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CALLOW HALL, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire

At-a-Glance Guide

16 bedrooms
bar, AA 2 Rosette restaurant, private dining
lounge area
extensive garden and grounds

CALLOW HALL, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire


Callow Hall was built over the course of three years, from 1849-1852, for a John Goodwin Johnson, on a scale much reduced from the original plan for a three-storey, Jacobean-style mansion. Within 20 years of being completed, it was sold, and then let, after which it changed hands three times more. After an extensive renovation, the Spencer family opened for business as a country house hotel in 1982. After 26 years, itl was sold to Von Essen Hotels.
Callow Hall is now back in family ownership, having been acquired by the Hardman family (owners of East Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant) shortly before Christmas 2011.


This ivy-clad Victorian building, surrounded by 35 acres of private garden, fields and woodland, has some striking period features including elaborate ceilings, impressive oak staircases and tall windows with heavily draped curtains. Fresh flowers add colour and fragrance to each and every room.


Yes, if you are looking for a haven of peace and tranquillity, offering grand, country-house comfort on an intimate scale. With its unrivalled setting and renowned restaurant, this unique property in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District, close to the lively market town of Ashbourne, is an excellent base for a walking, cycling or touring holiday in one of England's most scenic regions. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Alton Towers, and a 40-minute drive from Chatsworth House. (Scroll down for other nearby attractions.) It is licensed for civil weddings, and can be booked for exclusive use for family occasions and celebrations, or a discreet corporate gathering or a motivational stay.


The lounge area is welcoming, with an open fire in winter.

Drinks are served in the club-style bar and the traditional lounge. The 2 AA Rosette restaurant serves modern European cuisine. It is known for its home-produced food - including home-baking, smoking and curing.
The wine list has been designed to offer provide interest, variety and value. A sizeable selection of wines is available by the glass.
Breakfasts at Callow Hall feature home-made sausages, home-cured bacon, home-smoked salmon, home-made bread and in-house jams.
Afternoon tea options at Callow Hall range from a simple choice of tea, coffee or an infusion, plus warm, freshly baked scones with jam and cream, to a full, Derbyshire afternoon tea. This consists of a selection of freshly made sandwiches - home- smoked Scottish salmon, free-range egg, cress and mayonnaise, Peak District baked ham with wholegrain mustard, and cucumber and watercress - served on brown and white bread; warm, freshly baked scones with clotted cream, farmhouse butter and strawberry jam; the Callow Hall Gateau - inspired by the legendary Fernand Point - consisting of layers of hazelnut meringue with stem ginger and orange butter cream, honey and orange zest salad and whiskey ice-cream; Bakewell cupcakes – light almond and raspberry jam sponge cakes, with toasted flaked almonds, vanilla cream and chopped pistachios; sweet-pastry tartlets filled with a sharp lemon curd; soft baked meringues and candied oranges plus our own Callow fruitcake, baked with marzipan, rum-poached apricots and cherries. For special occasions, a Champagne afternoon tea is also available.
Private dining for family parties or business is available at Callow Hall, in one of three three intimate dining rooms, each with an individual style and atmosphere: The largest is the Carsington Suite, which seats up to 40, and is decorated with William Morris paper. Candelabra create a stunning atmosphere at night. The Bentley Suite, a lovely light room, can seat up to 20 guests - or 16 at one table. The Middle Hall, with French windows onto garden, is also very light - and popular in the summer months. It seats up to 25 to 30 guests - or 16 at one table.

Each of the 16 bedrooms is individually furnished and decorated - all feature comfortable beds, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, internet access, fluffy towels and luxurious toiletries. All rooms are replenished daily with mineral water and homemade biscuits. Some rooms have uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside.

Classic rooms, located in the range at a right angle to the Hall, are decorated with subtle, soft tones. Most have a view of the woodland border. Room 4 is a cosy double, with modern décor. Room 8 is a double, with a large window and contemporary classic décor. Room 9 is a double, with contemporary classic décor. Rooms 8 and 9 can interconnect to provide family accommodation. Room 10 is a twin, with cottage-style décor. Room 11 is a double, with cottage-style décor. Room 12 is a double, with cottage-style décor. Room 14, overlooking the front of the house, is a double with cottage-style décor. Room 15 offers either a 6ft double bed or twin beds, and has traditional décor.
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The two Superior rooms are at the front of the main Hall, with a view of the gardens either to the front, or to the side, of the Hall. They feature a sitting area, and are individually and tastefully decorated, to complement the furniture. Room 3 is a large room with twin beds and views over the garden and woodland. Décor is light, bright and pretty. Room 6, a large double with a light and airy bathroom, is decorated in yellows and blues with views over the front of the house and the magnificent cedar tree.
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There are three Executive rooms - Rooms 2, 15 and 16 - and one Executive Suite - Room 17. Each has a sitting area, the largest being in Room 17. All four have very attractive views.
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There are three Four-poster rooms - Rooms 1, 5 and 7. Room 1, located at the front of the Hall, is a large room - ideal for wedding nights - with a sitting area and stunning views of the countryside. Feminine, and decorated in traditional, this room is furnished with antiques - including the four-poster bed.
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The extensive grounds include flower gardens, a walled Victorian kitchen garden producing vegetables and herbs for the hotel menus, and a woodland. The cedar tree at the front of the house measures 5.5m at its base, and is said to pre-date the building of Callow Hall.

