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Castle Donington

The Priest House Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This historic retreat is on the banks of the River Trent
  • A Norman mill tower that is almost 1000 years old forms part of the hotel building
  • The Peak District National Park is 45 minutes' drive away

Enjoyed This
(297 Member Ratings)
"It was so relaxing and peace full"
Sep 09, 2018
Aylesford, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The nearest train station is Long Eaton, also less than 15 minutes' drive away. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the M1 motorway. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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The Priest House Hotel is a historic property in a picturesque riverside setting in rural Derbyshire. The main hotel building incorporates a Norman mill tower dating back to the 11th century.

Located on the banks of the River Trent, the hotel is a 5-minute drive from the small market town of Castle Donington. The town has a museum, and although the castle that gave the town its name is no longer standing, the original church remains.

Other local attractions include Calke Park National Nature Reserve and National Trust property Calke Abbey, which are both around 20 minutes' drive away. The city of Derby is also 20 minutes' drive away, while Nottingham takes 30 minutes. The Peak District National Park and Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are both around 45 minutes' drive away.

Some of the bedrooms are in cottages just over a small bridge across the stream. They were built in the 17th century and have original fireplaces and beamed ceilings. Executive Double Rooms are modern and larger than cottage bedrooms, and are in the main hotel building. Some have views of the River Trent.

The hotel has a fine-dining restaurant, and its Millstream Bar & Terrace serves less formal fare and traditional afternoon tea.



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Express check-in / checkout

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • DVD / CD player & library


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib and extra bed available on request: £15 per night for children aged 12 and under. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. Please use the Special Request field on the checkout page to request a cot/extra bed and confirm the age of the third guest.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The restaurant is closed Sunday evening, however the 3 course a-la-carte menu is available in the Millstream. Please contact the hotel before arrival to book your dinner.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(297 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Priest House over the past 15 months.
4.1 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.1 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Great location
Jane Sep 24, 2018 Surrey, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It was so relaxing and peace full
Other Comments
The food we had in the bar was very good
david Sep 09, 2018 Aylesford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Michael John Sep 07, 2018 Sheffield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Relaxing, Peaceful, lovely staff, decor, food and scenery
ANDREW Aug 26, 2018 Colchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful setting but nothing else
Other Comments
The building outside needs a serious clean unit looks dirty and unloved
Irene Aug 25, 2018 Peterlee, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The beautiful setting and the food
Other Comments
The service a bit poor in the bar. Left waiting for our drinks after paying until we had to remind them..... Ordered a coffee which i received without a saucer/spoon/sugar.
annette Sep 01, 2018 Doncaster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We enjoyed the comfortable room, the food, the pleasant helpful staff and the location.
Other Comments
The hotel is in a quiet location with East Midlands airport close by. There is a taxi service to the airport and Clients are able to park their cars in the large hotel car park while away on holiday.
Lynne Aug 15, 2018 Frome, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food
Other Comments
Friendly staff. This review is for main hotel rooms
Janet Aug 10, 2018 Sale, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Lovely setting. Could not fault the food either. Room was clean and spacious. Downside was the service in the restaurant when we had to keep asking for things eg:- breakfast table not set up completely as dirty cup.missing fork, no glasses for fruit juice, no salt and pepper, no butter left to serve with toast and tea served in a large teapot with no lid. We ate dinner in the restaurant the night before and our bottle of wine was just plonked on the table unopened and not poured out!!! These final touches make the difference from making our stay only OK and not excellent which was such a shame
Karen Aug 01, 2018 Oxspring Sheffield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good location
Other Comments
Shame about aircraft landing at East Midlands Airport throughout the night!
Jill Aug 20, 2018 Newton Abbot, United Kingdom

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