Rich in grandeur and style, the spa town of Buxton in Derbyshire is surrounded by the exquisite Peak District National Park. It is a beautiful spa town dating back to Roman times full of architecturally impressive buildings. Book a self-catering holiday in a splendid town house or restored apartment with views over the moors above the town. This town, one of the highest in Britain, was developed as a spa town by the 5th Duke of Devonshire, in the eighteenth century, based around the spring waters, discovered (as usual) by the Romans. There are many Neo-Classical buildings - The Devonshire Royal Hospital (1790) and the Crescent, rivaling Bath, the iron and glass Pavilion, with its twenty three acre Gardens, the Opera House, (known as "The Theatre in the hills" for its beautiful setting) which stages a multi-cultural Music and Arts Festival in July. Buxton’s rich culture is symbolised by its 18th Century spa, The Devonshire Dome and its Edwardian Opera House, the latter now restored to its former glory and home to the prestigious Buxton Festival and the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.
With breathtaking views over Buxton, Sparrows North is a perfect cottage for the exploration of the Derbyshire Dales. The pet-friendly cottage sits in an elevated position and enjoys views from its spacious sitting room and other spaces in the luxurious cottage, which boasts charm and open fires.
Sitting on the edge of the old market square in the heart of Tideswell, Stoneycroft is a 150-year-old large holiday cottage with a sun-drenched garden. The pet-friendly cottage features an upside-down design to best to capture the views of the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales.
Large Derbyshire cottage in a lovely conservation village near the traffic free Monsal Trail for walks and cycling. This detached cottage has a games room and is dog friendly. Lovely river views and walks in all directions. Sleeps up to 12 guests (9 + 3) + cot. Log burner with unlimited free logs.
With breathtaking views of the Staffordshire Moorlands, this countryside holiday cottage sleeps 7 and features an open fire and beautifully furnished living area. Downsdale Cottage is a cosy barn conversion on the edge of the pretty village of Flash, in the Peak District National Park.
Spa House is a period townhouse nestled in the spa town of Buxton in the Derbyshire Peak District. Renovated to a luxury standard, this delightful terraced six-bedroom home that sleeps 12 boasts chic contemporary decor, state of the art amenities and ample character for guests. Pets welcome.
Overbrook Holiday Barn is a large holiday cottage in Derbyshire, part of a beautiful Grade II listed 18th century farm on the edge of the village of Flash, near Buxton, located in a quiet rural valley in the Peak District National Park. Pets welcome. 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8. Wi-Fi.
Modernity blends with charm in this Grade II listed stone-built barn in Hulme End. The rural cottage houses three bedrooms plus timber beams and pitching hole windows as well as modern comforts. Surrounding West Cawlow Barn are gardens with play equipment and views of the Peak District.
Family-friendly Pippenwell Cottage at Farditch Farm is a luxury Peak District holiday cottage amidst beautiful rural surroundings in Derbyshire. This dog-friendly cottage sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (1 en-suite) in a high-quality barn conversion.
Rose Barn is an idyllic resting place for a family of four to lay their heads. With rural views of the stunning Derbyshire hills, this small country cottage with two bedrooms and one bathroom is a rural retreat for Peak District walking and cycling holidays in the hamlet of Sparrowpit near Buxton.
Caxterway is a pet friendly, luxury holiday cottage in the Derbyshire Peak District in secluded rural surroundings at Farditch Farm in Chelmorton. This large holiday cottage near Bakewell is a beautifully furnished barn conversion that sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms - one on the ground floor.
Truly embodying the rural surroundings, Garden Cottage is a semi-detached barn conversion, just on the edge of the hamlet of Sparrowpit within the Peak District. Set on a working dairy farm, the one bedroom countryside cottage offers a secluded, romantic getaway for couples amidst verdant fields.
Embrace the peace and tranquillity with your loved one in this cosy country cottage for couples in Cowdale near Buxton The Shavings which sits on the edge of The Peak District renowned for walking and cycle paths. Sink back into yesteryear in this comfortable, well-equipped stone barn. Pets welcome.
The Nest promises a cosy romantic stay for couples in a studio apartment set in the rural hamlet of Cowdale, near Buxton in the Peak District National Park. The pet-friendly old stone-barn offers a relaxing getaway and a superb base for exploring the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales.
One of three brand new (2017) luxury barn conversions in a secluded rural location in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District, Red Hurst is a 3-bedroom family friendly holiday cottage near the picturesque village of Chelmorton. The cottage stands on the Farditch Farm estate, and welcomes pets.
Buxton is also quite rightly immensely proud of its architecture; perhaps this is why it is such a popular holiday destination, because, like other spa towns, you can quite easily spend days strolling around, gazing up and around at the tremendous walls and buildings absolutely everywhere you look.
The former town baths now house a shopping arcade and the tourist office (01298 25106), and it's here that a thermal spring spurts at the rate of 1,540 gallons an hour. Buy a bottle of it, or get it for free from a public fountain at St. Anne's Well opposite. The Slopes, very steep gardens, drop from the Crescent to the Museum and Art Gallery, which has won awards for its geological and archaeological displays. Practically every place name has the words "High" or "Peak" in it, an indication of its usual image. Visit the Poole's Cavern, a show-cave with the longest horizontal cave view in Britain, the Bookstore, Brierton Bar, on Ashbourne Road, to find 20,000 books in one of the largest discount bookshops in the country - and a kids' play area and coffee shop.
Drive further afield in Derbyshire to visit the magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire - Chatsworth Park (01246 565300)and Haddon Hall, the Tudor home of the Duke of Rutland (01629 812855). Arrive in the future at Joddrell Bank Observatory, with one of the largest steerable radio telescopes in the world, a Planetarium, exhibits for the younger members of the family, and even an arboretum and birdwatching hide (01477 571339). This White Peak area of the Peak District National Park (the first in the country, 1951) has an age-old feeling of isolation and solitude while you walk and cycle through it, looking out for the fine Stone Age "henge" at Arbor Low. By the way, you might have noticed the "Peak" area, which is visited by 22 million people annually, has very few actual 'peaks', the word coming, as it does, from the Old English for mound or hill. And finally enjoy an original Bakewell Pudding (they're not called 'tarts' here) bought at the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop.
Despite being landlocked there’s an awful lot to be done and Buxton and surrounding villages offer a healthy choice of attractive holiday cottages from which to di it. ‘Go Ape’ - let loose for the day and swing like Tarzan through the wonderful forest surrounding Buxton. Go hiking across the Peak District and completely dive into the world-status surroundings that are incredibly highly acclaimed and unbeatable in terms of natural beauty. Indulge yourself in a cream tea at the end of a long day trekking through the best of the English countryside and relax and take in the great outdoors.
On top of all this, Buxton is greatly unappreciated in terms of its shopping, being host to an eclectic collection of shopping centres and a sophisticated line up of bars and restaurants. Although Buxton is perhaps most famous for its bottled spa water, it is clear that there is much more for visitors of the town to drink in when holidaying here.