Losehill House Hotel & Spa Review: January 2018
The privately owned Losehill House hotel & Spa is located in an enviable postcode in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District. Perched in an idyllic countryside spot, offering breathtakingly amazing views, the Losehill House Hotel is ideal for a walk to Mam Tor or why not be adventurous like we did and go caving in Speedwell Cavern, but don’t forget your hard hats. What about Chatsworth house, the lovely villages of Castleton and Hope or the caves of Blue John. The choice is endless and all conveniently on your doorstep.
First impressions count, and you will not be disappointed. The entrance is impressive with a traditional stone arch way, an enormous wonderful wooden door with an equally large glass panelled window which allows in masses of light and gives an airy yet cosy feel.
The house has that intimate home away from home feel with a clever mix of traditional and contemporary fixtures and fittings, where any renovations, that have been carried out, have clearly been sympathetic to retain the charm and character of the original building.
Our divine deluxe room had the most incredible view, through the lovely country cottage windows we could see trees, hills and greenery for miles. The cosy and comfortable bed, with a picture of the Losehill house Hotel proudly in place above the bed, alongside a plush two-seater sofa, makes for a cosy stay.
The room was a mix of calm creams with lilac detailing and a lovely wood beam feature which did not affect the storage space, as there was also a huge solid wooden wardrobe. The well-appointed tea tray included the most scrummy biscuits, to enjoy while you chill out and watch the day’s news or perhaps pull a chair up to the dresser and writing desk to write about some your exciting Peak District adventures on the lovely embossed Losehill House Hotel branded paper.
The beautiful bathroom had a standalone bath with an overhead shower, mirrors a plenty, a heated towel rail and an expansive sink/vanity area with plenty of room to store all your cosmetics and essentials or why not try the lovely Cole & Lewis toiletries provided for your convenience.
The facilities were exceptional, including the sensational spa, which includes a hot tub on a terraced area. I enjoyed chilling in the hot tub while looking out on to the fabulous Peak District Views. Simply sit back, relax and unwind.
There is also a sauna, steam room and a swimming pool, which has lazy loungers and a full wicker seating area, if you fancy sitting back and having a read of the day’s news before or after your swim.
Now, let’s forget about the daily stress and hectic pace of life and make room for a little you time, to enjoy some spa treatments. My therapist the lovely Laura greeted me in the waiting area and took me to the relaxing treatment room. The Thalgo face and body discovery included a stress reliving back, neck and shoulder massage which used a blend of Thalgo’s Aromaceane massage oils. Following this, I enjoyed a tailor made facial and a scalp massage. Laura’s treatments were so relaxing, I nodded off twice to which she heard some rather strange snores, but this was a testament to how relaxed Laura made me feel and that is no easy task – exceptional!
Dinner at the Orangery Restaurant, where they use locally sourced ingredients, is listed as one of The Times’ ’20 best wild places to eat in Britain’. Joshua Rooney-Hilton head chef made sure that dinner was a grand affair, beginning with the serving of pre-dinner canapes in the lounge. The vegetarian options included amazing goats cheese bom boms and artichoke crisps with cheese, raisins and onion.
We were led to our table, which set a romantic scene, including clean crisp white linen, plush bespoke upholstered chairs and a window where you could look up and clearly see the stars and the moon together while enjoying pre-dinner freshly baked breads.
Sensational starters included the Blue cheese mousse in Henderson’s relish jelly on sour dough toast with onion ash and the Goats’s cheese and chive parfait with orange gel, beetroot and toasted seeds. This was heaven on a plate. Both worked well, and the colour palate represented Winters changing season.
The mains included, beautiful Butternut squash gnocchi with pesto, grilled young leeks and madeira shallots and the divine Red Onion Tart with kale, heritage carrots, leeks and cavolo nero were like a winter warmer hug on a plate – just what you need to satisfy your hunger, when there is still a chill in the air, comfort food served with style and substance.
Delicious desserts included the Dark chocolate and pistachio ganache with honey comb, honey and yogurt ice cream and the Milk chocolate namelaka and almond streusel with raspberry sorbet and raspberry gel, both disappeared off our plates within minutes. The finale included coffee with the daintiest, pretty and lip-smackingly perfect petit fois.
Any chef that can create such beautiful tasting food with perfect presentations all with vegetarian ingredients is worth their weight in gold! Chefs, you did a grand job! I must not forget the service team who looked after us throughout, Alice and her colleagues were outstanding.
The Lounge was available for pre-or post dinner drinks, with pictures of the Losehill house proudly adorning the walls along with a mix of bespoke furnishings which tastefully and perfectly complimented each other, which was ideal to simply relax, read a book, engage in conversation, or perhaps why not try your hand at some after dinner board games.
As our visit was just after new year, the place was still all decked out in the most gorgeous Christmas decorations including this towering tree and some rather regal looking Rudolph’s decorated with royal red bows.
A leisurely, lazy breakfast with a Derbyshire view, was the order of the day, so room service it was. Our breakfast order was whisked up to our room spot on time along with a newspaper, so we could catch up on the world’s happenings since we had been tucked away in this delightful little hideaway.
The amazingly delicious Derbyshire home cooked breakfast, with a rack of toast and the continental offerings included pastries, fresh fruit and the yummiest bowl of melon, yogurt and berry compote. All washed down with freshly squeezed orange juice and tea.
Paul & Kathryn the owners of Losehill House Hotel and Spa have done an amazing job and along with their team deliver a truly exceptional Derbyshire experience in which you can enjoy and celebrate the true charm, character and beauty of the Peak Disrtict National Park.
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Losehill House Hotel & Spa, Losehill Lane, Edale Road, S33 6AF.