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We are Ticknalls Country Inn and our B&B offers clean, comfortable bed & breakfast accommodation in the picturesque village of Ticknall.
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Our 8 individual bedrooms all have en-suites and all can be accessed privately without having to enter into our dining or bar areas and 3 bedrooms are located opposite our garden and car park on the ground floor with their own private entrances. The other 5 bedrooms are located in our 18th Century Grade II listed building.
The Staff of Life is ideally located whether you are looking for an overnight stay on business, a short break or a longer stay.
You will enjoy the advantage of a traditional Inn offering real cask ales, great wines and fresh home cooking. We back onto the open fields of the National Trust’s Calke Abbey and are perfectly located for parents and visitors to the famous Repton and Foremark schools.
We are also ideally located for East Midlands Airport and Donington Park and we are an easy commute to Ashby de la Zouch, Burton on Trent and Derby City and several local towns and of course, many other beautiful areas of South Derbyshire.
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Four Star Rated B&B Accommodation
Recently refurbished, located on the 2nd floor with double bed and modern ensuite shower facilities. Has space for a Z bed suitable for a child. This room can be accessed privately without having to enter into our dining or bar areas.
Located on the 2nd floor, this private guest room with en suite shower room has painted wooden panels giving a light and airy feel. This room can be accessed privately without having to enter into our dining or bar areas.
This guest room with en suite shower and original ceiling beam is conveniently located on the 1st floor. The super king sized bed is 7 foot long and was specially made for this room and for the taller person. This room can be accessed privately without having to enter into our dining or bar areas.
Located on the 1st floor, this guest bedroom has an en suite with a large walk in shower and has original pine ceiling beam throughout plus the benefit of other restored original wooden features. The double bed can be changed for 2 twin beds for 2 people sharing the room. This room can be accessed privately without having to enter into our dining or bar areas.
Located on the 1st floor, this guest room with en suite shower has the original Queen Anne ceiling beam and over looks fields adjoining Calke Abbey & Park. This room can be accessed privately without having to enter into our dining or bar areas.
Located on the ground floor with private entrance and enjoys a light and airy feel. Features include the en suite wet room, vaulted ceiling with original pine beams and a spacious built in wardrobe which can be useful for longer stays.
Located on the ground floor with a private entrance. This is a unique and an unforgettable bedroom with many original features. Designed for comfort with Louis XIIII style furniture and a genuine 4 poster bed. This bedroom has underfloor heating and a plasma TV.
Located on the ground floor with private entrance. This bedroom has many original features including solid stone walls and a high ceiling with original visible timbers. This spacious bedroom has solid oak furniture, a large plasma TV and under floor heating.
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One ground floor bedroom with a private entrance and close to the car park is available for guests with a well behaved dog. There is an extra charge of £10 per night.
Rooms 6,7 & 8 have ground floor access with decent sized entrance doors, suitable for wheelchair access. The rooms don’t have disabled handles inside the rooms.
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The Staff of Life is ideally located whether you are looking for an overnight stay on business, a short break or a longer stay. You will enjoy the advantage of a traditional Inn offering real cask ales and fresh home cooking. We back onto the open fields of the National Trust’s Calke Abbey and Gardens and are perfectly located for parents and visitors to the famous Repton and Foremark schools. We are also ideally located for East Midlands Airport and Donington Park and we are an easy commute to Ashby de la Zouch, Burton on Trent, Derby City and several local towns and of course, many other beautiful areas of South Derbyshire.
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The Staff of Life
Your Friendly Ticknall Inn
You’re missing a gem
I can’t understand why this gem is so under used. I know there’s mixed reviews but the four of us have been quite a few times. Every visit has been wonderful.
The people are just lovely, very attentive and sociable.
Date of visit: April 2019
Ashby de la Zouch
Four of us had lunch there today, all had great meals. My BLT had the best bacon I've had for some time, thick, not greasy and tasted very good. Good varied salad as well. Also, chips particularly tasty. Would definitely go back again.
