Losehill House Hotel and Spa is a stunning country house hotel which has been hailed as the finest boutique hotel and spa in the majestic Derbyshire Peak District. Built in 1914 in typical Arts and Crafts design, this Edwardian gem is famed for its glorious location, fine dining, beautiful rooms, and a tranquil spa. If the hotel looks familiar it’s because many TV shows have been filmed here including Top Gear, Ant & Dec and Julia Bradbury Walks.
The Peaks are renowned for being one of the most beautiful parts of England, and Losehill is hidden within this beautiful district. To find the hotel, you disappear down a leafy lane before stumbling across this glorious hotel, with views overlooking breathtaking Win Hill. The picturesque villages of Hope, Castleton and Edale are all close by.
Losehill is the perfect location for a romantic liaison, family trip or girlie weekend. If you love the outdoors then there’s nowhere more perfect, with the best walking and outdoor activity on your doorstep. The spectacular hotel is also a unique wedding venue, and it’s certainly in a location your guests will never forget. But most importantly, this four-star gem is family-run, led by the charming Paul and Kathryn Roden, who ensure each guest feels so very special. When we missed breakfast due to oversleeping one morning (the beds are so comfortable!), reception called up offering to bring breakfast to our rooms.
Losehill’s designers have managed to marry the old and contemporary look in great style. The entrance is through a grand oak Edwardian doorway which leads you into a modern and light hall. Our favourite area was the Grafene Restaurant and bar with its huge windows overlooking the valley. You can instantly see why The Times listed the restaurant as one of their 20 best wild places to eat in Britain, because of the ‘wonderfully tranquil’ setting.
Rooms and Suites
The bedrooms are large and airy, and most rooms boost views of Lose Hill and Win Hill, so it’s heavenly to lie in bed with a book, staring out at the chocolate box scenery. There is a vast array of rooms, ranging from doubles to family suites – with the Edale Suite being the largest including a huge lounge, super king bed and stand-alone bath.
Food and Drink Facilities
The Grafene restaurant, under the guidance of head chef Simon Harrison, is renowned for being among the best in Britain and holds a prestigious double AA Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence. It’s clear that a huge amount of preparation is constantly underway to create such delicious flavours which make this glorious fine dining restaurant such a memorable experience. Most ingredients are sourced from local Peak District businesses. All the food is truly scrumptious with favourites being Ham Hock terrine with pickled vegetable and piccalilli puree and fillet of Salmon with Quinoa, samphire, courgette, and sauce vierge. It goes without saying that the local Bakewell Tart with almond caramel, raspberry gel and sorbet was unforgettable.
Losehill has a beautiful boutique spa, which holds a relaxing indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms. But the crowning glory of the spa must be the outdoor hot tub which is fabulous whatever the season and boasts panoramic views over Win Hill and Hope Valley. The ultra-friendly spa team, who included our therapists Summer and Vicky, offer a small but perfectly formed treatment menu and we would highly recommend one of Summer’s bespoke facials which achieves thoroughly glowing skin.
There’s an abundance of stunning stately homes including Chatsworth, Haddon, Lymm Park and Hardwick Hall on Losehill’s doorstep. It’s also worth wandering around the village of Castleton which is towered over by the majestic Peveril Castle. The Peak’s has the world-famous series of caverns, called The Blue John Cavern, while Mam Tor and Winnats Pass in Hope Valley has an unrivalled mixture of scenery, with limestone crags and dales.
The nearest train station is Hope Station on the Sheffield to Manchester line and there are bus routes through Hope and along the Edale Valley.