The Best Luxury Hotels to Book near Derby and the Peak District

Hotels such as Losehill House will provide you with the perfect base for exploring the Lake District and beyond
Hotels such as Losehill House will provide you with the perfect base for exploring the Lake District and beyond | Courtesy of Losehill House Hotel and Spa / Booking.com
Mark Nayler

Along with boasting some of the UK’s most dramatic landscapes, the Peak District is one of the most traditional and historic areas in the country. The same goes for its hotels and inns – some of which trace back to the 17th century and have royal roots. From five-star hotels near Derby to spa retreats in the Hope Valley, here are the best accommodation options in the region – all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Losehill House Hotel and Spa, for a pampered stay in Hope Valley

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Room at Losehill House Hotel and Spa with double bed, wooden furniture, and floral-patterned cushions
Courtesy of Losehill House Hotel and Spa / Booking.com

Losehill House was originally a hostel for Edwardian ramblers, but today, this four-star hotel accommodates everyone from hikers and spa-goers to locals popping in for a bite to eat. If you’re spending the night, enjoy breakfast – complete with local specialities such as George Stafford black pudding and Derbyshire oatcakes – with a view before sinking into the outdoor hot tub or indulging in the spa’s Thalgo therapies.

2. Fischer’s Baslow Hall, for foodies in Bakewell

Hotel, Luxury

Dining room at Fischer’s Baslow Hall, with blue-painted walls, a large wine fridge, a dining table and grand wooden chairs
Courtesy of Fischer’s Baslow Hall / Booking.com

A stone-built manor house stands tall in Baslow, welcoming guests year-round with the promise of indulgence and relaxation in its 11 luxurious bedrooms. Cosy up by the log fire in winter or potter around its landscaped gardens in high summer. The real heart of Fischer’s is its lovingly tended kitchen garden, which yields home-grown vegetables and herbs for the fine-dining restaurant. For a taste of its culinary credentials, book a foraging day, garden tour or the hotel’s Meet the Maker wine tasting.

3. Biggin Hall Hotel and Restaurant, for old world atmosphere in Buxton

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Reception room at Biggin Hall Hotel and Restaurant with traditional decor, patterned seating, a coffee table and bookshelves
Courtesy of Biggin Hall Hotel and Restaurant / Booking.com

Walking through the limestone façade of this 17th-century luxury hotel near Derby, you’ll feel the weight of its history. Antique furnishings occupy an up-and-down warren of rooms – standing in stark contrast to the contemporary artworks on the walls. When you’re not admiring the hotel’s interior, warm your toes by the huge stone fireplace with a good book, snaffled from the well-stocked shelves in the hotel library. Look closely, and you might notice a 1642 date stone on the lintel.

4. Dannah Farm Country House, for a private moat in Shottle

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Farm

Exterior view of a timber lodge at Dannah Farm Country House, with a hot tub and sunbeds outside
Courtesy of Dannah Farm Country House / Booking.com

You’ll find Dannah Farm Country House hidden beneath the rural landscape of the Derbyshire Dales, where green grass and plumes of wildflowers grow between ancient woodland. This traditional Georgian farmhouse and its adjoining stone buildings have been converted into luxurious accommodation, housing bedrooms with four-poster beds and double spa baths. The Studio Hideaway features a spiral staircase that leads you to a private sitting room, where you can relax before exploring 62ha (154 acres) of grounds, including the hotel’s very own medieval moat.

5. Rushop Hall B&B, for horse lovers in Chapel-en-le-Frith

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Exterior view of Rushop Hall BandB – a three-storey stone building surrounded by trees and a stone wall
Courtesy of Rushop Hall BandB / Expedia

Exploring the Peak District with your equine companion? This restored Georgian manor offers stables and grazing for up to 12 horses and guided excursions along the Pennine Bridleway. Opt for self-catered or bed and breakfast accommodation, either in the main house or one of three snug cottages with countryside views, wood burners and oak kitchens (there are two larger houses that sleep up to eight). Meet wildlife on a stay in the Shepherd’s Hut, a hilltop retreat overlooking a pond frequented by bats, dragonflies and alpaca.

6. Rockingham Lodge, for a cosy bolthole in Tidswell

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A room at Rockingham Lodge, with a large bed with white linen, floral-patterned wallpaper and headboard, and wooden furniture
Courtesy of Rockingham Lodge / Expedia

This 18th century coaching house might not serve dinner, but it’ll set you up every morning with a cooked breakfast and send you off hiking, cycling or climbing with a large packed lunch (make sure to order it the evening before). Dinner options within a five-minute walk include several pubs and a couple of fish and chip shops. Alternatively, self-cater in the first-floor apartment (sleeps four or six), either in the fully-equipped kitchen or the private patio’s brick barbecue.

7. Ye Olde Bowling Green Inn, for a traditional pub in Bradwell

Pubs with Rooms

Exterior view of Ye Olde Bowling Green Inn – a white building with black-painted window frames, and picnic tables at its entrance
Courtesy of Ye Olde Bowling Green Inn / Booking.com

Surrounded by countryside yet benefitting from village amenities, Bradwell’s Ye Olde Bowling Green offers ensuite rooms in a pub. Downstairs, tuck into classics such as steak and ale pie, Sunday roast and fish finger sandwiches. With both twins and doubles available, each room has its own patios with unbroken views – an ideal spot for an early-evening G&T or a pint of Peak District ale. Mingle in the beer garden, around crackling log fires or while grilling in the BBQ Hut.

8. Ensana Buxton Crescent, for a thermal bath in Buxton

Spa Hotel

Built above a spring discovered by the Romans, this refined hotel occupies what was one of Georgian England’s finest buildings. Rejuvenate in the Thermal Pool, decked out with 1920s wall tiles and a stained glass canopy, or in the CO2 Mineral Baths, both of which are supplied by the natural spa. Rooms look out over the rooftops and lanes of historic Buxton and feature original fireplaces, regal decor and sash windows. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the restaurant.

9. The Peak Hotel, for keen hikers in Castleton

Pubs with Rooms

This friendly country pub is a great option if you’re starting or finishing a walk along the Pennine Way. It has four ensuite double rooms with mahogany four-poster beds and wooden beamed ceilings. Head downstairs for quizzes, local beers, live music and imaginatively named burgers such as the Devil’s Arse, a steak patty topped with pulled pork, spicy Monterey Jack cheese, chilli jam and jalapeños. It’s a 15-minute taxi ride to Edale, the Pennine Way’s start or finish point.

10. The Chequers Inn, for a local pint in Froggatt

Inn, Pubs with Rooms

Cosy room at The Chequers Inn, with a wooden bed, bedside cabinets and chest of drawers, and floral artwork on the wall
Courtesy of The Chequers Inn / Booking.com

This quaint inn was once frequented by body snatchers, who’d call in for a flagon of ale before their night shifts in the graveyards of Sheffield. Dating from the mid 1700s, it offers seven double ensuites above a pub that’s proud of its local ales, all of which are made by independent breweries situated no more than 24km (15mi) from Froggatt. Sample a few in the large, grassy beer garden, which backs on to a nature trail and offers views over Hope Valley.

Emma Gibbins contributed additional reporting to this article.
To discover great accommodation options in the Peak District, check out our pick of the best places to book your stay in the Peak District, bookable on Culture Trip.

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