Peak District

ELLE UK Photoshoot at Losehill House

Last week, with Visit Peak District, we had the pleasure of hosting a team from ELLE UK for their photoshoot. The ELLE team had planned an early morning shoot, making use of the wonderful Peak District scenery, to showcase items by Barbour. 

 
Image from Instagram, by  @ELLEUK

Image from Instagram, by @ELLEUK

 

Whilst staying with us the team enjoyed exploring what we offer at Losehill House, with our terrace hot tub a particularly well-received feature! 

 
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You can see the shoot in their October issue. 

A Food Festival Weekend

This bank holiday you won't be short of quality events to attend in Derbyshire! We want to draw attention to two fantastic foodie events on over the weekend.

Tideswell Food Festival

Tideswell's annual food festival is making an appearance this year on Saturday 2nd May from 10am - 4pm. There will be over sixty stall and displays, as well as various talks, entertainment and demonstrations.

 
 

Taste Tideswell say, "There will be music from Tideswell Band and Tideswell Singers, dance and spectacle from Ripley Garters Morris Dancers, and something different for the children from Madame Zucchini’s vegetable entertainment. The donkey rides are back, and Flossy Teacake is going to host a craft demonstration."

See here for the day's schedule and for more information.

The Great British Food Festival

This year, The Great British Food Festival is back at Hardwick Hall, from Saturday 2nd May until Monday 4th May.

 
 

Visit Peak District say, "The recipe for the weekend, well take over 80 top local and artisan producers, a big serving of stunning hot food, add a dash of real ale and wine bars, kids cookery lessons and lots of children’s activities, top chef demos from the likes of Great British Bake Off finalists Howard Middleton, Luis Troyano and Master Chefs Luke Owen, stir in a cake competition and the popular Men V’s Food, with lashings of excellent live music and mix together to make a lovely foodie family day out."

Find out more information here or book tickets here.

Spring Dishes from Our Kitchen

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From left to right, top to bottom.

1. Kid Goat Stuffed with Spinach and Mushrooms with Beetroot Terrine and Spring Vegetables.

2. Halibut, Geoduck Clam Chowder, Asparagus Samphire and Parsley Purée

3. Cauliflower ‘Polonaise’ 

4. Monkfish with Parsley, Samphire, Wild Garlic Chicken Wing Kiev and Wild Garlic Gnocchi 

5. Rose Veal Rump Shin with Osso Buco Sauce, Parsley Quinoa, Onion Top Purée, Heritage Carrots & Red Mustard Leaves

6. Halibut with Parsley Sauce, Wild Garlic Gnocchi and Chicken Wing Kiev

7. Turbot with Violet Potatoes, Asparagus and Potted Shrimp

8. Venison, Kale, Watercress, Cocoa Nib, Salsify, Beetroot and Pearled Barley

9. Chicken with Crispy Skin, Wild Garlic, Celeriac and Smoked Wensleydale Gnocchi

News from the Visit Peak District Tourism Conference 2015

This month saw the official tourist board Visit Peak District & Derbyshire’s 2015 Tourism Conference & Exhibition at High Peak Borough Council’s Pavilion Gardens in Buxton. This aptly fell during English Tourism Week.

The event was attended by more than 150 delegates and saw speakers including Satyan Joshi, (Senior Travel Industry Manager at Google UK Ltd), Wendy Hain (Director of Membership East Midlands Chamber) and Adrian Farmer (DVMWHS Heritage Coordinator) take to the stage to give presentations.

Paul Roden, Chairman of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, speaking at the conference.

Paul Roden, Chairman of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, speaking at the conference.

At Losehill House we're proud to be a part of the Peak District and to promote and encourage interest in all the National Park has to offer. We currently hold the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark which is recognition of our efforts to use local produce and services where possible. You can read more about this here.

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L'Eroica Britannia

The vintage bicycle event, L'Eroica Britannia, comes to the Bakewell Showground for the second year running this summer from 19th - 21st June and takes the form of a three day festival and bike ride.

