H&N Editor Angela Riches enjoys a relaxing break at The Cavendish Hotel situated in the delightful village of Bakewell
The Cavendish Hotel is located in Bakewell, a small market town in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire.
The Cavendish Hotel is part of the Devonshire family’s estate and owned by The Duke of Devonshire, the hotel is steeped in local history and, with open views of the beautiful surrounding area and across the estate, your stay here will be an absolute delight. The building itself was originally a coaching inn and dates back 250 years; now a characterful hotel crammed with many delights. Perfect for anyone who loves walking and also as we were to find out, The Cavendish is a food lover’s paradise and has an AA 2 Rosette Award, with service and food that would will make you want to return time and time again.
Location – The location couldn’t be any better as The Cavendish Hotel is actually set on the Chatsworth Estate and after a short walk across open fields, you find yourself in the heart of the estate; where you can experience a wonderful walk through the grounds and gardens and even pay a visit to Chatsworth House itself, are all within walking distance of the hotel. Make sure you take your walking shoes and camera to capture all of the wildlife you will encounter. The hotel is on the busy main road but once inside you’d never know it.
How to Get There – The best way to travel to The Cavendish Hotel is by car, especially if you are within a 2 hour drive. It makes a pleasant journey and travelling from Leeds, it took us just under an hour and a half. Once there, The Cavendish has ample private, on-site free parking. The nearest stations to Bakewell are at Matlock, Chesterfield or Buxton, each having regular, frequent bus services to the town. For information on train times and fares on all these routes, you can call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950, or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Design/Style/Ambience – The style of The Cavendish Hotel is definitely stately, full of character, both the building and the staff. Every member of staff is perfectly groomed with unique uniforms indicating their position within the team. The welcome is warm, the setting exceptional and it was difficult to find any area needing improvement.
Rooms and Bathrooms – All bedrooms are well equipped with crisp linen, fluffy towels and robes, private bathrooms, direct dial telephones, television, hairdryer, refrigerated bar and beverage facilities. Standard Rooms have one double or twin beds. Inn and Superior Rooms have Four Poster, Brass or King Sized Beds, luxury bathrooms and fine art and antique furniture. There is also a selection of suites
Service- The service at The Cavendish Hotel is top notch across the board. It is not often that you find a hotel where every aspect is faultless; this is what makes The Cavendish so special. From check in to check out, we felt special, valued, totally relaxed and didn’t want our stay to end.
Family Friendly – The Cavendish is definitely a hotel for the ‘grown ups’. Perfect for couples and the more mature guest whose interests include history and walking and appreciate exceptional service and food.
Food and Drink – Dining choices are formal in The Gallery Restaurant to relaxed and informal in The Garden Room, or you there’s the glamorous chef’s Kitchen Table amid the bustle of the kitchen.
The Gallery Restaurant. AA 2 Rosette Fine Dining. Dress for Dinner. English Cuisine. Recommended Dishes: Hand dived Loch Fyne King Scallop Langoustine Vinaigrette, Chatsworth Estate Lamb Breast, haggis, shoulder, root vegetables, Apple Croustade Calvados ice cream, apple puree. Lunch – 2 courses £39.50 3 Courses £49.50 4 Courses £59.50. Dinner – 2 courses £42.50 3 Courses £52.50 4 Courses £62.50
The Garden Room. Relaxed, informal dining. Recommended Dishes: Marinade Loch Duart salmon, horseradish ice cream £10, Honey roast Derbyshire ham, Locally produced eggs, hand cut chips £12, Bailey’s crème brulee lemon shortbread £7.
The Kitchen Table. Tasting Menu which is a blind menu completely the chef’s choice. £85 per person for a bespoke 5 course menu. Wine flight at £32.50 per person, matching a glass of wine with each course. Fantastic for small groups.
Breakfast is served in The Gallery. Breakfast buffet of fresh fruit, breads, cereals, meats and cheeses. Extensive cooked menu all cooked to order.
Value for Money – You can book Room Only, Bed and Breakfast or Dinner, Bed and Breakfast from £224 per room per night. Check out the Promotions on their website www.cavendish-hotel.net for some great seasonal and midweek offers. Balancing out the experience against the cost, The Cavendish Hotel will be top of your list of places to make a return visit.
Seasonal Offer – Chatsworth Midweek Break – offers a saving of £116 selling at £620 as opposed to full price of £736. It includes two nights’ accommodation for two, two course dinner each evening in choice of Gallery Restaurant or Garden Room and 2 tickets to Chatsworth House and Garden – Sunday – Thursday nights inclusive.