The best B&Bs in the Peak District

30/12/2019 14:34

Written by Helen Moat

If you're visiting the Peak District, there are plenty of idyllic B&BS to choose from. Here are my favourites from across the region.

Bassettwood Farm 

Tissington DE6 1RD 

You’ll find the farmhouse hidden down a long lane, just outside of Tissington. There are two double rooms in the farmhouse and a caravan for let. Tissington Trail is just a short distance away for those who like flat cycling.

Brae Cottage 

East Bank, Winster DE4 2DT

The owners of Brae Cottage pay special attention to detail, from the candlelit breakfasts to the high-spec décor in the rooms (with separate access from the main house). It’s reasonably priced for the standard of accommodation.  

Cheshire Cheese

Edale Rd, Hope S33 6RS 

Just outside of Hope in the Valley, the Cheshire Cheese offers tastefully refurbished accommodation on the top floor. It’s ideal as a base for walks, with the Great Ridge and the Kinder Massif surrounding Edale. And when the walking day is done, you can have a meal downstairs, join in with the weekly quiz night and enjoy the monthly music sessions. The meat and dairy ingredients are locally sourced. Bookings limited to two nights at the weekend and three nights during the week.

Congreave Farm Bed and Breakfast

Congreave, near Bakewell DE4 2NF 

The farmhouse B&B comes with a cobbled yard, exposed beams, stone mullioned windows and comfortable rooms. This 18th-century, Grade II-listed farmstead offers value for money along with delightful views over the countryside.

The Daintry

5 Daintry St, Leek ST13 5PG

This Victorian property is found in a quiet Leek cul-de-sac but is close to the centre of town. There are three comfortable and nicely decorated en-suite bedrooms in this small and friendly B&B that puts up a good breakfast with a number of options.

The Haven 

Haddon Rd, Bakewell DE45 1AW 

The Haven is a traditional and comfortable B&B on the outskirts of Bakewell (the town and restaurants within easy walking distance), serving up a hearty breakfast. The owners provide cycling facilities for guests planning to pedal up the Monsal Trail, easily accessed from Haddon Road.

Ladybower Inn

Bamford S33 OAX 

The inn, close to Ladybower Reservoir, has traditional, comfortable and well-furnished rooms, some with views over the reservoir. The pub serves up decent pub grub and a choice of real ales. From the inn, a nearby path takes you up above the reservoir, the paths providing superb views of Ladybower and the moorlands.

Merman Barn Bed and Brakfast 

Alma Rd, Tideswell SK17 8LS 

The converted limestone barn is on the outskirts of Tideswell, but within walking distance of Tideswell’s pubs, cafés and fish and chip shops. The bedrooms are furnished to a high standard and there’s a comfortable lounge with a log fire, books and board games. Some nice touches, including fridges in the bedrooms. Good value accommodation. (No children, pets or smokers.)

Pack Horse Inn

Mellor Rd, New Mills SK22 4QQ 

This traditional stone-built pub high above New Mills is well maintained, inside and out, but it’s the attention to detail that makes this B&B accommodation a cut above. The cosy and clean rooms are supplied with bottled water, biscuits and fruit, while the friendly and willing staff go the extra mile to make guests welcome. 

Rambler's Rest Guest House 

Rambler's Rest Guest House Peak District UK by Rambler's Rest Guest House

Back St, Castleton S33 8WR 

The B&B is a friendly, family-run establishment in the heart of Castleton, close to shops and pubs. There are spacious rooms, nicely presented in this rustic 17th-century house. The B&B also has a café, recommended for its excellent homemade food.  

Riverbank House 

Derwent Av, Matlock DE4 3LX 

Beautifully situated B&B by Hall Leyes Park, with views over the river and close to Dale Road shopping.  Cosy, country-style rooms, some with park views. The garden, dropping down to the banks of the Derwent, is a highlight of the accommodation. There’s a self-catering option along with the bed and breakfast on offer.

Robin Hood Farm Bed and Breakfast

Robin Hood Farm Bed and Breakfast Peak District UK by Robin Hood Farm Bed and Breakfast

Old Brampton Rd, Baslow DE45 1PU 

Arrive to tea and homemade cake. The farmhouse accommodation offers beautifully decorated rooms, some with en-suite and some with shared bathroom facilities. Close to lovely escarpment walks, Chatsworth House and Bakewell.    

Rushup Hall

Rushup Lane SK23 0QT

On the Pennine Bridleway, this Grade II-listed house offers homely farmhouse accommodation that’s set into the rolling hills below Rushup Edge. It’s an idyllic spot, with alpacas grazing below and stabling facilities for horseriders. Jan and Neil go out of their way to make guests comfortable and at home with well-furnished bedrooms, a sitting-room and reading room – and put up a filling farmhouse breakfast in the morning, made with locally sourced ingredients. Evening meals and packed lunches are also available on request. They also have four tastefully furnished self-catering cottages in the grounds: The Pepperpot and Irishman’s (sleeping two), Top Rack (sleeping four) and The Edge (sleeping eight). A recent acquisition is ‘The hut on the hill’ – a shepherd’s hut. Light the wood-burner and listen to the sounds of nature.

Sladen House

Sladen House B&B Peak District by Sladen House

Jaggers Lane, Hathersage S32 1AZ 

Sladen House offers the luxury of a country hotel but with a more personal touch in this elegant Victorian home. Rather than the full English, owners Julie and Richard offer a healthier Continental breakfast, with evening complimentary brandy and sherry. Relax on the patio above the extensive lawn with sweeping views to Hope Valley or sit in the tastefully decorated sitting room, and ask the owners to help you plan your day out in the Peak District.  The price per night reflects the standard of the accommodation (one double room only; minimum of two nights on weekends). 

Townhead Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

70 High St, Bonsall DE4 2AR 

Situated at the top end of the attractive village, the farmhouse on the main street offers tastefully decorated rooms. Expect exceptional service and attention to detail. It’s a great staging post for anyone walking the Limestone Way.

Discover more of the Peak District's B&Bs in our Slow Travel guide: 

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