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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic property that inspired Charlotte Bronte to write her novel "Jane Eyre." ... more less
- Also Known As:
- North Lees Hall Hotel Hathersage
- North Lees Hall Hathersage, Peak District National Park