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The Izaak Walton Hotel

The Izaak Walton Hotel

The Izaak Walton Hotel

The Izaak Walton Hotel
  • AA 3 Star Hotel
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Hotel with 37 rooms £69-£115 pppnb


Nr Ashbourne,


The Izaak Walton Hotel lies just above the river Dove in the idyllic hills of Dovedale. Originally built as a country house in the 17th century, the hotel retains much of its original charm. There are magnificent views of Thorpe Cloud and the surrounding hills from all the public rooms and from many bedrooms. Named after the author of the Compleat Angler, the hotel owns fishing rights on four miles of the Staffordshire bank of one of Britain’s finest trout streams. Tuition is available from the resident fisherman. Quad biking, archery and clay pigeon shooting can also be arranged by the hotel. There are idyllic, well marked, country walks starting at the hotel, with the famous Dovedale Stepping Stones just ten minutes away. The Izaak Walton, is a great spot for a wedding, team building exercise or leisure break with the many attractions of Derbyshire within easy driving distance.

Simon Harrison has garnered two AA Rosettes for his skill in the Haddon restaurant. Starter might be poached langoustine with sea vegetables and bisque, followed by fillet of Derbyshire beef. The Dovedale Bar, adorned with fishing memorabilia, serves a selection of lighter bites, with a children's menu available. Derbyshire cream tea has also established itself as a favourite with locals and visitors alike.

Most of the 38 well appointed bedrooms have views over the garden and Dovedale peaks. These include three four-poster rooms, four family rooms and nine superior bedrooms. These come with many little extras, including Liberty & Green bathroom products, slippers & bathrobes. Two rooms are located in the original 17thC wing, with original oak beams and window seats.

Haddon Hall, Chatsworth, Renshaw Hall, Melbourne Hall and Tissington Hall (and well dressings) are nearby. The Tissington (bicycle) Trail passes near the hotel. Ilam Park is next door with its Paradise Walk to summit with great views.

Children welcomeTelephoneTelevisionSatellite TVTea/coffee making in bedroomsLicenced (table or bar)Packed lunches providedSpecial diets availableLounge for residents' useNight porterIroning facilitiesConference facilitiesSnacks/afternoon teaPrivate parkingGardenTotally non-smokingDisabled facilitiesCentral heatingLaundry facilitiesTelephone (public)FishingGolf available (onsite or nearby)Restaurant open to non-residentsVisa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedPublic house/InnDogs/pets accepted by arrangementVegetarian diet availableAmerican Express acceptedDesignated smoking areaCoach parties welcomedSingle sex groups welcomedEvening mealsHigh chairs availableCots availableReal log/coal firesStaff fluent in Dutch

Children welcome from any age.



Plan route to The Izaak Walton Hotel using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SK 143508  Lat: 53.05437 Long: -1.78717

From Ashbourne: Follow signs marked town centre and for the A515 Buxton road. Two miles North of Ashbourne you will pass a large road sign marked Thorpe, Ilam and Dovedale indicating a left turn. Take this and follow the country lane through the village of Thorpe and beyond. Crossing a cattle grid, drive down into the valley and over two small bridges. You will see a signpost for the hotel indicating a right turn.


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • TelephoneTelephone
  • TelevisionTelevision
  • Satellite TVSatellite TV
  • Tea/coffee making in bedroomsTea/coffee making in bedrooms
  • Licenced (table or bar)Licenced (table or bar)
  • Packed lunches providedPacked lunches provided
  • Special diets availableSpecial diets available
  • Lounge for residents' useLounge for residents' use
  • Night porterNight porter
  • Ironing facilitiesIroning facilities
  • Conference facilitiesConference facilities
  • Snacks/afternoon teaSnacks/afternoon tea
  • Private parkingPrivate parking
  • GardenGarden
  • Totally non-smokingTotally non-smoking
  • Disabled facilitiesDisabled facilities
  • Central heatingCentral heating
  • Laundry facilitiesLaundry facilities
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • FishingFishing
  • Golf available (onsite or nearby)Golf available (onsite or nearby)
  • Restaurant open to non-residentsRestaurant open to non-residents
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedVisa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
  • Public house/InnPublic house/Inn
  • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangementDogs/pets accepted by arrangement
  • Vegetarian diet availableVegetarian diet available
  • American Express acceptedAmerican Express accepted
  • Designated smoking areaDesignated smoking area
  • Coach parties welcomedCoach parties welcomed
  • Single sex groups welcomedSingle sex groups welcomed
  • Evening mealsEvening meals
  • High chairs availableHigh chairs available
  • Cots availableCots available
  • Real log/coal firesReal log/coal fires
  • Staff fluent in DutchStaff fluent in Dutch

Children welcome from any age.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is
    • YesSolid ie tarmac / concrete etc
    • YesGravel
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to:
    • YesEntrance to reception
    • YesPublic toilet
    • YesOne or more bedrooms
    • YesLounge
    • YesBar
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and wall
  • YesClear surfaces such as glass doors have contrast markings
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesGuest information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesBedroom furniture can be re-arranged if requested by guest
  • YesBedroom with non-allergenic bedding available
  • Bathrooms available with:
    • YesSeparate shower unit
    • YesBath with shower
    • YesBath
  • YesSeparate shower unit with support handrails available
  • YesBath with support handrails available
  • YesWCs with handrails available
  • YesBedrooms available with en suite bathrooms suitable for guests who use a wheelchair
  • YesBedrooms available with separate, private or shared bathrooms suitable for guests who use a wheelchair


  • YesEntrance well lit
  • YesBell at main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Meals for guests with special dietary requirements can be provided:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliac)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan


  • YesProprietors/staff available 24-hours
  • YesEmergency evacuation procedures for guests with disabilities
  • YesStaff have had disability awareness training
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