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Ashby Woulds Lodges and Spa is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, an exclusive collection of exceptional boutique lodges in an idyllic waterside setting overlooking a swathe of unspoilt Derbyshire countryside.
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Ashby Woulds Retreat is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection and boasts exclusive adult only boutique lodges, nestled in an idyllic setting overlooking the Derbyshire countryside.
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Nestled away in the Derbyshire countryside, Beechwood Park complements a tranquil setting with a base for exploration, creating a perfect retreat for couples and families seeking to escape and relax in a rural idyll.
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Clumber Park Lodges is an exclusive development nestled amidst the rolling countryside and scenic woodland, just 1-mile from the National Trust’s Clumber Park*, in one of England’s best-loved and most majestic areas - Robin Hood Country.
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Overlooking a private lake, Colliery Lane Lodges is a collection of bespoke lodges in a peaceful rural setting providing easy access to the Peak District National Park.
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Darwin Forest is part of our Go Active Breaks Collection, nestled in stunning woodland close to Matlock and Bakewell on the edge of Derbyshire’s breath-taking Peak District.
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Knights Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, boasting a truly idyllic setting tucked away deep in the rolling hills of South Derbyshire.
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This small, tranquil, adult only park offers luxurious Peak District breaks with a hot tub.
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Redbrick Woodland Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, nestling in woodland with its own small lake in the grounds of an historic 19th century house.
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Rivendale Lodge Retreat is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection.
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Sandybrook Lodges is part of our Go Active Breaks Collection and is set in the former grounds of a 19th century manor house, close to the picturesque market town of Ashbourne.
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Derbyshire Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Derbyshire, where the Peak District's rugged beauty meets quaint villages and vibrant market towns. Here, you can savour local Bakewell tarts after a day of hiking, or unwind in cosy pubs following a cycle through the dales. Thrill-seekers will relish rock climbing and caving, while serene boat trips on the canals offer a gentler pace. Derbyshire is also home to Chatsworth House, the setting for Mr. Darcy's Pemberley in 'Pride and Prejudice'. Seeking a romantic escape, a family outing, or a fun trip with friends? Opting for a lodge or cabin stay is unbeatable for creating those lasting memories.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Derbyshire?

Derbyshire is a gem in the heart of England, offering a blend of rolling hills, quaint villages, and the rugged beauty of the Peak District National Park. In 2024, the area is buzzing with excitement as it hosts the Derbyshire County Show and the Bakewell Baking Festival, perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Lodges offer a more personal, secluded experience compared to hotels, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and tranquillity of the countryside. Derbyshire stands out with its unique blend of natural wonders like the famous Dovedale stepping stones and cultural hotspots such as Chatsworth House, which always has something new to explore.

If you're visiting Derbyshire with kids

Absolutely, Derbyshire is a playground for kids! With attractions like Gulliver's Kingdom and the Heights of Abraham, there's no shortage of adventure. Lodges provide the space for kids to play outside and the comfort of a home away from home. Plus, they often come with amenities like board games and outdoor areas, ideal for family time.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for the whole family
  2. Weather-appropriate clothing – layers are key!
  3. Swimwear for water-based activities
  4. Backpacks for day trips and snacks
  5. First-aid kit for those little scrapes and bumps
  6. Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  7. Binoculars for wildlife spotting
  8. Any favourite toys or comforters for bedtime

Pet Friendly Derbyshire Adventures

Derbyshire is a haven for pets, with vast open spaces and welcoming establishments. You'll find plenty of pet-friendly pubs like The Old Poets' Corner in Ashover and The Plough Inn in Hathersage. When booking your lodge, definitely look for one with an enclosed garden to keep your furry friends safe. Also, bring their bed and favourite toys to make them feel at home.