The festival will involve over 200 brilliant brands, including vintage stalls, bicycle brands, street food trucks and great drinking experiences. Activities will include a vintage sports day, 'Best in Show' and plenty of family fun. A 3 day ticket pass for the event costs just £10 for adults with children under 12 free of charge. 

To find out more about getting involved in the bike ride, of which there are three different routes, visit their website here. Losehill House makes the perfect base if you'd like to stay for the festival duration in comfort - call us on 01433 621219 for availability.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Losehill...

One

Our a la carte menu changes daily. Our dinner menu has a selection of six delicious choices for each course, including vegetarian options. Our resident guests enjoy this format and rarely find their selection an easy one with such varied dishes.

Two

Our spa uses luxurious ESPA and Thalgo products. We use Thalgo’s range of expert marine products and ESPA’s luxurious natural skincare products to offer powerful healing, revitalising and relaxing spa treatments. We have also been awarded the Thalgo Platinum Spa Award in 2012 and 2013 for excellence in beauty.

Three

Our Orangery Restaurant has its own vegetable garden. As part of our dedication to using locally-sourced produce, in 2014 we planted the garden at Losehill House. After a successful first season, the venture has proven viable and so our guests will hopefully be enjoying home-grown produce for years to come.

Four

We have been awarded the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark. This is awarded to businesses who put pride in the Peak District at the heart of their operations, who actively help safeguard and improve the Peak District environment and heritage and who add to the wellbeing of their communities.

Five

Each of our bedrooms are unique. Losehill House has 23 beautifully appointed four star en-suite bedrooms and suites - all with flat screen TV and DVD and free Wi-Fi access, plus robes and slippers for the spa. Most of our rooms also offer extensive views over the National Park nestled between Lose Hill and Win Hill.

Romantic Peak District

In case you'd forgotten, it's Valentine's Day tomorrow! What better place to plan a romance-filled day than the heart of the Peak District. There are stunning views and plenty of places to visit with your Valentine. We've put together a few suggestions for those of you still making last-minute plans...

 
 

Spa Day

Treat your other half to a peaceful, relaxing day where you can forget about the day-to-day worries and focus on each other. At Losehill House we offer a number of full and half day spa packages to choose from, all include use of our pool, sauna, steam room and terrace hot tub while others include spa treatments and a meal in our award-winning Orangery Restaurant.

Walk Hand in Hand

One of the easiest and cheapest things that you can do in the Peak District is to put on your walking boots and go for a stroll together. Visit Peak District has some great suggested routes which you can take, depending on where you want to start from. How about the Shivering Mountain walking route, starting from Castleton? Increase the romance by taking along a picnic hamper filled with your partner's favourite foods. Just be sure to wrap up warm!

Tea for Two

Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea for two in our Orangery Restaurant, with spectacular panoramic views of the Hope Valley. Ours is a traditional afternoon tea selection of finger sandwiches, served on white and brown bread, to include smoked salmon, Bennets' Hope Valley free range egg with mayonnaise, cucumber and Peak District ham and mustard. The tea also includes warm, freshly baked scones with whipped cream and strawberry jam, and a selection of seasonal home-made cakes. Add Champagne for extra sparkle!

Country Garden

On this list, we couldn't leave out a visit to one of the Peak District's gardens. Perhaps the most spectacular of which belongs to Chatsworth House. However, this experience may be best saved for another day as the gardens and house are closed for the winter and will reopen on 28th March.

Recent Dishes This Winter

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Top Left: Halibut with Kale Mussel Broth and Purple Potato Dumplings.

Top Middle: Ribeye and Oxtail with Ox Cheek and Potato Terrine.

Top Right: Goose with Roasted Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts.

Bottom Left: Rose Veal Rump, Osso Buco, Gremolata Wafer, Parsley and Beetroot.

Bottom Middle: Venison with Salsify, Cocoa, Watercress and Celeriac Risotto.

