“ Address: Main Rd / Hathersage / Hope Valley / Derbyshire / S32 1BB / England „
How I found the George Hotel. I was returning home from working in Sheffield. Normally my trip across the moors of Derbyshire would take about an hour and a half. On this particular night fog had fallen and the drive was getting more and more difficult and dangerous. When I eventually got to Hathersage I decided I was going no further that night and pulled into the car park at the George Hotel and went in to see if there were "any rooms at the inn!" Walking in to the lobby, tired and dishevelled from work and driving, I was met with kindness by the lady receptionist. I explained that I couldn't drive any further and asked if there was a room. The George is a 500 year old inn, it is beautiful, it has been decorated on the inside in keeping with it's external aged elegance. I didn't think I could afford to stay there and when the receptionist told me the room prices I thought I would be sleeping in my car! Fortunately she took pity on me. There was only one room left and as she said, no-one else was going to want it so late at night, she let me have it for fifty pounds. I was so relieved I could have hugged her! My room was spacious and inviting. Original paintings adorned the walls, spotless deep carpets underfoot and a beautiful large bed, not a four poster but an elegant old wooden one. There was a lot of storage space, not that I had any luggage! After a few minutes of me sitting in contented delight and gazing round my lovely haven of a room, there was a tap on the door. The receptionist came in and explained that she had "Rustled up a few things that you might need." She handed me a toothbrush, tube of toothpaste, a comb and a very large teeshirt to sleep in. I was touched by her thoughtfulness. Where else would you find care like that for a 'weary traveller'? I thanked her and she refused all offers of payment for the items. I went into the bathroom and tidied myself up a bit. The bathroom had a shower, large bath, beautiful basin and enough large fluffy towels to lose yourself in. Pure luxury! The complimentary toiletries were of a very high quality. I seem to remember they were made by 'Neal's Yard' but I might be mistaken there. Wandering downstairs I admired the decor and artwork. It was all designed to a very exacting and pleasing standard. It looked as though the interior decorators had really taken the age of the hotel and the needs of it's patrons very seriously and combined the two highly succesfully. Large comfortable chairs dotted the reception area. Antique tables and mirrors added to the effect. Good magazines and newspapers were set out for the guests enjoyment. It truly was a lovely comfortable place to relax in. Parts of the walls were exposed old cotswold stone which added to the mellow light and atmosphere. On reading some of the literature I discovered with pleasure that Charlotte Bronte had stayed regularly at the hotel whilst visiting friends at Hathersage Vicarage. She liked the hotel so much that she used it, and some of its guests and staff, as models for her classic book Jane Eyre. I (of course) asked if she had ever stayed in my room, but there were no records of which particular rooms she used. Never mind. I felt I was in illustrious company anyway! The hotel has 22 rooms. I imagine that they are all slightly different. Some single and some double. Some with four poster beds some more modern divans. Best Western own the George but there is none of the cloned feeling that other hotels manage to produce in their pursuit of efficiency and profit. It is a unique place. For a small hotel there are quite a few services available. These include Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Ironing Service, Packed Lunches, Fax/Photocopying. There is free internet connection throughout the hotel but I didn't get a chance to try this. As far as I could see most areas were wheelchair accessible. Cots can be provided and there are highchairs available too. They don't allow dogs which is a pity in such a good walking area but I fully understand why. Nor did I get a chance to try their restaurant but friends of mine have eaten there and one couple go there for every anniversary! I am told that the food served is of a very high standard. One day I will find out for myself. The breakfast I had there was superb. The choices were cereals, fresh fruit, various pastries, and or a full English Breakfast. I asked for bacon and egg on toast and it was delicious. The fruit juice was fresh and the coffee was so good I ended up a bit wired because I drank too much of it! Hathersage is in the middle of the Derbyshire Peak District. It's a pretty little village and The George is situated right in the middle, on the main through road. Robin Hood's Little John is buried in the graveyard here and is worth a visit if you are feeling nostalgic for the days when you watched his exploits on the tv. The fabulous Chatsworth House is about eight miles away. Many walks on the hills or to Ladybower resevoir are there for the taking. Bakewell with it's famous tarts (the edible kind!), Eyam the brave and historic plague village, and Sheffield with it's Meadowhall Mall are all within ten or fifteen miles. So the hotel is a great base for a leisurely or more active holiday. It is not a cheap place to stay if you are on a tight budget, the price for a single room at the moment is £90.00 on offer from £103.00 per night. A Superior double room with Breakfast would cost £145.00 also reduced from £160.00. Their website has more detailed prices listed. I think that the prices are reasonable for the quality of the hotel and the care that guests receive. I would love to stay here for a week to be cossetted and absorb the restful atmosphere of the hotel and surrounding unspoilt countryside. The George Hotel. Main Road, Hope Valley, S32 1BB Hathersage www.george-hotel.net
Located in the heart of Peak District.