Fischer’s Baslow Hall, Country House Living in the Depth of the Peak District

Eliza Scarborough   |   15 - 06 - 2017

Fischer’s sits at the top of a tree-lined drive, surrounded by five acres of well-designed grounds that include a woodland area and thriving kitchen garden. The attractive creeper-covered building is a former family home, which has now been turned into a top-rated restaurant with 11 comfortable bedrooms. It’s a magnet for foodies, and well-placed for comfort-loving walkers and weekenders exploring the Peak District countryside.

Location

A short drive south from the beautiful building which is set in well-tended gardens, brings you to Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. Then, not far to the north are Eyam, Castleton and the dramatic scenery of Stanage Edge.

Style & Character

With stone mullioned windows, ornate plasterwork ceilings and wood-panelled walls, the hall looks for all the world like a typical 17th-century manor house, but was actually built in 1907. Originally a private residence, with former owners including the Ferranti family, of electrical engineering fame, it’s intimate in scale and homely in feel, more of a restaurant with rooms than a grand country hotel.

Service & facilities

As you’d expect, given the Michelin star, service– but with a good dollop of down-to-earth Derbyshire friendliness. Guests can buy discounted tickets for Chatsworth and Haddon; details of nearby walks are available; and the hotel has contacts with a local fly fishing expert and photographer, who offer guided days out.

Rooms

There are 11 bedrooms, split between the original hall and a newer annexe. The six Main House bedrooms, varying in size, are traditional in style, with patterned wallpapers, thick chintz curtains and antique furnishings, while the five Garden House rooms have a more contemporary feel, with clean-lined décor and plenty of space. Bathrooms come with white waffle robes and lemongrass-scented toiletries by the Sedbergh Soap Company.

Food & Drink

The Good Food Guide rates Fischer’s in the top 50 UK restaurants, and it’s held a Michelin star since 1994. The restaurant is traditional, with a certain old-school formality about it, but the food itself is modern, beautifully presented and excellently executed. Everything works, from the canapes at dinner, to the home-made granola, and in-house honey at breakfast.

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