When a retreat labels itself as ‘The Best Kept Secret in the Peak District’, you know your trip is going to go one of two ways: Either you’re going to be rolling your eyes at the pretence of it all, no matter how beautifully made your bed is; Or you’re going to come out booking another trip for next weekend. Thankfully, Losehill House Hotel & Spa was very much the latter; all of the self-assured class and beauty with little of the pretence.
Located in the heart of The Peak District National Park, Losehill Hotel & Spa is a historic hotel redeveloped with modern convenience. Picture-perfectly framed by Derbyshire’s hard-to-beat lush, green surroundings, the classic arts & crafts gem was built in 1914 and is suitably tucked away at the end of a leafy lane between the gorgeous Castleton and tranquil Hope.
The hotel itself has 23 en-suite bedrooms and suites, all of which comes with Flat Screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access – not that you’ll be using much of either – as well as extensive views over the majestic Win Hill from the majority of them.
We had a Deluxe Kings Double and the room was clean, spacious and packed some classy touches like complimentary toiletries from one of those chic London houses. The beds were extremely comfortable and lounging around in the robes and slippers provided was never going to present any problems. The only thing we would say is that our room didn’t have air-con and we’d assume the others are the same. While only a minor issue, the room temperature was difficult to control through radiators alone.
The Orangery Restaurant
Then we come to the award winning on-site Orangery Restaurant. The restaurant is all about quality and provenance with all ingredients sourced from local Peak District businesses wherever possible. And boy, does it show. Orangery offers a daily changing a-la-carte Dinner Menu, with a selection of 6 delicious choices for each course including vegetarian options. For £45 you’ll get canapes in the lounge and bar, a Starter, a Main, and a Dessert.
To give you a feel, we opted for Lamb Belly with Tomato Cous Cous, Pomegranate, Goat’s Curd and Mint Salsa Verde for Starter; Slow Cooked Pork Belly with Black Pudding Bon Bon and Spring Onions for Main; and a lip-smacking White Chocolate and Lime Mousse with Puffed Wild Rice and Honey Jelly for Dessert. Yes, the menu is fine dining, but in-keeping with the hotel itself, it’s class without the pretence. Well-balanced, well-portioned, and absolutely delicious. Service, as it was everywhere at Losehill, was similarly exemplary.
We should also give a mention to the bar which is located in the lounge next to the restaurant. Though wine and spirits are always going to be taken care of at fine dining establishments, we’ve found that the beer range is often an afterthought. But not at Losehill where they offer local real ale from the Bakewell-based Thornbridge Brewery and a select range of excellent beers and lagers on tap from further afield.
So the ‘Hotel’ bit of Losehill is very much a winner but what about the ‘Spa’? Well, it too is perfectly judged. Despite its relatively small size, the Spa below the hotel (so you get plenty of privacy) features a tranquil indoor heated pool, dedicated changing rooms and showers, a peaceful sauna, a steam room, and then the cherry on top; an outdoor hot tub with panoramic views over the Hope Valley.
Upstairs is where you’ll find a suite of three Spa Treatment rooms where you can enjoy an extensive range of spa treatments using luxurious Thalgo products. Our treatments were relaxing and rejuvenating, and we’d definitely recommend booking one during your stay. The only slight issue is that the treatment rooms are located on the 2nd floor meaning you have to meander the hallways in your robes. Having said that, there is a separate staircase so you don’t need to go through the restaurant or reception.
Losehill is the only 4 star hotel located slap bang inside the Peak District, so naturally its surroundings are unavoidable when reviewing. Its location is quite simply stunning. Secluded enough to feel like a real hidden paradise but still close in proximity to some of the area’s most loved walks and scenery. It couldn’t really be more ideal if you’re looking to do some hiking in the Peaks. And really, why wouldn’t you?
The walk from Lose Hill itself to Mam Tor is one of the area’s most popular thanks to its truly spectacular sights. The hotel reception has handouts with directions for a plethora of walks in the area and we’d recommend Lose Hill > Mam Tor > Castleton > Hope. It takes around 4 hours but the promise of a hot tub at the end will keep you going.
Elsewhere, Castleton itself is well worth an afternoon of meandering thanks to its tea rooms, pubs and the staggering caves of Blue John. Chatsworth House and Gardens aren’t much more than a half hour drive away either, and the climb up Stanage Edge is ideal for the more adventurous of guests.
Losehill House Hotel & Spa is available to book now with rooms starting at £160 per room per night. All rooms include bed and full Derbyshire breakfast, which unsurprisingly is superb. All resident guests also enjoy complimentary use of the indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and terrace hot tub, making a stay a Losehill well worth the money for a relaxing retreat or romantic getaway. Head over to the Losehill House Website for more details.