A Derbyshire hotel has been named as the UK's best place to stay in a national poll.

Callow Hall, near Ashbourne, topped the poll in an awards created by The Sunday Times, with the hotel being crowned as the UK's best place to stay.

The hall, which was built in the 1850s, features 15 individually designed bedrooms as well as two treehouses for guests to stay in and 11 woodland hives.

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In the report, the hotel was described as 'relaxed and riotously chic' with reviewers praising the fact that the hotel was ''off the beaten track.

Callow Hall.
Callow Hall.

Hotels and spa editor of The Times and The Sunday Times Susan D’arcy said: "Off the beaten track, relaxed and riotously chic, our Hotel of the Year is also a foretaste of how hospitality must change.

"It’s a sophisticated, future-focused bolt hole and although it only opened on September 1, one couple has already returned for a second visit while others have extended their stays or rebooked."

Ed Burrows and Charles Randall started the hospitality brand Wildhive, of which Callow Hall is part, with the aim of creating "unique and characterful" locations in lesser-known parts of the UK, reports Derbyshire Live.

Callow Hall's treehouses.
Callow Hall's treehouses.

Mr Burrows said: "This is an extremely exciting and proud moment for us. Having opened this year under challenging circumstances faced by the whole industry, we are honoured to have been awarded Hotel of the Year by The Sunday Times.

"The incredible team is what makes Callow Hall so special - they bring the magic and that home-from-home warmth that we want our guests to feel when they stay with us. This award only spurs us on as we work to create exceptional memories for our guests that celebrate our spectacular location in rural Derbyshire."

Mr Randall said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this award and it’s a real recognition of our vision for Callow Hall and every single one of the team who has helped us bring it to life."

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