How to spend a winter staycation in Derbyshire

10th November 2022
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Winter staycations in the Peak District are full of relaxed evenings by the fire, crisp fresh morning walks, local food to indulge in and plenty of other things to do. The fabulous frozen landscapes and amazing views make visiting the Peak District and Derbyshire in winter nothing short of magical.
If you’re searching for inspiration for things to do on your next trip to one of our Derbyshire properties then look no further. Our Chatsworth, Ball Cross, Heathy Lea and Upperdale Collections of holiday cottages are perfectly equipped to make your winter staycation a truly memorable one.

Christmas at Chatsworth

This Christmas, step inside Chatsworth House and be magically transported to the mystical frozen realms of the far north. The Norse god Loki, a powerful sorcerer and mischief-maker, has harnessed his shape-shifting powers to cast an enchanted spell over Chatsworth at Christmas. The Christmas legends, folklore and traditions of the Arctic and Nordic regions have been brought to life in a series of fully immersive roomscapes. Intricately sculpted ice walls, giant woodland hideaways, sparkling pine forests, candlelight, lanterns and traditional Nordic Christmas decorations crafted from wood and foliage evoke the sights, sounds and scents of the natural world at wintertime, and exclusive pieces from the Devonshire Collections that are not often on display, will take pride of place.

Step into scenes straight from the pages of famous Nordic fairy tales; the White Bear, the Little Fir Tree, the Snowdrop and the Teapot. Collect postcards on your journey, each featuring popular tales from Nordic children’s authors, including Hans Christian-Andersen, alongside photographs of items from the Devonshire Collections.

Loki, himself, will be making a special guest appearance providing stories, music and magic tricks and enticing you into the garden where the magic continues. Outside in the garden is the spectacular illuminated trails and light features all inspired by Nordic lights, as well as the fantastically festive  Chatsworth Christmas Market (open 5th to 23rd November) where a range of Nordic gifts, decorations and tasty treats will be on sale.

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Enjoy a cosy retreat on the Chatsworth Estate this festive season with a one or two night stay on our Christmas at Chatsworth package. This includes tickets to experience Chatsworth House & Gardens dressed for Christmas, plus car parking, accommodation, a warming winter meal and a hearty breakfast.

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Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle is just a short drive from the Chatsworth Estate, and is certainly worth a visit if you’re staying at one of our lovely hotel or inns.

With spectacular views over Derbyshire, Bolsover Castle was designed to entertain and impress. The fairy tale hilltop castle we see today was built in 1617! It was designed by Sir Charles Cavendish, the third son of Bess of Hardwick. Originally a pleasure house for the wealthy, Bolsover Castle is now the perfect day out to spend with your friends and family. Wander the lavish rooms of the Little Castle, part of the original main block of the castle. It was designed using ideas from artistic and architectural elements that were borrowed from some of the most famous creations of the Renaissance. Definitely a sight not to be missed!

You can explore the romantic ruined terrace range, and take in the incredible views from the Wall Walk . Start your visit in the exhibition in the Riding House and then be sure to stretch your legs in the extensive grounds. After a day of fun you can indulge in a sweet treat or a spot of lunch in the fantastic tearooms. To find out more and to book tickets, please click here.

The Pavilion Gardens

Located in the heart of Buxton, the Pavilion Gardens is a gorgeous, historic venue which dates back to 1871 and has grade II status. Set within 23 acres of splendid, landscaped gardens, the venue provides the ideal setting for a lovely relaxing day out. Within the building complex there’s something to suit everyone’s taste, including brilliant shops, tearooms and the winter conservatory.
The beautiful gardens feature lakes, flower beds and shaded walks. Why not have a relaxing ride on the boating lake on one of the rowing boats or pedalos? Be sure to wrap up warm though! This is without a doubt a day out not to be missed. To find out more please click here.

Cromford Mill and Village

Crisp winter days are ideal for exploring the varied terrain and breath-taking views of the Peak District. A particular favourite walk of ours is the Cromford Mill and Village walk, please click here to find out more information.

Cromford Mill is the world's first water-powered cotton spinning mill, developed by Richard Arkwright in 1771. This walking route starts across the road from the mill so be sure to visit, there are also guided tours available. Some believe that this remarkable mill site changed the world we live in today! This 6 or 8 mile walk gives you the opportunity to delve into Derbyshire’s rich history and see what Cromford has to offer, as you pass through the village along the nearby canal. The village was in fact originally built for the mill workers! Today it is now full of shops, picturesque cottages and a wonderful market square, the perfect place to stop off for lunch after exploring the mill. Later in the walk you will arrive at the High Peak Trail, a former railway track which is followed down to High Peak Junction where it’s met by Cromford Canal. Cromford village is only a short drive away from all of our properties on the Chatsworth Estate, and is a brilliant opportunity for a great day out, with or without the walk!

Hope Valley

If you fancy a longer walk, then we recommend that you visit Hope Valley. One of the most popular areas of the Peak District National Park, boasting some of the greatest views and most idyllic villages in the region.

A great place to start your day of exploring is the small village of Edale, home to the Pennine Way, the start and end of the UK’s first and most famous long distance walking path. The village has a local shop, a café and two popular pubs, a great place to relax after a day of rambling. This area of peak district is also accessible by train, as the Hope Valley Line stops at Edale train station on its way from Sheffield to Manchester. Expect dramatic views and beautiful scenery from arguably the most scenic train journey ever! Click here to start planning your next rural adventure in the Peak district.

Peak District Holidays - Where To Stay?

Whether it is stepping out into the countryside to discover sensational views, exploring historical sites, or strolling around the streets of bustling towns, The Peak District has it all.

Are you wanting to extend your adventures now you have found there is so much to see, and are looking for somewhere to stay? We have a number of hotels, inn and holiday cottages in the Derbyshire area that are perfect for a countryside break and however you choose to spend your winter staycation in Derbyshire, you can be sure of the warmest welcome and finest hospitality when you stay with us. View our collection here.

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