The Peacock at Rowsley

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On the edge of a Peak District village, this creeper-covered Grade II listed 17th-century building, once the dower house to nearby Haddon Hall, is upgraded to a full entry thanks to a positive report by a regular Guide correspondent. Owned by Lord Edward Manners, it is run to ‘high standards’, says a visitor in 2015. ‘The staff are friendly and efficient.’ Original features (mullioned windows, leaded lights, open stone fireplaces) complement modern soft furnishings in the ‘cosy’ bar. The bedrooms are individually furnished with antiques, Manners family portraits and fine fabrics. Some overlook the gardens designed by Arne Maynard, that run down to the River Derwent. Rooms facing the busy road have double-glazed windows. Meals can be taken in the restaurant or the bar. Chef Dan Smith’s British modern menu is ‘consistently good; the “real steal” is the lighter lunch menu: normal-size starter and dessert, and a half-size main, but these are Derbyshire portions and half-size is still very adequate’. There is ‘good fishing on both the Derwent and Wye, a huge bonus’. The only irritant: ‘Cooked breakfast costs extra.’ Dogs are welcomed. (Peter Anderson)
  • 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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Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts the following discount vouchers:

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    This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150. BUY THE GUIDE

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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, 2 weeks Jan.


lounge, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, ½-acre garden on river, unsuitable for disabled.

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not under 10 at weekends.


not allowed in public rooms.

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2015] per room B&B single £110–£125, double £180–£240, D,B&B single £145–£160, double £250–£310. À la carte £55. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

GHG voucher offer

Buy the guide and claim 25% off B&B rates on certain dates