Some poems by our guests ...

A Special Derbyshire B&B      

By Anne Smith

EDELWEISS is a beautiful house 

in Stanton in the Peak

This lovely bed and breakfast house

Owned by Ian and Jill Avent,

Is where we stayed quite recently

And it was time well spent.


Jill’s father built this lovely place

When she was only eight,

Now over thirty years have passed

And much has changed of late.


Every part is modernised

And lovingly restored

With smart furnishings and fittings

And fabulous oak doors.


It was strange to see the bedrooms

Below the flight of stairs

And bathrooms, so exquisite

Which are fit for millionaires.


The rooms are very airy

The beds are really great

All guests are warmly welcomed

And everything’s first rate.


The gardens are quite spacious,

Jill loves her garden so,

She clearly has green fingers

And likes to see things grow.


Ian plays golf quite frequently

But he’d love to be cutting the grass,

So one day he’ll buy a new mower

And that would be just first class!


Sam, the dog makes you welcome

He fusses every guest,

But just one word from Jill, his boss

And he sits on his mat for a rest.


With magnificent views from the windows

One can see right over the Peak,

Sights spectacular, awesome and grand

Make this Derbyshire Peak so unique.


So thank you Jill and Ian

For a memorable stay,

We’ll recommend your B&B

Please remember Anne and Ray!!!

Be and Be at Stanton in the Peak

By Jill Roberts


Poetry flows across Stanton vale

In the whisper of grass 

The fleeting bleating sheep

And idling of horses


Flowers edge the view

And peace defines low decibel  

Balconies or lawns

on which to sit and stare 

Or stand and muse.


A perfect spot to stay

Away from Brexit clamour

Busy deiseled roads

And unrelenting 

work filled days.


A house, well built

Stands open to the view

Exuding warmth and spotless comfort

Wood, stone and Crystal

please the eye.


Cake, tea and smiles greet

Via Ian and Jill

Hosts most barely dare

To aspire to be yet

They deliver with consummate ease..


This is a place to be and be

Not once

Not twice

But whenever time gifts you.

Do not stay away

Head for the hills and the vale.


Stanton Verses

By Mervyn Powell


There is a nice couple called Ian and Jill,

Who have B and B in Stanton up a steep hill.

To stay there is really good, quiet and stlll,

And you leave paying a very reasonable bill!


Ian, clever chap, recognised my birth place by my voice.

I am a proud Bristolian, yes, that’s what I be.

I may not speak proper but that be my choice.

But now living in Oxford, I can talk posh, like OUP.


I cannot compete with Anne Smith the poet

On the web-site of Stanton in Peak B and B.

But I too am a poet, though no one here knows it,

Writing verse at night and sometimes after tea.


I, too, have stayed several days at Eidel Weiss,

German I do not know, so it is ‘Idle Vice’, to me

But in this upright establishment, there is no vice.

At least nothing I could see.


If you are horrified by this verse,

The WI, U3A and my family and friends

Will tell you that I can write much worse!



See what our guests have to say ... 

Oct 2020: This is just a quick note to say a big thank you for the above and beyond the usual B&B service. The breakfasts and meals were fabulous and much appreciated, especially by the non-residents. It was lovely to meet up with family in such lovely surroundings and with such gererous hosts. We will definately plan a halfway visit when the next opportunity presents. Alison.

Oct 2020: Unsurpassable! B&B heaven creators! hosts marvellous. The Thornbridge Girls - 

Oct 2020: What a wonderfuk guest home. This home is fit for the Queen! I have really chilled and its down to Jill and Ians great hospitality and care. TRhank you so much. Look forward to July 2021. Jennifer.

once more a real treat. i never fail to look forward to every visit and cant wait till July 2021. Thank you Doris.

Sept 2020: Yet another wonderful stay with hosts and friends Jill and Ian. Of course Sam included. Im sure we'll be back again. Ron & Alison.

