The hotel is in the most wonderful position in the middle of rolling countryside with walks from the door: it's just a 20 minute walk to the Stepping Stones in Dovedale. As such, it attracts many walkers as well as being conveniently situated to visit historic houses and pretty villages. We spent an interesting day at Chatsworth – in fact there was such a lot in the house to see that we'll have to make a return visit to see the garden. Kedleston Hall is also close by. Our room was comfortable, though a little tired with a worn carpet. However, the view was spectacular – one could lie in bed and gaze at undulating fields dotted with sheep and rising behind them the limestone hill of Thorpe Cloud. The hotel staff, predominantly East European, were unfailingly courteous and helpful. However, it was clear that in the dining room they were understaffed and, although the waiters did their best, having to wait twenty minutes for a cooked breakfast and then a further fifteen minutes for toast, was frustrating. This situation was repeated each day. We had dinner on our first evening in the hotel restaurant which proved most disappointing. There was no 'a la carte' menu, just a 'table d'hote' with a choice of three starters, three main courses and three desserts at £35. The meal proved very ordinary, with small portions and a lack of any finesse. We felt it was very over-priced. It seems that the hotel depends too much on its wonderful location and doesn't pay enough attention to decor, meals and sufficient staffing. With proper refurbishment, increased staff and an excellent chef, this hotel could be one of the best.