Dog walking ideas in Derbyshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Monsal Trail 8.5 River valleys, tunnels DE45 1NL
Dovedale to Milldale 3 Stepping stones, limestone DE6 2AY
Padley Gorge 2 Woodland, streams S32 2HY
Chatsworth Estate Varies Parkland, historical DE45 1PP
Bakewell to Ashford-in-the-Water 3 Riverside, meadows DE45 1BU

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to treat your other half to a romantic getaway, Derbyshire's lodges are a perfect choice. Picture yourselves unwinding in a secluded lodge, perhaps with a pamper pack that includes champagne and chocolates waiting upon arrival. Many lodges in Derbyshire offer spa experiences, so you can indulge in a couples massage or relax in a sauna together. For dining, consider the intimate settings of local eateries or enjoy a meal in the comfort of your lodge. And let's not forget the allure of a private hot tub under the stars – it's the ultimate romantic touch. Rivendale Lodge Retreat and Landal Darwin Forest are top picks for couples seeking that blend of luxury and intimacy.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Derbyshire is known for its hearty fare, with the famous Bakewell pudding being a must-try. For a fantastic pub experience, The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley offers a warm atmosphere and delicious local ales. Families will appreciate the welcoming vibe and tasty menu at The Farmhouse at Mackworth, while couples might prefer the refined ambiance of Fischer's at Baslow Hall for a special evening out. Each of these venues showcases the best of Derbyshire's culinary offerings.

For a good night out

For those after a lively evening, Derbyshire has plenty to offer. Head to The Flowerpot in Derby for live music and a great selection of beers. If you're after a more traditional pub experience, The Old Poets' Corner in Ashover comes highly recommended for its cozy atmosphere and excellent ale selection. For a varied night out, Derby's city center has numerous bars and clubs to explore, ensuring there's something for everyone.


Derbyshire is a haven for anglers, offering serene fishing spots amidst stunning landscapes. Here's a list of top fishing locations:

  • Carsington Water - DE6 1ST
  • Ladybower Fisheries - S33 0AX
  • Press Manor Fishing Lakes - S45 0LQ
  • Barlow Trout and Coarse Fishery - S18 7TJ
  • Chatsworth Estate - DE45 1PP

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Derbyshire won't disappoint. Peak District National Park offers climbing, caving, and hiking. Watersports enthusiasts should check out Carsington Water where you can sail or windsurf. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £20-£30 for an activity session. Most centres operate year-round but may have reduced hours in winter, so always check ahead.

Shopping and Souvenirs

NameTypeOn OfferPostcode
Masson Mills Shopping VillageShopping CentreDesigner Outlets, GiftsDE4 3PY
Chatsworth Estate Farm ShopLocal ProduceArtisan Food, SouvenirsDE45 1PP
The Bakewell BookshopBookstore & GiftsBooks, Local CraftsDE45 1BT
Haddon Hall Artisan MarketMarketHandmade GoodsDE45 1LA
Derby Market HallTraditional MarketVariety of Stalls, FoodDE1 2DB

Whether you're after a romantic escape, a taste of local cuisine, a night on the town, a peaceful fishing trip, outdoor thrills, or unique shopping experiences, Derbyshire's lodges provide the perfect base for your adventures.

Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Derbyshire

Norfolk Woods Resort and Spa, Norfolk

Driving Distance: About 2 hours and 24 minutes (105.02 miles) | Sleeps: 10 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Norfolk Woods Resort and Spa is a haven of relaxation and luxury, boasting an indoor heated pool, a full-service spa, and a variety of activities set amidst the tranquil Norfolk countryside, just a short drive from the historic town of King’s Lynn.

Who will love these lodges? Norfolk Woods Resort and Spa is ideal for families, couples, and friends looking for a mix of relaxation and activity. With a Go Active Breaks Collection, it caters to those seeking a spa retreat and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The resort's peaceful setting and high-end amenities make it a standout choice for a pampering getaway.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can indulge in a range of activities including archery, bodyzorbs, and sea scooters. The Bistro at Norfolk Woods Bar and Restaurant offers delightful dining options, while the convenience store caters to your self-catering needs. For relaxation, the indoor heated pool, steam room, and spa treatments are at your disposal.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the stunning sandy beaches of Norfolk, picturesque villages, and ancient churches. The Sandringham Estate is only a 20-minute drive away, offering 60 acres of gardens to explore (entry fees apply).

Accommodation options: Accommodation ranges from the spacious Sandringham Premier for groups of 10 to the cosy Mannington Premier, ideal for families or friends of up to 8. All lodges are pet-friendly and come with the option of a hot tub for that extra touch of luxury.

Manor Park Holiday Village, Norfolk

Driving Distance: About 2 hours and 38 minutes (112.99 miles) | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Manor Park Holiday Village offers a family-friendly escape with indoor and outdoor pools, entertainment, and dining options, all within reach of the beautiful 'Sunny Hunny' Hunstanton Beach and the royal Sandringham Estate.

