This was our second stay at the Sheriff Lodge and we could not recommend anywhere else to stay while you visit this area of Derbyshire.
The rooms are super. From the range of toiletries to the hospitality tray, nothing is left wanting. Lovely breakfast. Have yet to stay in a nicer B&B.
Highly recommended - and I tend to be fussy.
The Wedding Party!
We cannot thank Kate and Alan of Sheriff Lodge enough for all that they did on the weekend of 29 / 30 September 2006. These are two amazing people who could not do enough for the guests of Pete and Ali on their wedding day. The house is truly beautiful and you are made to feel very welcome and at ease. When I return to Matlock there will only be one place to stay - Sheriff Lodge. Thanks again Kate & Alan, you are true stars!
Superb B&B, best we've stayed in
We stayed at the Sheriff Lodge for 2 nights in late October, along with some friends of ours. Everything from the hosts, to the rooms, to the breakfasts was spot on, and I can honestly say this is the best B&B I have ever visited in the UK
Upon arrival we were greeted very warmly at the front door by Kate and Alan. Alan gave us a tour of the house and explained all the amenities, as well as providing recommendations for dinner and even offering us a cup of tea. A very good start, and we found both Alan and Kate to be very chatty and friendly throughout our stay...Alan helped us out with planning a day-walk, and also let us know about a local fireworks display that was happening that weekend.
The lodge itself has a lounge area for guests, which has comfy sofas and a large selection of guidebooks, maps and other information about the local area. There's a fridge in the corner that guests can use to chill their own drinks, and it's also stocked with soft-drinks and bottled water that guests are free to help themselves to. There's also a selection of DVDs (there are DVD players in each room) and boardgames, plus a daily newspaper.
The two rooms we had booked with our friends were "the Nest" and "the Loft", both on the second floor. Both were very well appointed with subtle themes throughout, and had good views of the countryside (the views from the Nest being partially obscured by a new YHA building opposite). In each room there was a book full of information about the local area; places to visit, things to do, places to eat etc, plus a TV with DVD player.
The Nest's ensuite bathroom had a bath with shower over, while the Loft had a shower but no bath. Both bathrooms were very spacious and clean, and beautifully appointed with wooden floors and branded toiletries.
And now for the breakfasts....these were definitely the highlight of our stay! Breakfast is served between 8:30am and 9:30am....you just turn up whenever you want in that hour, and order from the breakfast menu once you've sat down. Options include Eggs Benedict (which was fantastic), porridge, Derbyshire oatcake, and a variety of gluten free and vegetarian/vegan choices (which we didn't try). The piece de resistance was the 'full English', which consisted of 14 different items served on a 12 inch plate...amazing! If you can't hack the whole lot, you're also able to order any combination of those 14 items. There was also a buffet selection of fruit, juices, cereals, yogurts etc, plus coffee, tea, and toast on request. On the Sunday, Alan even laid out a very tasty homemade loaf of bread.
We'll definitely be going back and would recommend this place to anyone. We thought the price we paid was worth it for the breakfast alone!
A Real Home Away From Home
Thanks you Kate and Alan! My wife and I have stayed at 'Sherrif Lodge' on a number of occasions, and rate it as simply the BEST Bed & Breakfast we have ever stayed in. We were impressed from the first time we stayed~ Kate and Alan have worked hard to make this a real home away from home. Somewhere you can relax, unwind and enjoy the Peaks to their full! From the moment you arrive untill you drive away, you are looked after and made to feel VERY welcome. It is the little things that make the difference ~ the attention to detail within each room, the choice at breakfast, the super packed lunches or just being greeted with a cup of tea after a hard journey.
My wife and I stayed for a couple of nights at the beginning of Dec, and despite one of us being 'under the weather' and confined to 'barracks' on the saturday, we still had a great time just relaxing in this beautiful house. Kate and Alan really looked after us and made our stay another speacial one. Thanks very much! I would recommend this B&B to anyone without reservation ~ but then everyone will know about this secret place and I might not be able to stay! Ssshhh, lets keep it a secret..
We cannot emphasise enough what a warm and friendly experience we had at 'Sheriff Lodge'. We were given the warmest of welcomes on arrival. Alan and Kate go out of their way to make your stay as pleasurable and as comfortable as possible. Our room was spotlessly clean, light and airy, and the bed !!!! The en-suite bathroom was a very good size. Anything you may have forgotten to bring was in the room, even a sewing kit ! The breakfast was more than plentiful with yoghurts, fruit juices, various cereals and a mega breakfast, which came to the table piping hot ! Pots of tea and coffee and home made jams, marmalade and bread. We will definately return. Don't look any further, if you're wanting to stay in this area, this is THE place to stay. Thanks Alan and Kate.
