The Cow, Dalbury Lees

The Cow at Dalbury Lees, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Hotel Review Location: The Cow at Dalbury Lees is a luxury boutique inn nestled along a leafy lane in the rural and tranquil Derbyshire countryside.  Although tucked away, it's only six miles from Derby and the M1 motorway making it easily accessible from most parts of the country. Arrival and check-in: The country inn has …

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Outside The Cavendish Hotel at Baslow

The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow

Hotel Review Location: The Cavendish Hotel is located on the scenic Chatsworth Estate owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, in the picturesque village of Baslow, Derbyshire.  The hotel is easily accessible by car being just 16 miles from the M1 motorway and a 40 minute drive from Sheffield.  The nearest rail station is …

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Cromford Mill

Day 3. White Peak Distillery and Cromford Mills, Derbyshire

After starting the day with delicious plates of Egg Benedict we collected our belongings together and checked out of The Cow at Dalbury Lees.  This charming country inn had been a delightful place to stay for a mid-winter break with its roaring fires and cosy, well appointed rooms. Our first stop of the day was to …

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Castleton, Derbyshire

Day 2. Treak Cliff Cavern & The Monsal Trail, Peak District

After starting the day with plates of smashed avocado and eggs cooked to perfection in The Cow's attractive bar we set off to Treak Cliff Cavern just outside Castleton.  Our approach took us through the dramatic limestone gorge of Winnats Pass with its stunning views as we drove along. The Castleton area is a designated …

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Buxton Crescent

Day 1. The Peak District – Exploring Bakewell and Buxton

The Peak District was the first national park to be created in the United Kingdom back in 1951 and spans 555 square miles of the southern end of the Pennines, mostly in Derbyshire.  The park receives more than 10 million visitors each year as it is within an hour's drive of both Manchester and Sheffield …

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Chatsworth House

Discovering Hidden Chatsworth

Chatsworth House is one of England's finest stately homes, located on the east bank of the River Derwent in rural Derbyshire.  The vast estate is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire and has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549. After Chatsworth closes its doors following a busy Christmas period one might be …

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Derby Guildhall

Derby – a festive city break

A surprise invitation dropped into my inbox inviting me to enjoy a festive break in Derby on the weekend before Christmas.  It's always fun to visit somewhere new and with the prospect of some sightseeing, shopping, eating, drinking and a night at the panto it took me less than a minute to decide to say …

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