The Peacock at Rowsley

Built in 1652 as a manor house, this stone inn on the edge of the Peak District national park is owned by Lord and Lady Manners of nearby Haddon Hall More

Contact details

Bakewell Road
01629 733518

Hotel information




all year except 24–26 Dec, 
2 weeks Jan.


lounge, bar, 2 dining rooms, private dining/conference room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview, Apple TV), ½-acre garden on the river, fishing rights on rivers Wye and Derwent, public areas wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in public rooms.


not under 10 at weekends.


allowed in bedrooms only.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B single £130–£145, double £205–£310, D,B&B single £160–£180, double £285–£390. A la carte £65, tasting menu £75. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Built in 1652 as a manor house, this stone inn on the edge of the Peak District national park is owned by Lord and Lady Manners of nearby Haddon Hall. In springtime, festoons of white wisteria and early roses frame leaded, mullioned windows. Public rooms are filled with antiques, paintings; ancestral portraits hang above blazing fires. Trout in display cases in reception attest to good fly-fishing in the River Derwent at the bottom of the garden, and in the Wye on the Haddon estate. Smart bedrooms, too, have original artworks, perhaps a bespoke four-poster; two are single, with shower room. Marble bathrooms are supplied with good toiletries. The cosy, beamed bar serves fish and chips, sandwiches, Derbyshire burger of lamb shoulder, while in the restaurant, chef Dan Smith uses local produce and organic meat from the estate in such dishes as beef fillet and cheek, artichoke, spring cabbage, miso; lamb cutlet, onion, broad beans, goat’s curd, boulangère potatoes. Staff are ‘friendly and efficient’, the food is ‘fantastic’. A credit, then, to the Manners family, whose crest, a strutting peacock, is rightly proud.

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The Peacock at Rowsley
Bakewell Road

Guest comments

'Our rooms were spacious and were extremely well appointed. Everything is immaculate. Muzak, alas, in all public rooms, but not as intrusive as last year. Service is attentive. The dinner menu on week days is outstanding, varied, delicious, and beautifully cooked by the head chef. The breakfast buffet is comprehensive. Gardens are delightful and well maintained. There is noise due to the proximity of the very busy road, but that can’t be helped. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for plus half price tickets to Haddon Hall ' - Ian & Francine Walsh - July, 2019
'We had a very friendly welcome from manager Laura Ball. She and her staff quickly call people by their names, a nice touch. The hotel has a good ambience - lots of interesting brown furniture. Our superior room was good - facing the garden, though the bathroom was very small. Downstairs there is a pleasant lounge and a nice long dining room. The bar is small, and residents cannot always get a table in there before dinner. There is a good choice on the a la carte menu for dinner. A good touch is the daily information sheet. Pictures and prints of the Manners family abound. ' - Anthony Bradbury - July, 2018

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Tourist attractions

  • Haddon Hall

    One of England's oldest and most romantic houses

  • 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.

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide