29/09/2015

Peak District Holiday | Losehill House Hotel and Spa

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The view from our bedroom at Losehill House


The day after my birthday, Josh and I headed to the Peak District for a few days of country air and relaxation. We had found Losehill House Hotel & Spa online and decided to treat ourselves to a few days there thanks to their 'Sunday to Thursday' offer. I thought I would share a bit of our holiday plus a review of Losehill House with you here on itsneecola in case you're thinking of visiting the Peak District and are looking for somewhere to stay or something to do while you're there.

First stop, Go Ape in Buxton. Josh and I went to Go Ape in Sherwood a few months ago for his birthday and decided to do it again for mine. I used to really enjoy doing high ropes courses when I was younger on school trips and whatnot, but my nerves aren't as strong as they used to be nowadays! The second and final Tarzan swing at Buxton did me in I'm afraid to say, and although I'm proud of myself for doing it I can firmly say that my tummy wasn't very happy with me afterwards! The course at Buxton was a lot higher than at Sherwood and it definitely felt it! Josh is a natural sportsman and adventure-guy so flung himself around without fear, whereas I was a tad more cautious on the crossings. The highlights for me were the zip wires which, while daunting, were amazing once you launched yourself off! We really enjoyed ourselves and I would definitely Go Ape again in the future, although I might skip the Tarzan swing next time!

After our Go Ape adventure we drove over the peaks through thick fog before dipping down into Hope and winding our way round to Losehill House which was very helpfully signposted just in time as Google Maps gave up on us.I hadn't realised that we would still need to book ourselves in at the restaurant despite dinner being part of the package deal, which meant that the only spaces left on all three nights of our stay were rather late. This wasn't too problematic though and actually gave us a welcomed break to clean ourselves up after Go Ape before dinner! Our room was a standard double room and really lovely. The decor was modern but cosy and our en suite bathroom was beautiful, although unfortunately we couldn't figure out how to get the heated towel rail to work which would have been helpful!

Both Josh and I were so impressed with the restaurant at Losehill House. Every evening we waited in the lounge area and were given canapes and drinks while looking over the menu, following which we were taken to our table. Every evening there was a fantastic selection of food, all of which was stunningly presented and tasted incredible! (For reference, I mainly chose fish dishes and absolutely loved the goats cheese starter!). All the restaurant staff were also really helpful when it came to my gluten-free needs and went out of there way to make it clear which dishes would be suitable and which would be altered. I was also offered gluten-free bread at dinner and breakfast which was great. The only negative comments Josh and I would have to make would be that on our last night my main course wasn't quite as described (I was expecting a crab pate with my fish but instead it arrived with potato, which was very tasty but unexpected!) and one morning there was some miss-communication between restaurant staff and we were forgotten during breakfast! But other than that we would definitely recommend visiting the restaurant. 


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I wanted to bring this little guy from the Chestnut Centre home with me!

On Tuesday, after breakfast, we headed to Buxton. We visited the town centre briefly before heading off to find the Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park. We hadn't been to anywhere like the Chestnut Centre for ages so really enjoyed spending the morning there. Amazingly, we reached the otters at feeding time which was so fun! I fell in love with the giant otters but, due to their size and viciousness, I've decided that the Asian Short-Clawed Otter would make a better pet (watch this space). If you're visiting the Peak District and like cute creatures and open space then definitely pay a visit to the Chestnut Centre!

Our afternoons during the week followed the same pattern: snacky lunch, Disney film, spa. We were given robes, slippers and towels to use for the spa and having access to the spa facilities was pure bliss. There were seated areas by the pool and the sauna and steam room were very relaxing as you'd expect. However, my favourite was definitely the hot tub, situated outside with a stunning view. 


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The views from Stanage Edge...


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...were breathtaking.

On our third day in the Peak District we drove up and up and up to Stanage Edge and made our way to the top on foot. The views were breathtaking, as you can imagine, and it felt so good to get some exercise and fresh air. After enjoying the views, we scrambled back down (which was actually tricker than climbing up!) and decided to try and find somewhere to stop for a drink before heading back to the hotel for our afternoon routine. We came across The Riverside Herb Centre and stopped there for a hot chocolate (the thickest and chocolatiest hot chocolate I've ever tasted) and mooch round the shop which was lovely.

We had heard about Chatsworth House a few times on our trip so after checking out on Thursday morning we decided to pay a visit to the gardens before heading home as Chatsworth was totally en route. Fortunately the rainclouds cleared as we arrived so we were able to enjoy a couple of hours walking round the gardens (a large chunk of which was spent trying to find our way round the maze) followed by a quick visit to the gift shop before heading home.


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The views over Chatsworth House gardens were pretty impressive too!

I can honestly say I had a fantastic few days in the Peak District after my birthday, and staying at Losehill House made it even more special. The break was just what Josh and I needed (well, let's be honest, I've had a break all summer so it was particularly good for him rather than me!) and getting out into the beautiful countryside and fresh air was wonderful. I'm so happy we decided to treat ourselves to staying at a spa hotel, it was a luxury and not something that we will be able to repeat in a hurry but when we can afford to in the future we would definitely choose Losehill again! If you're looking to spend a few days in the Peak District and want to treat yourselves to somewhere special and relaxing for your stay then I'd definitely recommend Losehill House, plus they have some incredible offers for you to take advantage of like we did!

Have you visited the Peak District before, or stayed at a spa hotel? Let me know your recommendations for places to stay and things to do in British countryside!


Nicola x
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  1. Sounds like you had an amazing time Nicola! The views are gorgeous. I need to book myself a spa holiday at some point...! xxx

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    1. We did! You should, so nice to have a break for a few days and be able to use spa facilities whenever! x

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