The Best Hotels to Book Near the Heights of Abraham, Peak District

The Rutland Arms Hotel in Bakewell welcomes you with its historic charm
The Rutland Arms Hotel in Bakewell welcomes you with its historic charm | Courtesy of The Rutland Arms Hotel / Expedia
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21 September 2021
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Days in this part of the Peak District are filled with cavern tours, cable car rides and meandering woodland walks. Evenings, meanwhile, are made up of soaks in roll-top baths, meals that end with bowls of bakewell pudding, and long, deep sleeps in four-poster beds – as long as you choose the right hotel. Here’s our pick of the best in the area – now bookable with Culture Trip.

Oakhill/Alison House Hotel

Alison House Hotel
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Haloed by neatly mowed lawns and woodland, this Georgian house hotel is just a five-minute drive from the Heights of Abraham. There’s a choice of rooms and suites here; the latter come with period features like sash windows, open fireplaces and antique walnut furniture. Three of them also feature free-standing roll-top baths. The hotel has an onsite restaurant, too, where dishes are made with ingredients from local butchers, fishmongers and bakeries.

The Rutland Arms Hotel

Van Dyk by Wildes
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This historical coaching inn is right in the centre of Bakewell, a 25-minute drive from the Heights of Abraham. Every room here is slightly different, but you’ll find finishing touches like chaise longues, four-poster beds and gilded headboards sprinkled between them. Don’t miss a meal at the restaurant: legend says that the original hostess invented the bakewell pudding, and the dish still stars on the menu alongside other local specialities like Derbyshire sirloin steak and Yorkshire lamb.

The View at the White Horse Woolley Moore

The View at The White Horse Woolley Moor
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Green fields pool around the White Horse, a 20-minute drive from the Heights of Abraham. The rooms are located in a modern annexe to the rear of the pub, and each one comes with a balcony or terrace that looks out over the countryside. While the accommodation is contemporary, the pub is more old-world: all beamed ceilings, open fires and stone floors, it’s the place to come to enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal in the evenings.

Devonshire Arms at Pilsley

Devonshire Arms at Pilsley
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Part of the Chatsworth Estate, the Devonshire Arms at Pilsley is a 25-minute drive from the Heights of Abraham. There are 13 rooms to choose from; the six four-poster rooms were designed by the Duchess of Devonshire herself. Be sure to make time for a meal here – breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes are made with ingredients grown or reared on the Chatsworth Estate. Thirsty? Try a pint of Chatsworth Estate golden ale – it’s made with Chatsworth honey.

Peak Edge Hotel at the Red Lion

Peak Edge Hotel at the Red Lion
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Every room at Peak Edge Hotel, a 15-minute drive from the Heights of Abraham, comes with countryside or lake views. They are cosy spaces with deep plaid carpets, tweed bed cushions and nice-to-haves like underfloor heating in the bathrooms. The hotel has its own pub, too: the Red Lion serves food all day and hearty roast dinners on Sundays. On sunny days, sit in the beer garden, and sip your drinks in view of a sea of green fields.

The Horse & Jockey Wessington

The Horse and Jockey
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A 20-minute drive from the Heights of Abraham, the Horse and Jockey has 14 rooms with oak furniture and earthy colour schemes. The accommodation sits above a pub that serves breakfast – try the proper breakfast butty on a doorstep bloomer – and classic pub dishes throughout the rest of the day. There’s a lengthy cocktail menu available here, too, featuring cocktails with quirky names like Who Smoked All My Whisky?

The H Boutique Hotel

The HThe H Boutique Hotel
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The ten rooms at H Boutique Hotel, a 22-minute drive from the Heights of Abraham, are all named after Derbyshire villages beginning with H. While they’re all decorated with local artworks and framed photos of the Peak District, each one is slightly different: Hayfield features a whirlpool bath, for example. Hardwick, meanwhile, serves up views of the Bakewell skyline. There’s a coffee shop and bar at the hotel, too, where breakfast is served in the mornings.

Van Dyk by Wildes

Van Dyk by Wildes
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Pairing a Grade II-listed building with a modern wing, Van Dyk by Wildes is a 40-minute drive from the Heights of Abraham. The site is brimming with facilities: there’s a spa, where you can get treatments like a Champagne and truffle facial, and three restaurants including the Chapel, with its three crystal chandeliers and grand piano. In autumn and winter, the hotel’s Yule Lodge opens – it’s a fairy-lit tipi on the grounds, where you can dine and drink.

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