Just returned from a weekend at Portland House and had the most amazing few days. The house is simply stunning, equipped with everything you need. Nothing is too much trouble for Martin and Juliet (the owners) who ensured that everything was waiting for us (including flowers and chocolates for my wife's birthday).
There's plenty to do in the local area, we enjoyed having Charlie Ratcliffe of The Private Chef Company to come and cook for us one evening. I would strongly recommend him if you are planning a stay here.
We also went Clay Pigeon Shooting with Commonwealth Gold Medalist Joe Neville (Team GB Coach) which is only 10 mins away.
There's lots to do in Matlock Bath, but the house itself is the jewel in the crown. No expense has been spared on the renovation of this historic house and it was a great pleasure to have the opportunity to call it home for a few days.
Thank you Juliet and Martin, you made my wife's 40tb birthday celebrations truly memorable.
The house was perfect for celebrating my wife`s 80th birthday.A large mixed aged group all agreed it was the best possible venue. It was immaculate, warm, very comfortable, beautifully decorated with en suite rooms for everyone. A very well equiped kitchen.The children really enjoyed the table football. We took advantage of the caterer recommended by the owner for the Saturday night meal and they were first class. The photographer recommended was equally good . We were given very helpful information from the first enquiry.
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We spent a weekend at Portland house with a group of 20 friends. This is the 24th year of this annual event and this is one of the best places we have stayed. The house is in the middle of some great walking country and also close to the pubs and restaurants of Matlock. There is more than enough in the area to keep non-walkers entertained.
Every aspect of the house was perfect for us. A well equipped kitchen, a dining room which had room for everyone and also a bar and separate lounge. We'd recommend a visit to Birchover to see Rowtor Rocks and walk on Stanton Moor [Google them] followed by a drink at the Druids Inn [cosy, open fire, welcoming staff, good beers ... a proper pub] Some of the group were also impressed by a visit to the Family Tree at Whatstandwell ... a very modern take on the traditional cafe.
I stayed at Portland House for a weekend with 22 guests to celebrate my 50th birthday and it was perfect. The whole house is beautifully decorated and every single bedroom is decorated to the same high standard, so all my guests were delighted with their rooms. The bar area was great fun and features the original servants' bells- which occasionally were rung! The kitchen was very user friendly with everything we needed to cater for a large party and everything was so well organised everything we needed was to hand.
The house itself feels remote but is literally just a 5 minute walk to Matlock Bath and all it's attractions. We all had a wonderful weekend and no-one wanted to leave and we are currently looking for another celebratory excuse to return. Thanks to Juliet and Martin, fantastic and helpful hosts.
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we booked this beautiful house for a big work get together, the house is so lovely juliet couldnt be more helpful, would definitely reccomend and return