Here we suggest the best romantic Peak District getaways for a special weekend away with your other half. From luxury Peak District hotels, to quaint and cosy cottages, you’re sure to find something just right for that special occasion with your loved one in the UK’s oldest National Park.
If your idea of a romantic getaway is to escape from the hustle and bustle to big, open countryside views and quaint, postcard-perfect villages, then the Peak District is a perfect option.
Nestled between Manchester and Sheffield, and just over 3 hours drive from London, the Peak District is very doable as a long-weekend destination. Or perhaps you live locally and have managed to find childcare for a rare night way from the kids; we definitely want to make the most of that opportunity!
Whether you’re looking for a luxury Peak District hotel with a hot tub and views, a cosy village pub or cottage, or perhaps something a little bit quirky, we’ve compiled a list of our personal recommendations for a romantic Peak District getaway.
With all these suggested romantic Peak District getaways, we’ve included links to nearby walks. Whilst these walks have been written up for families, as all parents know, a walk always feels different without the kids!
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Locations of romantic Peak District getaways
1. Losehill House Hotel & Spa
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Situated down a narrow country lane in the Hope Valley, this boutique hotel offers 22 rooms and suites, a spa, and exceptional dining, all overlooking Lose Hill and Win Hill. In fact, if you’re looking for Peak District spa days, Losehill is the only spa situated within the National Park, and the views from the outdoor hot-tub are divine in all seasons.
Despite its remote location, it is possible to reach Losehill House via public transport. Take a train from London to Sheffield, and then the Hope Valley line to Hope, where it’s a 5 minute taxi journey to the hotel (arrange your taxi through the hotel). However, driving is easier and there’s ample parking onsite.
If you can peel yourselves away from the eloquent dining or hot tub views, there are some incredible walks in this region of the Peak District, with footpaths leading direct from the hotel to follow a circular route up Win Hill. Or perhaps head over to Castleton to walk Cave Dale, Mam Tor and the Great Ridge. There are also spectacular underground caverns to explore in this region of the National Park.
2. The Peacock at Rowsley
The Peacock at Rowsley has been a hotel since the 1830s and is part of the Haddon Estate, owned by Lord and Lady Edward Manners who live at nearby Haddon Hall.
This luxury hotel on the edge of the Peak District began life as a manor house in the late 1600s and has been a beacon of hospitality ever since. There are 15 bedrooms, from cosy single rooms to bedrooms with four poster beds and a luxurious suite, an award winning fine dining restaurant (one of the most romantic restaurants in the Peak District), a cosy atmospheric bar with fine wines, local real ales, a cocktail menu and a freshly cooked local food offering.
Entry to Haddon Hall is included in your accommodation booking and the market-town of Bakewell is just a 5 minute drive away. Chatsworth House is also very nearby.
If you fancy bringing the bikes along with you, there’s a traffic-free cycle path from Rowsley to Matlock that starts almost directly in front of the hotel, which leads you alongside a historic train line and river, with a pub enroute.
3. Five Wells Barn, Flagg
Situated on a hilltop dairy farm, this remote, one-bedroom farm cottage in Flagg affords panoramic views across the White Peak. Featuring a small kitchen-diner, everything you need to self-cater here is provided, and the cottage is beautifully decorated, complete with log burner; perfect for a cosy afternoon snuggled up on the sofa.
Lambing season is usually from the 14th March to mid April each year, so this is a good time to book if you want a truly authentic experience.
A nice touch with this Peak District cottage is that it is possible to book for just one or two nights (so many cottages have a minimum 3 night or even 7 night stay in the region).
4. The Rutland Arms Hotel, Bakewell
The Rutland Arms in Bakewell, once acclaimed as ‘Derbyshire’s most famous inn’, was built in 1804 to meet the needs of the aristocracy, gentry, and other wealthy folk on their visits to enjoy the countryside delights of the High Peak district. Today this heritage hotel continues to welcome guests to enjoy its style and decadence in the heart of the Peak District.
