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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.
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.
- 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.
Best Hotels in Derbyshire
The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley 7 rooms from $103Pilsley, 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.Great walks - Extensive walks around the estate.Sights nearby - Close to Chatsworth.Recommended by - Sawdays
The Priest House Hotel 42 rooms from $111Castle 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.Sights nearby - Close to Alton Towers, Donington Park racing circuit and much more.Great walks - Easy acess to the Peak District National ParkViews - The hotel overlooks the River TrentFour poster beds - For romantics.
The Devonshire Arms Beeley 14 rooms from $130Beeley, Derbyshire
Stylish country pub with boutique bedrooms and good food close to Chatsworth. Excellent for local sightseeing and walking. Good, contemporary style brasserie.Sights nearby - Chatsworth on the doorstep.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Hassop Hall 13 rooms from $143nr 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.Sights nearby - Visit the imposing stately home, Chatsworth HouseGreat walks - Endless walking options in the Peak DistrictSecluded setting - For escaping.Views - Great views from hotel
Stanshope Hall 3 rooms from $143Nr 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.Great walks - Lovely rambles along the River Dove. The Peak District location mean that it's a walker's paradise!Sights nearby - Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall within an hours driveBirdwatching - Go in search of the rare British White Breasted DipperSecluded setting - For escaping.
The Old Hall Hotel 37 rooms from $168Buxton, Derbyshire
An ancient ivy-clad hotel, reputedly Britain's oldest, in the charming town of Buxton. Traditional rooms feature pretty chintz wall paper, heavy draped curtains, antique furniture and, some, four poster beds. A popular restaurant and bar complete this wonderfully British escape.Local exploring - Well situtated to explore the historic town of Buxton and the beautiful Peak District.Great walks - Discover the delights of the Peak District on foot, the hotel provides packed lunches for longer hikes.
Kedleston Country House 5 rooms from $195Derby, Derbyshire
This grade II listed country house is located within The Kedleston Estate, ten minutes from Derby city centre. It offers five chic individually designed rooms and you can enjoy meals in the beautiful Georgian dining rooms or a cocktail on the garden terrace. A peaceful country escape!Weddings - Have your ceremony in the light-filled Orangery, photos on the sweeping stone staircase before retiring to the Kedleston suiteFoodies - The catering team use fresh and organic local ingredients to produce some absolutely mouthwatering dishes!Great walks - Head out on long walks through the Derbyshire countryside to truly unwindSights nearby - Go visit the beautiful Kedleston Hall or check out Tutbury CastleRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Cavendish Hotel 24 rooms from $220Bakewell, 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.Fishing - River fishing nearbyViews - Great views from hotelSecluded setting - For escaping.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Peacock at Rowsley 15 rooms from $267Rowsley, Derbyshire
A 17th century manor first opened as a hotel in 1820, in the middle of the Peak District. Recent renovation has created a stylish mix of traditional and contemporary, with luxurious trappings and outstanding food. Come for walking and fly fishing on a seven mile stretch of river. True English charm.Exclusive offer - Sunday SpecialTotal relaxation - They go the extra mile to help you relax- afternoon tea on arrival, camomile tea for bed and roaring fires in the cosy bar.Country Escape - A historic country hotel in stunning surrounds, well placed for fishing, golf and walking weekends.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.Local markets - Foodies flock to Bakewell's farmers market, the second largest in the UK, it boasts the cream of the local produce.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Fischer's Baslow Hall 11 rooms from $263Derbyshire
An imposing manor house with quaintly traditional interiors and a seriously good restaurant. Rooms are all chintz fabrics, floral motifs and antique furniture. In stark contrast is the contemporary British cuisine created at the Michelin starred restaurant. The perfect rural escape.Country Escape - A picture perfect country house with excellent food, roaring fires and lovely surrounding countryside.Foodies - A fabulous restaurant boasting a Michelin Star. Certainly the centre piece of the hotel.Sights nearby - Just a short drive from Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall which make a great day out.Great walks - The Peak District offers endless options for glorious walks.Recommended by - Johansens