On the Map

On the Map: The Peak District

27 October 2023

Comprising the first designated National Park of England and Wales, the Peak District rests at the south of the Pennines, stretching from Derbyshire into Cheshire, Staffordshire, West and South Yorkshire, and Greater Manchester.

In other words, you can take your pick of unusual Peak District places to stay!

There’s also plenty of diversity in the landscapes. The Dark Peak is characterised by rugged gritstone moorland, while the White Peak is made up of limestone, with rolling valleys and deep gorges. Sparkling rivers flow through both areas to create scenery worthy of capturing, whether you’re a photographer or a painter.

Tourism thrives in the Peak District; not just for its natural beauty and its wildlife, but its history. Inhabited all the way back in the Mesolithic era, there is evidence from the Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Ages.

Of course, food may play a part in Peak District popularity, too. The town of Bakewell is as famous for its “jam tart that went wrong” almost as much as for its spectacular five-arched bridge over the River Wye! And if you’re looking to relax, you could do worse than to visit the spa towns of Buxton and Matlock Bath; among the first recognised holiday resorts.

Why not browse our mesmerising selection of retreats in and close to the Peak District, and discover this incredible part of the UK for yourself?

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Beavers Croft | Hope Valley, Derbyshire

Cambridge Lodge Water Tank

Wensley, Derbyshire, England
An historic water tank, transformed into unique, luxurious and sociable accommodation in the heart of the picturesque Peak District.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
£560 (1 week)

Haddy's Hut

Hope, Derbyshire, England
Tucked away at the end of a country lane on a tranquil Derbyshire farm is Haddy's Hut - an exquisite, hand-crafted shepherd's hut in the heart of the Peak District.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£275 (2nt)

Hoe Grange Holidays

Matlock, Derbyshire, England
Eco-friendly, accessible, self-catering log cabins, camping pods and a gypsy caravan on a working farm in the Peak District.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
£180 /2 nts

Mulino Pods

Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England
Eco-powered exclusive rural valley glamping - complete with friendly neighbourhood sheep! - in the scenic Peak District. 
Sleeps: Varies
£90.00 /night

The Old Matlock Hotel and Inn

Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, England
An incredible Georgian Grade II-listed former hotel – with two hot tubs and its very own pub! – for larger-than-life group stays in the scenic Derbyshire Dales.
Bedrooms: 15
Sleeps: 34
£6832 /wk

Gaia's Hideaway

Buxton, Derbyshire, England
A sumptuous yurt retreat in a secluded corner of a friendly farm with magical Peak District views.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: Up to 4
£70 / night off-peak

The Poacher's Arms

Castleton, Derbyshire, England
An award-winning pub and restaurant conversion with games room, hot tub, and a fully operational bar, for memorable large group breaks in the scenic heart of the Peak District.
Bedrooms: 9
Sleeps: 30
£4,114 (7 nights)

Hartington Treehouse

Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England
A stylish and luxurious couples' retreat with an al fresco hot tub, secluded on a friendly countryside resort in the heart of the rolling Peak District.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£779 / week

Alton Old Church

Alton, Derbyshire, England
Explore this divine church conversion, ideal for exploring the Peak District, from your heavenly location in rural Derbyshire.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£483 / week

Beavers Croft

Hope Valley, Derbyshire, England
A mesmerising 17th century stone barn conversion, filled with modern luxuries and soothingly set within the Peak District National Park.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 8
£270 / night

Inglenook Boathouse

Rudyard, Staffordshire, England
Enjoy a slice of quiet lakeside life with a stay in a architect-designed boathouse on the edge of the popular Peak District National Park. 
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£539 (7 nights)

The Old Lockup

Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England
The Old Lockup is where historical tales of crime and intrigue reside in the picturesque Derbyshire Dales...imprisonment doesn't get cosier than this!
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 2 per room
£105 / night

The Tree Cabin

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
This cosy and romantic tree retreat is for adventurous souls, privately elevated over a blissfully remote mill pond in rural West Yorkshire.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£95 / night

The Music Mill

Hathersage, Derbyshire, England
A historic mill, steeped in contemporary elegance and secluded by a stream amongst the Derbyshire hills in the Peak District National Park.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 8
£300 / night

Smithy Lodge

Prestwich, Greater Manchester, England
A charming Grade II-listed former gatehouse, ornately designed and beautifully positioned within the grounds of Manchester's vast, historic Heaton Park.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
£335 (7 nights)


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