esignated a national park in 1951 and home to the UK’s first long-distance footpath, the Pennine Way (opened in 1965; find the start at the Nags Head Inn in the village of Edale), the Peak District stretches for 555 square miles from beauty spot Dovedale in the south, to the southern end of the Pennines in the north.
Whether it’s the area’s landscape of caves, peaks and gorges that attracts you, the architectural grandeur of spa town Buxton, the park’s myriad picturesque villages or many stately homes and manor houses (Chatsworth included), the Peak District is an idyllic staycation spot. These are the best luxury hotels to book in the area.
Buxton Crescent Hotel, Buxton
In late 2020, Buxton Crescent Hotel opened its doors following an extensive refurbishment of one of England’s most significant Georgian architectural buildings. Located in the historic spa town of Buxton, the UK’s highest market town, the hotel utilises the therapeutic properties of mineral water for which the town is famed. Hydrotherapy is at the forefront of the spa offering. The hotel spa is home to three pools, one of which has Buxton's mineral-rich water flowing into it.
Grantley Hall, Ripon
Grantley Hall, housed in a beautifully-restored Grade II listed Palladian mansion, is located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The hotel’s Three Graces spa offers restorative treatments from Ila and Natura Bissé, as well as an 18-metre indoor swimming pool, indoor-to-outdoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and snow room, serene relaxation room and outdoor terrace. Gourmands will not be disappointed with a choice of six vibrant drinking and dining outlets, including a fine-dining experience with the highly-acclaimed British chef, Shaun Rankin.
The Peacock at Rowsley, Rowsley
A traditional English manor house with modern interior twists, The Peacock at Rowsley was once a dower house of Haddon Hall, one of Derbyshire's finest stately homes. It’s now a 15-bedroom boutique hotel with grand four-poster beds, contemporary black furry rugs, antique wardrobes and leaded window panes. Ancestral portraits line the stairwell, while a restaurant, awarded three AA rosettes, serves an upmarket menu, using produce local to the Peak District National Park.
Cavendish Hotel, Baslow
A public house since the 1700s and a hotel since 1830, the Cavendish Hotel is located in Baslow, one of the Peak District’s prettiest villages. Part of the Chatsworth House Estate, the hotel is renowned for its collection of original artwork and antiques, many of which have been relocated from Chatsworth House itself. The Cavendish Hotel, characterised by open fires and oak beams, boasts fantastic views and a restaurant that has won an AA 2 Rosette Award.
Alstonefield Manor, Ashbourne
Not strictly a hotel, Alstonefield Manor is a 16th-century manor house (and family home) sitting in walled gardens high in the hills above the village of Dovedale. Views, as you’d expect, are stunning. Beautifully-designed bedrooms (which can sleep up to 10) are crammed full of antiques, while bathrooms have showers or roll top baths. Cater for yourself in an Aga-equipped kitchen or head across the village green to the award-winning George Inn.
Fischer’s Baslow Hall, Bakewell
Fischer's Baslow Hall is a Grade II-listed manor house that was transformed into an 11-bedroom, family-run boutique hotel in 1988. Located four miles northeast of Bakewell, the hotel is also home to one of Derbyshire’s highest-awarded (a Michelin star included) restaurants. Imaginative, modern British food is the order of the day, so expect Derbyshire lamb, Yorkshire game and Cornish crab served alongside vegetables picked from the hotel’s kitchen garden.
Biggin Hall, Buxton
A characterful, 17th-century, 21-bedroom country-house-turned-hotel, Biggin Hall is situated 1,000 feet above sea level in deep, dry-stone wall country. Surrounded by densely wooded valleys, heather-clad moorlands and pretty market towns, the hotel is a great base from which to explore country estates such as Haddon Hall, Chatsworth and a number of National Trust properties. Luxuriously-styled guest rooms are spacious and individually furnished, while Biggin Hall’s cosy, oak-beamed restaurant champions local produce and offers stunning views of the English countryside.
Losehill House Hotel & Spa, Hope Valley
Named The Sunday Times’ Country Hotel of the Year in 2018, and with a restaurant listed as one of The Times' '20 best wild places to eat in Britain', Losehill House Hotel & Spa is the only four-star boutique hotel located in the heart of the Peak District. Facilities include a 10-metre indoor heated swimming pool, an outdoor hot-tub, and a sauna and steam room. The hotel, which is full of bespoke furniture crafted by a local carpentry company, is nestled between Lose Hill and Win Hill, at the meeting point of the Hope Valley and the Vale of Edale. There are only 23 rooms, most of which offer extensive views over the surrounding countryside.