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Breadsall Priory Stay & Play Review

By: Rob Cross | Thu 21 Feb 2019 | Comments

Review by Golfshake Ambassador Rob Cross

Located in Morley, Derbyshire, close to the Peak District National Park sits Breadsall Priory. Standing in over 400 acres of parkland this Marriott Hotel and Country Club offers 36 holes of golf in beautiful surroundings and one of only 30 resorts in England offering accommodation and 36 holes.


Breadsall Priory offers two golf options on site with very different challenges.

The Moorland Course which was designed in 1991 by Donald Steel, featuring excellent views of the local countryside The Moorland Course offers a heath-land style layout. A Par 70 course and measuring just over 6,000 yards off the white tees offers a very playable course where distance isn’t demanded from the golfer.

The Priory Course - Designed by David Cox and opened for play in 1977, The Priory is classed as the championship course at Breadsall. Par 70 and measuring 6,120 yards from the medal tees (white), also our choice for the day. Described as tree-lined and tight, simply a true test of accuracy

Practice facilities are to a great standard (putting green, driving range, short game area) the pro shop is well stocked should you need anything prior to your round.


The oldest Marriott hotel (constructed in 1260) offers stunning Priory rooms which still maintain their unmatched historic charm. Many of the rooms showcase incredible views of the Derbyshire countryside and some of the rooms overlook the 18th green of The Priory course.

The rooms, facilities were of a high standard. Spacious and warm, the shower was amazing!

Five types of room are on offer to suit any booking, catering for large groups or individuals at the same time.

Food & Drink

Breakfast was excellent. In fact, the best buffet breakfast I have experienced at a stay and play venue. Fresh and varied, hot and cold – perfect for all, we had the full English option before heading out to play.

After golf you can head straight to the bar which was busy and welcoming, we ate (the night before) in the Cast Iron Bar and Grill, which sits by the golf area adjacent to the spa facilities. The menu is varied and of decent value and would appeal to golfers direct from the course and guests alike. The Bar and Grill has been rolled out Marriott wide and compliments the style of the hotel. Breadsall Priory also offers a restaurant in the hotel which is more buffet style and offered to groups who stay.

Spa/Leisure Club

The Priory Retreat offers a wide variety of treatments which can be tailored to suit you, and if you so wish the Leisure Club along with a fantastic swimming pool offers fitness classes (for a fee) and equipment if you have the time and energy!

Getting There & Nearby Activities

Amazingly Breadsall is within 2 hours drive of 80% of all UK locations!

Located a few miles from Junction 24 of M1 – the hotel and grounds are easily accessible.

Nearby you have the Peak District to explore (including the well know Chatsworth House, Blue John Cavern), Derby City Centre is only a short drive away with a big shopping centre and even Alton Towers is within 40 mins of Breadsall.


Breadsall Priory is a fantastic venue. The hotel itself is steeped in history with the surrounding areas offering some stunning views.

What I love about Breadsall is the variety it offers. Yes, there are two great golf courses with a great bar and some amazing deals. BUT this is just one aspect for the guest.

Couples could play golf or use the spa. Large groups of golfers can stay and play, weddings can be held here. Meeting and conference facilities are also on site.

Combined with the high standards and prestige of the Marriott brand, Breadsall Priory is a must stay (and play) venue in the UK.

For more information, visit Breadsall Priory or Golfbreaks.com.

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