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WHAT WE LOVE...

Few Peak District experiences are as relaxing as sitting on the terrace at the Cavendish Hotel, gazing out across fields of caramel-coloured cows towards the parkland of Chatsworth, with the top of its hunting tower just about visible above the trees. The hotel is actually part of the Chatsworth estate and as a base for visiting the hall and grounds it takes some beating, but it's also well-placed for exploring the Dark Peak - the wilder moorlands that curve round the northern edge of the National Park. Suitably updated from its old coaching inn origins, the Cavendish is just what you want from a modern country house hotel, elegant but unstuffy, with extremely comfortable bedrooms, two restaurants serving delicious food, and a pleasantly relaxing atmosphere.

THE DETAILS

Location

We love spotting herds of deer in the parkland around Chatsworth and visiting the pretty village of Edensor, home to a very chic little tearoom.

The hotel is on the edge of the Chatsworth Estate, with the upmarket shops and restaurants of Baslow nearby.
By car: the hotel is 35 mins from Sheffield, 1 hour 30 mins from Birmingham and 3 hours 30 mins from London. There is free parking on-site.
By train: London St Pancras to Chesterfield takes 1 hour 45 mins. The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

As well as being an ideal base for Chatsworth visits, it's also popular with romantic weekenders and guests celebrating special birthdays and anniversaries. Look out for the 19th-century lithographic prints lining the corridor walls, depicting fascinating scenes from the Great Exhibition of 1851 at Crystal Palace.

Service & Facilities

If you like the homemade preserves at breakfast, you can buy some to take home; they're stocked in a cabinet by The Gallery entrance.

  • Bar
  • Two restaurants
  • Gardens
  • Terrace
  • Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking

Rooms

Upstairs rooms get great views - the Hartington Junior Suite, with an antique four-poster bed and large seating area, has one of the best. We love the feeling of peace and calm, the underfloor heating in the bathroom and the presence of a fully stocked minibar.

Standard Rooms, Superior Rooms, The Coach House, Hartington Junior Suite, The Redesdale Suite
Facilities include: ensuite with shower over bath, luxury toiletries, TV, free Wi-Fi, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, Chatsworth biscuits, fresh milk, bottled water

Food & Drink

The kitchen serves breakfast up until midday, so you can have a leisurely lie-in in the morning. Highlights of a summer dinner included locally foraged mushrooms in a lobster sauce, crispy-skinned river trout and a tangy passionfruit tart.

The Gallery Restaurant: 3 AA Rosettes, fine dining, modern British cuisine, produce from the Chatsworth Estate. Open every day for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Two-course dinner £48, three courses £58, four courses £68.
The Garden Room: informal dining, seasonal dishes, British-inspired, afternoon tea, light lunches, sharing platters. Open daily 12-8.30pm. Mains from £15.50.

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