Well it’s hard to know where to start here as there are so many things to do and places to go. So l’ll try to run through a little bit of information on everything I can think of and some of the places our guests have enjoyed.
Places to Visit
Very close to us we have several great historic houses to visit. Chatsworth House is probably the most impressive of all. It is the family seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire it dates back 5 centuries. You can visit the house and gardens, the farmyard and adventure play area, the restaurant, the farm shop or 1000 acre park it is not to be missed.
Haddon Hall is a very fine example of a fortified medieval manor house the home of Lord and Lady Edward Manners dating back to 12 century. Haddon is very beautiful, was recently the setting for Pride and Prejudice starring Kiera Knightly, Mathew MacFadden and Dame Judy Dench and is currently the setting for Jane Eyre.
We also have Kedleston Hall and our most local jewel in the Derbyshire crown Tissington Hall home to 8 generations of the FitzHerberts. Tissington is a fine example of a jacobean mansion and has an excellent tea shop.
Ashbourne & Bakewell are two lovely market towns. Ashbourne only 10 minutes away it has many antique shops, cafes and tea shops and Bakewell famous for its puddings is not to be missed.
Walking and riding places to go
Tissington and The trail and the High Peak Trail, Dovedale, the Peak District. The rides and walks around the area are superb. There are maps in the cottages and some routes for riding to get you started.
Carsington Water has many strings to its bow. You can walk or ride around the water, the visitor centre has some excellent shops and cafes as well as the sailing club for sailing, wind surfing and fishing and probably an great deal more that I don’t know about.
Where to eat
There is The Knockerdown a great family eating pub just 1 mile up the lane (our local). If you want to walk slightly further The Red Lion in Hognaston or just The Gate in Brassington serve good food. The Ketch at Kniveton is only a 5 minute drive and well worth it.
Bramall’s in Ashbourne and Le Mistral in Wirksworth and the George at Alstonfield are 10 to 15 minutes drive but are great for a special night out.
Alton Towers is 20 minutes drive away and probably the most famous theme park in the country and now also has a water park. The theme park is open from mid March to early November.
Crich Tramway Village is a restored period village and home to the National Tramway Museum. There are always activities and lots to do with trams running every few minutes it is a great family day out.
The Heights of Abraham
Events in the area
Chatsworth Country Fair and Chatsworth Horse Trials, Shrove Tide in Ashbourne.