I have stayed here twice, in the Explorer rooms, and can honestly say that it is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.
The breakfast is top notch, typical English breakfast of bacon, scrambled egg, beans, toast, oh the list is endless. Not to mention your yoghurts, cereal etc.
The grounds are quite pretty, with a lovely lake (filled with little ducks and ducklings) and fountain.
The times I have stayed here it has never been that nice to sit outside, but I imagine when the sun is beaming down it would be quite pleasant.
The rooms are standard for any hotel. Lovely big bed with a really nice throw ontop, with pictures of balloons and other early inventions stitched into it. You also get a huge bear that greets you when you come into the room. Sadly you do not get to keep it.
We had dinner once in the Secret Garden Restaurant, but was a bit on the expensive side and wasn't very appealing menu wise.
The Dragon's Bar is quite cool, and the cocktails are lethal. Think I had about two before the room started to spin. They make cost a bit for one but you certainly don't get a watered down version. Beware!
Entertainment is the evening is good, but found it suits the little kiddies more. Lots of singing and dancing. Very Butlins.
All in all I give it 8 out of 10
I stayed with a big group of friends, for a weekend, at School House in Bradnop, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, quite close to Leek. It has five bedrooms: 2 doubles (one with a cot) and 3 twin rooms. It also had two bathrooms, two sitting rooms (one very spacious one with big sofas and comfortable chairs and a smaller one with a sofa bed) and a giant kitchen with two big tables that we managed to squeeze everyone round for lunch.
The house looks as if it was originally built as three separate cottages, which have since been knocked through, giving a slightly haphazard feel to the layout but this added to its charm. We also enjoyed the garden, where we were visited by some friendly cats, when the sun came out just an hour before we left. We loved the place, which seemed very atmospheric with its old beams, stone walls and wood burning fire. We thought at first it might be a bit chilly but it was in fact really cosy (there’s central heating too) and took no time to warm up whenever we got back.
It was splendidly equipped; we couldn’t think of a single thing the owner hadn’t thought to provide. We even had a choice of electric filter machine or cafetière to make coffee with! The laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer would be useful for longer stays and we were certainly glad of the dishwasher! The beds were comfortable and already made up with the linen provided. We just had to supply our loo rolls and, if you’re going to keep the fire on all the time, you might need some extra wood.
The countryside around Bradnop was really pretty and the walkers in our gathering sang the area’s praises too. If anyone fancies a livelier time visiting Alton Towers, that’s not too far away either!
The only drawback (for me at least) was that, like many older houses with plenty of nooks and crannies, it was a little prone to spiders, not especially large ones but terrifying enough for me!
You can find more info about it and see pictures of it at the website listed below.
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