Who will love these lodges? This park is perfect for families looking for a holiday packed with activities and entertainment. The park's facilities and proximity to the beach make it a hit with kids and adults alike.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, you can enjoy swimming, sports, and leisure activities. The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant serves up tasty meals, and the entertainment centre offers a variety of shows for the whole family.

What's nearby? The famous Hunstanton Beach is close by, as is the Sandringham Estate, with its expansive gardens and royal history (entry fees may apply).

Accommodation options: The park offers a range of accommodation options, including the Peregrine Lodge and Goldfinch Lodge, which sleep up to 8 and 6 guests respectively. While these lodges are not pet-friendly, they provide a comfortable and stylish base for your holiday.

Searles Leisure Resort, Norfolk

Driving Distance: About 2 hours and 38 minutes (113.08 miles) | Sleeps: 5 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Searles Leisure Resort is set on the stunning north Norfolk coast, offering a wealth of activities, entertainment, and dining options, perfect for families seeking a fun-filled coastal holiday.

Who will love these lodges? Families and couples will find Searles Leisure Resort to be an ideal getaway with its range of activities and proximity to Hunstanton's attractions. The resort's entertainment options and eateries cater to all ages and tastes.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The resort features indoor and outdoor pools, a children's pool, a gym, and a beauty salon. There's also a show bar, themed bars and restaurants, and a coffee shop, ensuring you're well catered for during your stay.

What's nearby? Hunstanton's sandy beaches, fishing villages, and nature reserves are all within easy reach. Sandringham House and Holkham Hall are also nearby, offering cultural and historical outings (admission fees may apply).

Accommodation options: Accommodations include the Deluxe Plus Beckwood 5 Hot Tub and the Deluxe Stonewood 5, which are modern holiday homes perfect for smaller families or couples. These stylish options provide comfort and convenience for a memorable stay.

Yaxham Waters, Norfolk

Driving Distance: About 2 hours and 47 minutes (124.26 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Yaxham Waters offers a serene retreat set in 15 acres of parkland, complete with fishing lakes and views of the Mid Norfolk Steam Railway, ideal for a peaceful countryside break.

Who will love these lodges? Anglers and those seeking a quiet countryside escape will adore Yaxham Waters. Its rural setting and fishing lakes make it a perfect spot for relaxation and outdoor pursuits.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Fishing enthusiasts can take advantage of the well-stocked lakes, and children can enjoy the playground. Wi-Fi is available for a charge, ensuring you stay connected if desired.

What's nearby? The lodge is well-placed for exploring rural Norfolk, with local villages and the steam railway adding to the charm of the area.

Accommodation options: The lodge offers a selection of comfortable accommodations, such as the Country Side CS18 and Lake Side LS9, which are detached lodges with verandas and outdoor furniture. They are pet-friendly and provide a cosy base for up to 4 guests.

Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Derbyshire

Chatsworth House

  • Opening Times: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £23, Children £15
  • Postcode: DE45 1PP
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Chatsworth House is a true gem for anyone who appreciates fine art, history, and stunning landscapes. The house itself is packed with works of art and the gardens are a masterpiece of design. Families will love the farmyard and adventure playground. There's always something new, with seasonal events and exhibitions. To avoid crowds, visit on a weekday. Tip: Book tickets online to save time on arrival.

Phone number: 01246 565300 | Web: www.chatsworth.org

Heights of Abraham

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Prices: Adults £20, Children £13
  • Postcode: DE4 3NT
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Matlock Bath

The Heights of Abraham is a hilltop park accessible by cable car, offering breathtaking views of the Derwent Valley. It's perfect for explorers of all ages with its cavern tours and walking trails. They've recently added interactive exhibits. The best time to visit is during the autumn for the stunning foliage. Tip: Wear comfortable shoes and check the weather forecast to make the most of the outdoor activities.

Phone number: 01629 582365 | Web: www.heightsofabraham.com

Alton Towers Resort

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (varies by season)
  • Prices: From £34 when booked online
  • Postcode: ST10 4DB
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Alton Towers Resort is the ultimate thrill-seeker's paradise with rides like The Smiler and Wicker Man. It's also family-friendly with CBeebies Land for the little ones. They've recently introduced new live entertainment. Visit in spring or autumn to avoid the summer queues. Tip: Get a Fast Track pass to skip the lines on popular rides.

