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About Derbyshire

Derbyshire is a county of dramatic contrasts and breath-taking beauty. Wedged between Derby, Sheffield and Manchester, the Peak District is its crowning glory. The Pennine Way, a national trail in northern Derbyshire is a spectacular way to experience the English highlands. This, along with short treks exploring the dales, mysterious henges and woodlands attract visitors from all over the country. The best places to stay in Derbyshire offer great bases to explore these landscapes and enjoy the countryside activities of Derbyshire.

The magnificent flat peaks, and windswept moorlands shrouded in mist has inspired our best-loved authors, Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen. Jane Eyre, Bronte’s most well-known piece of writing was set in the village of Hathersage, and the famed Chatsworth House, inspiration for Pemberley in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, are both in the Peak District.

And while you’re there, don’t forget to experience the local delicacies and delicious deserts!

What not to miss

  • Dovedale, a valley in the Peak District, is best known for its limestone dales defined by narrow gorges, hump backed bridges, crystal clear brooks and drystone walls. The valley also lets you experience a magnificent view of neat fields and pristine pastureland as far as the eye can see.
  • Visit the modest villages of Alstonefield, Tissington and Hartington. Here you will find charming little country pubs with coal fires and casket ales, a perfect stop off for your hike or trek.
  • The market town of Ashbourne is delightful (with a proper country market), whilst the Georgian spa town Buxton is the home of the flourishing Buxton Opera, producing over 450 shows during the year.
  • There are magnificent stately homes and gardens to visit in Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Hardwick Hall, Calke Abbey, Sudbury and Tissington Hall.
  • For the more sedate visitor, the Peak Railway from Matlock to Rowsley takes passengers by steam train through a slice of perfect English countryside.
  • Explore the deep underground caves and disused mines around Castleton.
  • And to round it all off, take a bite of the delicious Bakewell tarts for tea from one of Bakewell’s famous tearooms.

The range of accommodation here is wide, but our selection of the best places to stay in Derbyshire concentrates on properties with great service, many of which also boast superb food and much more.

For great value

If you want to enjoy this beautiful county, but not pay top prices then our selection of the best places to stay in Derbyshire can certainly assist. We'd suggest you look at:

  • The Priest House Hotel is ideal if you're planning a visit to Alton Towers or Donnington Park. The contemporary classic styled rooms start from as little as £85 per night and there's 2 AA Rosette standard fine dining.

The Best Pubs with Rooms

  • Both close to the Chatsworth Estate, the Devonshire Arms at Pilsley and the Devonshire Arms at Beeley are stylish country pubs decorated with antiques and ornaments. Specially designed by the Duchess of Devonshire, the pubs have cosy rooms and great bathrooms. They also offers mouth-watering meals and walks around the Chatsworth Estate.

For luxury

  • The Peacock at Rowsley boasts a stylish mix of traditional and contemporary and has a well-earned reputation for superb food. A great location for lovers of country pursuits looking for a classy bed to come back to.
  • The Cavendish Hotel is a country house hotel on the edge of the Chatsworth Estate. Here you'll find classic, luxurious style and breath-taking views, plus award winning food in the restaurant.
  • Fischer’s Baslow Hall is an imposing manor house with quaintly traditional interiors with chintz fabrics, floral motifs and antique furniture. The attached Michelin starred restaurant boasts a wonderful dining experience with great food and the best service.

For stunning countryside

  • Stanshope Hall occupies an awe inspiring location close to Dovedale. The 17th century manor house is very much a family home, but offers three rooms for guests. Wonderful for walkers, or simply those who want to enjoy the view.
  • For an elegant country house hotel, stay at Hassop Hall. This understated gem is set in sweeping parkland. The rooms are comfortable and cosy with four poster beds, and there are public areas with roaring fires and quiet spaces where you can order ‘luncheon’. It is well-suited for families and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • The George Hotel is a 500 year old coaching in the village of Hathersage - Jane Eyre territory - in the north of the Peak District National Park. The outstanding countryside is all around, with walking on the doorstep. Pampering luxury and delicious 2 AA Rosette standard food awaits after a day in the great outdoors.
  • The Kedleston Country House is a beautiful Georgian building that offers chic, individually designed rooms, a garden terrace and a large, magnificent dining hall. The location is ideal for exploring the nearby sights and long walks through the Derbyshire countryside.

