bit of time indoors and the TV in the main lounge is tiny.

On the whole, we were delighted with North Lees Hall and would love to return in better weather. I can imagine eating on the roof terrace in the sunshine - it would be perfect. I cannot imagine that anybody would be disappointed with a trip to North Lees Hall. The property is stunning and the location is absolutely idyllic. We will certainly explore other Vivat Trust properties in the future.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 May 2011

Myself and four family members were fortunate enough to have the pleasure of a long weekend break here, we had the run of the whole property and massively enjoyed ourselves, we spent much of our time watching the lambs which surrounded the property, walking the gorgeous countryside and relaxing reading our books either wrapped up warmly on the roof or snuggled by the gorgeous wood burning fire, my husband and I slept well in the ground floor room on our canopied bed, the house was well stocked and immaculate and we had a fantastic time, even though we kept getting lost and were all a bit scared of the staircase!:) all this break was lacking was a few more sharp knives in the kitchen and the shuffling of a ghostly form in the attic!! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2011
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 May 2011

Just returned from 5 day stay at North Lees Hall. What a fantastic place. Went with friends, hall is divided into two apartments, both with own fully fitted kitchen including dishwasher, washing machine, dryer and fridge freezer. Four poster beds in each main bedroom and in our apartment extra twin bed room inter connecting. This is a fabulous place to stay and get away from the maddening crowd. Lovely walks (we are not walkers but enjoyed the area so much). Had our evening meal around 5.00 as then we bolted down for the evening sitting in our lounge with our friends, lit the log fire (lots of logs already prepared for your stay) enjoyed good wine, good snacky food and excellent friendship. Hardly any phone signel so great to get away and just contact who you want when you want. Glorious views from on top of the tower can see for miles and miles. This is a place where you really must stay. As this place was so good and the facilities extra special (on arrival basket including wine, jam, bread, pasta, pasta sauce and milk, butter and bacon in the fridge) we have just booked to stay in Arley Tower at the next bank holiday and get a 5% discount as we have stayed in North Lees. Great place for adults and also if you have children historical place to stay and good for visiting surrounding areas. You will NOT be disappointed.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Netherlands
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Reviewed 10 August 2009

North Lees Hall is a 17th century Hall, renovated by the non-profit Vivat Trust. My wife and I stayed in the ground floor appartment for a week last July. The appartment had an very spacious combined sittingroom/bedroom. We slept onder a canopy. The citchen is also spacious and very well equiped (washer, dryer, dishwasher, oven). The bathroom is on the first floor, the stairs are rather narrow. The sitting room has furniture in the 17th century style. Our only comment is that the twoseater was really too small for two people to sit comfortably.
North Lees Hall is situated in the middle of nature. The views from the house are fantastic. It is an excellent base to walk in the Peak District countryside. Stanage Edge is just 10 minutes walk from the door. Hathersage is a nice little village (you absolutely need a car to get there) with a couple of nice pubs that serve good meals and sufficient shops to get all the stuff to prepare your own meals. On arrival in the Hall you will find a basket with ample food for the first evening.
We did not have very good wheather all the time. No problem, read Emily Bronte or watch the dvd of Jane Eyre.

Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: North Lees Hall
Address: | c/o Vivat Trust Holidays, Hathersage, Peak District National Park S33 1BR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Hope Valley > Hathersage
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Ranked #3 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Hathersage
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 2
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Historic property that inspired Charlotte Bronte to write her novel "Jane Eyre." ... more   less 
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North Lees Hall Hathersage, Peak District National Park

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