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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 $105
    Great walks  -  Extensive walks around the estate.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to Chatsworth.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • 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 $113
    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.
  • The Old Hall Hotel

    Buxton, Derbyshire

    Ancient ivy-clad hotel, reputedly Britain's oldest. Traditional rooms feature pretty chintz wall paper, heavy draped curtains, antique furniture and, some, four poster beds. A popular and historic restaurant. A wonderful, truly British, escape.

    38 rooms from $118
    Great walks  -  Discover the delights of the Peak District on foot
    Sights nearby  -  Stately homes everywhere
  • 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 $133
    Sights nearby  -  Chatsworth on the doorstep.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • 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. Large, traditional, rooms with stunning views. A pub within walking distance. A lovely country bolt hole.

    3 rooms from $146
    Sights nearby  -  Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall within an hours drive
    Birdwatching  -  Go in search of the rare British White Breasted Dipper
    Great walks  -  Lovely rambles along the River Dove
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
  • 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 $153
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • 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 and outdoor enthusiasts.

    13 rooms from $179
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the imposing stately home, Chatsworth House
    Great walks  -  Endless walking options in the Peak District
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • 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 $224
    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
  • 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 $252
    Fishing  -  Access to a 7-mile stretch of fly-fishing along the Wye and Derwent where rare Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout can be caught
    Sights nearby  -  Discounted entrance into nearby stately homes Chatsworth House and Hadden Hall
    Restrictions on children  -  Children below 10yrs cannot be accommodated at weekends
    Great walks  -  Easy access to the Peak District
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