Unique Places to Stay in the Peak District 

7th June 2024
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The Peak District is firmly rooted in the very best of the English countryside, where the rolling hills meet ancient stone villages. Here, adventure awaits not just in the history of the landscapes and hidden trails, but also in the unique places you can call home for a short while. 

We offer a range of unique places to stay in the Peak District, with each of our boltholes offering a gateway to new experiences and stories. Whether you’re seeking a romantic escape or a family staycation, our unique stays promise to transform your visit into an unforgettable storybook experience. 

The Hunting Tower

Imagine waking up in a room that was once used by ladies and noblemen in the 1500s, your morning view stretching across the lush expanse of the Chatsworth estate. Perched high above Chatsworth House in Stand Wood, this 16th-century tower was built for Bess of Hardwick, who used the incredible vantage point to watch the hounds working when hunting in the park below. Today, you can stay overnight inside the tower thanks to the extensive refurbishment and restoration of the building. Inside, a spiral stone staircase takes you up and down the four floors to the two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room and kitchen. It’s certainly a unique stay like no other! 

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Shepherds Huts at Heathy Lea 

There’s no better way to feel at one with nature than by staying in its very heart. Our Peak District Shepherds Huts are situated in a private hamlet amongst peaceful woodland, offering expansive views across Chatsworth under a canopy of trees. Each of the five huts, crafted from ethically sourced oak, reflects the natural beauty of its surroundings in every detail of its design. Inside, you'll find cosy, thoughtfully curated interiors inspired by the environment outside. Equipped with a firepit, private patio, and outdoor furniture, these huts are perfect for lazy summer evenings filled with al fresco dining and marshmallow toasting under the stars. 

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Swiss Cottage

Tucked away in a secluded corner of Chatsworth, the Swiss Cottage offers an escape straight from a fairytale. Built between 1829 and 1842 by architect Joseph Paxton, this beautiful cottage has been designed to evoke the idyllic charm of the Swiss Alps. The distinctive alpine architecture and quaint, timber-framed exterior once were originally crafted to be admired during carriage rides through the Estate. Today it serves as a unique retreat in the heart of the Peak District. Even the drive to the cottage tells a story. As you pass through ancient woodlands, you might encounter the ruins of a historical aqueduct, as well as enchanting waterfalls and stone steps crafted by Paxton himself. 

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Russian Cottage

For a unique stay that’s steeped in history, the Russian Cottage offers an unforgettable experience. Overlooking miles of unspoiled farmland, the cottage is accessible via a private road through woodlands scattered with bluebells. Originally built in 1855, the cottage was inspired by a model Russian farm gifted to the 6th Duke of Devonshire by the brother of Tsar Nicholas of Russia. Its unusual architecture, featuring ornate wooden detailing and a rustic exterior, adds a touch of Russian charm to the English countryside. Inside, the Russian Cottage blends tradition with modern comfort with many unique furnishings found in the bedrooms and living area. Large windows frame the views of the surrounding landscape, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Chatsworth and the Peak District.

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We hope our journal has helped to give you some inspiration for unique places to stay in the Peak District. To explore our full range of holiday cottages and boltholes visit: Chatsworth Boltholes, View all Boltholes 

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