A question we are often asked is what made you choose to have and run a bed and breakfast? The simplest answer is hospitality. Prior to having a Bed and Breakfast we visited lots of hotels. Many were lovely but the hospitality was often not quite right. We started to visit more and more Bed and Breakfasts and realised that the best of those certainly had cracked this, hence our decision.
Derbyshire is a wonderful place for rest, relaxation and for those that choose some exhilarating outdoor activities. It has so many wonderful spaces and of course the Peak District National Park – the first national park to be established. When we came across Glendon in 2011 we could see the great potential. Soon after we bought the house we set about a large-scale renovation and we opened Glendon in 2012. Since then we have received wonderful guest feedback and our most notable achievement was being voted in the 25 best Bed and Breakfasts in the world by TripAdvisor in 2015.
Helpful and Hospitable
We enjoy our space when away, but it is also nice to know someone is there to help if needed, with suggestions of places to visit, with the local knowledge to answer questions and generally be interested in knowing if you are enjoying your time. That is what we aim to do – be helpful and hospitable, seeing our guests as individuals but also being respectful of their space. We know how busy life can be and a few days away makes a big difference. And that is why we see hospitality as so important, as it can help to make a good stay a great one.
The History of Glendon
We also wanted to offer Bed and Breakfast in a building with interest and we think that is what Glendon does – a classical Victorian villa built in 1857, that history is evident both inside and out. Knowleston Villas (now Knowleston Place) was built between 1857/58 and consisted of 4 properties. John Knowles and his wife Sarah lived in the property known as “Glendon” which had 8 bedrooms. The properties were described as beautiful villas with ornamental and rock gardens opposite laid out by Joseph Paxton at a cost of £6000. There is a bridge over the river into Knowleston Gardens. The gardens were sold to the local council in 1899 and include a lamp-post, a gift from Knowles to the parish of Matlock Green in 1867.
Knowles was a church warden at St. Giles Parish Church in Matlock. In 1859 he contributed to the re-building of the church and after his death his wife paid one quarter of the cost which was completed in 1870. In 1882 a three light window was placed in the church in his memory. His grave is in Matlock within sight of “Knowleston Place” and describes him as “A known railway contractor”. Knowles was described as humble, had been born illegitimate but not into poverty. He was a hard but generous man and was known to provide food and drink for his workers when the weather was harsh.
Glendon is nestled in the centre of Matlock, overlooking the brook feeding into the river Derwent, and next to Hall Leys park. Our individually-styled en-suite bedrooms provide a restful ambience and exceptional standard of accommodation and service. Breakfast is served in the traditional Victorian dining room with all menu items cooked and served to order. Glendon is ideally placed for walking and exploring the Peak district if you are visiting for leisure and offers a personal, restful base for those visiting for business. Whatever your reason for visiting, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional hospitality with outstanding guest reviews. We look forward to welcoming you.
And the other member of our team…
Meet Jasper, the B&B dog who has a love for Instagram. He is our Springer Spaniel and luckily a calm and quiet one. He is a dog with a liking for ‘s’ – sausages, sticks and sunshine and of course walking and exploring in Derbyshire and the Peak District. He can sometimes be seen sat just the right side of the sun and shadow line outside in the courtyard. And always has a wagging tail when someone arrives.
And what do our guests say about us?
Chic & Gemütlich
We stayed in this calm and beautiful retreat for 2 nights after I’d attended a conference in Sheffield. A friendly welcome, great attention to detail, a tastefully furnished room with an extremely comfortable bed and little surprises such as the delicious lemon drizzle cake we found in our room when we returned from our day… “Chic & Gemütlich”
Easter stay at Glendon
Had a very nice few days staying in the family room with my husband and two sons. We had lemon cake and tea on arrival. It was our second stay at Glendon and it was just as accommodating, clean and pleasant as we remember. Each day we were not only restocked with everything we could… “Easter stay at Glendon”
What a marvellous place to stay. Everything is thought of. The bed was wonderfully comfortable and breakfast was made all the better with the great Yvonne serving! Coming again next year.
A Poetic Review
If Derbyshire is your next vacation, Let me suggest at that destination, You stay in Matlock, where the river bends, A town that’s, so just full of friends, You’ll need a pillow for your head, and a really cosy comfy bed. From scrambled eggs and lots of toast, A place to stay that is the… “A Poetic Review”
Lots of lovely touches
Just to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Glendon. The room was lovely- very comfortable and spotless. The breakfasts were delicious- spoilt for choice. Lots of lovely touches- flapjacks on arrival, wide range of walking books and maps for ideas of where to go. It’s a beautiful house and we’d heartily recommend it.… “Lots of lovely touches”
Boutique b&b that thoughtfully accommodated a family with a 6 month old baby. The period house has been tastefully restored with lovely furnishings and accessories. The four poster room was lovely with a period fireplace. The host couldn’t have done more to accommodate us and the breakfast was delicious.
Comfortable attractive rooms with everything you need… delicious and varied options for breakfast using the best ingredients… the use of a delightful sitting room – a real bonus if traveling with children… fabulous location – no real need for a car: good walks straight out of the door, plenty of nearby pubs and restaurants and… “Marvellous”
A warm welcome to a charming Grade 2 house where no detail has been overlooked to provide total comfort. As for the breakfast, it was superb.
Lovely house, excellent room. lots of recommendations ie: where to eat and which local villages to visit. Matlock is a very nice town.
Our intrepid 4 lads walking group descended on Matlock this year – 2 of us stayed in Glendon and the owners kindly helped us out by recommending somewhere else just as nice (well almost as nice) for the other 2 since Glendon was full. What a find! Can only confirm what has been said before… “Top drawer!”