Jayne and Julian Drayton
Americans, you will LOVE this!
We stayed in many B&Bs on our tour of England and Wales. This one was the very best! Exceptionally inviting, as well as clean. Outstanding hospitality and probably the best breakfast we had on the entire trip. Although our party of five stayed only one night, we agreed that it was our favorite location. Stay away from the chain hotels, this is the REAL way to experience this part of the country.
A wonderful place to stay
I can only repeat what has already been said below. This is a fantastic place to stay. Rooms superb, breakfast enough for the largest appetite and hospitality first class. We took a bottle of malt whisky with us and when we got back to the room on the second day they had left two glass tumblers for us.
Information I can add is that Kate and Alan recommend a couple of restaurants for evening meals. We tried G&T’s in Matlock and the Sycamore Inn nearby. G&T served very good French/English food. The restaurant has a nice classy feel and is small but comfortable. A dinner for two including Lobster Thermador and a bottle of wine, dessert and coffee cost us just under £70.
Sycamore Inn we found to be just a local pub. Ok but not very classy. However, food was good quality. My main grumble was that they served the real ale (Black Sheep) chilled, Ugh! Although that seemed to be the fashion in other places we visited in the peaks.
We had a great week end which was enhanced by our stay at Sheriff Lodge.
What can we say about the sheriff lodge....!!!!
We have only stayed on 1 other Uk hotel/guesthouse that was better and that was the Hilton.
I posted a review on the lodge's own guest book at the time we stayed as i didnt use trip advisor then. I spotted it here yesterday but i felt i had to tell you how fabulous we thought the place was.
The warmest welcome you coulD ever find - they fitted us in last minute and made sure we had everything we needed.
The place is beautiful, the owners are the nicest people i have ever met, the room comfortable and cosy and the food - YUMMY!!!!! My partner has food intollerences and they catered for him perfectly.
Its been a while since we stayed but we have recommeneded it to many and they have all come back with the same opinion.
We booked Sheriff Lodge after reading all the reviews - even though at the time it was further south than we'd initially planned on staying. It was a good move as it is a fantastic B&B.
We stayed in The Dray which was a good size room with an enormous and very comfortable bed. The en suite bathroom was also quite spacious and had a bath with a shower over. The room had all your standard equipment and supplies, plus some extra thoughtful touches like a DVD player and an 'emergency kit' which included basic toiletry necessities, scissors, bottle opener, manicure set, etc.
The breakfasts were very good quality and there were comprehensive alternatives for vegetarians and people with gluten intolerance. I wish I had tried the scrambled eggs before the last day as it was heaven - very unlike the usual dry, tasteless stuff I've experienced elsewhere.
The owners were very welcoming and friendly, without being intrusive, and clearly wanted to ensure that we had everything we needed to get the most out of our stay.
It's a five minute walk into town and a range of restaurant options - but beware - it's uphill all the way back! We ate at G&Ts which was good and at The Strand twice - which we liked better (hence the 'twice'!)
We visited some of the caves in Castleton on our first day. It took just over half an hour to get there. TIP: if you are visiting in school holidays go to Speedwell Cave early. This is the one with a boat trip and we missed it because there was a massive queue and we couldn't be bothered to wait for 2 hours. And if you can't fit in all the caves - don't bother with Peak Cavern - it wasn't that impressive and the tour guide we had was a bit annoying and over the top. We liked Poole and Treak Cliff Caverns and both had good guides.
We visited Heights of Abraham and the Crich Tramway Museum on our second day - both of which we enjoyed a lot.
We stayed for one night while sightseeing in Matlock. Viewed all of the reviews on Tripadvisor and can now understand why it is no/1. Easy to find, good parking facilties and close to town. We were greeted by Kate who took us to our room [the Nest] and helped us with surroundings and discout voucehrs for Chatsworth House. House was spotless and very cosy. All of the laundry smelt so fresh! The breakfast was superb, will definately try to porridge next time we stay. Good food provided for vegetarians and the homemade jams were lovely. Views form the rooms were amazing and all the facilities that you could need were there. We went to the local pub for evening meal [Sycamore] which was wonderful, friendly and excellent value for money. Did the Heights of Abraham and Chatsworth House - both worth a visit.
All in all, an excellent stay and would definately recommend this b&b to anyoe wishing to stay in the Derbyshire area.