The Yeaveley Estate, a 5-minutes drive from Callow Hall, offers an excellent selection of outdoor activities - including archery, fishing and shooting. Please use the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below to request details of activities which can be arranged in conjunction with a stay at Callow Hall.

The hotel is also just a 5-minute drive from Ashbourne Golf Club, where an 18-hole course awaits to challenge all standards of golfer. Please use the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below to request details of golfing packages at Callow Hall.

There are many local attractions nearby: Callow Hall is 3 miles from Tissington Hall; 3 miles from Ilam Hall; 5 miles from Carsington Water; 7 miles from Alton Towers; 9 miles from Kedleston Hall; 10 miles from Sudbury Hall; 12 miles from Haddon Hall; 15 miles from Chatsworth House.

At Callow Hall, you can have the memorable wedding day experience you’ve always imagined, in our quite special surroundings. Weddings here are truly exclusive: just you and your family and friends, with nobody else around, will enjoy this elegant country house, set in 35 acres of beautiful landscaped, meticulously maintained gardens and woodland - a wonderful backdrop for your all-important photographs.
Your wedding ceremony can be held here – Callow Hall has a Civil Wedding Licence – so you can relax and enjoy your very special day, from exchange of vows through reception to secluded late-night romance, within the luxury and exclusive privacy of our estate.
When you take over Callow Hall for your dream wedding, our 16 luxury bedrooms just for you. Our Bridal Suite comes complete with a huge four-poster bed and luxury feature bathroom.
And, you can entertain your guests in style. A seated reception for up to 50 people held at; and if your wedding needs a bigger setting, there are ample grounds for a marquee, when we can cater for up to 130 guests. When you choose Callow Hall, you get our team of award winning Chefs cooking just for you. We represent the very best of modern British cooking, complimented by an extensive wine list of rare quality. We can provide canapés during reception drinks; Our Head Chef will help you to design your three-course wedding breakfast menu. You will enjoy our evening buffet as you dance the evening away to our resident DJ.
Arranging your wedding ceremony and reception involves much planning, and we have both the expertise and the experience to help you all the way through, with every detail effortlessly arranged to suit your personal taste. We offer a series of inclusive packages that will allow you to have the dream country-house wedding of your choice - whether Callow Hall is yours for just one afternoon or for one or two nights. Everything is included in our package price, so budgeting is made easy, with no surprises.
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Callow Hall’s central location and good transport links make it a good meeting point from all points of the compass. There are a number of meeting rooms available, offering corporate guests a relaxed atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of daily routine - as well as the opportunity to enjoy the high standards of service and exceptional cuisine on offer.
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Local Directions:
If approaching from the south, east or west, follow the A515 Buxton road through Ashbourne, passing the market place on the left. Carry on up the steep hill for approximately 300 yards to the crossroads at the top, and turn sharp left - keeping the Bowling Green Pub on your left - into North Avenue. Then take the first turn right, signposted Mappleton and Okeover. Continue with care down the hill and drive over the hump-backed bridge. The entrance to Callow Hall is on the right. Follow the tree-lined drive to the hotel.
If approaching from the North on the A515 Buxton/Ashbourne road, turn right at the top of the hill at the Bowling Green Pub and then proceed as per Local Directions above.

Motorway Routes:
From M1 North - leave M1 at Junction 28 and follow signs A38 (south) for Derby. At junction A38/A610 exit for Ambergate A6, turn left for Belper. At the traffic lights, turn right on A517 for Ashbourne. Then follow Local Directions above.

From M1 South - leave M1 at Junction 24 and follow signs A50 for Stoke on Trent. Continue on A50 to the A50/A515 junction. Leave A50 and follow signs to Ashbourne. Then follow Local Directions above.

From Manchester - on the Manchester Ring Road M60 locate Junction 1 at Stockport. Leave M60 and take A6 to Buxton. At Buxton take A515 to Ashbourne. Then follow Local Directions above.

From Manchester Airport - leave Manchester Airport following signs to M56. Join M56 following signs for M6. At M56/M6 junction follow directions for M6 (South) Birmingham. At Junction 15 leave M6 and follow signs A500 to Stoke-On-Trent. Once on A500 at 2nd/3rd major interchange follow signs A50 to Derby. Follow signs A50 to Derby, and once on A50 continue on this road to the A50/A515 junction. Leave A50 and follow signs to Ashbourne. Then follow Local Directions above.

From Birmingham Airport - leave Birmingham Airport and follow signs M42 (North) and join M42. Leave M42 at Junction 9 on to A446 towards Lichfield. Join A38 for Burton on Trent & Derby. Leave at A50, and once on A50 continue on this road to the A50/A515 junction. Leave A50 and follow signs to Ashbourne. Then follow Local Directions above.

From East Midlands Airport - join A42 and follow signs A42/A50 to Derby/Nottingham. Follow signs A50 to Derby, and once on A50 continue on this road to the A50/A515 junction. Leave A50 and follow signs to Ashbourne. Then follow Local Directions above.

From Nottingham - at Nottingham join A52 following signs for Derby. Continue into centre of Derby joining inner ring road. Pick up signs A52 Ashbourne, following signs to Ashbourne. Then follow Local Directions above.

From M5 South - join M42 at junction 4A, then follow directions above as from Birmingham Airport.

From M6 North - leave at junction 15 following signs for Burton of Trent. Then follow signs for Uttoxeter A50. At A50/A515 junction leave A50 and follow signs for Ashbourne. Then follow Local Directions above.

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