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No. 6 The Square, Buxton, Peak District
First-time visitors to Buxton are often surprised to discover what an interesting and attractive town it is. Its spa heritage dates back to Roman times, there's a lively cultural scene, and the hilly, leafy streets are lined with handsome Georgian and Victorian buildings. Among its star attractions are the Crescent (an elegant 18th-century terrace, recently restored and reopened as a luxury hotel and spa) and the lovely Opera House (designed by famed theatre architect Frank Matcham). Perfectly placed in between the two, you'll find No 6 The Square, a genteel little tea room with bedrooms above. There's history and character aplenty here and a generous dollop of good looks: it's set in a mellow-stoned Georgian building, adorned with hanging baskets outside and elegantly decorated within.
Scrivener's - an excellent second-hand bookshop with five rambling, well-stocked floors to explore - is a bibliophile's dream, and just 10 minutes' walk away.
Buxton's Opera House is merely a few yards up the street from the hotel, while the Pavilion Gardens are opposite.
By car: around 1 hour from Sheffield, 1 hour 45 minutes from Birmingham and 4 hours from London. There is parking available on site for £3 per day.
By train: there is a direct line to Buxton Station from Manchester Piccadilly, the journey takes 1 hour. The hotel is a five-minute walk from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The Georgian surroundings will appeal to Jane Austen fans. The owner used to live here herself and despite the grand period setting it still retains a homely, lived-in feel.
Service & Facilities
We love the book collection in the lounge includes a selection of Peak District-related titles, so you can gen up on the surrounding area.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Parking (£3 per day)
The mattresses are extremely comfortable and the pretty floral jugs of fresh flowers on the mantelpiece are a nice touch. Our favourite rooms are Opera House and Pavilion Gardens - light, bright and with the best views; the latter has a well-stocked bookcase, too.
Opera House, Pavilion Gardens, Crescent, Devonshire Dome, No. 7 The Square Apartment
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with shower, TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities
Food & Drink
Even if it's rainy, you can still eat outside, with tables under the arcade that runs along the front of the building. Pick a cake, any cake - there are plenty of them to choose from, including seasonal specials and gluten-free options.
Tearoom: traditional, welcoming. Open for breakfast, light lunches and afternoon tea. Plates from £6.50.