Bottom Right: Oxtail with Horseradish Ice Cream, Watercress Pearls and Oxtail Consommé.

Christmas Markets in the Peak District

The Peak District is a beautiful setting in which to spend the festive season. Get into the spirit of Christmas by visiting one of the many Christmas markets popping up in Peak District towns and villages over the next month. 

You can search a list of all available markets on the Visit Peak District's website here.

Obne of the most-visited markets has got to be Chatsworth House's Christmas Market, running now until 23rd November. The market is free to enter, but cars cost £3 midweek and £10 on weekends. A delightful way to spend the day.

Live seasonal musical entertainment from brass bands to string quartets; Enjoy mulled cider and German beers in our bavarian beer tent; Find the perfect presents for all the family from our wide range of stalls including toiletries, clothes and things for your home; Enjoy delicious food, with gourmet burgers, hotdogs, pancakes, churros, fudge and chocolate and treats galore; See our own stunning ranges of items in the Chatsworth gift, interiors and garden shops, up in the Stables.
— Chatsworth House Website

Time for Tea

We're delighted to announce that we have expanded our cream tea to a full Afternoon Tea offering. Our Afternoon Tea selection now includes:

A traditional afternoon tea selection of finger sandwiches, served on white and brown bread, to include smoked salmon, Bennets' Hope Valley free range egg with mayonnaise, cucumber and Peak District ham and mustard.

Warm, freshly baked scones with whipped cream and strawberry jam.

A selection of seasonal home-made cakes.

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Afternoon Tea is a lovely way to enjoy the afternoon after a morning at the spa, perfect for a gift for a friend, or as a treat for you and your family. This tea can also be upgraded to a Champagne Afternoon Tea for those extra special occasions.

To view more details, please see our restaurant page here. If you'd like to book an afternoon tea, please call us on 01433 621219. Alternatively, our gift vouchers can be used towards an Afternoon Tea and these can be bought online here.

Inspiration for Brides and Grooms-To-Be

We're privileged here at Losehill House to take part in so many special days throughout the year. We know that planning a wedding, although exciting, can often be difficult. With so many colours, dresses, suit, cakes and first dance songs to choose from, no wonder it often takes over a year to get all those details just right.

We've been inspired by the weddings we've seen held here, and have set up a Pinterest board combining some of the great the themes that these weddings have displayed.  

If you'd like to take a look, or join us on Pinterest, you can find our Weddings Board here.

Losehill House Suppliers Win Award

Our Orangery restaurant is known for supporting independent businesses by sourcing unique, high quality produce to use in our dishes. One such supplier that we've been using for a while is Cabrito Goat Meat, in Devon. Owned by James Whetlor and Sushila Moles, Cabrito Goat Meat do not breed goats; instead they take the billies from the dairy industry and supply them to restaurant, and so helping to end the industry practice of culling males at birth.

The business has recently won The Observer Food Monthly 2014 Award for Best Producer, and we're delighted to be the only Derbyshire restaurant serving this amazing meat. The kitchen team here at Losehill House, headed by Chef Darren Goodwin, have created delicious dishes with Cabrito Goat Meat’s produce such as ‘Slow Roast Leg of Goat with Pommes Boulangere and Grilled Romanesco Broccoli’ and ‘Loin and Shoulder of Goat with Melting Broccoli and Brock Hall Farm’s Joie de Chèvre Sauce’. 

If you'd like to explore our restaurant's offerings further, click here

Introducing ESPA

We've pleased to announce that we have recently introduced ESPA products to our spa. ESPA have created a luxury range of natural skin care products, and we are proud to include them in our range of spa treatments.

ESPA’s award-winning, results driven skincare products are loved by women and men alike, who benefit from their visible results for both face and body.
— ESPA
 
 

We now offer some new ESPA spa treatments to compliment our current Thalgo range, which you can see below:

ESPA EXPRESS BACK MASSAGE

A targeted massage to help ease muscular tension. Perfect as an introduction to massage or combined with one of our facials.

