If you’re looking for a romantic break in the Peak District, you’ll love our award-winning Peak District hotels. Discover our romantic hotels in the Peak District’s honey-pot towns and villages.
As Britain’s first national park, the Peak District is testimony to the enduring power of nature (‘peac’ is an Old English word for hill) – in the very heart of England, landscapes of remarkable natural beauty have been forged over millions of years. Human activity has also played its part in shaping the natural landscape and many thriving, historic market towns and picturesque villages dot the countryside. The Peak District can be divided into three ‘character areas’ – the limestone White Peak, with woodland and seasonal rivers; the gritstone Dark Peak, characterised by deep valleys and fast flowing streams; and the South West Peak, a mixture of moorland and valleys.
Set amid the limestone hills and dales of the White Peak, on the banks of the River Wye, the historic market town of Bakewell is surrounded by spectacular scenery. The only town in the Peak District, Bakewell is popular for its famous weekly markets, independent shops and wealth of restaurants. Visitors can enjoy riverside walks by the Wye and Derwent, wandering past mellow stone buildings, and indulge in speciality shopping, including antiques, rare whiskies, homeware and outdoor clothing – perfect for gearing up to ramble the Derbyshire Dales. For beer lovers, a walk to the Thornbridge brewery is a must. In the other direction, you can savour a Bakewell pudding in one of the riverside cafés. Located in the 17th Century old market hall, the visitor centre is an Aladdin’s cave of guidebooks and souvenirs. Upstairs, the Peak District Photography Gallery provides a visual celebration of this beloved national park.
Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House sits in extensive parkland on the east bank of the River Derwent. Inside, magnificent state rooms display one of the most significant private art collections in Europe, including artefacts from Ancient Egypt, Old Master drawings, 21st Century sculpture and computer portraits. Outside, there is over 100 acres of landscaped gardens, including a rose garden, a sensory garden and a summer house and golden grove. For children, there is a working farmyard and a woodland adventure playground. Affectionately known as the ‘Palace of the Peak District,’ it is easy to see why Chatsworth is Britain’s favourite country house.