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Elms Hotel (Retford)

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Hotel Policies
Check-in From 14:00 – 22:00 hours
Check-Out 07:00 – 12:00 hours
Cancellation/Prepayment Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please check the room conditions when selecting your room above.
Children Up to two Children under the age of 16 sharing a room with adults stay free of charge subject to the availability of a suitable room. Cots are available at most of our Hotels and at no extra charge. Please specify at the time of booking if a cot is required.  Any request for additional extra beds needs to be confirmed by management as this will be subject to availability and a room supplement may apply. Room supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay. Please ring the hotel directly for further information.
Pets Pets are not allowed.
Accepted Credit Cards American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Maestro, Solo, Switch. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.


Bar/Lounge On-site bar & lounge
Restaurant Pub restaurant on-site
Wheelchair Access Wheelchair access to the hotel
Hairdryer In-room hairdryer
Free Wi-Fi Unlimited free Wi-Fi available
Television Flat-screen digital TV
Free Parking Ample on-site free parking
Tea & Coffee Making Facilities In-room tea & coffee making facilities
Telephone Facilities In-room telephone facilities

Weddings at The Elms Hotel

The Elms Hotel has facilities to cater for a wide range of functions and a splendid large function room holding up to 200 guests, ideal for events such as weddings, christenings, business meetings, parties and special occasions. The back of the hotel has a terraced area leading down to a lawn dotted with wooden tables.

About the Hotel

The ideal hotel to follow in Robin Hood’s footsteps

This charming Nottinghamshire town is only 14 miles from the historic landscape of Sherwood Forest – home to some of Europe’s oldest trees, including the Major Oak which is believed to have stood for a thousand years. The forest is thought to have covered a quarter of Nottinghamshire at one time – providing ample cover for its most famous outlaw of legend. Other local attractions include the 3,800 acre Clumber Park, the historic town of Gainsborough and the spectacular Bolsover Castle.

How to get here

Free Parking for guests

With ample car parking in the hotel grounds, parking is never a problem at the Elms Hotel, and our quiet location on London Road just outside Retford means that local amenities and quick access to the A1 are just a short drive away.


How to get here

We are conveniently located less than 5 miles from Markham Moor roundabout on the A1. Retford station, on the East Coast Mainline, is just 1 mile away. To find us by satnav, use the postcode DN22 7DX.

Area & Hotel History

After serving as a private residence for over 200 years, Elms House was used as an army barracks during the Second World War. Built in 1792 and a Grade II listed Georgian building, it became an elegant hotel post-war, with additional rooms added when the rear stable block was tastefully converted.


The nearby countryside is often referred to as Pilgrim Country as many of the early settlers of Massachusetts originated from the villages of Banworth and Scrooby on Retford’s outskirts.


The town itself sits in a valley through which the Chesterfield Canal and River Idle pass. Indeed, the town’s original name of Redford arose from an ancient crossing point over the river that, due to clay in the riverbed, often ran a faint red.


Fire led to large parts of Retford being destroyed in 1528, but prosperity returned once the Great North Road (now the A1) was diverted through thetown in 1766. Links were further improved when the London to York Railway was routed through the borough in 1849.


Today, Retford continues to prosper thanks to the excellent road, rail and air transport links, and The Elms Hotel continues to offer a warm welcome to guests visiting the area for both business and leisure.

Local Attractions

About Retford

Centre point of the town is its ornate Town Hall. Echoing the design of a French Chateau, the Grade II Listed Building features a magnificent staircase leading up to a ballroom.


The hall sits at the edge of Retford’s picturesque square that, every week from Thursday to Saturday, is transformed into a thronging market selling everything from fresh flowers to fine antiques.


Close by is The Broad Stone. In times of plague, a hollow in the stone was said to be filled with vinegar to disinfect coins being carried by people to the market. Nearby is a cannon captured during the siege of Sevastopol in 1859.


Clumber Park (9 miles)

This beautiful expanse of parkland, heath and woods was once the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle. Now managed by the National Trust, the extensive grounds contain a Gothic-style chapel, a walled kitchen garden and a magnificent lake. The idyllic setting is the perfect place for secluded walks and exploring with family and friends, including the majestic 2 miles of Limetree Avenue.


Sherwood Forest (14 miles)

Once home to England’s most famous outlaw of legend, Sherwood Forest was originally designated a royal hunting forest that extended into several neighbouring counties alongside Nottinghamshire. Now measuring just over 1,000 acres, the forest is a National Nature Reserve with waymarked trails taking you through some of its most interesting spots. Admission is free.


Gainsborough (12 miles)

One of the capital cities of Anglo-Saxon Mercia, this attractive Lincolnshire town was named after the Gaini tribe – King Alfred married the chief’s daughter Ealswitha in 868. The Danish king Canute is reputed to have attempted to turn back the tide here on the River Trent. The town boasts several interesting historical buildings, including a well-preserved 15th century manor house, Gainsborough Old Hall, and the remains of a medieval church with links to the Knights Templar.


Lincoln (22 miles)

Just over 30 minutes drive from The Elms is the beautiful and historic city of Lincoln, with its spectacular 12th century cathedral and well-preserved Norman castle. The city also boasts a vibrant centre with shops, fancy tearooms, cafes and restaurants including the legendary pie shop Browns, frequented by TE Lawrence, better known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.


Bolsover Castle (20 miles)

The magnificent Bolsover Castle was built by the Peverel family in the 12th century. Its highest point, known as Little Castle, was completed in 1621. A Scheduled Ancient Monument, the castle is maintained by English Heritage and offers spectacular views over the Vale of Scarsdale and the Derbyshire landscape.


Mr Straw’s House (10 miles)

An ordinary-looking semi-detached property in Worksop, Mr Straw’s House gives visitors a fascinating glimpse of life back in the 1920s. Originally owned by a grocer, the family chose to live without modern comforts, instead preserving everything from its period wallpaper to its kitchen shelves stacked with pots and jars. The house was given to the National Trust and advance booking is recommended.

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