Best places to stay in the Peak District

With its huge views, sheep-studded fields, ancient stone walls and huddled limestone villages, it is easy to see why the Peak District was selected as the UK's first National Park. And unlike many remote areas, there are a great many fantastic places to stay in the Peak district to suit every taste and budget. Almost every kind of rural outdoor fun that can be enjoyed in the UK can be enjoyed in the 555 square miles of the park in lovely scenery and mostly traffic-free environments.

Active Peak District

The Pennine Way, the Trans Pennine Way, and the Pennine Bridleway attract walkers, cyclists and riders from all over the UK and beyond. The Peak district also has hundreds of acres of open access land and rights of way.

Relaxing in the Peak District

The Peak District National Park isn't all about yomping and hearty pursuits. If a less active break is more your idea of relaxation there are lovely towns and villages to discover in the area.

Cobbled squares with independent local shops and tea rooms make great places to stay in the Peak District as well as wonderful spots for unwinding, reading and enjoy the surroundings. And who could resist place names like Glossop and Swadlincote?

Posh Peak District Pubs

Many of our favourite places to stay in the Peak District are village pubs with rooms where the food is delicious and the rooms super comfortable with good bathrooms. Perfect if you have spent an energetic day in the National Park.

The Devonshire Arms Pilsley and Devonshire Arms Beeley (both run by local hotel group, Devonshire hotels) and the Peacock at Rowsley tick all our boxes for pubs with rooms.

Both Devonshire Arms have bedrooms designed by the Duchess of Devonshire to be modern but cosy and rural. Both also serve locally sourced food from the Chatsworth estate by chef, Alan Hill.

The Pilsley Devonshire Arms is on the Chatsworth estate and a perfect place to stay if you are visiting the house and gardens. Each of the seven bedrooms is named after a farm on the estate.

The Devonshire Arms Beeley, also on the Estate is decorated in a slightly more contemporary fashion whilst remaining very much a village pub. Both have a friendly local feel and are as popular with people who live roundabout as they are with visitors.

The Peacock at Rawsley has lovely rooms with exposed beams, great food which can be eaten in the restaurant or in front of the television in your bedroom and offers fly-fishing at the nearby Haddon Hall Estate.

  • 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 $161
    Exclusive offer  -  Big Chill Offer
    Sights nearby  -  Chatsworth on the doorstep.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • 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 $127
    Exclusive offer  -  Lose the Blues Offer
    Great walks  -  Extensive walks around the estate.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to Chatsworth.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • 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.

    16 rooms from $250
    Exclusive offer  -  Suite Indulgence
    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

Peak District B&Bs

Alstonefield Manor near Ashbourne is a super-smart B & B run by local lass Jo Wood (not Rolling Stone Ronnie's former wife, a different Jo Wood) and her husband. Both graphic designers, the couple's eye for colour and style is evident everywhere. Great breakfasts and dinner can be arranged.

Rooms are more traditional at nearby Stanshope Hall which could not be more homely. Saggy sofas, a piano, loads of books and maps and a vinyl record player ensure that guests never have a dull moment and some of the public rooms are painted with murals by local artists.

Both these B & Bs are among the friendliest homeliest places to stay in the Peak District.

  • Alstonefield Manor

    Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire

    Exquisite bed & breakfast in a pretty, unspoilt village in peaceful rural setting on the southern edge of the Peak District. Mix of family home and mini boutique.

    3 rooms from $129
    Secluded setting  -  With a quiet, walled garden.
  • 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 $145
    Great walks  -  Lovely rambles along the River Dove.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.

Peak District Country House Hotels

The Cavendish Hotel on the edge of the Chatsworth estate near Bakewell has glorious rural views of the estate, an award-winning restaurant and comfy country house style rooms.

Not far away Hassop Hall is another beautiful country house hotel in a lovely setting. More chintzy and old school traditional than the Cavendish, it has lovely gardens including a knot garden.

The Riverside House Hotel is a smaller country house hotel on the banks of the River Wye near Ashford in the Water. Some rooms have private patios and log fires and sherry and nuts are provided in the rooms if you can't wait to go down to the snug bar for an aperitif.

  • 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 $272
    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
  • 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 $161
    Garden  -  Sweeping manicured lawns and a topiary.
    Traditional  -  Afternoon tea and luncheon.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Riverside House Hotel

    Bakewell, Derbyshire

    Civilized, genteel small country house hotel in traditional Derbyshire village. Floral and chintzy, good afternoon teas, fine garden on the riverside.

    10 rooms from $234
    Four poster beds  -  In floral, chintzy rooms.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

Browse through our list of the best places to stay in the Peak District National Park and start to plan your stay. Alternatively check out our selction of the best places to stay in Derbyshire. Please feel free to call or email a friendly guru for advice. Contact

Written by  Jane Hutchison,
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