The Best Airbnbs in the Peak District

The Pennine Way goes through emerald-green sheep fields in the Peak District National Park
The Pennine Way goes through emerald-green sheep fields in the Peak District National Park | © Ian Dagnall Commercial Collection / Alamy Stock Photo
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25 August 2020

You can scale the country’s best mountains and walk through some of its most captivating countryside on a visit to the Peak District.

Lauded for its life-affirming mountains, stunning lakes and bracing country air, the Peak District is also home to a number of magical cottages that will help you immerse yourself in the region’s landscapes. Make the most of it all with a stay in one of the Peak District’s best Airbnbs.

Stunning Townhouse for Two, Central Bakewell

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Roomy and impeccably decorated, this whitewashed one-bed flat is in a historic building. There is a local outdoor market nearby every Monday, and if you’re there on the last Saturday of the month there’s a farmers’ market where you can load up on local produce. Cooking it up back home will be a breeze, with a fully equipped kitchen complete with a freezer box. The beds are adorned with 100 percent cotton sheets that make for a great night’s sleep.

Boulder Field Cabin and Hot Tub

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Built to blend with its surroundings, this adorable two-guest cabin takes you properly off grid. It harnesses the outdoors as much as possible, with a kitchen and shower that are alfresco (but covered), alongside a hot tub, which is perfect for stargazing from. Once bedtime calls, however, you don’t need to give up on the galactic views – there’s a glass panelled ceiling above the bed so you can continue to stare at the twinkles above until you fall asleep.

Kingfisher Cottage

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Sitting on the banks of the River Derwent, Kingfisher Cottage is an idyllic riverside oasis. Sleeping just two guests, this is the ultimate romantic getaway, where you can have an outdoor candlelit dinner as the river bubbles past below, and sip your morning coffee surrounded by greenery. Inside is traditional with exposed stone walls and whitewashed decor, giving it a quintessential English cottage feel. Fishing fans should book in advance with the host to go fly-fishing in the nearby area.

19th-Century Cottage in the Derbyshire Dales

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This striking sandstone terraced house looks all kinds of historic on the outside but hides a modern and spacious home on the inside. Sleeping five across two bedrooms, it’s perfect for a family or group of friends looking for a peaceful getaway. With Rowsley Woods right on your doorstep, you are ideally placed for countryside jaunts through the greenery, and wood-burning fires in the house mean you can warm up quickly upon your return. Two of the area’s best attractions – Chatsworth House and the town of Bakewell where you can pick up a traditional Bakewell pudding – are just a short drive away, too.

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  • Gardener’s Cottage

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    Set in the grounds of Alstonefield Manor, this quaint two-guest cottage is surrounded by landscaped gardens and on the doorstep of sprawling countryside. Exposed wooden beams, fur throws and stone floors give the interiors a stylish olde-worlde-meets-modern vibe, and the wood burning fireplace keeps things toasty throughout the winter. In the warmer months, take dinner to the patio seating outside to eat among the trees.

    The Old Wash House

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    Housed on an organic dairy farm in the heart of the Peak District, this little cottage sleeps two people and sits amongst peaceful paddocks. You can hire the on-site sauna and hot tub for an additional cost, keeping you warm in the best way possible. Strolling around the farm makes for a great adventure, and you’ll come across a pre-Roman settlement as well as pathways down to the Dovedale and Manifold valleys. If the weather permits, be sure to take your meals outside to enjoy the views over the valleys.

    Beechenhill Cottage

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    Set on the same organic dairy farm as The Old Wash House, Beechenhill Cottage sleeps two and is surrounded by greenery as far as the eye can see. Spend your days touring the numerous pubs in the area, before hopping into the Swedish-style wood-burning hot tub or sauna for a relaxing evening – just don’t forget to book it in advance. There’s a striking mural on the ceiling in the kitchen and brilliant views from the dining space. There are a number of spa packages to be booked, including the luxury hot tub elemental experience where – if you visit over Christmas – you can sip on mulled wine and snack on homemade mince pies from the steaming waters.

    The Coach House in Ashford-in-the-water

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    This barn was completely renovated in 2018, brightening up the traditional space with enormous skylights on the upper level. Exposed wooden beams and original brick add character, and in summer you can step outside your front door into a multi-coloured wildflower field, giving the setting a fairytale effect. A public footpath through the fields will take you to the closest villages with their quaint countryside pubs. The Coach House sleeps four people over two bedrooms – and there are two bathrooms – meaning there’s more than enough space inside.

    Rainbows End in the Beautiful Peak District

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    Another stone cottage surrounded by greenery, this Airbnb is set in a hamlet between Buxton and Bakewell. Walkers will appreciate being located incredibly close to the Monsal Trail, Limestone Way and Pennine Bridalway. It sleeps three, and although the rooms feel snug, the cottage is roomy enough that you won’t feel on top of one another. A welcome pack with basics includes locally sourced cheese, eggs and, in true country style, milk delivered by a milkman.
    These recommendations were updated on August 25, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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