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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Stylish country pub with boutique bedrooms and good food close to Chatsworth. Excellent for local sightseeing and walking. Good, contemporary style brasserie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Civilized, genteel small country house hotel in traditional Derbyshire village. Floral and chintzy, good afternoon teas, fine garden on the riverside.
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. Contactcomments powered by Disqus