Hardwick Hall’s golden stonework and endless windows of fragile glass make this Elizabethan era stately home in England a remarkable sight. Stay nearby to time your visit ahead of the pack – these properties are all bookable now with Culture Trip.
Hardwick Hall is a glorious prodigy home, built for Bess of Hardwick between 1590 and 1597. One of the first buildings in the country to be designed by an architect, it’s a triumph. It was the epitome of modern style when it was constructed – with a central hallway, and unusually large windows at a time when glass was a luxury. Today, it’s managed by the National Trust and overlooks the Derbyshire countryside, where there are plenty of hotels, inns and country houses that will make a convenient base.
You’d never guess that Twin Oaks Hotel began life as a humble row of colliery cottages. This boutique hotel is stylish and modern, and its suites are versatile – their separate living rooms contain a sofa bed making this an ideal choice for families. Twin Oaks is conveniently located just 10 minutes north of Hardwick Hall, close to junction 29 of the M1.
This boutique lodge has just six rooms – but golfers who book one of them will appreciate their location beside a nine-hole course on the outskirts of Mansfield. This is also the place to stay if you’re a fan of wines and steins – there are over 100 bottled beers to choose from behind the bar, and lodge guests are treated to a glass of wine and complimentary cheeseboard every evening.
There’s a Spanish vibe at the Casa Hotel, which is evident in the use of rich purples and gold accents in its decor and the warm welcome you’ll receive from its staff. Rooms are stylish – the best feature their own balcony hot tub. Foodies will love grazing on tapas at the Barca bar, or dining at the Cocina restaurant – which features a charcoal-fired grill.
This mansion-turned-spa hotel was built in the early 19th century. Now Grade II-listed, it sits in 35 acres surrounded by mature trees. Restoring the neglected garden was a labour of love, but one that brought unexpected rewards – such as the discovery of a 19th-century footpath to a secret garden. Inside, the accommodation is comfortable and well appointed – the deluxe rooms are particularly glamorous.
This country house hotel started life in the early 19th century as Southgate House – its plush, sophisticated rooms retain many period details from this time. True to its well-to-do heritage, the Van Dyk really comes into its own when entertaining. Whether you opt for an intimate supper for two at its fine dining restaurant, or a raucous, laughter-filled evening with friends watching one of the regular tribute bands, an evening here will always be a memorable one.
Originally, the Peak Edge Hotel was a coaching inn and dates from the 17th century. Today, it’s a successful, family-run boutique hotel offering guests easy access into the Peak District yet just a short distance from Chesterfield. Rooms are elegant and have personality, while the ensuite bathrooms are sleek and modern. Many rooms offer views over the lake and countryside beyond.
The White Hart Inn is a hotel and popular wedding venue located within easy reach of Chesterfield and Mansfield. Its 17 rooms and suites are stylish and contemporary, some accented with exposed brick and soft throws. The Hart Suite boasts a chunky wooden bed, faux fur cushions and a Juliette balcony overlooking the surrounding countryside. With a waterfall shower, jacuzzi bath and sauna with built in sound system, it’s the hotel’s most luxurious suite.
Located in a quiet area of Mansfield, the many beech trees and shrubs in the Ravenscroft’s mature garden give the impression of being in the countryside. Inside, it’s just as lovely – not least the purple suite with its large bay window and four-poster bed. With additional touches such as antique decor pieces, fluffy towels and a fridge in the room stocked with fresh milk and homemade flapjack, this is an exceptional bed and breakfast.
Palermo-born Santo bought this place in 1995, and extends a warm Sicilian welcome to all his guests. Higham Farm dates from the 15th century, and still has plenty of heritage charm and preserved original features. Its 31 rooms successfully blend old and new, with exposed beams and modern bathrooms, some with statement mosaic tiling. The largest suites –Devonshire, Chatsworth and Chairmans – have their own living space.