Sept 2020: This is so far the best air B&B experience we have had. You have been amazing hosts. Thank you for cooking such tasty breakfast for us everydau. We both really dont want to go home. 5 star experience.  Sayab and Sab

Sept 2020: Our first experience of a holiday in the Peak District. We had a very enjoyable time with glorious weather all week. Thank you both for a wonderful experience in your lovely home. Bed and breakfast was superb. Edwin and Angela

Aug 2020: Thank you for welcoming us into your lovely house. The bed was so comfy, I didnt want to get up in the morning! Jill and Peter

Aug 2020: Thank you for a wonderful and relaxing stay. Your home is wonderful and your breakfasts were great. Thank you also for your advice on wherer to go for walks and good places to eat. Would definately come back. Hemant, Shriti, Niran and Kian. 

Feb 2020: Now that we are back at home we just wanted to thank you so much for our wonderful stay with you - it truly felt like home from home from the minute we arrived! Thank you for all your kindness, advice and help as well as your delicious cakes and breakfasts and the Valentine Chocolates. All in all we had a treuly lovely time with you and we really hope that it won't be long before we see you again. In the meantime we hope you have a successful season and that the sun shines! With love (and to my new best friend Sam!)  Sally and Mark. 

Oct 2019: Thank you for your amazing hospitality in your beautiful luxurious home. We will definitely be back. Kin, Adam and Chris.

Oct 2019: Absolutely stunning home. Breakfast was awesome. Ian was the perfect host. We have had the most amazing time. Michael and Gina

Oct 2019: We enjoyed a wonderful four days, thanks to Jill and Ian. They supported us in all aspects. We are looking forward to our next stay. Fred and Ollie


Oct 2019:Thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful home, you have been the most perfect and inviting hosts. We couldn't have asked for more! From perfect breakfasts to learning more about latte art! We have loved every second we spent here. We will be back. Chloe and Tom


Sept 2019: Thank you so much for your hospitality and warm welcome. We have had the most enjoyable stay - pieces of cake at teatime was special too. Sue, dave, Sally and Roger

Sept 2019: Thank you for a wonderful time, the best host and hostess. Enjoyed all our chats, hope to be back soon. Marianne and Brian. 

Sept 2019: Thanks for everything. You are definitely the host and hostess with the mostest. It has been a pleasure from start to finish. Helen, Mandy and Jacqueline. 

Sept 2019: Thank you so much for making our stay a wonderful experience. Your home (and views) are beautiful and nothing was too much trouble. Also thank you for the extra and unexpected effort in making my 50th birthday one I will never forget! Wishing you all the very best for the future. Michelle

Sept 2019: Almost certainly the best B&B in the UK! Thank you both for your incomparable hospitality. Very much appreciated. Jan and Pete

Sept 2029: While packing not only my suitcase with used clothing, lovely souvenirs and trying to fit it all in I also pack in so many wonderful, lovely, cheerful pictures thanks to your kind and charming hospitality. Thank you for setting me up so well with recommendations, map, route, cake, beer and... I'm already looking forward to coming back and stay with you and Sam again. Only bye for now and see you soon. Katja

Sept 2019: Thank you very much Jill and Ian, for making me feel so welcomed and comfortable. You have made a beautiful home, which has helped to make a perfect stay. Pat

Sept 2019: We want to thank you for your hospitality, your suggestions on walks and also food (we loved a lot!) You made our time in the Peak District very lovely! See you soon Paola and Gianmario

Aug 2019: What can we say except - fantastic and our grateful thanks. If anybody is thinking of setting up a B&B - then they should come and experience your home and use the example set for them by yourselves as a perfect bench mark. Looking forward to sharing some more time with you in the near future. 

Brian and Kathleen

Aug 2019: Thank you so much for a wonderful stay in your lovely home. Your breakfasts were truly delicious, and were surpassed only by your hospitality. From dinning suggestions and hiking / trekking routes - to anti-itch cream - we are very grateful. So, just as all good things must come to an end, we muct be on our way.... Lucy is already looking forward to returning, so I know we will be back! Craig and Lucy

Aug 2019: We love you and your home very much indeed. I can honestly say my heart skips a beat when the morning comes for our return to you. Thank you not for not just the big gestures of hospitality but the little ones as well. Even on wettest of days our enthusiasm for getting out of our comfy beds is not diminished  - we know here we are very close to heaven. Much love and gratitude from your Yorkshire Tykes - June and Andrew

