THERE’S more than just good food and a spectacular setting to attract diners to the area’s latest Michelin-recommended destination.
Losehill House is the Peak Park’s only four-star hotel and its unique attractions include a spa, complete with al fresco hot tub overlooking one of the most breathtaking views in the country.
Better still, owners Paul and Kathryn Roden are eager to share the delights - so all facilities are open to non-residents.
Visitors can indulge in a morning spa session before an elegant lunch for the all-in price of just £23.95.
And those who fancy making a night of it can take advantage of a Spa Special break, with unlimited use of the swimming pool, steam room, sauna and hot tub, £100 worth of treatments, along with a three-course dinner, a night in one of the sumptuous King’s Rooms and full Derbyshire breakfast for a total of £300 per couple.
But a visit to Losehill House - originally built as a walkers’ retreat - need not be a major excursion. The Orangery restaurant alone is worth a trip to this Arts & Crafts gem, tucked away at the end of a leafy lane between Castleton and Hope.
In charge of the kitchen is head chef Darren Goodwin, well known around the Peak District for great food, inspired menus and artful presentation.
He was drafted in when Paul and Kathryn took over in 2007, and within 12 months had secured the hotel’s first AA rosette.
“It’s a fantastic place; beautiful,” says Darren. “I’ve been here from the beginning and it’s a potential lifelong interest. You bring people here and they can’t believe it. But once people come and see it, they tend to come back.”
His modern country house-style menu changes daily, featuring the best of local produce. All meat is organic or free range, as are eggs; dairy produce is from Peak herds; fruit, vegetables and herbs are from local suppliers who grow their own produce or source it from around the region.
The three-course table d’hôte menu is £35 per person, including canapés, coffee and petit fours. Or on Sundays there’s a three-course Sunday lunch for just £22.50.
Diners can relax over pre-dinner drinks in the comfortable cocktail lounge before moving into the Orangery to eat.
This light and airy restaurant is the perfect place from which to appreciate the spectacular location, with windows on three sides giving unrivalled views of the local countryside, and not another building or road in sight.
For sample menus and details of special offers, visit www.losehillhouse.co.uk