Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Kedleston Country House

Rates from (ex tax)$109.25

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP95.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Home-grown Georgian splendour

Setting

Majestic Midlands mountains

For a classically English boutique hotel, look no further than Kedleston Country House hotel, where windswept walks across the Derbyshire fields are followed by tea and crumpets by the library fire – or house gin-laced cocktails in the bar… A Robert Adam-designed, converted Georgian farmhouse, Kedleston is a hotch-potch of pastel-painted wood-panelling, artfully distressed Persian rugs and scrubbed flagstone floors. After a day’s shooting and fishing in the expansive grounds, have dinner in the candlelit, flower-strewn Orangery. Plum & Ashby have elegantly anglicised the hotel's suites, too: scattering doggy-printed cushions on the beds and filling the bathrooms with lavender-scented goodies.

Smith Extra

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Two Kedleston cocktails, a bottle of wine served in your room and 20 per cent off Plum & Ashby products

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Five rooms, including two suites.

Check–Out

11am. Check-in: 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $109.25 (£79), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP79.17), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast with pastries, locally made yoghurt, fruit and granola; a cooked breakfast costs extra.

Also

Designed by renowned architect Robert Adam, the hotel was originally built as a visitors’ inn to accompany the magnificent Kedleston Hall, the Curzon family’s crumbling seat. While it was later converted into a farmhouse, it’s been a hotel since 1967. The design is typical of Adam’s style: lines as clean as a gent’s collar, sash windows and Georgian stateliness.

At the hotel

Free WiFi and on-site parking. In rooms: tea- and coffee-making kit with Kedleston’s own-blend beans, Plum & Ashby bath products and a voucher for a free Kedleston House gin and tonic.

Our favourite rooms

If you’re going all out to romance your other half, book the Kedleston suite; it’s ripped straight from the pages of a blustery British romance novel, with its four-poster bed, velvet chaise-longue and views of rolling countryside. Curl up on its window seats and while away the morning with a cup of tea and the papers. Alternatively, settle yourself into the Curzon room, where cushions printed with gambolling dogs are scattered on the the ornately carved, wooden king-size bed.

Packing tips

Sturdy boots and a Barbour are essential for daytime walks; in the evening, Mr Smith should don a blazer and Mrs Smith will want a less country-casual ensemble.

Also

Some of the hotel’s common areas are accessible for guests with mobility issues, but rooms are not.

Pet‐friendly

Well-behaved pups can stay (one a room) in the Scarsdale and Kedleston Suites for £10 a night. They're allowed in the grounds and bar, but not the restaurant. Please note a card swipe is taken on check-in, in the event of any doggy-related damages. See more pet-friendly hotels in Derbyshire.

Children

Kedleston welcomes children, but there’s not much here to keep them busy – the hotel’s best suited to grown-up Smiths. Extra beds and baby cots can be added to certain rooms and suites, on request.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Bag a table under the skylight in the Orangery; it’s perfect for stargazing in between courses. If you’ve got a larger party (of up to 10 guests), ask for the chef’s table in the Dining Room for a more intimate spot.

Dress Code

Neither the Orangery nor the Dining Room require tops 'n' tails, but classic English chic wouldn’t go amiss: cashmere and pearls at the ready, Mrs Smith…

Hotel restaurant

The modern British fare at Kedleston’s two restaurants – the Orangery and the Dining Room – hasn't travelled far to reach your plate: herbs come straight from the hotel’s kitchen garden and everything else is sourced at nearby farms, butchers and fisheries. Clever chef Joseph Wood whips up smoked duck breast, pan-fried pollock and apple crumble soufflé: irresistible comfort food to follow a windy, country walk. By day, the Orangery is light, airy and relaxed; by night, it’s candlelit and flower-filled. For a cosier evening head to the rustic, mint-hued Dining Room.

Hotel bar

A maze of different rooms, the Kedleston bar has cosy corners aplenty: the Hidden Study with floor-to-ceiling wood-panelling; the Snug with its Grade II-listed Georgian fireplace; and the high-ceilinged, sash-windowed Parlour with views of the garden. Kedleston is part of the Derby Brewing Company, so its drinks menu is extensive: beers and ales of varying colours and provenances, wines both soft and crisp, and cocktail recipes nabbed from the past. It’s the done thing to order Kedleston’s own-brand gin, too. Can’t make your mind up? Opt for a rack of five mini pints, which is perfectly paired with a hunk of local cheese.

