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 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 front of the television in your bedroom and offers fly-fishing at the nearby Haddon Hall Estate.

  • 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 $236
    Exclusive offer  -  Fine Dine Offer
    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

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.

  • 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 $137
    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.

  • 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 $257
    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 $152
    Garden  -  Sweeping manicured lawns and a topiary.
    Traditional  -  Afternoon tea and luncheon.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

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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