20 mins - £30

ESPA HEAD, NECK & SHOULDER MASSAGE

This massage focuses on the key areas of tension using an ESPA body oil chosen to suit your specific needs.

30 mins - £35

ESPA AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE

ESPA aromatherapy massage is essential, professional & specific using an individually chosen blend of essential oils. A personal consultation will insure you receive a unique treatment to suit your specific needs.

Back, Neck & Shoulders 30 mins - £35 | Full Body 55 mins - £60

ESPA HOT STONE MASSAGE

A therapeutic massage using aromatherapy oils and warm volcanic stones to relieve deep seated muscular tension. The warmth of the stones penetrates the muscles to soothe aches and pains, helping you to unwind and your body to feel rejuvenated.

Back, Neck & Shoulders 30 mins - £40 | Full Body 80 mins - £80

ESPA SALT & OIL SCRUB

This exceptional skin softening body exfoliation combines sea salts with essential oils to leave your skin nourished, smooth & supple. Perfect as a stand alone treatment or in preparation for an ESPA massage.

30 mins - £30

ESPA INVIGORATING FOOT TREATMENT

This revitalising treatment for tired feet and heavy legs helps to reduce puffiness and soothes aches and pains. Includes a refreshing exfoliation and deeply therapeutic lower leg and foot massage.

30 mins - £35

Christmas Is Coming

It may only be September, but Christmas will soon be knocking on our door! At Losehill House we love Christmas, there's something different about being hidden away in the heart of the Peak District that makes this time of year extra special.

If you'd like to join us this year for the festivities, we offer a number of luxurious Christmas and New Year packages to delight the whole family. From a festive afternoon tea on Christmas Eve, a sumptuous four course Christmas Day lunch to a celebratory champagne breakfast on New Year's Day, there is sure to be something for everyone.

You can take a look at our Christmas and New Year packages here. We are also currently offering a complimentary return visit in 2015 for a Spa Special worth £300 per couple for all 3 night Christmas 2014 package reservations. Just call us on 01433 621219 to check availability for this special offer. 

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Recent Dishes from Our Kitchen

With our à la carte menu changing daily, we always have a good selection of food photos to share! Each evening we have a selection of around 6 dishes to choose from for each course, with vegetarian options available. We also try our best to cater for any special dietary requirements. Here we've put together a selection of dishes that have featured in our Orangery Restaurant recently.

The dishes are as follows (ordered top left to top right, bottom left to bottom right):

Bass, cauliflower risotto, charred and pickled cucumber and Borage flowers with parsley purée

Bass, purple cauliflower 'risotto', potted shrimp and samphire

BBQ'd sirloin, oxtail galette and onion with Old Winchester and nasturtium

Courgettes, girolles, onion and goats curd

Cutlet and BBQ'd shoulder of goat meat, courgette purée, girolles, yellison goats curd and broad beans

Hake, squid ink chips, samphire and parsley

 

 

 

 

Social Offers

Did you know that we offer special discounts to our friends on Twitter and Facebook? All of our Twitter followers receive both 20% off spa treatments and 20% off a bottle of wine when they visit us. Facebook fans who check-in on Facebook when they arrive at Losehill House will receive 20% off a bottle of wine and a free room upgrade if possible! 

We regularly post great offers on our social profiles, so do join us and be sure to say hello!

You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Today's Wedding

Today we've had the pleasure of hosting a wedding at Losehill House Hotel. One of the exciting parts of hosting a wedding is seeing how each couple decide to decorate the hotel. The couple today had the great idea to hang flowers over our entrance door, as you can see in the image below.

This door is in fact the original door that was built in the Arts & Crafts style back in 1914 when the building was a farmhouse used by the CHA Walking Charity. The guesthouse welcomed people for 90 years until it was closed in 2001 due to the foot and mouth epidemic. The hotel you see today is here thanks to redevelopment by the previous owners.