It’s easy to see why the Peak District is fast becoming the go-to escape for travellers seeking a moment’s pause from the frenetic pace of city living: it’s a place to experience quiet reflection in the company of contrasting landscapes, dramatic geology and dark night skies.
Few properties command a view as epic as this one: a sea-to-sky panorama over the grassy woodland, natural caves and Carboniferous limestone of the winding Manifold Valley. Guests staying at Casterne Hall will have exclusive use of this Grade II-listed manor house and its grounds where the only sound is birds chirping in the trees. Eight bedrooms are sprawled over three floors – each furnished with Egyptian cotton linen and cosy electric blankets. Interiors elsewhere encompass old stone fireplaces, oil paintings and antique dollhouses.
Squirrelled away in Peak District National Park near Chatsworth House, the two-bedroom Rocking Stone Cottage is an idyllic rural retreat where horses, sheep, cows and wild rabbits occupy its fronting fields. Making the most of its scenic location, the cottage has two terraces – one with a gas BBQ – and huge windows looking out across the valley. Bedrooms are ensuite with walk-in rain showers and freestanding baths. Exposed beams and a large stone fireplace with a wood-burning stove add cosy finishing touches.
Sweet Knoll Cottage is set between carpeted hills above the village of Peak Forest. Rustic interiors including heavy oak beams and stone flooring complement countryside views through the cottage windows – just what you need for a warm, cosy stay. The cottage also has a farmhouse-style kitchen, comfy sitting room and double bedroom with space for two guests. Scenic walks, village pubs and the delightful market town of Bakewell are all within easy reach.
The Old Hall Hotel is quite literally a hotel fit for a queen. Mary, Queen of Scots, famously stayed here under house arrest in 1576, making this hotel not only a fascinating slice of history but also one of England’s oldest. Today, rooms have been thoughtfully refurbished and uniquely designed but still retain their traditional charm. The elegant tea rooms and delicious gastropub dishes tempt visitors with locally sourced ingredients, available seven days a week.
Thoughtful touches abound at Biggin Hall Hotel, where complimentary beer, prosecco and in-room fridge essentials like milk provide a down-to-earth welcome. The property’s 21 rooms treasure antique furnishings and boast dreamy sea views through stone mullioned leaded windows, making them the perfect blend of historic and homely. Downstairs in the lounge, a grand fireplace – which becomes a blazing log burner during cosy winter months – is etched with the date 1642, symbolic of the building’s rich past.
Rich cultural heritage and scenic country trails stand on the doorstep of this Grade II-listed, stone-built manor house. Inside, you’ll find a cosy home from home with stone mullioned windows, ornate plasterwork ceilings and wood-panelled walls. The hotel uses honey sourced from hives on its grounds and home-grown herbs and vegetables in its Michelin-star restaurant, where the menu changes with the season. In keeping with its culinary credentials, foraging days and ‘Meet the Maker’ wine tastings are also offered at Fischer’s Baslow Hall.