The Crescent was built between 1779 and 1789 by renowned designed John Carr of York.
Its purpose was to put Buxton on the map as an elite spa town, on a par with Bath. The Fifth Duke of Devonshire intended it to become a principle attraction and centrepiece for visiting the spa town. The Crescent was comprised of two hotels and six lodging houses. In the 1970's one of the hotels was bought by the Devonshire Royal Hospital as a geriatric annex before being taken over by the Derbyshire County Council. In 1989 the Crescent closed its doors and is now at the centre of a renovation project.
The hotel will be a fine example of 21st century style mixed with ancient and classical architecture, joining together to create an exquisite hotel and wedding venue. The hotel will have 81 luxurious bedrooms and a natural thermal spa.
The leisure facilities will include a traditional, yet modern spa with an original thermal pool fed by the mineral water from a nearby ancient spring at St Ann's Well. There will be a selection of pampering treatments, an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna and steam room.
There will be areas within the hotel that are legally licensed for civil ceremonies along with stunning rooms dedicated to a wedding breakfast and evening celebration.
The hotel will combine modern comforts with gracious hospitality. The ballroom dates back to the 18th century, previously known as The Assembly Room. This is where weddings will be hosted, along with the spa cafe, a restaurant and two bars.