Amazing drone footage shows Buxton Crescent from the sky – as is prepares to open

This stunning drone footage shows the newly-restored Buxton Crescent from hundreds of metres up in the sky.

Thursday, 1st October 2020, 4:45 am
Updated Thursday, 1st October 2020, 11:45 am

The fascinating bird’s eye view begins looking down on the huge Georgian building’s revamped entrance - also taking in Devonshire Dome, Pavilion Gardens and Buxton Opera House.

Then it descends, taking in new fountains as a porter wheels luggage across the courtyard and going close-up on the building’s crest - with its famous stags featuring real antlers.

Finally the drone - piloted by photographer Rod Kirkpatrick - ascends even higher than before as the view zooms out to take in Buxton town centre with the Crescent in the centre.

Photo by Rod Kirkpatrick - F Stop Press

The Crescent opens for guests today (Thursday) after a 17-year-long restoration.

Europe’s largest health spa operator Ensana - who run the hotel - say they hope to ‘remind people’ that Buxton is not the Bath of the north but ‘a destination’ in it’s own right.

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Susan Dickson, Ensana’s director of sales and marketing, said: “It’s not so much about putting Buxton on the map because it’s already on the map.”

The Crescent has created over 100 new jobs - employing people from the town and surrounding areas who have never worked in a five-star hotel before in many cases.

Sue says that the chain hopes to set a ‘non-stuffy’, ‘friendly but efficient’ tone with its service at the Crescent - while local food and drink are used to stock the kitchen and bar.

Centuries-old materials used to build the 1780s Grade 1-listed building have been painstakingly restored - including tiles from the 1920s, original gritstone and wood beams.

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