Finding a suitable Derbyshire Hotel is like trying to choose just one from a box of your favourite, delicious chocolates; each one has a unique mouth-watering flavour of its own, some a taste of luxury. In the Peak District even the plain ones are too good to resist, and have you coming back for more - and the chocolates aren't bad either!
Many Derbyshire Hotels are family run, and have been so for generations, and many cater for families; there are hotels and guest houses of all types, shapes and sizes. Whether it's a relatively regal residence in Buxton following a night at the Opera House, or a rustic resting place amongst the regions more rural reaches, then Derbyshire has a hotel somewhere to suit your every need or requirement. Comfort, style & convenience are top priorities for the counties hoteliers, and if it's location that's important, then the range available is as diverse as the local landscape, with many offering spectacular panoramic views over the hills and dales of this most scenic and interesting of England's historic inland counties.
There's the unusual, like the converted coal-miners cottages just off the M1 at Heath which offers good food and full hotel facilities as the Twin Oaks Hotel, or the unusual AND historic Hartington Hall, the most luxuriously appointed youth hostel in the country, where you can sleep in Bonnie Prince Charlie's room which comes complete with four-poster bed! Or how about the unashamed luxury of a pine-log cabin at Darwin Forest Country Park, near Two Dales and Darley Dale?
The south-facing Lathkil Hotel has some of the best views in the area from its terrace and dining rooms, where guests can enjoy the spectacular view southward over the river and the beautiful Lathkil Dale. But there are many with wonderful vistas to enjoy, perhaps none more so than the Monsal Head Hotel, with fantastic panoramic views over Monsal Dale, where the River Wye winds beneath the famous railway viaduct and around the towering escarpment of Fin Cop.
The Bear Inn at Alderwasley, birthplace of Ellen MacArthur, has incredible views too, and another with excellent views is the well-known Temple Hotel in Matlock Bath, famously visited by such literary heavyweights as Lord Byron, and D.H. Lawrence, who enjoyed the wonderful vistas it presents over the river, flowing beneath the spectacular limestone cliffs in the Derwent Valley below. Another hotel with a literary connection is the Rutland Arms hotel in Bakewell, where Jane Austen stayed in 1811 and took inspiration for her novel, `Pride & Prejudice'.
Many, like the multi-roomed Station Hotel in Chesterfield have conference facilities, which are even catered for in the rural areas of the Peak District as at The Unitarian Holiday Conference Centre in Great Hucklow, which can take up to seventy overnight guests.
Many villages have a surprising array of superb traditional Derbyshire hotels, as at Baslow where the Wheatsheaf and the Cavendish have provided guests with luxury and style for over a century; some can boast unashamed luxury, like the Riverside House Hotel built in stages between 1620 and 1760, with its superb Egon Ronay award-winning restaurant and conservatory - and floodlit croquet lawn - all set in beautiful grounds beside the River Wye in the picturesque village of Ashford-in-the-Water.
If history is your interest in choosing a suitable hotel or somewhere to stay in Derbyshire, and you want an experience to remember - then you could sleep in the very room where Bess of Hardwick and Mary Queen of Scots spent endless hours embroidering together - in the Hunting Tower on the Chatsworth Estate, which is available on certain weekends, but can only comfortably accommodate two people! The Druid Inn at Birchover in Derbyshire has some splendid views and is situated next to what is reputed to be a Druid Temple, with altars, chairs, rooms, steps and tunnels carved out of the rock. The Druid is noted for its excellent cuisine. The Charles Cotton Hotel in Hartington has catered for some well know personalities, but perhaps the most noteable for its famous guests is the magnificent Peacock Hotel at Rowsley. Currently owned and run by Lord Edward Manners of nearby Haddon Hall, it was originally built by John Stevenson of Elton, agent to the Manners Family in 1652 and served as a Dower House, prior to becoming a hostelry in 1828. The visitors book includes the names of many famous guests who have enjoyed a brief sojourn in the Peacock's luxurious surroundings, including royalty!
The plethora of luxury hotels in the peak district are all blessed with that additional special ingredient - good old fashioned Derbyshire hospitality, which ensures a warm welcome wherever you choose to stay!
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