Hall Cottage is situated in the picturesque village of Baslow, nestling on the northern edge of the Chatsworth Estate and right in the heart of the Peak District National Park. It is within easy reach of glorious countryside and some of the most dramatic Peak District scenery. With country pubs, an award winning restaurant, iconic walks and cycling on your doorstep, you will be spoilt for choice for what to do first!
Visiting the Peak District
Create memories and discover gentle rambles through beautiful dales and along the meandering river Derwent, or try more adventurous hikes on some of the breath taking edges with spectacular views across the whole of the Peak District.
Places to Visit
There are plenty of easily accessible attractions for adults and older children to enjoy.
Baslow village, with Goose Green at it’s centre, has many unusual and picturesque features including a 17th Century triple-arched river bridge guarded by a distinctively small toll house. There’s the magnificent Chatsworth House and Gardens, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, which holds regular events throughout the year. The quaint Edensor Tea Cottage just nearby is a delightful pitstop after a visit to the historic estate.
Close by is Bakewell, the capital of the Peak District, and home of the famous Bakewell pudding, still made locally to an old and secret recipe! For a different experience, head to Castleton and the world famous Blue John Cavern. Take a trip deep underground into the huge cave system with magnificent stalagmites and stalactites. A little further afield is Matlock Bath, which lies in the gorge of the Derwent Valley and has been famous for its spa waters since the 17th Century. With the cable car ride and the Heights of Abraham, it makes for a lovely day trip from Hall Cottage.
Eating & Drinking
There are many and varied places to eat in and around Baslow. The cosy Prince of Wales pub and restaurant is a favourite - superb food, excellent service and only a short walk down the hill from the cottage. For more traditional ‘pub grub’, head to the Devonshire Arms or the Wheatsheaf. As many visitors come to Hall Cottage to celebrate a special occasion, Fischer’s at Baslow Hall is just a 5 minute drive away. An award-winning restaurant and fine dining experience not to be missed. A little closer, just a ten minute walk away, is Lupo’s, a family run authentic Italian restaurant. Cafe’s and tea rooms abound; try The Cafe on the Green or Contadino Atleta (Vegan Cafe) in Baslow itself, or on the Chatsworth Estate, there’s Edensor Tea Cottage and the Estate Farm Shop Cafe.
Walks, Rides & Wildlife
The Peak District offers incredible rambling and hiking opportunities. Some of the most stunning landscapes can be enjoyed throughout the year from dramatic edges to serene reservoirs, viaducts and varied wildlife. The exhilarating Baslow, White and Curbar Edges are within walking distance of Hall Cottage. Hope Valley and the pretty village of Hathersage are only 6.5 miles away and boast some areas of outstanding natural beauty, such as Stanage Edge and Higger Tor. Mam Tor and The Great Ridge Walk, both accessible from Castleton, are a little bit more challenging but offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole of the Peak District. A range of walking books and maps are available at the cottage for you to use during your stay. The Peak District offers some fabulous cycling routes and is a great way to explore the countryside. There are a number of places to rent bikes such as Peak Blackwell Cycle Hire and Bike Garage. There are miles of traffic free trails from leisure cycle routes to rugged mountain bike challenges.