The best hotels in the Peak District

22/01/2020 16:34

Written by Helen Moat

The Peak District is blessed when it comes to hotels. Whether you want to stay in a traditional country pub, stately manor house or one of the oldest hotels in England, you'll have plenty of choice here. 

Alison House Hotel

Intake Lane, Cromford DE4 3RH

This Georgian House in a hidden corner of Cromford was built by the Arkwright family and is set in seven acres of grounds. All 15 rooms are tastefully decorated and come with Wi-Fi access.

Charles Cotton Hotel

Market Pl, Hartington SK17 0AL 

The historic hotel is set in the heart of one of the Peak District’s prettiest villages. Charles Cotton, angler, poet and gambler, was Izaak Walton’s fishing companion and co-writer of The Compleat Angler. The hotel pays more than a nod to Cotton with its paintings, book quotes and fishing paraphernalia. The rooms are tastefully decorated, while the restaurant and bar have a reputation for good food, wine and beer. The food is locally sourced, organic and GM-free. Prices reflect the quality of the hotel.

The Fountain Inn

14 Fountain St, Leek ST13 6JR

This traditional and cosy pub in the heart of town is a hit with returning guests. The rooms are simply but tastefully furbished, the service friendly. The pub serves a fine selection of ales and there’s a lovely seating area outside the back. Please note the pub doesn’t serve breakfast (or food) but there are plenty of eating options within walking distance.

H Boutique Hotel

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Water St, Bakewell DE45 1EW

Stylish hotel in the heart of Bakewell, close to the shops, restaurants and river. Rooms are furnished to a very high standard throughout. There’s also a trendy lounge bar and coffee shop. The attention to detail high and standard of fittings in the rooms are reflected in the accommodation prices.

High Tor Boutique Hotel

Matlock DE4 3PS 

This Grade II-listed building has had a complete overhaul and is now a contemporary boutique hotel. It’s a good choice for those who like comfort, a little luxury and attention to detail. From the hotel grounds there’s a spectacular outlook to the nearby vertical wall of rock that is High Tor. The restaurant offers good quality food, locally sourced.

Izaak Walton Hotel

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Ilam, Dovedale DE6 2AY

Izaak Walton stayed here when the hotel was a 17th-century guesthouse, declaring the nearby River Dove to be one of the finest trout streams in the world before going on to write The Compleat Angler. Apart from fishing, walkers can enjoy superb walking in nearby Dovedale. The rooms have a faded elegance – all floral wallpaper and curtains - and most have superb views over Dovedale or of the gardens. There’s fine dining in the Haddon Restaurant (with dress code) with more informal eating in the Dovedale Bar. The hotel has a policy of supporting local businesses and sources food locally where possible. 

Lathkil Hotel

School Lane, Over Haddon DE45 1JE 

The rooms at the hotel (feels more like a pub) are comfortable and tastefully decorated, two with panoramic views over to Lathkill Dale. You pay accordingly for the views. Enjoy superb walking in Lathkill Dale during the day, then relax afterwards in the beer garden, with some of the best vistas in the White Peak.

Losehill Hotel and Spa

Spa Losehill Lane, Edale Rd, S33 6AF

Not a cheap option, but for a little bit of luxury in the heart of the Peak Park, look no further than this boutique country hotel hidden away at the end of a leafy lane. The Arts and Crafts hotel offers four-star accommodation, an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and hot tub on terraces with stunning views out to the Dark Peak hills. The Orangery Restaurant serves up quality, locally sourced dishes.

The Old Hall Hotel

The Square, Buxton SK17 6BD 

The Old Hall is said to be one of the oldest hotels in England and has had its share of famous guests. Daniel Defoe stayed here and the odd duke, but most famous of all, was Mary, Queen of Scots who was imprisoned in one of the suites (ask for the Queen Mary’s Bower). All of the rooms are individually furnished and the décor is in keeping with the historical building. The hotel has lovely views over the Pavilion Gardens and is very handy for the Opera House (you can save your dessert for after the show). Good value for money. 

The Peacock at Rowsley

Rowsley DE4 2EB 

The historical building, owned by Lord Edward Manners of Haddon Hall, sells the manor house dream with its roaring fires, four poster beds and antique furniture. Not for the budget conscious.

Wind in the Willows Country House Hotel

off Sheffield Rd, Glossop SK13 7PT 

The Victorian hotel is set in five acres of land at the foot of Snake Pass. All oak panelling and log fires, it’s an elegant place to stay and surprisingly good value for money. 

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