Town Stays

  • The Old Hall Hotel is an ancient ivy-clad hotel situated in the old town of Buxton. The rooms feature a traditional setting with heavy draped curtains and four poster beds. This haunt is wonderful for an antique British experience and a great base to discover the delights of the Peak District on foot.

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Take a look at our entire Derbyshire collection with specials highlights on the Peak District and the best pub stays.

For a holiday cottage

  • If you've decided that you'd prefer to book a villa or apartment, we recommend you visit our online booking partner, Booking.com, where you'll find a wide range from budget to boutique.

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Best Hotels in Derbyshire

  • The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley 7 rooms from $103

    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.

    Great walks  -  Extensive walks around the estate.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to Chatsworth.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • The Priest House Hotel 42 rooms from $111

    Castle Donington, Derbyshire

    Beautifully located on the banks of the River Trent, the Priest House Hotel offers fine dining and luxury accommodation with easy access to both Derby and Nottingham. Very close to East Midlands airport it is ideal for business and leisure travellers alike.

    Sights nearby  -  Close to Alton Towers, Donington Park racing circuit and much more.
    Great walks  -  Easy acess to the Peak District National Park
    Views  -  The hotel overlooks the River Trent
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
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  • The Devonshire Arms Beeley 14 rooms from $130

    Beeley, Derbyshire

    Stylish country pub with boutique bedrooms and good food close to Chatsworth. Excellent for local sightseeing and walking. Good, contemporary style brasserie.

    Sights nearby  -  Chatsworth on the doorstep.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • Hassop Hall 13 rooms from $143

    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 and outdoor enthusiasts.

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the imposing stately home, Chatsworth House
    Great walks  -  Endless walking options in the Peak District
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Stanshope Hall 3 rooms from $143

    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. 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 drive
    Birdwatching  -  Go in search of the rare British White Breasted Dipper
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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  • George Hotel 22 rooms from $150

    Hathersgate, Derbyshire

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

    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Old Hall Hotel 37 rooms from $168

    Buxton, 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.
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  • Kedleston Country House 5 rooms from $195

    Derby, Derbyshire

    This grade II listed country house is located within The Kedleston Estate, ten minutes from Derby city centre. It offers five chic individually designed rooms and you can enjoy meals in the beautiful Georgian dining rooms or a cocktail on the garden terrace. A peaceful country escape!

    Weddings  -  Have your ceremony in the light-filled Orangery, photos on the sweeping stone staircase before retiring to the Kedleston suite
    Foodies  -  The catering team use fresh and organic local ingredients to produce some absolutely mouthwatering dishes!
    Great walks  -  Head out on long walks through the Derbyshire countryside to truly unwind
    Sights nearby  -  Go visit the beautiful Kedleston Hall or check out Tutbury Castle
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Cavendish Hotel 24 rooms from $220

    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.

    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
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  • Peacock at Rowsley 15 rooms from $267

    Rowsley, 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.

    Exclusive offer  -  Fireside Break
    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
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  • Fischer's Baslow Hall 11 rooms from $263

    Derbyshire

    An imposing manor house with quaintly traditional interiors and a seriously good restaurant. Rooms are all chintz fabrics, floral motifs and antique furniture. In stark contrast is the contemporary British cuisine created at the Michelin starred restaurant. The perfect rural escape.

    Country Escape  -  A picture perfect country house with excellent food, roaring fires and lovely surrounding countryside.
    Foodies  -  A fabulous restaurant boasting a Michelin Star. Certainly the centre piece of the hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  Just a short drive from Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall which make a great day out.
    Great walks  -  The Peak District offers endless options for glorious walks.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
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