The spa town of Matlock and the surrounding Peak District are amongst England's most popular holiday destinations. No wonder, then, that Matlock holiday cottages are amongst the most popular places to stay in England.
Matlock is an inviting town, whether you like to eat out, window shop or just stroll and admire the architecture. There are plenty of tea shops and cafes to take the weight off your feet for a while and the many little shops just invite some leisurely browsing.
There's cycling and hiking almost from the door, or you could indulge your love of history by visiting Kedleston Hall, Chatsworth House or the plague village of Eyam.
Whatever you're planning for your holidays, whether you like your vacation to be energetic or quiet and relaxed, Matlock holiday cottages provide an excellent base to explore the Peak District. And whether you want a cosy, romantic retreat for two, or a property large enough for a get together of the whole clan, there will be Matlock holiday cottages to suit.
And here are some of my favourite cottages for you to explore:
Renting one of the many holiday cottages in Derbyshire means that you have history right on your doorstep. Stay at the Malt Shovel, and you'll have trouble deciding what to go and see first.
Home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House is one of England's marvels. The park is a beautiful piece of landscape architecture, ideal for walking (and photographing trees!). The house itself, when open, will leave you speechless. And if you're lucky, you may get to see the fountain, which was built for a visit of a Russion Czar, in working order.
This is a must-see attraction for all lovers of landscape parks and wonderful walks! But Kedleston Hall has more than just a great park and fine walks. It also sports a museum, landscaped gardens and a costumed housekeeper.
This lovely house from the late 1600s makes a great day out for children of all ages. The Museum of Childhood is provides some wonderful interactive fun and maybe also a nostalgic look back for some of us. And as a special treat for all Mr. Darcy fans out there, Sudbury Hall featured in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
Most holiday cottages in Derbyshire boast superb views and glorious scenery on their doorstep and this is especially so at the Malt Shovel. Excellent walking and cycling on traffic free trails along with a pony trekking centre less than a mile away, and Carsington Lake’s water sports and fishing, all add up to a fine holiday.
Alton Towers, Splash Landings and the Crich Tramway museum are within 15 miles. You can visit The Heights of Abraham, one of the Peak District's oldest and most popular days out, which first opened its gates back in 1780. Or visit Castleton and its caves, admire the Bluejohn stone and reflect for a moment at the graveside of Robin Hood's friend Little John.
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