The Peak District – Historic Homes

Each cottage has a wide selection of information on place to visit or explore during your stay and here are some ideas to help you plan your visit to the Peak District.

Chatsworth HouseBakewell: The family home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, everything about Chatsworth is on an impressive scale, from the sumptuous interiors to the breathtaking gardens and the 1,000 acre, ‘Capability’ Brown-designed estate is one of the most beautiful and historic man-made landscapes in Britain.

Haddon Hall, Bakewell:  A totally unspoilt medieval manor house and for that reason is often the first choice as a film location for period dramas, which have included the recent cinematic release of Pride and Prejudice, as well as in Henry VIII, Moll Flanders and the BBC’s 2006 adaptation of Jane Eyre.

Hardwick Hall , Chesterfield: Bess of Hardwick, the Countess of Shrewsbury, was the second wealthiest, second most powerful woman in Elizabethan England after the Queen herself and amassed a huge fortune through a series of marriages and astute business deals. Builder of the original Chatsworth House, her lasting legacy to the region is the impressive Hardwick Hall , one of the finest and most unchanged examples of Elizabethan architecture in England.

Kedleston HallDerby: The Robert Adam-designed Kedleston Hall, home of the Curzon family, boasts some of the finest unaltered Adam interiors in England, while the magnificent state rooms are home to a stunning collection of paintings and furniture. The extensive surrounding parkland, also designed by Adam, is notable for its series of lakes and cascades, fishing pavilion and bridge.

Calke AbbeyDerby: Set amidst historic parkland to the south of Derby is the baroque mansion, Calke Abbey – a great day out if you’re with kids as it is considered the Trust’s most child-friendly and fun property! With interiors largely unchanged since the late 1800s, the Abbey’s highlights also include an intriguing natural history collection as well as underground tunnels, secret garden and restored Orangery.

Eyam HallEyam:  This small, but charming manor house in the famous plague village of Eyam has been the home of the Wright family since 1671. A Jacobean staircase, fine tapestries, family portraits and costumes are among its interior treasures and the beautiful historic garden completes the visit.

Bolsover  CastleBolsover:  Highlights include the sumptuously painted walls and ceilings of the Little Castle, intricately carved fireplaces and the magnificent indoor Riding School.   There is plenty to do for all the family in the Discovery Centre with its fascinating audio-visual displays, and extensive grounds to explore with lots of green space for a family picnic. And with panoramic views over the Vale of Scarsdale, Bolsover has everything you need for a fun day out in Derbyshire.

Tissington HallTissington:  Home of the FitzHerbert family for over 500 years. The Hall stands in a superbly maintained Estate village and contains wonderful panelling and fine old masters. A 10 acre garden and arboretum.