3* Makeney Hall Hotel, Milford, Derbyshire
This 3-star country house hotel is located in the Amber Valley countryside, set in six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Due to the structure of the hotel, 18 of the 46 bedrooms are located in the courtyard area (accessible via a covered walkway) where the majority of ground floor rooms are located. The courtyard bedrooms are modern in style whilst those in the main building is more traditional. Meals are generally served in one of the character private rooms overlooking the gardens.
Ground floor rooms Lift Bar Restaurant Tea/coffee in room Free Wi-Fi En-suite bathrooms Flat screen TV Hairdryer Telephone Iron & Ironing Board
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course menu with 3 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
2-hour narrow boat cruise with Bespoke commentary about the Canal and Birdswood
Mill & village tour of Sir Richard Arkwrights Cromford Mills
National Brewery Centre Museum guided tour
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway return journey with cream tea (Day 2)
The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop 60-minute pudding making experience
Crich Tramway Village visit and tram ride
Image: bakewell-pudding-shop - © www.visitpeakdistrict.com
Image: Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Courtesy of Frank Richards
We depart the local area and make our way to our hotel in time for dinner.
National Brewery Centre Museum & Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
This morning we enjoy a guided tour and tasting at the National Brewery Centre Museum in Burton-upon-Trent before we escape to the countryside on board Derbyshire's longest heritage railway. As the glorious scenery passes us by on the 90-minute return journey, we enjoy a cream tea in the Derbyshire Countryman Dining car (on selected dates this may be served in the café).
Cromford Cruise & Sir Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mills
We begin our day in Cromford, from where we enjoy a return 2-hour narrow boat cruise through the picturesque Derwent valley. We finish our morning with free time to explore Matlock and have some lunch. In the afternoon we visit Sir Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We enjoy a mill and village tour to hear the story of how in the 18th century the valley changed the world with the first successful water powered cotton spinning mill.
The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop & Crich Tramway Village
This morning we enjoy a 60-minute pudding making experience at The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop where we assemble our own original Bakewell Pudding to take home. In the afternoon we visit Crich Tramway Village, a period village museum where we can enjoy travelling along the traditional village street on a vintage tram, viewing the exhibitions and marvelling at the spectacular views.
We depart after breakfast and retrace our steps back to the local area.