The Peak District is one of the most beautiful areas in the UK, boasting dramatic hills, brooding moors and misty forests. But these landscapes aren’t all the district has to offer – it’s also home to many charming towns and villages. Here we round up the most picturesque ones, along with an Airbnb recommendation for each.
This recently converted barn is set in an idyllic location with countryside views and direct access to a footpath, which leads either down to the village of Ashford-in-the-Water or uphill to Monsal Head. Guests can cook up a storm in the modern, newly-fitted kitchen and enjoy a glass of wine while looking out over the fields. Accommodating two people, Groom’s Cottage is even stocked with books about local attractions for your reading pleasure.
A perfect base for those wishing to explore the Peak District, this cottage in the heart of Eyam is full of character. With views of the surrounding countryside, an open fire and low ceilings, Rowan Cottage has certainly got the charm factor. It’s got the history factor too, as it used to be a mill, with parts dating back to the 1700s. Don’t worry, though; the cottage is fully equipped with a kitchen and offers a comfortable living space for up to four guests in both summer and winter.
In the heart of Castleton, this traditional 17th-century cottage sits right next to a stream, so you can listen to the relaxing sound of the water from your bedroom window before stepping out to enjoy the scenery or any of the nearby pubs and cafes. With one double room and an en-suite shower room, this is the perfect romantic getaway for two.
Great for families, this luxurious cottage in the heart of Bakewell is just a two-minute walk from the town centre. Spacious and well decorated, the cottage has recently been refurbished and includes a fully equipped kitchen, reception room, entry hall and patio area. Its three large bedrooms can accommodate up to six guests.
In a Victorian shooting lodge on a private working farm, this dreamy two-bedroom cottage is surrounded by open-access moorland and meadows. Refurbished in 2016 with Hypnos beds and Egyptian cotton linen, the cottage accommodates four guests and boasts an open-plan lounge with a kitchen and a log burner. If you want to splurge, breakfast hampers with local meats, free-range eggs and home-baked bread can be ordered in advance.
Perfect for couples and solo adventurers, this flat at Tissington Hall is spacious and superbly decorated, with a lovely breakfast too. The location is great for exploring the Peaks, but it’s also good if you just want to explore the Tissington area. The host, Sir Richard, is welcoming and knowledgeable about great places to dine locally.
This converted barn in the middle of Youlgrave village is an ideal place to stay if you love walks or wish to explore what the area has to offer, with Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and the town of Bakewell all close by. Alternatively, you might just want to sit with your feet up and enjoy the scenery from the garden (depending on the weather, of course). Accommodating two guests, the barn includes an open-plan sitting room and kitchen with a mezzanine bedroom.
Christina Collins contributed additional reporting to this article.