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Old Hall Inn, on the western edge of the Peak District, encompasses two village pubs and an Elizabethan manor house, with rooms spread across the three buildings and a shared beer garden between them. Expect comfortable rooms and good walks in the surrounding countryside, followed by excellent food and drink when you return.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Old Hall Inn sits at the heart of - indeed, IS the heart of - Whitehough, a quiet hamlet on the edge of the village of Chinley. It's easy to reach by road or rail: the A6 passes just to the south and Chinley has a station on the Manchester-Sheffield train line. There's excellent walking all round, both gentle and strenuous, and interesting places within a 15-20 minute drive include Castleton and Buxton.

By car: around 1 hour from Sheffield, 3 hours 30 minutes from Bristol and 4 hours from London. There is free parking on site.

By train: direct trains run to Chinley from Sheffield Station (41 minutes) and Manchester Piccadilly (46 minutes). The hotel is around 10-minutes walk from Chinley Station. Book trains to Chinley.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

There's no shortage of original character, with wooden beams, stone chimney breasts and flagged floors aplenty, but everything feels fresh and rustic-chic rather than fusty or dated. Expect Farrow & Ball-style paint shades on tongue-and-groove panelling, local artists' works hanging on the walls and a basket full of the day's papers to read.

THE FACILITIES

Outdoorsy types are well looked after. You can borrow maps and Garmin tracking devices for walks, use the drying room for wet gear, store bikes in the lock-up and pick the landlord's brain for tips on where to go running, biking and wild swimming. There's even a spare stable, should you be travelling by horse.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Board games and puzzles
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Bedrooms in the old hall are the largest and slightly more luxurious, coming with the kind of wonky beams, leaded windows and gently creaking floors you'd expect from a late 16th-century building. The rooms over the two pubs are smaller, simpler and sweetly rustic-chic. All come with Nespresso machines, Netflix and breakfast included.

Room types: Rooms 1-11, The Cress Annex, Crackin' View Studio, Spring Cottage, Shepherds Cottage

Key amenities: ensuite with shower, smart TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The inn has an excellent reputation for its food (pub classics in the Old Hall, pizzas and global pop-ups in the Paper Mill), and it's well-deserved - it's seasonal, home-cooked and a cut above your average pub grub. The drinks selection is impressive, too, including a huge choice of beers and some interesting wines.

Paper Mill: light-bites, modern Italian cuisine. Open Wed-Fri 5-9pm, Sat 2-9, Sun 12-7.30pm (pizza only). Plates from £4.

Old Hall: hearty, modern British cuisine. Open Mon-Thur 12-9pm, Fri-Sat 12-9.30pm, Sun 12-7.30pm. Mains from £12.

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