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“Welcoming and quiet getaway hotel, with fantastic food sourced locally”
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The Temple
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Matlock Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“Welcoming and quiet getaway hotel, with fantastic food sourced locally”
Reviewed 13 March 2011

We stayed at the Temple for a quiet weekend walking getaway, and with affordable prices and lovely location away from the main road it seemed to suit our needs. And it did even more so. The staff are exceptional, at time of writing Melanie and Chris are managers, and Melanie is an absolutely fantastic chef. Our breakfast and night time meals were worth every penny, and while the fare might be classed as 'gastro pub' the presentation and quality of food and cooking exceeded all expectations. The hotel prides itself on knowledge of Real Ale, and Chris is not the only one of the staff who is an expert. Our barman on both nights, Keith, was chatty and familiar and knew his beers superbly, and his service was friendly and second to none. On checking in we were met be Rachael, whose email communication and phone manner on booking and on arrival were one of the main reasons we chose the Temple over the more 'upmarket' New Bath Hotel in the town. Our room had a wonderful view, and had all the amenities needed for a weekend getaway, and the bed (king size) was soft and very hard to get out of in the mornings! The hotel is undergoing refurbishments at present, but on first glance you wouldn't notice, apart from toilet areas being moved about, Melanie and Chris have been able to keep the hotel clean and presentable - particularly the bar area which has a lovely open fire and very open and pleasant surrounds with games and books available. The hotel is away from the main road as said, so walking up to it can be quite a trek, up 'cardiac hill' as Chris put it, but the reward of the climb is a well pulled pint and a very personable atmosphere. There is plenty of parking space available around the hotel though if needed. The Temple comes highly recommended, as a comfortable and easy going hotel run with care and passion by all its staff. And the home baked bread and home made jams are to die for! Well done to Melanie and Chris and all at the Temple, we'll be back!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2011

hi
stayed 1 night on business hotel was very quiet room was really nice good size bed nice views of the area i think it will have better atmosphere in the summer and autumn watching the fireworks
nicely stocked bar good real ales and differant whiskeys
owner is the hotel /working in the bar/serving breakfast /and was very helpful sorting out the internet connection for me
another good hard working independant hotel which deserves to succeed
straw bear

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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Surrey
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Reviewed 24 January 2011

A typical older English hotel with sash windows, creaking floors etc. Some mod-cons missing but also had some character. Location is halway up a hillside in a popular Summer tourist area. The view from the front of the hotel and some bedrooms is very nice.
The bar area is like a pub, with log fire and an emphasis on real ales as it has won CAMRA awards.
I paid extra for a larger room . It was cosy enough with a comfy bed ,but still not that large, so glad I did not go for the smaller rooms . Even taking into account the age of the hotel and the price the bathroom was many years past its best with a very weak shower and flooring peeling away .
On the night I stayed there was no food ( which to be fair I knew when I booked ) and in the Summer this would not have been a big problem. However on a wet, cold January night with 90% of the towns eating places closed, then......
Overall value for money was about right .

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled on business
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wolverhampton
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Reviewed 4 November 2010

Booked last minute didn't realise it was last night of the fireworks ( Matlock hotels very busy). We had probably the smallest room in the hotel but when I booked it I was told this, and that it was the last available room but did have a double bed in it. We found the room to be fine for our two night stay.,no complaints bed was very comfy, bathroom had everything in it. white fluffy towels etc.. We went bed and breakfast with a dinner on firework night. Breakfasts were lovely loads to eat and cooked to perfection. The evening meal was superb and service was brilliant. We liked everything about the Temple Hotel and will definitely go back but will book earlier and get a bigger room at the front although if it had to be the same room again I would still go.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Norwich
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Reviewed 28 October 2010

