Hotel Review: Willersley Castle, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire - August 2017.
Willersley Castle is a late 18th-century country mansion situated above the River Derwent at Cromford, Derbyshire which is now a Grade II* listed building. Standing in 60 acres (240,000 m2) of grounds, the Georgian style castellated house is three storeys with a seven bay frontage, the central bay flanked by full height round towers. To read more about Willersley Castle, click here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willersley_Castle .
I stayed at Willersley Castle for two nights in August 2017, two of us stayed on a bed and breakfast basis for two nights, which cost £153.90. The hotel is run by The Christian Guild, and seems to be popular with religious tourists (which we are not), we enjoyed the cmpany of the people that we met, but if you are uncomfortable with religion then this is something to be aware of.
The room we were allocated was room 33, which was a huge room at the front of the hotel on the top floor. The room had a superb view, and was genuinely very good. There were four bed spaces in the room, along with a bathroom and a separate washroom. Bizarrely the room had three fire exits, which also is a downside as noise from passers by was very audible.
This is a very old building, it is a beautiful building, however there are visible upkeep issues, including the paintwork in places. You need to see passed this if you are staying here, and appreciate what a great building it is.
Breakfast was excellent a good hot and cold buffet, all the usual English breakfast items, and at a very good quality too. You are allocated a table with your name on it, and you MUST sit there - the staff are very strict about this.
The hotel has an EXCELLENT swimming pool, which is a walk from the main building up a steep hill, it's a bit of a climb, but the pool is very much worth it.
This review features views of the following: external shots of the castle building; reception; the central atrium area from the ground floor up to the second floor skylight; a detailed room inspection of room 33; the lift / elevator; the staircases; the restaurant; breakfast buffet; table tennis; walk up to the swimming pool; swimming pool changing rooms; the swimming pool; and some of the grounds.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again in future if I was visiting the Matlock area.
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