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Derbyshire is a county of dramatic contrasts and breathtaking beauty. Wedged between Derby, Sheffield and Manchester the Peak District is its crowing glory. The Pennine Way starts its journey north from the hamlet of Edale. The best places to stay in Derbyshire offer great bases from which to explore this wonderful county.

The magnificent flat peaks, and windswept moorlands shrouded in mist inspired one of our best-loved authors, Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre was set in the village of Hathersage.

Dovedale, best known of the limestone dales is defined by narrow gorges, hump backed bridges, crystal clear brooks and drystone walls enclosing neat fields as far as the eye can see. Contented sheep and cattle graze pristine pastureland.

There are unspoilt villages, such as Alstonefield, Tissington and Hartington, where the hiker will find country pubs with coal fires, casket ales and locally produced dishes chalked up on a black board.

The market town of Ashbourne is delightful (with a proper country market) whilst the Georgian spa town Buxton is the home of the flourishing Buxton Opera, which produces over 450 shows during the year.

There are magnificent stately homes and gardens to visit: Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Hardwick Hall, Calke Abbey, Sudbury and Tissington Hall.

Around Castleton are deep underground caves and disused mines to explore.

For the more sedate visitor the Peak Railway from Matlock to Rowsley takes passengers by steam train through a slice of perfect English countryside. To round it all off: bakewell tarts for tea from one of Bakewell’s tearooms.

The range of accommodation here is wide, but our selection of the best places to stay in Derbyshire concentrates on properties with great service, many of which also boast superb food and much more.

Best places to stay in Derbyshire

For great value

If you want to enjoy this beautiful county, but not pay top prices then our selection of the best places to stay in Derbyshire can certainly assist. We'd suggest you look at:

  • The Priest House Hotel is ideal if you're planning a visit to Alton Towers or Donnington Park. The contemporary classic styled rooms start from as little as £85 per night and there's 2 AA Rosette standard fine dining.

For luxury

  • The Peacock at Rowsley boasts a stylish mix of traditional and contemporary and has a well earned reputation for superb food. A great location for lovers of country pursuits looking for a classy bed to come back to.
  • The Cavendish Hotel is a country house hotel on the edge of the Chatsworth Estate. Here you'll find classic, luxurious style and breathtaking views, plus award winning food in the restaurant.

For stunning countryside

You might think that all the best places to stay in Derbyshire should be set in stunning countryside, but these couple tick all the boxes:

  • Stanshope Hall occupies an awe inspiring location close to Dovedale. The 17th century manor house is very much a family home, but offers three rooms for guests. Wonderful for walkers, or simply those who want to enjoy the view.
  • The George Hotel is a 500 year old coaching in the village of Hathersage - Jane Eyre territory - in the north of the Peak District National Park. The outstanding countryside is all around, with walking on the doorstep. Pampering luxury and delicious 2 AA Rosette standard food awaits after a day in the great outdoors.

Check out our selection of the best places to stay in Derbyshire and start to plan your visit. Alternatively widen the remit and take a look at our Yorkshire collections.

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  • The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley

    Pilsley, Derbyshire

    Stylish country pub with occasional antiques and great bathrooms, interior designed by the Duchess of Devonshire. Good food from the Chatsworth Estate, and walks from the door.

    7 rooms from $112
    Great walks  -  Extensive walks around the estate.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to Chatsworth.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • The Old Hall Hotel

    Buxton, Derbyshire

    Ancient ivy-clad hotel, steeped in history, perfectly placed for a night at the Buxton opera in July. Four poster beds and good food. Traditional.

    38 rooms from $120
    Great walks  -  Discover the delights of the Peak District on foot.
    Sights nearby  -  Stately homes everywhere
  • The Priest House Hotel

    Castle Donington, Derbyshire

    Beautifully located on the banks of the River Trent, the Priest House Hotel offers fine dining and luxury accommodation with easy access to both Derby and Nottingham. Very close to East Midlands airport it is ideal for business and leisure travellers alike.

    42 rooms from $120
    Sights nearby  -  Close to Alton Towers, Donington Park racing circuit and much more.
    Great walks  -  Easy acess to the Peak District National Park
    Views  -  The hotel overlooks the River Trent
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
  • Stanshope Hall

    Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire

    Imposing 17th century manor with lovely garden in an unrivalled, rural position not far from Dovedale. Secluded, quiet, with great walks in all directions. Well suited to children, and great views. Pub with walking distance for dinner. Large bedrooms.

    3 rooms from $127
    Great walks  -  Lovely rambles along the River Dove.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
  • The Devonshire Arms Beeley

    Beeley, Derbyshire

    Stylish country pub with boutique bedrooms and good food close to Chatsworth. Excellent for local sightseeing and walking. Good, contemporary style brasserie.

    14 rooms from $142
    Sights nearby  -  Chatsworth on the doorstep.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Hassop Hall

    nr Bakewell, Derbyshire

    Understated elegance in this glorious country house hotel set in sweeping parkland. Comfortable, sometimes chintzy bedrooms, four posters, roaring fires, and a quiet setting, where you order 'luncheon'. Well suited to families.

    13 rooms from $142
    Garden  -  Sweeping manicured lawns and a topiary.
    Traditional  -  Afternoon tea and luncheon.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • George Hotel

    Hathersgate, Derbyshire

    500 year old inn in the north of the Peak District National Park. Traditional meets contemporary with flair and comfort. Award-winning restaurant.

    22 rooms from $163
    Exclusive offer  -  Explore the Peak District
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Callow Hall

    Ashbourne, Derbyshire

    Small, pretty country house hotel surrounded by beautiful countryside, perfectly positioned for walking in the Dales and Peak district. Fly fishing also available. Comfortable rooms and a gourmet restaurant - quiet and relaxing. Family suites.

    16 rooms from $184
    Restaurant  -  2 AA Rosettes
    Great walks  -  Across unspoilt countryside of the Peak District and Dovedale.
    Fishing  -  On a mile long stretch of the Bentley Brook
    Four poster beds  -  1 room only
  • Cavendish Hotel

    Bakewell, Derbyshire

    Beautiful country house hotel in the heart of the Peak District. Stunning views of the Chatsworth estate and countryside. Open fires, oak beams, antique furnishings. Award-winning restaurants and fantastic walks.

    24 rooms from $239
    Fishing  -  River fishing nearby
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Signpost
  • Peacock at Rowsley

    Rowsley, Derbyshire

    17th century manor first opened as a hotel in 1820. Recent renovation has created a stylish mix of traditional and contemporary, with luxurious trappings and outstanding food in the middle of the Peak District. Come for walking and fly fishing on a seven mile stretch of river.

    15 rooms from $255
    Fishing  -  The hotel is right on the river for fly fishing
    Restaurant  -  3 AA Rosettes
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Sights nearby  -  Discounted entrance into nearby stately homes
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