The Old Matlock Hotel and Inn

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.
  • Sleeps: 34
  • Bedrooms: 15
  • Bathrooms: 15
  • Minimum stay: 1 night

One of Britain’s very first tourist destinations, the renowned poet Lord Byron once referred to Matlock Bath as “Little Switzerland”, due to its lush greenery and charming, colourful buildings nestled by the River Derwent.

You’ll see exactly what he meant as you arrive at The Old Matlock Hotel and Inn, which is set within two glorious acres of green hillside, boasts beautiful river views, and is perfectly primed for the large-group holiday of a lifetime.

A magnificent Georgian Grade II-listed former hotel – in which Lord Byron himself once stayed, not to mention then-Princess Victoria – the building has been elegantly refurbished to sleep a whopping 34 guests in 15 bedrooms. Translation: nobody has to be left off the guest list!

Bursting with character, there’s a wonderful mix of period features and contemporary designer style throughout, while stand-out delights include your very own ground-floor pub with a roaring open fire (there’s a games room, a piano, a state-of-the-art music system, and a six-speaker karaoke machine with lights, too!)

Prefer a quiet chat, or some precious time with that book you keep promising you’ll finally read? No problem: the first-floor landing features a cosy seating area that’s just perfect. There’s also a comfy snug with a TV and DVD player, for catching up on your favourite shows in peace.

Meanwhile, there’s a huge, sociable, extremely well-equipped kitchen for whipping up celebratory feasts… to be devoured over wine in the Byron Room, an impressively grand dining room in which Lord Byron once etched a poem on the window-pane!

Retire to the spectacular main lounge with your digestifs, where a gleaming wall of windows showcases panoramic views of the cliffs and river below. There’s plenty of seating for everyone, a huge Smart TV for epic movie-nights, and a wood-burning stove to provide an irresistible evening glow.

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At a glance

  • A Grade II-listed former hotel, with a traditional ground-floor bar and games room, secluded amongst two acres of hillside in the Derbyshire spa village of Matlock Bath.
  • The retreat sleeps up to 34 guests in 15 bedrooms, each with a TV and en-suite facilities. Many have zip-and-link beds to help create your own configuration.
  • There is ample space to relax and socialise, with a river-view lounge, a huge, well-equipped kitchen, and a dining room once frequented by then-Princess Victoria and the famed poet, Lord Byron.
  • There is also plenty of furnished garden space, with a barbecue, trampoline, and not one but two hot tubs!
  • The local shops and pubs are in easy reach, along with several attractions including the Heights of Abraham and the Peak District Mining Museum.


  • Family Friendly
  • Hot Tubs
  • Large Groups


15 bedrooms: 4 superking with zip-and-link beds, 1 with 2 additional singles. 4 kingsize with zip-and-link beds, 1 superking, 6 kingsize, 1 with 2 additional singles. 6 en-suite bathrooms, 9 en-suite shower rooms, 2 separate WCs. Large kitchen with 2 gas range ovens and hobs, 3 dishwashers, 2 microwaves, 2 kettles, 2 toasters, 2 washing machines, 2 American-style fridge/freezers with ice and water, Bluetooth/USB/DAB/CD music system. Utility room with 2 commercial tumble dryers. Games room/pub with pool table, table tennis, air hockey, piano, 6-speaker Karaoke machine with lights, music system, open fire. Lounge bar with bottle fridge, sink, dishwasher. Lounge with wood-burning stove, large Smart TV, music system. Wi-Fi included. Furnished garden with trampoline, 2 charcoal barbecues, 2 hot tubs seating 12 guests. Ample off-road parking for 20 cars.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, riverside picnics, historic sites, cable cars, theme parks, museums, shops, pubs, cafés

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If the sun’s still shining you may want to take your celebrations through the patio doors and out into the garden; where you’ll find furniture galore, a barbecue for sunset suppers, a trampoline, and not one but two hot tubs to help you welcome the stars!

Located throughout the building, each of the 15 bedrooms boasts its own individual charm, and many feature zip-and-link beds that mean you can configure the set-ups to the needs of your group. All bedrooms boast a TV and a luxurious en-suite, meaning private downtime and morning freshen-ups are perfectly covered.

There’s a whole host of things to see and do in easy walking distance, including the Peak District Mining Museum, and the Heights of Abraham: a 60-acre hilltop park that’s home to Britain’s first Alpine-style cable car.

What else? Take a walk around the Derwent Valley, browse the lovely local pubs, shops, and cafés… or simply eat, drink and be merry at your very own hotel – the setting for a holiday filled with everlasting memories.

Things to note

Check in from 6pm, check out by 10am. Regrettably, pets are not permitted. Please note that you will need to bring your own beverages for the pub/bar, and some facilities are for show only. The first basket of logs for the wood-burners are provided. 3 travel cots and highchairs are available on request.

Where you'll be staying

Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

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