Bringing this fabulous building into 2021
It was always fact that The Maynard is one of the most beautiful buildings in the area. This landmark hotel has been there for many milestone occasions for so many people, including weddings, events, birthdays and many more. When first deciding whether to take on this incredible venture, it was paramount that I looked beyond the aesthetics presented and visualised what could be.
The vision for The Maynard has always been a premium hotel, bar, restaurant and events business, whilst remaining sympathetic to the history of the building. We want to appeal to our local trade for drinks and bar meals, reach out to those wishing to travel from the nearby neighbouring towns & villages to celebrate a significant event and be attractive for those needing a much deserved break.
Whilst Covid has been devastating for our business, as it was just starting, it has given us an opportunity that we would never have had otherwise.
As an independent business, it has been fantastic to have free reign on the decor of the whole hotel, especially the bedrooms. Inspiration has come from other boutique rooms, where each one has individual styling and themes. Imagine being part of a wedding party or another group stay: the excitement of going to someone's room and comparing the individuality and creativity that has gone into each and every bedroom.
One of the first decisions that we made was to revert from numbering the bedrooms and name them, to give that personality and individuality. Without being cliché and naming them after halls, dwellings or rivers of the Peak District, we delved into the history of the hotel. The Australian cricketers used to frequent The Maynard from 1930s when they played The Ashes at Bramall Lane and Queens Park. This also included the very famous Sir Don Bradman. All the bedrooms are derived from the 1938 touring team.
A touch of luxury
At The Maynard, we strive for perfection and will settle at no less than excellence. Our bedrooms (constantly improving) are of no exception. The furniture is all made locally by Matt Lowe of Twisted Wood. All bedrooms are stocked with premium luxury bed linen and fluffy towels and robes. The televisions have all been upgraded to smart TVs and are installed with premium streaming services. Nespresso machines are now fitted into the superior rooms and above, with biodegradable capsules from our friends at Roastology. Organic ethical tea is provided from Joe's Tea and we also offer local Peak District bottled water.
Phase 1 – Sir Don Bradman
The first phase of the project was converting a disused function room, formally known as The Windsor Suite into the ultimate wedding suite. No expense was spared in this room which features;
- An emperor bed
- A large freestanding bath for 2
- A bay window with views across the valley
- A feature electric fire
- Oversized mirrors
- A handmade bespoke wardrobe for handing bridal wear
- A separate ensuite with shower
- An ottoman that houses a television that emerges from the foot of the bed.
The suite was designed by Oulsnam Design in Bakewell and is included with most wedding packages.
Phase 2 – 7 New Bedrooms
Taking every opportunity given to us, we took the decision to convert redundant office space, the owner's flat and another staff bedroom into 7 new bedrooms. Working alongside Ovo Spaces in Sheffield, we are so proud to add these to the portfolio. 6 out of 7 have walk-in electric power showers and 1 of the family rooms has a shower over bath. Underfloor heating has been put into all of the bathrooms with a light up glass screen at the top of bathroom dividing walls.
Phase 3 – Existing bedrooms
Using the time of closure we have brought back electricians, decorators and tilers to continue improving the existing bedrooms. Taking on the model from Oulsnam Design and Ovo Spaces we have personalised each room with handmade oak furniture contemporary wallpapers, featured mirrors and lamps. The bedrooms, reception and public areas have new carpets and curtains will be due to arrive shortly.
We do feel we've brought the contemporary styling of the city to the countryside, with rural elements