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The Devonshire Arms at Beeley, Peak District
This is one of two Devonshire Arms on the Chatsworth Estate (the other is in Pilsley) and like its sibling it's been welcoming guests ever since the 18th century. A traditional village pub turned chic weekend bolthole, it's expanded over the years, and now has rooms in three surrounding cottages as well as above the pub. All are elegantly decorated and a pleasure to return to after a day's explorations - as is the promise of a good dinner, with a menu that features plenty of produce from local suppliers. By way of icing on the cake, driving from here to Chatsworth takes you along a lovely stretch of road where the valley opens up to reveal hall, fountain and gardens below - glorious.
At Caudwell's Mill, in Rowsley, you can buy unusual flours, local produce, and crafts from the next-door gift shop and workshops.
The Devonshire Arms is in the small, traditional village of Beeley, around 5 miles from Bakewell.
By car: the hotel is 45 mins from Sheffield, 1 hour 30 mins from Birmingham and 3 hours 10 mins from London. There is free parking on-site.
By train: London St Pancras International to Chesterfield takes 1 hour 45 mins. The hotel is a 25-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
It's popular with visiting urbanites, who want to enjoy the landscapes and sights of the Peak District without sacrificing anything in the way of style and home comforts. Having a choice between dining in the cosy, low-ceilinged bar or the lighter, airier brasserie is nice. Same menu, different vibe.
Service & Facilities
The inn has good-value packages for visiting Chatsworth that include free parking, a multi-entrance garden ticket and discount in the gift shop. Dogs are welcome in the four bedrooms in one of the cottages (Brookside House) and there's a map of recommended dog walks.
- Beer garden
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Derwent has a four-poster bed in the bedroom and an upstairs lounge with two children's beds snugly tucked into the eaves. Staying in one of the cottage rooms brings a little more independence, but you're still just a few yards from the inn.
Classic Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Luxury Suites
Facilities include: ensuite with bath or shower, Noble Isle toiletries, hairdryer, Nespresso machine, teas, kettle, TV, free Wi-Fi, DAB radio, fridge, bottled water
Food & Drink
If the weather's nice, you can eat outside - there's a pretty garden terrace that catches the sun until mid-afternoon. Crispy-skinned sea trout, with sorrel mayo, nice little salty pops of capers and Jersey Royals, is delicious.
The Inn: AA Rosette, modern British cuisine, pub classics, Sunday roasts. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Mains from £14.
The Brasserie: open-plan contemporary dining space with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the village. Menu from The Inn. Open every day for lunch and dinner.
The Garden Terrace: outdoor dining and drinks. Heated in winter and at night.