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The Best Places to Stay in the Peak District
When you’re in amidst the expansive, rolling views of hills and mounts, and sheep-studded fields bordered by ancient stone walls and scattered with limestone villages, it’s easy to see why the Peak District was selected as the UK's first National Park. And unlike other remote and beautiful regions, there’s a good selection to choose from when it comes to the best places to stay in the Peak District.
Our Gurus are here to help you though, and their list of the best places to stay in the Peak District includes something to suit every taste and budget. From those looking for outdoor fun and adventure in the 555 square miles of park, to those looking for a peaceful place to relax amongst spectacular scenery.
The Best Places to Stay in the Peak District for Active Folk
The Pennine Way, the Trans Pennine Way, and the Pennine Bridleway attract walkers, cyclists and riders, but there are also hundreds of acres of open access land and rights of way. One of the best places to stay in the Peak District for walkers is the The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton. This ancient, ivy-clad charmer is surrounded by walking routes and stately homes.
The Best Places to Stay in the Peak District to Relax
But the Peak District National Park isn't all about yomping and hearty pursuits. If you’re more in search of relaxation then there are lovely towns and villages to potter about, hopping from tea room to cosy pub along cobbled streets.
- The George Hotel in Hathersgate is a great choice for a relaxing stay. It’s a five hundred year old inn with award winning restaurant and connections to the the Bronte sisters. Modern meets traditional here to create a comfortable stay.
The Best Places to Stay in the Peak District - Posh Pubs
Many of the best places to stay in the Peak District are village pubs with rooms where the food is delicious and the rooms super comfortable.
- The Peacock at Rowsley ticks all our boxes for pubs with rooms: it has lovely rooms with exposed beams, great food which can be eaten in the restaurant or in your own room, and offers fly-fishing at the nearby Haddon Hall Estate.
The Best Places to Stay in the Peak District - B&Bs
- Rooms are traditional at 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.
The Best Places to Stay in the 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.
If you haven’t found your idea of the best places to stay in the Peak District on our Guru’s list, you could expand you search to include the best places to stay in Derbyshire or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
The Old Hall Hotel 37 rooms from $158Buxton, 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.
Peacock at Rowsley 15 rooms from $233Rowsley, 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.Total 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
Stanshope Hall 3 rooms from $135Nr 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.
Cavendish Hotel 24 rooms from $207Bakewell, 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
Hassop Hall 13 rooms from $135nr 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