I stayed here for 2 nights as part of a trail running weekend, arranged by a local run coaching company. In short, the place was lovely!
It's a little out of the way (which is great!) so be careful if you're driving along the track, but the location is stunning.
The bedrooms were well-sized, 2 rooms having 6 bunkbeds between them, and a further dorm room with 8 single-storey beds, so the place sleeps 20 all together. The beds were mostly comfy, I found mine to be a little firm, but that's probably personal preference. You will need to take your own sleeping bag/duvet and pillows as these are not provided. It is worth noting that the room with 8 single beds in has wooden beans stretching across the width of the room, which are about 4ft off the ground. It's not the worst problem in the world (especially not with smaller children I imagine), but it was rather amusing seeing a group of adult women having to duck to avoid clocking their heads on the wooden beams!
The lounge was a little small, given the bunkhouse sleeps 20, but we weren't sitting around too much as there was trail running to be done! The sofas were comfy, and the wood burning stove, once it got going, was lovely and warm.
The kitchen seemed well-sized and well-equipped, with pots & pans of a size that makes sense if you're catering to a group of upto 20 people. Fridge space was a little tight - I imagine if you're spending more than a weekend with 20 people you may need to do a second shop rather than being able to squeeze all your food into the fridge. Or maybe we all took too many bottles of wine with us..
The dining room was functional. There were large french doors which I presume opened out, although we didn't use these as the weather wasn't particularly conducive to it. However, it was bright and serviceable.
There are 4 toilets and 4 showers in the property - one set of 2 downstairs, and another set of 2 upstairs. This actually worked well enough for us - no queues to use the showers - but we managed to stagger our times getting back to the bunkhouse. I imagine if all 17 of us needed showers at the same time, it would have been a little more difficult.
One thing to note here is that the wood burning stove provides the heat for the radiators in the bedrooms, and also the hot water for the showers. I'm not sure how this works in the summer when it's too warm to need the stove burning, but it's worth noting. We however didn't find this to be an issue, and managed to keep the stove burning enough to heat the property & the water adequately. (Water in the kitchen is heated with a traditional gas boiler, so this isn't an issue).
There's a lovely little garden/picnic space by a little stream which would be great for eating alfresco, and the scenery in general was absolutely stunning.
Overall, the place was pretty good for the weekend. It was a bit rustic, with no phone signal and no wifi, but I think that's a large part of the charm. And it's a great little base camp for exploring the wider surroundings of Edale, the Hope Valley, Mam Tor, Kinder etc. I'd definitely recommend it for larger groups.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Run by the National Trust, Dalehead Bunkhouse in Edale Valley sleeps up to 20 people over 3 dorms and has a woodburner in the living room. Recently refurbished and with no public roads and only one building nearby, it is a lovely and secluded place to visit. ... more less