A boutique hotel in the heart of the Peak District, The Peacock at Rowsley is a quintessentially English country getaway.
Part of the Haddon Estate, The Peacock is a grade two listed former steward’s house. Rich in history, it dates back to 1652 and has the air of those classic English estates from yesteryear – the Pride and Prejudice cast stayed there while filming the 2005 film, only adding to that sense of old-world luxury.
Today the house has been revamped with four-poster beds, antique furnishings, contemporary fabrics and Farrow & Ball on the walls, ensuring this hotel is less old servants’ quarters, more chic boutique country bolthole. With the right amount of traditional and modern, this is a hotel that has the right balance of old-school luxury and a laid-back country lifestyle.
With just 15 bedrooms, the hotel is intimate and the service impeccable, with small, thoughtful touches that make it a special one to stay in – plus, no two rooms are alike and they’ve managed to retain that unique character and individuality of the building.
One of the best things about The Peacock is the restaurant, which has been awarded with three AA rosettes. Here it’s all about fine dining; headed up by Chef Dan Smith, who was trained by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens, the menu is full of inventive dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Think roast partridge, rabbit with tarragon gnocchi and fresh Dover sole with shellfish and Jersey royals, with more informal options in the bar – complete with roaring open fire.
The location is unbeatable too. Situated in a small village just outside Bakewell and next to the river Derwent, Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall can both be reached by foot, while dry fly fishing fans will be in their element on the rivers Derwent and Wye.
For more information about The Peacock at Rowsley, visit the hotel’s website.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images property of The Peacock at Rowsley.