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Hotel Review: The Cavendish Hotel at Baslow, Derbyshire

A stone’s throw from the home of famous English puddings, the film location for Pride and Prejudice Chatsworth House and Peak District.

I travelled to The Cavendish Hotel at Baslow in June and my Standard Double Room cost £270 with breakfast included.

Address

The Cavendish Hotel at Baslow
Church Ln
Baslow
Bakewell
DE45 1SP

Contact

T: 01246 582311
W: devonshirehotels.co.uk

The Cavendish Hotel at Baslow – Overview

Located in the centre of the Peak District National Park, each of the stylishly appointed bedrooms offer exceptional views of the Chatsworth Estate. If you are a country bumpkin at heart then Cavendish is for you. Expect to open your windows on to a sprawling lush green vista and the occasional cluster of sheep passing by.

An ideal spot to base yourself for charming country walks or a short stroll through fields to discover historical Chatsworth Estate – a day out in itself. Foodies can discover famed Bakewell tart and lesser-known Bakewell pudding in Bakewell; local cheese – Dovedale Blue from beauty spot Dovedale Valley; Buxton pudding from Buxton and Ashbourne Gingerbread from Ashbourne – all within a short drive from the hotel. If you’d rather stay put and relax then a meal at the hotels’ three AA Rosettes restaurant ‘The Gallery Restaurant’ will be a treat.

Décor and vibe

Whilst fitted with rich trappings, there is certainly a historical and homely feel to The Cavendish. Originally an inn during the 1700s, it became the property of the Duke of Devonshire around 1830 and since then has undergone numerous restorations and expansions, always in-keeping with the original architecture.

The hotel is known for its varied collection of original artwork, antiques, furnishings and decor, including items selected from Chatsworth House. Expect comfortable beautifully upholstered sofas and chairs, colourful and elegant wallpaper, vintage gold framed mirrors, dainty lampshades, plenty of places to sit and read a book or have a drink and all set within stunning countryside that can be reached the moment you step outside.

Services and facilities 

  • Room service
  • Laundry
  • Parking 

Rooms and suites

The standard rooms are tastefully decorated, a bedroom that you would expect in a country estate house. Each stays true to an individual colour palette, with furnishings and wall colour matching subtly, expect gingham or striped prints on the bed runners and chairs, barley twist bed posts, mahogany or velvet bed headboards and comfortable yet elegant wooden furniture, including a desk to sit at whilst looking out of the large windows onto the calm countryside.

The superior rooms are slightly roomier but again with art and antiques whilst featuring modern amenities. The Coach House decor is directed by the Duchess of Devonshire, The Hartington Junior Suite features a walk-in shower, grand marble-surround bath and inviting underfloor heating, whilst their best suite; the Redesdale Suite includes a private sitting room with a fireplace to sit and dream by.

Food and drink

It is plain to see why ‘The Gallery Restaurant’ has three AA Rosettes, in fact it is one of just three hotel restaurants in Derbyshire to hold the accolade.

Seasonality and fresh local ingredients is a given, the Chatsworth gin-cured salmon cucumber, seaweed, avocado and wasabi was a delightful way to start dinner followed by duck breast, plum, beetroot, duck fat fondant potato and pak choi for mains and an indulgent chocolate cheesecake, hazelnut, coffee, fudge cake for pudding.

You could, like I did, have coffee afterwards in the garden room with superb petit four to round off a delectable dinner. For a less formal meal, The Garden Room is ideal for small plates still of top-notch quality using local and seasonal fare, some of which is sourced from the Chatsworth Farm Shop, not to mention an excellent Sunday lunch. You can indulge in a quintessential flavourful English afternoon tea in either restaurant as well as the terrace.

More information on The Cavendish Hotel at Baslow

For more information and bookings at The Cavendish Hotel at Baslow, visit the hotel website at devonshirehotels.co.uk or read more about the Peak District in our guidebook: