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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.

Poem by Ian from Norwich

We went off on our travels

For perfection we did seek

We ended up in Edelweiss

That Gem in Stanton in Peak

The views just left us nreathless

A sight thats just worth seeing

The welcome totally first class

From the lovely Jill and Ian

A friendly bark from Sam

He'd show us all his tricks

Then off for beautiful walks

And taking lots of pics

So thank you Jill and Ian

For your wonderful house to share

Stunning in every aspect

We will be back again next year. 



By Hazel Mills May 23rd 2024

Edelweiss It’s perched upon the hillside

With views of moor and valley

And gardens full of treasures

With seats where you can dally


It’s the nearest place to heaven

As the sun sets over the moor .

While birds and bats are winging

Mist bathes the valley floor.


To share the dream is special

And we thank the lucky day

We met with Jill and Ian

Who welcomed us to stay


We love their warmth and friendship

We love their home-made fare

Who couldn’t love their trusty Sam

With tail up in the air


With every season comes a change

A different hue, a different view

With every change there comes a chance

To savour the old and embrace the new


So while we all try ventures new

And seasons come and go

We hope that friendships carry on

With those we’ve come to know. 



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 ... 

July 23: My goodness - what a wonderful place and wonderful hosts. We've never stayed in a better B&B or hotel, for amenities in the amazing bedroom and having such welcoming and helpful hosts in Jill and Ian. And the breakfasts keep you going all day! Thank you so very much for such a happy stay. Renee and Ken 

July 23: We did come again and loved it. Thank you both for looking after us so well and a special thanks for "drying us out" after the storm in Bakewell. Love to you both and dear Sam. Di Martyn and Ken. 

June 23: Thanks Jill and Ian for a wonderful stay. Best B&B in the universe!  LOL . Well be back in the Spring. Delphine and Hans

June 23: Thank you so much Jill and Ian. 2nd visit and still one of the best B&Bs on the planet. Pefect break and much needed. We'll be back again. ps Pls give Sam a good tickle from us. 

Sept 2022: Thank you for the hospitality, your kindness, warm and helpful. What a wonderful house / place you have. Alan and Michelle.


Sept 2022: Our return visit to your lovely home has been made even better by having such fine weather. Thank you so much for your warm welcome and hospitality. Scott, Kathleen and Robert


Sept 2022: Thank you for so generously sharig your home with u and with such care and attention. We have so enjoyed our stay. Very best wishes. Sharron and David,


Sept 2022: Thanks once more for a very restful, relaxing stay in your beautiful home. We managed to avoid the rain and enjoy the sunshine! Thanks so much for the R&R. We have a drink next visit! Jenny and Doris.

Aug 2022: Thank you for such a lovely stay. We felt so well looked after (especially the breakfasts and cake) and really appreciated your local knowlegde and guidance. The Moor was so beautiful, thanks for the route recommendations, so many different habitats in one place. Chatsworth was fantastic (especially the kitchen garden), we loved it - this was our first holiday together so thank you for making it one we will never forget. Such a fantastic place to stay, Im sure we will be back. Lovely to meet you both, Nat and Beth.


Aug 2022: Thanks for the food, care and help Jill, with the support of Ian. It was very helpful to us. We loved our stay here and your smile! Annie and Rene,


Aug 2022: Lovely hosts in Jill and Ian. Very comfortable bed, beautiful views. Thanks you for a peaceful stay, Marion and Tony

Aug 2022: Thank you for a fantatsic stay in your lovely home. Fantastic breakfast, cakes, beds, pillows to name a few. We will be back. Carolyn and Richard.

Aug 2022: Circumstances meant it has been almost 2 years since we last were here. Thus it was even more of a pleasure to see Jill and Ian and of course Sam once again. Alison and Ron

July 2022: You've done it again. We've been fed, watered and made soooo very welcome. We'll just have to come back in 2023. Thank you both and dear Sam. Di, Martyn and Ken. 

July 2022: Yet another lovely stay - particular thanks for promotion to the ensuite! derbyshire Haven - Jill and Ian welcome once more hosting perfection! Doris and Jane. 

June 2022: Thanks for a wonderful stay in your lovely house. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, your company and your lovely touches. Cerith, Stuart, Christine and Julie

June 2022: Thank you so much for what was our"last minute" booking. You went overboard to make our stay really enjoyable. Couldn't have asked for anything more. What a fantastic house and stunning views. Wonderful breakfast. How lovely it was to be welcomed with tea and cake - a lovely touch. We can't wait to return. Karen and Fiona. 

June 2022: Thanks for a very comfortable stay and especially for being so helpful in re-jigging our arrangements. Kind regards Anne and Andy.

