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