Monday, 28 April 2014

Stone lodge bed and breakfast Matlock Bath

A stopover on our way up to Hull.
Another adventure with bed and breakfast thanks to too much watching Four in a bed!
Having booked online hours before we were due to stay it took half an hour ish for me to receive a jolly phone call from Roger, the owner, confirming my booking and giving checking in advice. Very reassuring.
On arrival it's a sit down in his neighbouring b&b, The Cables, to get the breakfast order timings and requirements taken and then a wander through to our room for the night.
A double bed and a single in a pristine room with ensuite bathroom including a bidet. Shower gel etc is provided.
The tea tray included a jar of coffee, lots of tea bags and milk, hot chocolate and good biscuits. Wifi access code provided.

Beautifully presented wih fresh fruit salad, orange juice on crystal jugs, yogurts, cornflakes an muesli for starters followed by your selection from the previous night of cooked breakfast. Bacon that doesn't make you feel you have to drink water for the rest of the day and wonderful golden eggs. Mushrooms, tomatoes, fried bread are other options alongside more I can't remember! Toast, brown or white, with refill options and a cafetiere of fresh coffee or teapot or herbal tea.
Marmalade that's thick wih orange, jam, peanut butter and.....galaxy hazelnut spread!

Top place to stay, both Roger and Margaret make you very welcome.

If you choose to stay in Matlock Bath the bed and breakfast is on the main road but away from most of the noisy people. Matlock Bath is a very popular place for bikers to congregate and can be lively but not troublesome. It's also minutes from Cromford, home of Scarthin Books.
Stone Lodge is owned alongside Cables next door so there's a hot tub to be rented on an hourly basis if you so wish.
It's also licensed so a glass or bottle of wine is available.
Parking is off road which is quite valuable in this spot.
The downside......
If you can't sleep through traffic noise, ask for a room at the back, this is one of the main thoroughfares.

Matlock Bath has been a tourist destination since Victorian times and has a lively community with a central theatre with an extensive programme. It also has Matlock lights with decorated, illuminated boats travelling up and down the river in September. Having seen this show I can't help feeling the Victorians probably did it better with their ingenuity. Nowadays it's reliant on electricity. It still brings in the tourists in large numbers though.
Whilst I will visit again I would urge the council to spend some money. Especially on the loos which are foul! The town gives the impression that the vibrancy is generated by the community alone. While this is impressive infrastructure needs to be in place as well  and this should be funded by central finance. 

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