There is no doubt that Dannah Farm is not cheap. However we we looking for somewhere special, or certainly different for our 10th Wedding anniversary. Dannah Farm looked to meet all our needs. We accepted that the price was high for a B&B because we wanted a special place for a special occasion. I have to admit that some of the comments on here made us nervous that we had done the right thing.
We stayed in the Studio Hideaway and it is rather dinky, and the spiral staircase is a struggle with a big bag or if you have had a few, but otherwise it is a lovely little place. There is a nice private feel to it and the hot tub on your own little deck with a little glass of something on a cool night was a great experience.
Because we did not want the fuss of going out the night we arrived we went for the platter - again not an inexpensive option but good lord, that was a feast worth having - we could not finish it and we are both big eaters - Cold meats, prawns, cheeses, salads and fresh warm home made bread - with a pudding also - it was a wonderful choice after a hard weeks work and a great start to the weekend.
The breakfast as most people have mentioned is lovely - a real cooked breakfast. None of this ghastly help yourself stewed rubbish under hot lamps that you get in the plastic chain hotels that I have the misfortune of staying in so often. This is freshly cooked (so bring a book and relax!!) with nice bacon, sausage,tomato, mushroom , egg, lovely toast including toasted fruit bread - beautiful preserves including home made jams and local honey. Thankfully no sight of the dreaded hash brown - to those that require such gruesome American gastromomy may I suggest they try McDonalds.
The owners are not what I would call gushing but then I suspect they have learnt that people will talk if they want to talk and keep to themselves if that is what they are after. I found both of them pleasant without being "in your face". Perhaps one or two of their notices in the book and stuck up around the place may feel a little officious to some but I suspect that they have occsionally come accross some more unsavoury members of the public who direspect their property therefore feel the need to lay some laws down. I find this is a little irritating wherever I go but I do understand owners have to make things clear for the antisocial amongst their guests. The lady who served us breakfast was a lovely friendly person.
We went to Wirksworth on the Saturday night and and a very nice meal in La Mistral which had a good atmosphere downstairs in the cellar. If you like real ale then The Blacks Head opposite served some very nice beers and the landlord was a nice chatty fellow.
If we return to Dannah which I suspect we may, we will splash out and try one of the other larger suites - probably because by then I will be too infirm to climb the stairs! But I think The Studio was a great wee place and in Dannah farm we found what we wanted -
A special place for a special occasion!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a ridge high above the Ecclesbourne Valley on The Chatsworth Estates at Shottle, Dannah is the place to relax, unwind and re-charge the batteries. Small and intimate enough to offer a truly unique and personal experience, yet large enough to be professional and unobtrusive. Whether you are coming to Derbyshire to see the sights, visit relatives or to celebrate a romantic occasion, Dannah aims to give you an unforgettable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dannah Farm Country House Hotel Shottle