From £130
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OVERVIEW

Biggin Hall attracts a particularly loyal clientele, with guests who have been returning here regularly for years. Pulling them in is a characterful combination of historic charm (the main building is a handsome 17th-century manor house, stuffed with antiques), a peaceful rural setting, good food and comfortable rooms at reasonable rates.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Easy to reach (it's just off the A515), the hall sits at the western end of the strung-out village of Biggin, next door to the pub. It's quietly rural but convenient for exploring, sitting roughly at the centre of a circle formed by Ashbourne, Matlock, Bakewell, Buxton, Leek and Alton Towers, all within a 20-30-minute drive. The Tissington Trail, a 13-mile route along a former railway line, runs nearby, with an access point half a mile up the road.

By car: Biggin Hall is 1 hour from Sheffield, 1 hour 30 mins from Birmingham and 3 hours 15 mins from London. There is free parking on-site.

By train: London St Pancras to Matlock (via Derby) takes 2 hours 20 mins. The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from the station. Book trains to Matlock.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

It's full of historic features and appealingly higgledy-piggledy, with rooms split between the main hall and various outbuildings. There's a convivial, chatty feel to the place; if you like your hotels fiercely modern, it's not for you, but if you love generous helpings of character and quirk, it's ideal.

THE FACILITIES

Staff are friendly, helpful and happy to advise on local attractions. The hotel caters well to visitors who come to enjoy the countryside: there's a drying room for muddy gear, a storage shed for bikes, and you can borrow brollies or buy walking maps, discounted tickets for Haddon and Chatsworth and souvenir mugs and ales.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Library
  • Gardens
  • Terrace
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The look in the rooms is country-style comfort rather than contemporary cool, and the bathrooms are serviceable rather than swish. Upgrades have added welcome modern luxuries, though, so as well as oriental rugs, wonky floors and antique furnishings and artworks, you'll also find flat-screen TVs, room service and mini-fridges.

Room types: Courtyard Rooms, Lodge Rooms, Main House Rooms, Dog-friendly Rooms

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, TV, tea and coffee facilities, fridge, phone, antiques

FOOD AND DRINK

Every day brings a different menu, with four or five choices for each course, and food that mixes Mediterranean and British influences. Starters might include a tian of smoked salmon, samphire and crayfish; mains a slow-braised lamb with bubble and squeak mash. Local ingredients feature too, such as Peakland Blue Cheese and High Peak Fillet Steak.

The restaurant: AA Rosette, traditional British dishes, local produce, vegan and vegetarian menus. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Three-course dinner £32.50, tasting menu £75 per person with wine pairings.

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