The best of both worlds await holidaying families in the Peak District. This picturesque upland area is home to moorland, rolling hills, and limestone caves. The landscape boasts a variety of orchids and the rare Jacob's Ladder flowers as well as moorland bird species like Golden Plover and Ring Ouzel. The Peak District has the feel of a bygone era with intermittent bursts of contemporary chicness courtesy of some excellent restaurants. There are also a variety of modern outdoor leisure activities to occupy the visiting thrillseeker.
The towns and villages of the Peak District are very peaceful, making this part of England the perfect escape for families looking to enjoy quiet holidays removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are many places to stay in this wonderful part of the East Midlands region. The Peak District has family-friendly holiday homes such as cottages, bungalows, and static holiday caravans. eBay offers a variety of listings for all sorts of accommodation at reasonable rates.
A well-appointed holiday cottage is a good option for families visiting the Peak District. The following are the just some of the cottages you can find when searching online for accommodation in the Peak District.
There are a number of cottages in Matlock that are built to accommodate small to large families. One popular cottage is the Sid's Cottage, a four-star holiday cottage that has been beautifully restored to accommodate a family of four. The cottage features one double and one twin bedroom, bathroom facilities, and a full kitchen. Situated at the top of a valley, the cottage gives you a stunning view of the countryside. Parks, family entertainment establishments, and top-class restaurants are all within easy reach of Sid's Cottage.
Barn or Farm Cottages
If you really want to soak up rural living in the Peak District, you and your family should consider one of the many the barn or farm cottages in the Peak District. In Heathcote, a quarter of a mile away from Hartington village, there is a former barn that has been converted into a traditional cottage. It is called Whitehouse Farm. The cottage can comfortably sleep a group of 14 and so makes the ideal holiday home for family reunions. You can get a splendid view of the Dales from the Whitehouse Farm. Also, it is near the River Dove, Tissington Cycle Trail, and some of the area's most historic homes such as Haddon House and Chatsworth. The tourist haven of Matlock Bath, which is south of Matlock, the spa town of Buxton, and the market town of Bakewell are all accessible from the barn cottage. Truly, Whitehouse Farm is the ideal base for exploring the Peak District.
There are a number of farm cottages in the Peak District. Many of these farm cottages allow guests to experience working farms. Many allow for guests to get involved in feeding the animals. Some of the most notable farm cottages for visiting families include:
- The Barn at Ivy Farm House, Warslow, Buxton
- Bolehill Farm Cottages, Monyash Road, Bakewell
- Wheeldon Trees Farm, Earl Stendale
These cottages are all fully furnished, and so make functional homes away from home for families staying in the Peak District.
If you want you and your family to stay in a cottage that looks as if it comes right out of a postcard you should consider staying in one of the area's many luxury cottages. In addition, if you want a well-managed cottage, complete with the assistance of helpful staff, luxury cottages are your best option. These beautifully-appointed cottages are well-maintained and sumptuously decorated to give the illusion of having stepped back in time. One popular hamlet of luxury cottages is the Hillside Croft. Aside from the usual amenities of a cottage, Hillside Croft offers luxury bed and breakfast, pampered breaks, and even an event venue for different functions. For an additional fee, you and your family can reserve a cinema room or ride on horses and ponies.
A Christmas cottage is not a type of cottage based on location or structure, but a cottage that is only available during the Christmas holidays. For example, there is a cottage in Bakewell called Langstone View that offers accommodation for a week, starting the 21st of December. The cottage is characteristically traditional with its wooden floors, terracotta tiles, and mellow pine panelling and doors. It is surrounded by the joys of the rural life, including a river where you and your family can feed ducks. There are also authentic pubs, traditional delis, and quaint shops to visit.
Holiday Caravan Homes
Holiday caravan homes can accommodate up to eight people in two to three bedrooms, with a convertible couch in the living room. Many caravan homes have insulation and central heating and so can accommodate guests all year round, while some caravan homes can only be used in summer because they do not have central heating. Holiday caravan homes are usually 10 to 14 feet in width, but there are caravan homes that are 16 feet in width. The Peak District also has its share of caravan homes and static holiday caravans.
Derbyshire Caravan Homes
A number of caravan homes can be found in Derbyshire. For instance, a line of caravan homes owned by Ashfield Holiday Homes are available for visitors to the Peak District. Each caravan can accommodate up to six people, and is complete with dining area, kitchen, lounge, a separate shower room, and one double and one twin room. A pull-out bed is also available. Humble as these abodes may be, they are close to many of the area's top attractions and activities, such as the nine-hole golf course in Ashbourne, Chatsworth House and Gardens, Haddon Hall, Alton Towers, and The Heights of Abraham. These caravan sites are also close to Matlock and Bakewell.
Summary of Holiday Homes in the Peak District
The table below shows the different types of holiday homes that can be found around the Peak District. These homes can be classified as cottages or bungalows, and caravans.
Matlock cottages; barn/farm cottages; luxury cottages; Christmas cottages
10 to 14 foot caravan homes; summer caravan homes
The table above can be a quick reference for visitors to the Peak District. These holiday homes are the best accommodations for families visiting this national park.
How to Get to the Peak District
If you are travelling with a family, the ideal transportation is by car. There are a great number of main roads and smaller roads intersecting the Peak District. However, these roads can get congested on weekends. You can also take the train and get off at these stations:
- Buxton from Manchester Piccadilly
- Glossop from Manchester Piccadilly
- Matlock from Derby Chinley, Hope, Edale, Grindleford, and Hathersage from Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly
- Another option is to take a coach that has stops in the main towns such as Bakewell, Matlock, and Buxton.
Renting Peak District Holiday Houses on eBay
The Peak District is a tourist haven, and many local residents now open up their homes to accommodate guests. There are also cottages and houses in the offering to rent all year round. On eBay, you can find great deals on holiday cottages, houses, and bungalows. There are also listings aplenty for static caravan homes in the the Peak District that are within reach of the most popular attractions in the area.
Whether your family is looking for a place to stay in Derbyshire, Matlock, or anywhere within the area during the holidays, you can find very good accommodation at reasonable rates on eBay. The fastest way to search for family friendly holiday houses is to type some descriptive keywords in the search bar. Simply type 'holiday houses in the Peak District' and the site's local search engine displays the relevant listings. Another way to search is to start from the homepage and sort listings for accommodation by using various search filters, which can be found on the results page. eBay allows your family to find a great place to stay in Peak District without having to spend too much time doing research.
Families do find that the Peak District makes a great setting for family getaways. There are a number of family-friendly holiday houses to choose from and many are available to visitors the whole year round. The most common type of accommodation befitting visiting families is the holiday cottage. There are many cottages in Matlock, Derbyshire, and other towns and villages in the Peak District.
Cottages can be the typical kind, consusting of one and a half to two levels and made of bricks. They can also be farm or barn conversions, offering that slice of rural living. There are also luxury cottages that look as if they come right out of postcards. Family-friendly holiday houses can also come as static caravan homes and there are caravan sites to be found all over the Peak District, with most situated in Derbyshire. There are so many family-friendly holiday accommodation options in the Peak District that you can find a suitable home away from home with amenities and additional features to meet your family's needs.