A touch of class is arriving in Matlock Bath with the opening on a new hotel.
The High Tor Hotel at Artist’s Corner is set to open later this month.
The 14 bedroom hotel offers boutique-style luxury, with a bar and 52–seater restaurant selling modern gastro–style food.
The grade II listed building dates back to the 19th Century and is believed to have belonged to Admiral Nelson’s General Collingwood – named Collingwood Lodge.
It was ravished by fire years ago and left in a derelict state right up until a developer started work on it three years ago.
The 40–year–old owner of the property, who did not wish to be named, said: “When we first arrived here you could walk in and see all the way to the attic due to the fire damage.
“There was only one staircase remaining.
“It was a derelict building and it was damp.”
More than £2 million has been spent on the renovations to bring the building back to its former glory.
No expense has been spared on furnishings for the hotel, with solid ash doors to all of the rooms costing in excess of £1,000 each, allergy friendly carpets, a solid oak main staircase and energy-saving measures.
“Everything was made to the exact specifications of the original house,” he said.
“We had special cutters made at a local wood yard.
“All the materials that have been supplied to the hotel have been locally–sourced apart from the insulation.”
The hotel has one disabled room and a honeymoon suite, and could host small weddings in the future.
The developer has been in the process of hiring staff and is hoping to train them this week.
All being well, the hotel should be open by the end of this month, however it has already taken bookings.
Further information on High Tor Hotel is available by calling 01629 580440.