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A lovely countryside retreat
My girlfriend and I stayed at The Maynard hotel in Grindleford one Friday evening in May 2011.
Our stay was free courtesy of a voucher in the 2010/11 Charity Unleashed gift voucher booklet (a booklet that was purchased for £50 and contained over £1,000 worth of vouchers, with all proceeds going to charity). The hotel was kind enough to allow us to redeem our voucher for a Friday night stay. The terms and conditions on the voucher stated that weekend stays were only permitted subject to availability. We phoned them on the Thursday evening and as they had two rooms available for the Friday evening they allowed us to book.
Ordinarily, a double room costs around £80-£90 per night midweek and £110-£120 per night at weekends.
Room rates do not include breakfast, which costs an additional £5 per person for Continental breakfast and £8.50 per person for a cooked "Derbyshire breakfast".
The Maynard hotel is located in the village of Grindleford in the Peak District, just a few minutes drive from Baslow, Bakewell and the famous plague village of Eyam.
It takes only 20 minutes to drive there from Sheffield city centre. Simply follow the A625 Ecclesall Road out of the city, continue along the A6187 Hathersage Road and then turn left (just after the Fox House pub and restaurant) onto the B6521 (signposted Grindleford). You will find the hotel on the left hand side a couple of miles along the B6521, just after Grindleford railway station.
Alternatively, Sheffield to Grindleford takes just 13 minutes on the train and The Maynard is located just a couple of minutes walk from Grindleford railway station.
The Maynard is therefore an ideal place to stay for either exploring the surrounding Peak District villages and countryside or as a peaceful retreat for business travellers visiting Sheffield.
We stayed in room 9 which is on the top floor of the hotel and overlooks the car park and the main road. Rear facing rooms would offer much better views over the hotel's gardens and surrounding countryside.
Getting to our room involved climbing a couple of flights of stairs as the hotel has no lifts. This didn't bother us at all, but if you are travelling with lots of luggage or have mobility difficulties then I would advise requesting a room on the lower floors.
Our room featured a large and comfortable bed, a good sized plasma TV with dozens of satellite channels (including Sky Sports!), a small wardrobe, a desk and chair, bedside cabinets and plenty of lamps and electrical sockets.
The room was clean and comfortable, although the furniture was a little dated and the floorboards squeaked quite a lot.
The room was very warm, especially after taking a hot bath, and there was a safety mechanism on the windows which prevented them from being opened more than a few inches.
There is free wi-fi throughout the hotel. The signal wasn't particularly good in our room (maybe because we were located on the top floor quite a distance from reception, or maybe just because we were in the Peak District); it therefore took a while to log on and then the connection kept dropping periodically.
A generous selection of coffee and tea making facilities are provided, including a kettle, a cafetiere for making coffee, Tetley's tea bags (no green or herbal teas provided), Nescafe coffee sachets and ground coffee granules, Cadbury's hot chocolate sachets, biscuits (chocolate chip cookies and golden crunch biscuits) and bottled mineral water. Both of the provided mugs were chipped, but we were happy to overlook that.
The en-suite bathroom was rather spacious and featured a small bath tub and an excellent power shower. A couple of clean towels each were provided, as well as a small selection of expensive-looking toiletries.
Overall, the room was comfortable, clean and provided everything that we required. Although we only stayed for one night, the room would have been absolutely fine for a longer stay.
The ground floor of the hotel features a rather intimate restaurant and bar area with a really nice ambience.
The food menu looked very appealing, with a good selection of unique creations (some including local lamb and beef) that wouldn't have looked out of place on the menu of any fine dining establishment. The prices are pretty steep (£6-7 for starters, £12-£20 for mains and £5+ for desserts) and we had eaten before we arrived, so we just relaxed in the bar with a couple of drinks.
I was pleased to see that the bar was offering a couple of local real ales at reasonable prices; the excellent Moonshine Pale Ale (from Sheffield's Abbeydale Brewery) and Bakewell Bitter (from Peak Ales Brewery). I enjoyed a pint of each at £3.10 a pint. They also had Amstel and Coors Light lagers on tap. Emma had a pineapple juice (£2.00) and a Pimms with lemonade (£3.50).
Breakfast wasn't included in our room rate, but we decided to purchase it...and we are so glad that we did!
There are a few options on the breakfast menu, including Continental breakfast (£5.00), cooked Derbyshire breakfast (£8.50), smoked salmon with scrambled eggs on toast (£5.00) and bacon sandwiches (£4.00).
The cooked Derbyshire breakfast sounded very appealing (featuring local sausages, bacon, black pudding, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, Derbyshire oatcakes and a choice of eggs), but we both opted for the Continental breakfast.
The Continental breakfast proved to be absolutely superb value for money. First, the waiter brought over a rack of toast and we placed our orders for porridge. A short while later he returned with two large bowls of piping hot porridge served on thick wooden serving boards. It was delicious!
While waiting for the porridge, we had already begun to indulge in the breakfast buffet which included cereals (cornflakes, rice crispies, coco pops, frosties, special k, weetabix), yoghurts (strawberry, caramel, cherry...), croissants, large cuts of cold ham and thick chunks of cheese, danish pastries (chocolate chip croissants and apple and raisin pastries), fruit juices (orange and apple), coffee and tea. All of the food was excellent quality and there was plenty of it.
Breakfast is served in the ground floor dining room which looks out onto the rear seating terrace and gardens. There is an impressive painting on the wall which depicts the Maynard Hotel and the greenery of Grindleford that surrounds it.
Peaceful lawned gardens and outdoor seating areas can be found to the rear of the hotel. The hotel is popular as a wedding reception venue and I imagine that the gardens (with their wonderful views over the surrounding Derbyshire countryside) would make for an ideal setting. We enjoyed a short stroll through the grounds when we arrived on the Friday evening.
There is a large car park (free for hotel guests and visitors to the restaurant) at the side of the hotel.
The hotel's front door is locked at 11pm, but if you intend to return later than that you can inform reception and they will happily provide you with a front door key.
We really enjoyed our short stay at The Maynard. The tranquil setting and surrounding countryside was the ideal tonic at the end of the working week. Our room was comfortable and the breakfast was superb! Recommended!
Directions: Located close to the village of Grindleford in the Peak District, a short drive or train ride from Sheffield.
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