Situated in the town-centre means that everything you need is on your doorstep; whether it’s a country pub, a shop to stock up on outdoor gear, or a supermarket.
Bakewell is perfectly situated for a cycle along the Monsal Trail and also some lovely walks, including:
5. The Maynard, Grindleford
The Maynard in Grindleford exudes charm and sophistication, and provides a cosy atmosphere, perfect for a romantic escape in the heart of the Peak District. Couples can enjoy luxurious accommodation and the fine-dining restaurant offers a delightful culinary experience, featuring locally sourced ingredients and a carefully curated menu. The garden restaurant is also wonderful on a warm day and offers beautiful views.
For those arriving to the Peak District by public transport for their romantic getaway, you’ll be pleased to learn that The Maynard is just an 8 minute walk from Grindleford station, which is on the Hope Valley line between Sheffield and Manchester.
From Grindleford you are well based for exploring the stunning beauty of Padley Gorge and the Longshaw Estate. This Grindleford circular walk starts from Grindleford Station and leads you through Padley Gorge and up to Mother Cap. Alternatively, hop back on the train for the Hathersage to Grindleford walk or to Edale to hike up Kinder Scout.
6. Boutique Camping at Scaldersitch Farm
For a romantic Peak District getaway that’s a bit different, how about staying in a boutique yurt or tipi, complete with hot tub, wood-burning stove, and view?
Scaldersitch Farm, near Hartington, offers just that and has even been named by ‘The Independent’ in the Top 10 UK Campsites (although this really does raise the bar exceptionally high for ‘camping’). Watch the sun rise from your woodfired hot tub, listen to the dawn chorus, lambs skipping in the fields and the hoot of the owls as you fall asleep under cosy featherdown duvets. A kettle and Nespresso coffee-making facilities are also provided.
Being just one mile from Hartington means that country pubs and cafes are not too far away, as well as a famous cheese shop. Plus, it’s worth bringing the walking boots to explore Beresford Dale on this circular Hartington walk. Thor’s Cave is also nearby.
7. The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow
Located within walking distance of Chatsworth House, the blissfully luxurious Cavendish Hotel at Baslow is the perfect romantic countryside escape. From fine dining in the three AA Rosette Gallery restaurant, relaxed dining in the Garden Room, to unwinding in one of 28 bespoke, sumptuous bedrooms; The Cavendish has it all for that special romantic weekend in the Peak District.
A leisurely walk through the Chatsworth Estate is a must. Follow this easy-going route from Baslow to Edensor Tea Rooms.
It’s free to enter and walk around the parklands of the estate, but you need to pre-book and pay for tickets to enter the house and gardens. However, a stroll through the parklands to a picnic spot along the river will make for a perfect romantic afternoon, before retreating to the decadence of The Cavendish.
Whilst the dining is superb at The Cavendish, if you fancy a change of scene there are two pubs within walking distance and an Italian restaurant, Il Lupo, across the road. The breakfasts at Café On The Green are also pretty good.
8. Ensana Buxton Crescent
Whilst not technically in the Peak District, we couldn’t complete this roundup of romantic Peak District hotels and getaways without including the recently renovated Ensana Buxton Crescent in Buxton.
Ensana Buxton Crescent is an exceptional choice for couples seeking a luxurious and romantic retreat. This grand hotel combines exquisite architecture with modern amenities, creating an atmosphere of opulence and tranquillity.
The spa facilities are a highlight, offering a range of rejuvenating treatments and thermal experiences, providing couples with the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind together. The elegantly designed rooms and suites provide a comfortable and intimate setting, complete with plush furnishings and thoughtful details.
The proximity to Buxton’s cultural sites, charming streets, and scenic landscapes also adds to the overall appeal. Perhaps combine your visit with a show at The Buxton Opera House and the nearby Simply Thai Restaurant is one of our personal favourite Thai restaurants in all of Derbyshire.