We received a warm welcome and were shown to our room. The room was clean and tidy and was slightly dominated by the super-kingsize bed, although there was still plenty of room and storage. The en-suite bathroom was very spacious.
All of the staff we encountered during our stay were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The atmosphere in the hotel bar was very friendly and vibrant, so often hotel bars can lack soul and life so it was nice to see a good mixture of guests and regulars. The selection of local real ales changed every night and the quality of the ale was very good.
Breakfast was excellent in both quality and quantity and the choice was good as well. It was nice to see fresh fruit rather than tinned and home made jam rather than the catering tubs.
We had a pie on Pie Night' at the hotel and it was delicious. It was also very good value for money and the portion size was more than generous.
Sure, some of the decor in the hotel is tired and the carpet worn in places, but this didn't detract from the enjoyment of our stay. We had a good chat with Chris the owner about refurbishment plans and it is perfectly understandable why there is a lot of work in progress. This is an old building with 40 sash windows and they can't all be done at once. This was part of the charm of the hotel to us, part of its character. It was far better than some modern clinical sleep boxes of hotels that may be sparkly and new, but totally lacking in atmosphere.
The location is excellent, just a short, if steep, walk into town and centrally located for some of the major tourist attractions in the area.
We'd certainly stay here again and would recommend it to our friends.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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shifnal
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Reviewed 24 October 2010

Spending the first 4 days of our October break @ the Temple Hotel, for the fireworks weekend. arriving on the friday as usual to find that it's still as relaxed, friendly & welcoming as it was in February when we first came here. Thank you to Chris & Mel for making us feel so welcome it's like going to stay with friends your name is remembered and your not just a number. Breakfast is always cooked fresh to order and the food for the fireworks meal was fantastic, Mel certainly knows how to cook.Nothing is to much trouble for any of the staff (Rachel, Katie & Keith) or any of the locals that you might meet in the bar area (mick). If you want a relaxing break where you can just chill out in your room or go down into Matlock Bath, The Temple Hotel is the place to base yourself from. Hopefully work permitting we will be going back in the New Year

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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hull england
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Reviewed 17 October 2010

this hotel could be very nice if it was tidied up. carpets as you walk in and upstairs all need replacing as do all the windows, the whole hotel smelt fusty. our room, even with the radiator fully on was still cold. not particularly impressed wtih being checked out by the cook/cleaner! although we were only charged for one nights stay as we had to leave early. food in restaurant was nice, althoug again the resterant needs a good clean and decorating. may look nice in a summer but winter time looks shabby even from the outside with all the stair frames rusty,. if this is the best hotel in derbyshire i wont bother going again. 80 quid a night per room is far too much!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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ChrisTemple, Manager at The Temple, responded to this review, 19 October 2010
We were sorry to read that you had a less than satisfactory experience during your stay with us at The Temple Hotel. As a small independent family run hotel our emphasis is on personal service within a friendly atmosphere and it is our intention to make our guests' stay as relaxed and comfortable as possible, which is usually the case.

The people who run the hotel are often the ones serving breakfast and working the bar in the evening, which is why the owner/Chef checked you out after cooking breakfast. We feel saddened that you felt unable to discuss any of these matters with us at the time. Had we known you were unhappy we would have done everything we could to put things right without any fuss and we would have explained to you the cause and effect of the minor problems you encountered.

We understand your son was ill as this was given as the sole reason for cutting short your two day package with us. In these circumstances the hotel was happy to refund 50% of the cost of the DBB stay as a gesture of goodwill and as some compensation for missing the gala dinner and spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night. This would have normally been covered by your travel insurance.

The fusty smell that was mentioned was not throughout the hotel but only at reception where we have had a minor ingress of rainwater through the glass roof which has affected the carpet and wall and we are trying to dry this out as best we can.

The original Georgian sash windows are being restored as funds allow. Three windows have already been done during refurbishment of rooms. More rooms are scheduled to be refurbished during our winter shutdown period along with replacement of the damaged carpet you mention. We feel the hotel is not 'tatty' as you describe although a little faded in places we admit.

Our success in restoring the hotel's fortunes can be testified to by the independent and unsolicited reviews on the rest of this site.
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Property: The Temple
Address: Temple Walk | Matlock, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3PG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Matlock > Matlock Bath
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Matlock Bath
Hotel Class:3 star — The Temple 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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The Temple Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

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