 

Last orders

Breakfast is in the Dining Room (Mon – Sat, 7.30am – 9.30am; weekends, 7.30am – 10am). Lunch (Mon – Sat, 12pm – 4pm) and dinner (Mon – Sat, 6.15pm – 9pm) are served in both the Dining Room and the Orangery. Sunday lunch is from 12pm – 8pm.

Room service

The ever-changing room service menu is available from 7.30am until 10pm.

Location

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Address
Kedleston Country House
Kedleston Road,
Kedleston
DE22 5JD
United Kingdom

Planes

East Midlands Airport is a half-hour drive from the hotel; transfers can be arranged on request. If you’re flying internationally, go to Birmingham (the closest international hub, an hour's drive away), or London’s Heathrow or Gatwick, both of which are a three-hour drive away.

Trains

Kedleston’s closest station is Derby, which is a 15-minute drive away. Well-served by Midland Main Line and CrossCountry Trains, services frequently run from all over the UK. The hotel can arrange transfers.

Automobiles

If you’d like to explore the rolling hills of Derbyshire, arriving by car is a good idea: rent a motor at one of East Midlands Airport’s car-hire booths and take the A50 to the hotel. If you’re travelling from London, take the M1 – the hotel’s a two-and-a-half-hour drive.

Worth getting out of bed for

Surrounded by miles of farmers’ fields, Kedleston is prime stomping ground for, well, stomping: hike your way around the impressive Peak District countryside or book some shooting and fishing sessions through the concierge. If you’d rather stay on-site, you won’t feel hemmed in – the hotel has five acres of its own land in which to amble. Kedleston is just a 10-minute drive away from Derby, where you’ll find local and high-street shops, the 10th-century Derby Cathedral and plenty of independent restaurants. A half-hour drive from the hotel is National Trust-owned Calke Abbey – a Baroque mansion near the tiny village of Ticknall – and the National Forest.

Local restaurants

Kedleston’s menus are so carefully curated you’re unlikely to want to eat anywhere else; however, if you’re tempted, the Michelin-starred Darleys is a 10-minute drive away on the banks of the River Derwent. Have salt-baked beetroot with goats’ cheese cream, venison carpaccio and warm sultana dumplings at a table by the window, so you can watch the river trickle by.

Reviews

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Rebecca Pearson

Anonymous review

Office-weary, cold-to-the-bone and unsure of what Derby has to offer to a couple on a romantic break, we wound our way through ever-narrowing country roads towards Kedleston Country House. The pictures on the hotel’s site didn’t give much away: in fact, the few shots that came up on Google Image Search gave it the foreboding look of Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn. So, as we drew up in the car and got a full view of where we’d be staying, we were relieved and delighted to find a sweet, Grade II*-listed Georgian coach house, designed by Robert Adam (he of Kenwood House and Osterley Park fame).

We walked up the steps, past scarf-sporting dog statues; on entering we felt instantly at home, greeted as we were by an roaring open fireplace (the reason for that star in the Grade II* listing); a finely stocked bar; numerous mismatching armchairs in shades of grey, pink and white; and friendly staff. Within, the hotel felt cosy, unthreatening: The Great British Bake Off of hotels. This wasn’t a 48-hour party with the Moss Posse, rather a brandy by the fire with Sir Stephen Fry. And, for a couple escaping a wearying week of work-life imbalance, it was perfect.

We stayed in the Curzon, one of five boutique, individually designed rooms. I plumped for this suite because of its freestanding bath tub; a soak in this beauty, replete with Plum & Ashby French Lavender salts, felt like being enveloped in a comforting cocoon. Afterwards, I fell into a slumber that was more of a coma, albeit a refreshing one. There are heated floors, a sumptuously soft carpet, a king-size bed of ideal firmness and two hot-water bottles to enhance this feeling of smug snugness. My real bugbear with some hotel rooms is outside noise creeping in, but I never heard any here. At times Kedleston’s decor veered towards the Oliver Bonas end of the spectrum, with its numerous small stag ornaments and dog-printed curtains, but we loved studying Robert Adam’s original sketches of the house and admiring photographs that showed life at Kedleston throughout the last century.

