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.
  • We had a very comfortable night. Food prices very good. Pleasant staff.

    Elisabeth Mayall, 27/10/2013

  • The levels of service and attention from the staff were excellent. Cleanliness and housekeeping were as one would expect at this price point. The food at both dinner and breakfast was good, although maybe not exceptional at the price. Generally a very enjoyable and comfortable stay. Drawbacks: the car park is a little way from the hotel, and it is inescapable the the hotel is right next to the busy A6, although our room at the side of the hotel towards the back was quiet.The bathroom was very small, although immaculate, with only a fairly ordinary shower over the bath.

    D.V., 17/07/2011

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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