I have only visited the town for a few hours so this in no ways does justice to it. I still have to say that well...I wouldn't move here tomorrow. Chesterfield is an old market town so we stopped here to see the market and yes, it was a lot bigger than back home in York and with lots of things to buy. Nevertheless, I found that people looked at me in the pub and elsewhere as if to say "we know you're new here". Having said this, there is lots of absolutely gorgeous countryside outside the town, with the rolling Pennine Hills full of sheep and little villages with famous wells. Stop here on a visit to the Peak District National Park and then head for the scenic parts!
THE EXCEPTIONAL HORNBEAM HOUSE
"The Hornbeam House B&B"
This is the Hornbeam House B&B located in Hasland SE of Chesterfield a bit. You are looking at the front entrance with the sunroom in front. On the right bottom floor is the guest sitting room. To the left and hidden behind the sunroom is the dining room. To the far left is the guest cottage that sleeps 6. Our guest room was up the center stairs and to the rear of the house. The yard is large with flower beds and cherry trees. Parking is in the rear.
"BEDTIME FOR MRS. BIRCHY"
Bedrooms are difficult to take pictures of. This is the four poster bed with canopy that was in our bedroom at Hornbeam House. To the left was a picture window overlooking the backyard. And to the rear is a huge wardrobe with the secret door that leads to the bath. After 14 hours of Transatlantic travel that bed was so welcome!!
"THE SECRET BATH"
Tim, our host, just loved this part. When showing us the room he paused and as we were about to ask, "I thought this was ensuite," he grins and opens the secret door in the wardrobe and like magic this beautifully appointed bathroom appears. Lovely, lovely. Tub, shower, hair dryer and all the amenities. Wonderful tile work on the walls.
"The Hornbeam's Stairway"
Up the stairway and to the right was our room. At the bottom is a stand with oodles of reading material including travel guides for the Derbyshire. On the walls were pictures plus a swatch of the Victorian wallpaper that was originally on the walls.
"The Guest Sitting Room"
A huge room, you can sit and watch Sky Telly, listen to cd's or watch videos. But most likely you will be entertained by Tim and Freddie as they tell you about their adventures in restoring the house and their past lives at the BBC. Get them to tell you the story of the drapes. You will also find a case of antique jewelry and hundreds of handbags that Freddie collects and might sell to you if you twist her arm.
"Breakfast at Hornbeam"
This is a typical table setting for breakfast at the Hornbean House. As mentioned before, Freddie loves to use all kinds of plates and tableware. If you are not sure what to use when or where, just ask.
The dining room is so well appointed and can be arranged to accomodate the party of 6 from the cottage or just a single table for the rooms upstairs.
"Your Hostess, Freddie"
This is Freddie attending one of the side tables. She loves to set a gorgeous table and puts out all kinds of choices for the guests. On morning one we were the only guests but there was enough food for a full house. And she seems disappointed if you don't sample it all. So, bon appetite!!
"Tim, the Happy Chef"
I swear, Tim could do a cooking show with his personality alone. Here he is in all his chefing regalia, entertaining Joanne. I always have liked restaurants where the chef comes out and chats with the customers. Well, Tim loves to do that in between courses. He does love to chat but never seems to burn the bacon.