Chic little hideaway in the heart of the Peak District, a stroll from an award-winning pub
You’re likely here to go walking in the Peak District, and with pretty Alstonefield village as your base, that’ll be amongst the White Peak’s limestone dales and lush green valleys. Dovedale, Thorpe Cloud, Milldale: they’re all close by, with paths leading almost from your front door. But of equal beauty is this romantic little cottage you’ll return to, with its gorgeous blend of ancient and modern styles. Flint walls, a slate hearth and original wooden beams imbue it with character, whilst dove-grey panelling and sheepskin rugs add a contemporary Nordic vibe.
Calm and uncluttered, it’s seriously dreamy. And though there’s a very stylish kitchen, you can eschew cooking completely, if you prefer. Wander down the hill and you’ll find The George, dishing up award-winning food – pink Derbyshire lamb with market vegetables; white chocolate mousse and a peach compote. Everything’s in place for the easiest of escapes – you just need to decide when to come.
Getting here: you’ll need to drive.
- The River Dove is at the bottom of the hill, famed for its iconic stepping stones and limestone ravines. Look up for views of Thorpe Cloud.
- Discover the ‘White Peak’. Wander through Luds Church (a deep, narrow mossy chasm) and climb Stanage Edge or The Roaches, both of which have views for miles.
- Home to the Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth House is an interesting day out. Combine it with a walk along pretty Lathkill Dale.
- Hire a bike at Parsley Hay and explore the Tissington Trail, High Peak Trail or the Manifold Trail.
- Day trip to Hathersage to visit the David Mellor Factory and Design Museum, and walk around Ladybower Reservoir.