Group accommodation in the Peak District
Date Posted: 12/08/2015
Pictured: a view of Hope Valley from Stanage Edge.
Gazing out at the natural beauty of the Peak District, one might wonder why any holiday maker would choose to fly out of Britain for a jaunt when such an expanse of outdoor wonder is lying right at our feet. With tons great choices for group accommodation in the Peak District, you don't need to worry that remote spots mean reduced choice!
Jam packed with historic properties, an abundance of outdoor delights and a host of picturesque locations, there’s more than enough to encourage even the least outdoorsy individual to take a few curious steps into all Mother Nature has to offer here.
Covering 554 square miles of moorland, hills, peaks and woodland, the Peak District won’t leave you lacking for walking and cycling trails in order to explore the terrain close up.
Other Peak District highlights include National Trust properties (Winster Market House, Ilam Park and Marsden Moor, to name but a few), as well as festivals, events and seasonal programmes all year round.
For the lover of the outdoors, the scenic photographer, the nature fanatic, the alfresco diner and the energetic rambler, the Peak District promises not to disappoint.
Don’t just stop by for a day; stay for a week or a fortnight. With a variety of group accommodation in the Peak District available to groups, there’s no excuse for going home early. Here are a few handpicked stay-over choices to accompany your next group visit to this beautiful part of Britain.
Ilam Bunkhouse, Ashbourne
Surrounded by limestone hills, meandering rivers and lush woodland, Ilam Park is a perfect location to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Peak District. Ilam bunkhouse itself sleeps up to 16 people, and would suit walking groups and outdoor lovers.
There are several walks in the local area, including the famous stepping stones in the Dovedale Valley, which are only a 20-minute walk from the park.
Visitors will find picturesque villages nearby, including Tissington, Milldale, and Hartington, while Bakewell, Buxton, Matlock Bath and Chatsworth are within a 45-minute drive. The Churnet Valley Steam Railway is also just eight miles from Ilam.
The Burrow, Draycott in the Clay
Sleeping up to 16 people, The Burrow is a quirky exclusive-use glamping site, close to Uttoxeter and Burton on Trent. Three decorated bell tents set on wooden platforms (with the option on the ground for a fourth) make for an alternative group accommodation option, while still granting all the comforts and facilities that you might require on a trip.
A barbeque, a purpose-built campfire and a Dutch oven are available for guest use, as well as two dry composting toilets and two gas powered showers.
High-built cots with feather pillows and blankets will ensure a comfortable night’s sleep before you head off to explore the surrounding delights of the Peak District.
St Michael’s Environmental Centre, Hathersage
This high-quality residential base is set in the village of Hathersage sleeps up to 38 people, and offers a fully equipped kitchen, dining and lounge area, and washing machines.
Hathersage is known locally as the ‘walker’s village’ and is a convenient starting point for many footpaths and trails into the surrounding area. Walks from the door lead up to Stanage Edge, providing stunning views into the valley and across the moors.
Other things to do include swimming in the village open-air swimming pool (which opens seasonally), visiting Speedwell Cavern at Castleton, and perusing the spa town of Buxton.
Pictured: a view across the moors from Curbar Edge.
High Ash Farm, Buxton
If staying on a working hill farm which is 350 years old sounds like your idea of accommodation heaven, look no further than taking your group to High Ash Farm. Sleeping up to 64 people with full catering available if required, the site is situated halfway between Leek and Buxton.
With 52 acres of traditionally managed farmland offering over 150 species of flora, uncommon birds, various insects and mammals and some interesting geographical features, High Ash farm guarantees wildlife groups plenty to see.
Walking routes from deserted footpaths, canal towpaths and packhorse roads to nature trails and riverside walks along the Derbyshire Dales are ready to be enjoyed, while more energetic visitors can experience nearby activities which include caving, abseiling, climbing, canoeing, hang gliding, and horse riding.
Darwin Forest Country Park, Matlock
110 luxury lodges (some of which come with hot tubs) nestled within 47 acres of woodland make up Darwin Forest Country Park, which boasts a range of facilities including the Evolution Health and Fitness Centre with a swimming pool, spa and gym.
A restaurant, café, tennis court, and mini golf site are also available, making this a great retreat for GTOs looking for a site with plenty of internal activities.
Meanwhile, the surrounding Peak District offers a full range of outdoor pursuits including clay pigeon shooting, walking, climbing, cycling, sailing, golf, 4 x 4 driving and horse riding. Groups of up to eight can choose to book a single lodge while larger groups can book multiple lodges.
YHA Eyam, Hope Valley
If you’re looking for group accommodation which won’t break the bank, YHA Eyam offers a cheaper alternative to some of the more pricey Peak District lodgings.
This hostel is a Victorian folly resembling a tiny turreted castle, perched on the hillside above the historic village of Eyam.
Pictured: the outside of YHA Eyam, overlooking the 'plague village' of Eyam.
It sleeps up to 60 people, and offers two dining rooms, a lounge, a cycle store, self-catering facilities and two function rooms.
Popular local attractions include Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Carsington Water, and the Heights of Abraham (where you can travel by cable car over the Derwent Valley).
Eyam itself holds historic interest; it is noted for an outbreak of bubonic plague which occurred there in 1665, in which the villagers chose to isolate themselves rather than let the infection spread to other communities (a walk around makes for an eerie experience).
The Gables, Buxton
Located on the Pennine bridleway, The Gables is set in approximately two acres of landscaped gardens, and can accommodate up to 17 guests.
The building offers a farmhouse-style kitchen and adjoining utility room with a feature-stone fireplace, a wood burning stove and two spacious sitting rooms with open fires.
Situated in the village of Peak Forest, just outside Buxton and within close proximity to Chatsworth, Castleton, Bakewell and Ladybower, The Gables boasts an ideal location in order to enjoy everything the Peak District has to offer.
With excellent walking and outdoor pursuits close by, including cycling, climbing and the Monsal Trail, The Gables has the rugged peaks to the north and the gentle rolling hills of the Derbyshire Dales, including Millers Dale, to the south.
Pictured: the caverns at the Heights of Abraham.
Cliff House, Bakewell
Cliff House sleeps up to 30 people and offers an ideal location with regards to absorbing the Peak District scenery, with a stunning 360 degree view of the area.
Organisers booking for more than 26 people can add a three-bedroomed cottage to the booking to sleep a further six people (the cottage is located next door to Cliff House).
This spacious Victorian property is two minutes from the tunnels of the Monsal Trail, which runs all the way from Bakewell to Buxton. Cliff House is also a short walk to the pretty villages of Great Longstone, Little Longstone and the picture postcard village of Ashford in the Water.
Cliff House also has an enviable location when it comes to being in walking distance from a selection heart-warmingly traditional pubs.