Rural retreats in the Peak District

Where better than one of the UK’s loveliest National Parks?


Rural retreats in the Peak District The Peak District is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas of the UK, but there are no precise boundaries as to where it begins and ends. Rather, there are a number of counties in the East Midlands which can claim to cover a part of this stunning National Park: all you have to do is choose where to call home for the holidays! You could stay in the central and most rural area of the Peak District, in Derbyshire, hiking and climbing the steep hills; or you could explore the dramatic, wild moorlands of the northern section, enjoying extensive networks of walking and cycling trails.

Wherever you decide to stay when considering rural retreats in the Peak District, book beautiful private accommodation with HomeAway Holiday Rentals. We have dozens of cottages in Derbyshire, as well as hundreds of properties in the Heart of England more generally. Whether you opt for a farmhouse in Cheshire, a barn conversion in the Dales, or a quaint townhouse in Chesterfield, you’ll enjoy extra space and privacy, as well as great value for money, when you book through HomeAway. So why wait? Simply read on for a rundown of our favourite Peak District rural retreats.


Top 5 rural retreats in the Peak District


Rural retreats in the Peak District, retreats in High Peak District

Derbyshire encompasses most of the Peak District, including the ‘High Peak District’ area known for its limestone dales. Famous for its rare flora and fauna, including spectacular orchids, it’s a beautiful place to enjoy a relaxing stroll during the spring and summer months. For those looking for a more adventurous outdoor sport, however, the Derbyshire Caving Association should be your first port of call! Catering for mainly expert cave divers, you’ll find suitable potholes around Matlock, Castleton, Buxton and Eyam. It’s not for the faint of heart, but certainly gets the adrenalin pumping!

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Rural retreats in the Peak District, retreats in  Cheshire

Cheshire’s a beautiful area, and covers a small portion of the Peak District. Hikers and walkers will be well provided for here, with dozens of diverse hills and an excellent network of walking trails. One of the best routes in the Peak District is the Pennine Way, which begins at Edale and passes through the northern section of the park: at 251 miles long, however, you won’t cover it all in one holiday! An easier route to follow in Cheshire is the Gritstone Trail, a 35 mile long trail which takes you through unspoilt moorland, rocky outcrops and up some of the area’s most impressive peaks.

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Rural retreats in the Peak District, retreats in  Derbyshire Dales

The Derbyshire Dales are home to some of the Peak District’s loveliest towns and villages, including Bakewell, Ashbourne and Wirksworth. After you’ve spent time enjoying water-sports along River Derwent, or exploring the magnificent caves of Cresswell Crags, spend an afternoon simply enjoying Bakewell’s charming character. Famed for that quintessentially English teatime treat, the Bakewell tart, you simply have to visit the shop where the cake is said to have originated. For those interested in history and heritage, a visit to spectacular Chatsworth House is a must.

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Rural retreats in the Peak District, retreats in  Chesterfield

Those looking to explore the Peak District from central accommodation need look no further than Chesterfield. Just a short drive away from the pretty town, you can enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the Peak District, whilst benefitting from a number of important historic sites nearby. Regarded as England’s finest Tudor house, Hardwick Hall is undoubtedly one of the best: found within just a few miles of Chesterfield, it was constructed in the late 16th century, and remains unchanged today. Its six towers dominate the skyline, and it houses a huge range of Tudor furnishings.

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Rural retreats in the Peak District, retreats in  Amber Valley

Known as the ‘Heart of Derbyshire’, Amber Valley is one of the Peak District’s loveliest places to stay. Surrounded by rolling hills and interspersed with gentle streams, it’s home to a number of historic market towns, stately homes and landscaped gardens. You could go hillwalking or kayaking one day, before sightseeing the next: with accommodation in Amber Valley, the possibilities are endless. Families shouldn’t miss a visit to the Crich National Tramway Museum: offering tram rides across the countryside and an old-fashioned sweet shop, it’s a great place to spend a sunny afternoon.

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Rural retreats for rent in the Peak District

Maltby Hall Sleeps 6

Maltby Hall is an award winning conversion to a luxury holiday rental that sleeps up to six guests. Maltby Hall is close to many great visitor attractions such as the magnificent and historic hill town of Bridgnorth, the Severn Valley Railway and ...

Appleton Manor sleeps 6

Welcome to Appleton Manor, a special house in a unique location. This is Derybshire country living at its very best. The superbly appointed and luxuriously furnished manor house is the perfect getaway. Majestically set on the banks of the River D...

Kinder Castle

Kinder Castle enjoys a magnificent isolated position on the side of the mountain Kinder Scout in the Peak District National Park, and yet is only 24 miles from Manchester city centre. A former shooting lodge that has been host to some great Victo...

Upton Gatehouse

Overview: The Gatehouse is one of the most romantic and historically significant gatehouses in the country, often compared to the Tower at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent in which Vita Sackville-West created her library and wrote her many books. Prin...

Highton Manor

Overview: Highton Manor offers luxurious, all en-suite accommodation for up to 23 people in 6 double bedrooms and 3 twin bedrooms. Staying at Highton Manor guests will also have unrestricted use of a beautiful indoor pool and spa. Conveniently...
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