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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
(292 Member Ratings)
"the staff were friendly food good very good value in an attractive location"
09. Jul 2018
HYTHE, 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


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


  • Complimentary parking


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

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


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 Mon-Sun, 8am-6pm AET

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

Enjoyed This
(292 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
4.2 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
the staff were friendly food good very good value in an attractive location
Other Comments
There were bad write ups which are not in keeping with this hotel. Could not fault the establishment
ROBIN 09. Jul 2018 HYTHE, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room. Beautiful room overlooking the river. Very big so plenty of space. Restaurants good although the bar restaurant had a much better choice than the fine dining restaurant
Other Comments
Breakfast on the first day disappointing. No buffet so no fresh fruit. Took ages to get some more toast. Second day better though no side plates and the bread ran out. The hotel had no marmalade for both days. Bad organisation on that.
Peter 04. Jul 2018 Bampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location was exceptional and the fish and chips from the bar menu was amazing!!
Other Comments
The room was a little jaded and the widows, inside and out, could do with a clean and freshen up as it spoilt the amazing views that are available.
Keith 04. Jun 2018 Kent, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel. Friendly staff, good food and beautiful location.
Patricia 02. Jun 2018 LiverpoolLiverpool, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The hotel is attractive, our bedroom was comfortable and clean. The food was fabulous!
Other Comments
We arrived Sunday on a Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary at the start of a short tour in the North East. We were looking forward to dinner in the Restaurant only to be told "it is closed Sunday evenings, you will have to eat in the Bar". Other couples were obviously disappointed too. There were only two staff expected to service the Bar and Bar Meals for some 2 dozen people in the bar and sitting outside. Thankfully the Receptionist and another female came to help the two lads for a short time. That evening our three course meal with wine and coffee took two and a half hours to complete! Tables were not cleared and there was a bank of dirty glasses at the bar waiting to be washed. Whilst we were out the next day we rang the hotel to book a table in the Restaurant for the Bank Holiday evening and were offered "Restaurant or Bar?", and confirmed Restaurant. On arriving at the Restaurant we found it completely empty and were told "The Restaurant is not open on Bank Holiday evenings". Again we had to eat in the bar but having complained somewhat we did receive a slightly speedier meal. It seems that when the "Boss" is there, there are enough staff, but once he goes the number of staff is cut to the minimum. Great disappointment not to be able to take dinner in the Restaurant! I believe the staff are tired of having to assuage guests but one gets the feeling Management does not care.
Carolyn 02. Jun 2018 Bath, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Breakfast and breakfast staff. Clean rooms, tea making facility and bottled water
Other Comments
Building desperately needs to be repainted externally, it is very shabby. Internal hotel is dated and in need of freshening.mreception staff perfunctory but not engaging , rather unwelcoming on arrival. Used the little toiletries first night not replenished
Theresa A 06. Jun 2018 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Quiet location by the river
David 01. Jun 2018 York, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely Location..Very Clean....Food at Breakfast Great!!
Other Comments
ALL staff so very friendly and helpful !!
Peter 16. May 2018 Southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location and excellent food
DON 31. May 2018 Fleetwood, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Only recommendation is room windows very dirty on outside
brian 16. May 2018 Stourbridge, United Kingdom

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