June 2022: Thank you for a lovely few days. It has been great, loved the room and breakfast. Will certainly recommend you to all our friends. Maureen and Richard. 

May 2022: Thank you for making our stay so  memorable. We had a lovely time, we felt very welcome. Loved the room, bathroom, house and stunning vviews. What a beautiful place to live. We really enjoyed the luxurious breakfasts every morning, great way to start a day full of sightseeing. Hope to come back to your lovely B&B. Nicolette and Willem. 

May 2022: Thank you again for a wonderful week of rest and recuperation. We always know we are going to be treated royally and need to go on a diet when we get home! Doris and Jenny

Oct 2021: We are so glad we have found you! What a lovely home to share with you and your hospitality and comaraderie is very special. Thank you once more for giving us comfort, space and good times. until next time Hazel and John.

Sept 2021: Our thans to you for your hospitality and beautiful accomodation. The 5 days with you made an excellent holiday and brought back many happy memories of this beautiful part of the country. Helen and Peter.

Sept 2021: A really lovely weekend. You gave your home to us - it was like home from home. You have a wonderful house and are exceptional hosts. Thank you Steve and Trudie.  

Thank you for letting us share your gorgeous home for 2 nights. Everything was 5 star and excellent value for money. Not felt so relaxed and chilled out for a long time. Those views! Will be back next year! Hope to see you in the Flying Childers before then.  Sue and Dave

Sept 2021: A big thank you for your care and hospitality. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us for the week. We have been fully blest by your love and fellowship. Jim and Mollie.

Aug 2021: A big thank you for your hospitality and patience. We had a lovely stay. Amy, Tara, Mark, Jess, Rob and Faye

Aug 2021: We just wanted to say a very big thank you to both of you for being fantastic hosts and making our stay so wonderful. You truely have a beautiful home and the food is delicious, especially the cakes. They are a lovely touch along with everything else you provide. You certanly have done it well and we cannot wait to stay again with you. Elena and Ian

August 2021: Top Class in every way. Thank you so much for making our first holiday for 2 years so lovely. We are coming back. Hazel and John

July 2021: Thank you for having us in your lovely place and sharing your beautiful home with us. We love your garden, your whole house and we are so thankful for your superb breakfasts and amazing hospitality. Hope to be back again very soon. Michelle, Daniel, Kit, Jerry, Brit and CK

July 2021: Thanks again for allowing us to stay in your beuatiful home. Superb food, a service beyond belief! Who could fail to love it here! Doris and Jenny.

July 2021: Biggest thank yous for an amazing stay. Such a welcome break after 2020. Best B&B, Best Breakfast, Yummy Cakes, Best Hosts Ever. Thank you so much. Debi and Scott. We love Sam!​

July 2021: Thank you for making our stay perfect! You have been wonderful hosts, and the place is so nice. Yui and Penny

June 2021: Fabulous Place! We had an excellent stay. we have never seen such wonderful hosts. jill and Ian paid attention to every single detail.... Nothing was too small for them. We would definately come back again. Van, Malar, Roupa, Ranita

June 2021: Honestly never been to such a wonderful B&B - you are the best! Thank you for everything (especially the use of Herdwick mug!) - we simply couldn't think of one extra thing we needed and you were both kind and fun! We love the area and beware.... we will be back! Steve and Madeleine.

Ditto - Francesca and Robin.

June 2021; our first nights away from home for 9 months after lockdown! We struck gold coming here. Thank you for delicious cakes and coffee, exceptional breakfasts, accomodating our vegan needs and mostly all the invaluable advice about amazing walks and where to go. We will most definately be back to see thuis wonderful part of the world in a different season. Its no great surprise that you were mentioned as the best airbnb ever and the best hosts on airbnb! Thank you, we loved it. Beth

June 2021: Wow. your eggs benedict never fails to amaze me and the vegan brownies were an absolute better! Thank you so much for always being kind and welcoming, and also all the local advice and tips! We've all had the best time here, and I'm going to miss it when we're gone! Thanks again. Tom

June 2021: You have been the warmess hosts I've ever stayed with, thank you for always greeting us with the widest smiles. We have had such a glorious time and it is all thanks to your great advice. I am going to miss your wonderful home and delicious breakfasts. thank you so much. Grace  

May 2021: Thank you so much for your hospitality and warm welcome. We hope to come back here soon. Mitya and Olga.

May 2021: Thank you so much for your hospitality and the welcome you gave us in your lovely home. I am sure that I speak for the whole group in saying we loved every minute of our stay. Thank you for such a warm welcome to your home. We absolutely loved it and hope to come back some time again. Olga and Anthony. 


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