Phone number: 01538 704096 | Web: www.altontowers.com

Haddon Hall

  • Opening Times: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £17.50, Children £11.75
  • Postcode: DE45 1LA
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Haddon Hall, with its medieval and Tudor architecture, is a step back in time. It's a hit with those who love history and beautifully preserved buildings. They've got a range of events, from medieval banquets to artisan markets. To see the gardens in full bloom, visit in late spring or early summer. Tip: Check their calendar for special events to enhance your visit.

Phone number: 01629 812855 | Web: www.haddonhall.co.uk

The Peak District National Park

  • Opening Times: Open 24 hours (visitor centres vary)
  • Prices: Free (parking charges may apply)
  • Postcode: DE45 1AE (Bakewell Visitor Centre)
  • Est. time required: Varies
  • Nearest parking: Various locations

The Peak District National Park is an outdoor enthusiast's dream with its vast landscapes and walking trails. It's perfect for hiking, cycling, and photography. There are always new trails to discover and quaint villages to visit. Early morning is ideal for photographers, while weekdays are less crowded for hikers. Tip: Visit local tourist information centres for the best walking routes.

Phone number: 01629 816200 | Web: www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

Crich Tramway Village

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Prices: Adults £19, Children £12
  • Postcode: DE4 5DP
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Crich Tramway Village offers a nostalgic day out with its vintage trams and recreated period street. It's a hit with families and anyone interested in transport history. They've recently added new exhibitions. The best time to visit is during one of their special event days. Tip: Use your ticket for multiple entries throughout the year.

Phone number: 01773 854321 | Web: www.tramway.co.uk

When planning your trip to Derbyshire, consider staying in one of the many cosy lodges dotted around the countryside. Lodges in Derbyshire offer a unique experience, combining comfort with the beauty of the natural surroundings. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a family adventure, you'll find a lodge that suits your needs. Plus, they make the perfect base for exploring these top attractions. Happy travels!


This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, and then some. Lodges in Derbyshire often come with stunning views, spacious living areas, and outdoor decking. Many have modern amenities like hot tubs and Wi-Fi. It's a slice of tranquillity with nature right on your doorstep.

What should I pack when visiting Derbyshire?

Pack for comfort and the outdoors. Bring layers for unpredictable weather, waterproofs for walks in the Peaks, and sturdy shoes. Don't forget swimwear for hot tub lodges and a camera for those scenic shots. Essentials like toiletries are a must, but many lodges provide basics like tea and coffee.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Derbyshire offer parking, often right next to your accommodation. It's super convenient for unloading your gear. If you're staying at a larger park like Rivendale Lodge Retreat, they'll give you the parking details before you arrive.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rainy days are a chance to explore local attractions. Check out Chatsworth House for art and history, or The Heights of Abraham for underground caverns. Many lodges come with board games and smart TVs, so you can have a cosy day in.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely, many local eateries and supermarkets offer delivery services to lodges. Apps like Just Eat or Deliveroo might cover your area, but it's also worth checking out local farm shops like Bakewell's Chatsworth Farm Shop for a taste of Derbyshire delivered to your door.

Is Derbyshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Derbyshire is stunning year-round. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often lower prices. Winter brings charming Christmas markets, while spring and autumn offer spectacular scenery. Plus, lodges are super cosy for those chillier evenings.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs, like those at Landal Darwin Forest, ensure a thorough clean and water change between guests. So, you can slip into sparkling clean waters as soon as you arrive.

Are there activities for kids at the lodge parks?

Many lodge parks in Derbyshire are family-friendly, with playgrounds, bike hire, and sometimes even indoor pools. Sandybrook Country Park is a hit with families, offering a range of activities to keep the little ones entertained.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Accessibility can vary, so it's best to check ahead. Some lodges, like those at Sherwood Forest Lodges, offer specific accessible units with ramps, wider doors, and adapted facilities. Always mention your needs when booking to ensure the right fit.

Can I bring my pet on a lodge break in Derbyshire?

Many lodges in Derbyshire are pet-friendly, so your furry friend can join the adventure. Places like Hoe Grange Holidays welcome pets and even provide extras like dog bowls and treats. Just double-check pet policies and any additional fees when you book.

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