After washing off the last vestiges of city smog in our bathroom’s powerful monsoon shower, we followed the wonky notes of The Girl from Ipanema into the Orangery. Four couples were sat as far as possible from a two-piece band playing pop classics on a sax, trumpet and keyboard; we found the set up charming and rather sweet, but in all honesty there was a distinct Phoenix Nights feel to proceedings. As a pair of foodies, we were looking forward to what Kedleston had to offer: traditional English food such as rump of lamb with honey-roast vegetables or fillet of beef Wellington. Sadly, the fare failed to set our tastebuds alight: it was pleasant enough, but just didn’t quite live up to what the menu promised. However, the service was brilliant – the wait staff couldn’t do enough – and we were happy to wend our way through a wine list of Biblical proportions. Next time, we’ll indulge in one of the Georgian-inspired cocktails and get up to dance when Careless Whisper comes on.

As for breakfast, it’s served until the lazy-person-delighting lie-in time of 10.30am. The Continental breakfast was sufficient if not showstopping, but great double espressos, warm croissants and muesli set us up for exploring the surrounding countryside. It was tough to leave the cosseting luxury of the Curzon suite, but leave one must, because Kedleston Country House is positioned perfectly for exploring the misty, wild moors of the Peak District. This place is magnetic, shot through with ancient history. Trees were a purple, ashy black with patches of vivid green moss, and we often erred from the main path onto more inviting, barely trodden trails, along which we drank from freshwater streams and kissed after a vertiginous climb (then meekly, gracelessly sliding back down said climb on my backside). Though leaving civilisation far, far behind was very easy and utterly satisfying, I’d recommend being more cautious than we were: it was a lot less romantic getting lost and squelching through endless muddy fields as darkness rapidly descended and wary cows side-eyed us.

For those who aren’t particularly turned on by the idea of hiking, there are endless cosy pubs scattered over the surroundings, as well as Kedleston Hall, a spectacular National Trust property (seriously, one of the best I’ve seen in the UK), just a five-minute drive away from the hotel. But frankly, if we had just stayed in our room, we would have been happy. We were free of city stresses, insulated in a bubble of romance- and gin-spiked comfort, and steeped in lavender-scented baths.

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Kedleston Country House’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Lots of snug places to sit. The friendliness and helpfulness of staff. Comfortable bed. Spacious bathroom. Peace and quiet. There's a very pleasant cafe called Queenies in the village of Quarndon, which can be reached along a country path from the hotel. Keddleston Hall and Estate are worth visiting.

Don’t expect

Lots of facilities (gym, spa etc) and lively nightlife.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Nov 2017

We loved

The staff, in particular Dean, who seemed to be everywhere and super helpful. Most of all we loved the Old Fashioned (made by Dean) – delish! The Joiners Arms for great atmosphere, excellent food and plenty of gin options.

Don’t expect

Gourmet food. The food was good and there's a good menu, but when the bread basket at dinner contains part of a sliced loaf, you have an idea where this is going. No complaints, but nothing wow.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Sep 2017

We loved

The friendly staff, the food and the generous extras. We enjoyed two free cocktails, a small bottle of gin and a bottle of wine! The restaurant is lovely and the food was great.

Don’t expect

To go home hungry, the breakfast is massive!

Rating

Stayed on 4 Sep 2017

We loved

We live locally and stayed here on the weekend of our wedding which is nearby. The suite was perfect – spacious for getting ready but also cosy as a wedding suite – and the decor amazing. The staff were also great and the steaks we had in the bar on the Friday evening really nice. The restaurant here is lovely but there is also The Joiner's Arms nearby for something a bit more relaxed.

Don’t expect

The only slight negative was that our bill was incorrect at the end of our stay – someone else's food had been put on there and the cocktails we had on the Friday which should have been the Mr & Mrs Smith extra. This didn't spoil our stay though and although we live locally, we'll definitely return for food in the future.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Jul 2017

We loved

The hospitality, genuine friendliness, helpfulness, lovely rooms, brilliant breakfast and the extras from booking with Mr & Mrs Smith.

Don’t expect

Wild nights, as it's a friendly atmosphere but quiet and relaxed.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Jul 2017

We loved

The delicious dinner and breakfast, interesting selection of cocktails at the bar and super comfortable (and quiet) bedrooms. Kedlestone Hall is a short walk up the road and worth a look around the house and gardens.

Don’t expect

Spa treatments and a pool...but we didn't need it – too busy relaxing.

Rating

Stayed on 13 May 2017

We loved

The room was lovely. Local National Trust property Kedelstone Hall is worth a visit, and there are lovely walks nearby.

Don’t expect

'Breakfast included' only means Continental breakfast, a bit of a shock when you pay 250 per night and expect breakfast included to mean any breakfast you like!

Rating

Stayed on 9 May 2017

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