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For that quintessential Peak District family holiday, your best option is a holiday cottage. These are often converted barns or old farm houses oozing with character and charm. And as they’re self catering, it’s an easy option for families who want to be on their own schedule. However, these are usually booked on weekly rates. If you book for a weekend, you are still often paying the weekly rate (just something to be aware of).
If you’re visiting for a couple of nights, you may want to consider a B&B. Or if you’re wanting budget accommodation in the Peak District, consider a YHA hostel of which there are ten dotted around the Peak District, all with family rooms. Check out our review of this Eyam Youth Hostel.
Alternatively during the summer months, camping is a great option and always a hit with young families! Check out our guide to the best family camping Peak District, featuring sites recommended by parents on our Facebook group. These range from basic campsites through to those with a playground and cafe on site! Camping not your thing? Well we’ve got a glamping option here for you too!
But without further ado, here are our top recommendations for Peak District family accommodation.
1. Bluebird Cottage, Parwich
Before moving to the Peak District, our favourite place to stay as a family was on this little farm, 2 miles north of Parwich. With a large double bedroom and smaller twin bedroom, the beautiful barn conversion named Bluebird Cottage comfortably sleeps a family of four. This is a home from home, so you have a lounge with TV and a fully equipped kitchen (including dining table, dishwasher and microwave).
There’s a large grassy garden behind the cottage and our boys loved feeding the donkeys. There are also goats and horses on the farm, and if you visit in Spring you’ll see lambs being born and perhaps get to hold one!
There is also Dover Barn next door to Bluebird Cottage, which also sleeps four. The owners of this family-run farm are such lovely people and very down-to-earth. We can’t recommend a stay with them enough.
It’s a great location with beautiful walks on your doorstep, a short drive to attractions such as The Heights of Abraham and Crich Tramway Museum, and the local village down the road has a lovely little playground opposite the pub.
Beeches Apartments offer two beautiful 2-bed apartments (Chatsworth Retreat & Garden View), just outside Bakewell. Chatsworth House is only a 5 minute drive away and Matlock Bath only a 20 minute drive. It is also a short walk away for one our top family friendly pubs in the Peak District, The Wheatsheaf, which also has a fantastic play area.
In both apartments guests are provided with a high chair, a travel cot and child’s crockery for a stress-free stay. Both have plenty of space inside and lots of storage space. Outside there is a huge shared garden where children can play.
Another Baslow option for Peak District family accommodation. This two double bedroom self-catering cottage, is a great option for a family or group of four and dogs, and now also has exclusive use of an Arctic Spa hot tub!
This single-storey cottage consists of two bedrooms, one bathroom and an open-plan lounge centred around a wood burner (starter pack of logs included) with a modern kitchen/dining area. It also includes exclusive access to a large lawned garden (great for football or cricket!) with outdoor dining and additional patio area at the front of the cottage, making it the perfect place to enjoy a dog-friendly, rural retreat.
A breakfast hamper is provided upon arrival, including some delicious local produce that you can rustle up in the well equipped kitchen! There is also a selection of books and games for families to enjoy.
Kate from our Facebook Group says: “The cottage has 2 bedrooms, a hot tub and an enormous garden. At the end of the garden is a gate which takes you out onto an amazing walk for kids up Birchen Edge! Loads of rocks for the kids to climb. It’s brilliant – can’t recommend it enough. Also dog friendly.”
Sparrows North is a beautiful period property, just a ten minute walk from the centre of Buxton (check out our guide to visiting Buxton with kids). Set over three storeys, it sleeps eight people across four bedrooms.
This self-catering accommodation has recently been renovated by the current owners to a very high standard. They have cleverly mixed period charm with modern luxury: retaining many of the original features of the property, such as the beautiful fireplaces and sash windows, but including up-to-date features such as underfloor heating, wi-fi, bluetooth speakers and even a Tesla electric car charging point.
The large muddy boot room is a clever idea, and the washing machine extremely handy for families. A cot can be provided on request, and a high chair is provided. There’s also a lovely small garden with open views.
“Every detail has been thought of in this beautiful house and you really are in for a treat from the moment you pull onto the drive. From the White Company toiletries in the bathrooms (to match the White Company bedding and towels) and the amazing hamper which greeted us when we entered the kitchen (filled with a large selection of treats and essentials from the Peak District Deli) to the large selection of family games and the extensive collection of DVDs in the Family Room…it is clear that so much thought and care has been put in to ensuring that your stay is absolutely perfect in every way!”
5. Darwin Forest, Matlock
Darwin Forest is an award-winning lodge luxury resort on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Claire from Tin Box Traveller stayed for three nights with her family, but wish they’d stayed longer!
“We could have easily filled a week making use of the swimming pool, soft play and our own hot tub, as well as exploring Derbyshire. There is lots going on in the park for older kids too: sports, pool games, archery and zorbing. It may sound busy but it’s actually such a tranquil place for a family break. Waking up to lush, green surroundings and the sound of birds chirping in the trees was idyllic.”
Perched high on the hill overlooking the ‘Plague Village’ of Eyam, this hostel good option for families visiting on a budget, or for just a short stay. We had a spacious 6 bunk private room to ourselves, which had a sink (we had actually booked a 4 bed dorm and were pleased with the extra space). The toilet and shower facilities are shared and were just outside our door. It was clean and practical. No frills, but that’s what you expect from a hostel. Bed linen is provided, but towels are not, so make sure you bring a travel towel with you. We had also packed some slippers to wear around the hostel.
Basic kitchen facilities can be found in an adjoining building, although dinner and breakfast can be ordered on site. The meals are fantastic value. Our boys also enjoyed playing with the toys in the common lounge, handy when having to wait for a 5 pm check in.
Click here to check out the other YHAs in the Peak District and to book.
7. Family camping in the Peak District
For families who embrace the outdoors, camping is a fantastic budget option and one of our favourite things to do in the Peak District. There are some fantastic family campsites in the Peak District, and on a warm summers day, there is no better place in the world!
There is a wonderful selection; from basic ones by a river where you just rock up and pitch your tent in a field without prebooking (Hulme End Camspite), to more managed site that have shops, playgrounds and WiFi on site (Beech Croft Farm).
Do note that most campsites are not open during the winter months, and that during the months of April to September many campsites have a 2 night minimum stay at the weekends and 3 night minimum stay on the bank holiday weekends.
8. Peak District glamping
Camping not your thing? How about glamping in a bell tent, Mongolian yurt, or tipi?! Check out our top Peak District glamping sites for families! You still get to embrace outdoors living, without the hassle of loading up your car with a mountain of gear. It’s a win-win!
There are some fantastic glamping options across the Peak District, but unfortunately most of them are geared towards couples, rather than families. We actually found it quite a minefield trying to find those that were open to families.
However, do not fear, we have found a small handful of Peak District glamping options that cater for families. These all have lots of space for your little ones to run around and explore, and there’s even some with hot tub! I’m sure that’s piqued your interest! Check them out here.
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