Aug 2019: Another wonderful sojourn to Edelweiss with our mother Florence. Beautifully cosy rooms and glorious breakfast - as ever! Florence, Sola and Dej


Aug 2019: What a brilliant place to stay. Very welcoming, very comfortable and views that are out of this world. Jill and Ian are great hosts and we will definitely return. Thank you for helping to make our first visit to the Peak district one to remember with very fond memories. John and Julie

July 2019: Just a big thank you to Jill, Ian and Sam for the wonderful hospitality over our weekend break. The place is absolutely wonderful with amazing views and we cant wait to come back again next year - earlier if we can. Lyn and Mark.


July 2019: Jill, Ian and Sam, Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, helpful local knowledge and fun outlook. We all had a fantastic break which felt like we'd been away for more than 3 days. We look forward to returning soon. With love "the Golden Girls"

July 2019: Thanks yet again for a very comfortable  stay and wonderful hospitality. Its so relaxing to come and feel like just another member of the family. Plus its such a relief to know we have another 5 years of it! Doris

July 2019: We have spent yet another lovely week with our friends  and excellent hosts Jill and Ian. Not to mention Sam  our four legged friend. Ron and Alison

June 2019: Our second visit to your beautiful B&B. We've loved being here again, but our stay has gone so quickly - well have to come back next year! Thank you so very much for your wonderful hospitality. Di and Martyn

June 2019: Thank you very much for having us to stay. Every need and comfort was anticipated. Thank you for your generous hospitality and welcome. Best wishes. Elizabeth 

June 2019: I enjoyed my stay in your beautiful house. Also the warm welcome with tea and cake were lovely. You live in a very nice are and because of your bog efforts to make our stay more comfortable, it was really wonderful. Thanks very much. Anneke

June 2019: Thank you so much for making our stay so memorable. We have thoroughly enjoyed the food, especially the baked goods! You have provided everything we could possibly need and great to hear your D of E experiences! Gwen, Becky, Lisa and Louise. 

June 2019: What a marvelous B&B. Stunning location, great food and terrific hosts. The area is lovely and there are so many things to do and see. We hope to be back. Scott, Kathleen and Robert.

May 2019: We have visited many many B&B's, but this is among the best! We hope we can return to the Peak District again and stay with our lovely welcoming and caring hosts, Jill and Ian (not forgetting Sam!) Looking forward to our next visit. thank you both. Shirley and Bob

May 2019: Thank you for sharing your lovely home. Fantastic hosts and food. Will be back. so relaxing and peaceful. Just what we needed. Jacky and Rob

May 2019: Thanks so much for the wonderful stay at your lovely house - it felt a bit like coming home, even after 7 years! We really enjoyed the comfort of your house, but as well your recommendations for walking, eating and local pubs!  Its been super to be here again and we'll definitely be back! Katharina and Anke

April 2019: Once again we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Thank you for your excellent hospitality. We hope to be back before long. Hazel and Anne 

April 2019: We both want to thank you ever so much for letting us into your beautiful home. Your warm welcome, fabulous home with gorgeous views, tasty food and perfect personalities made our mini anniversary break away even more special. We cannot thank you enough and for the great tips on places to visit, which we took great pleasure in exploring. When we decide to return to the Peaks, your place will most definitely be our place to rest. So thanks again. Kris and Joanna. 

p.s. Sam the dog, we loved you too, especially watching you on your walks in the morning whilst we were enjoying our breakfast!

April 2019: Thank you for being lovely hosts opening your beautiful home to us during Easter weekend. It has been an amazing retreat away from busy London and just what we needed! We loved your hiking advice and your delicious 5 Star breakfast ***** Alyssa / Erik / Rowan / Sol

p.s. Blame the Easter Bunny for eating all our yummy room chocolate!

March 2019: What a find!  such lovely hosts. Thank you both for making our stay so enjoyable. We will definitely return. Jo, Becca and Harry

March 2019:  Thank you for a most lovely time again. It is like coming to our second home. really had a lovely couple of days. See you again. Carol and Kate