Date of visit: 20 June 2019
Friendly village pub with excellent food and real ale
We went for Sunday lunch to meet friends who were staying nearby.
Ticknall is an attractive village next to Calke Abbey and the pub is very comfortable with plenty of space between the tables. The quality of the food, cooked on site is excellent with very adequate portions and the steak and ale pie was outstanding.The young staff try really hard to make you feel welcome and the owner is there to make sure everything runs smoothly. This is a great pub with good food and a choice of real ales with personal attention to detail by the staff and owners.
Absolutely nothing not to like here!
Date of visit: June 2019
We stopped here during a cycle ride around Calke Abbey. We Sat outside with our 2 children. The staff were very friendly and food was excellent! Portions were generous.
It’s a shame we don’t live closer.
Date of stay: April 2019
Friendly welcome to all us walkers and the food was great too.
Beautiful Home Cooked Food!
I came across this little gem as I was on my way to East Midlands Airport. So glad I did! I work on the road and am ALWAYS looking for nice pubs/restaurants/places to stay. The owners (Chris and Kaye) were very welcoming and friendly and made sure I was looked after. The food was beautiful and home cooked. I had the steak and ale pie (on recommendation) which was GORGEOUS!
I have a lot of contacts who use this route and the airport facilities and I am more than happy to recommend The Staff of Life to them.
5/5 team! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!
Date of stay: March 2019
Tom and I enjoyed our stay very much, the location is quiet and idyllic, I am sure that we could have walked a lot more if the temperature had been a little higher. We enjoyed dinner and breakfast and thank you for your hospitality and look forward to the opportunity to stay again.
Proper pub grub - nice staff and surrounds
Lovely meal with a colleague, we had the Xmas menu, all delivered in good time, good portion sizes, tasted great and washed down by a few pints. Lovely rustic lounge bar.
I asked for a candle for birthday and delivered with a smile and joined in the sing-song!
Thanks for the staff of the staff or life!
Date of stay: December 2018
Excellent accommodation in beautiful surroundings. Kaye and her staff could not be more helpful. We will definitely be staying again.
I stayed at The Staff of Life for 8 days in a Superior Room and thoroughly enjoyed the food both breakfast and dinner. Their home made pies and Thick Cut Chips are divine with Vegetarian Options. Breakfast was freshly cooked and wholesome. The Staff are all lovely, caring and helpful.
The area is full of great Public Footpath walks, the famous Calke Abbey and on a bus route which goes either North to Derby or South to Swadlincote.
A very peaceful setting.
Friendly, comfortable, welcoming
We arrived at The Staff of Life Restaurant where we were expected and welcomed and showed to our room which was clean and tidy. We decided to eat our evening meal in their restaurant which was absolutely delicious, all home cooked and you could really tell. We even found the chef and thanked him personally.
Breakfast in the morning was just as delicious and the staff very friendly and helpful.
Fantastic food and friendly staff
Popped her on the off chance after a great day at Calke Abbey. The staff were really accommodating and friendly. Despite a lot of reservations ( Proof of their popularity), they managed to seat 6 of us comfortably.
The food was wonderful, and they were not small portions.
More impressive were the breadth of vegetarian/fish options available for those who would not eat meat.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and will happily visit again.
Thanks for putting up with us, the noisy bunch!
Date of visit: May 2019
Good place for a Sunday lunch
We went here for a family meal out. The food was good, with very generous portions. I had the mushroom wellington with all the trimmings including vegetarian gravy, and it was very enjoyable. My husband and son shared an enormous sticky toffee pudding for afters. I don't think it would have been manageable for just one.
The staff were fine and friendly and the builidng was very pleasant.
Date of visit: March 2019
Really enjoyed our lunch here. Both meals were plentiful and absolutely delicious. The choices were great too Staff were really friendly and efficient.
A lovely pub in a lovely village We will definitely be back!
Date of visit: April 2019