The Peacock at Rowsley  (Shortlist*)

'We had a very comfortable night here.' On the edge of a Peak District village, this charming old inn with 'very jolly' staff, is owned by Lord Edward Manners and was built in 1652 as the dower house for Haddon Hall, a seat of the Duke of Rutland. There are mullioned windows, leaded lights, and log fires in stone fireplaces; soft furnishings in the 'cosy' bar have been updated in apple green and purple velvets. Some bedrooms overlook the gardens that run down to the River Derwent (an ideal spot for fly-fishing); those facing the busy road have double-glazed windows. Dan Smith cooks ambitious modern British dishes ('delicious bread; good, strong, local cheese'). Free Wi-Fi. No background music. Discounts for entry to Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House. Lounge, bar, dining room; conference rooms. 1/2-acre garden on river (fishing Apr--Oct). Children (no under-10s on Fri or Sat nights), and dogs (£10 per night) welcomed. 15 bedrooms. Per room, double occupancy B&B £180--£350, D,B&B £250--£495.
  • One of my favourite hotels. There has been a recent change of management but standards remain high. We had a lovely,quiet superior room overlooking the garden. Good-sized bathroom with plenty of storage space but a shower that was OK but lacked pressure. The food is excellent in the bar, the fine dining is a bit too fussy for my taste. Portions are generous. The hotel has seven miles of fly fishing available, a real bonus for an angler like me. Staff are well trained, efficient and friendly. We have stayed here probably a dozen times and look forward to staying again.

    Peter Anderson, 17/05/2015

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Local attractions

Peak District National Park
A beautiful area for walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing or rock climbing.
Chatsworth House
Known by many as the 'Palace of the Peak', this grand 17th-century house and is set in stunning landscaped grounds.
Renishaw Hall
Home to the Sitwell family for over 350 years.

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Contact Details

The Peacock at Rowsley

Bakewell Road, ROWSLEY Derbyshire England DE4 2EB


01629 733518

Further Information




all year except 24-26 Dec (open for lunch only), 3-11 Jan.


lounge, bar, dining room, live classical guitar Fri, conference rooms, civil wedding licence, 1/2-acre garden on river, fishing Apr-Oct, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music



'no children under 10 Fri/Sat.'


not allowed in public rooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2011] B&B £77.50-£129 per person, D,B&B £107.50-£159, cooked breakfast £7.25, full alc £70, website offers, New Year package, 1-night bookings refused Sat (May-Sept).

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