Darley House

Darley Dale, Derbyshire

Magnificent house and Victorian gardens with rolling hills beyond. A peaceful escape for a family reunion - Dales and Peaks on the doorstep


6 bedrooms


Sleeps 14


A grand house with a rich history. Joseph Paxton, head gardener at Chatsworth and Crystal Palace designer, bought the house for his daughter in the 1840s and landscaped enchanting Victorian gardens. The Artertons have renovated this Georgian gem with huge care, filling it with antiques and retaining original features throughout: sash windows, shutters, ornate plaster, marble fireplaces. Find plenty of space – an elegant drawing room, a library/sitting room, an enormous beamed kitchen with doors onto the garden and a games room for children. Up the elegant curved staircase to charming, peaceful bedrooms with leafy views. Restoring the garden to its former glory is an exciting work in progress. The scheme is warm, autumnal colours with two of the oldest Ginkgo biloba trees in the country, giant redwood and beech, rhododendrons, scented Calycanthus with fragrant woody stems, herbaceous borders by the croquet lawn. Graceful stone steps lead to a balustraded terrace, woodland paths meander, water cascades. Set out for walks in the Peak District National Park, cycle trails, stately homes. It’s a magical place for family reunions.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 2 miles away.


Nightly price
from £329
Weekly price
from £2300
1 House for 14
From £3296 bedrooms


An idyllic venue that needs to be seen to be believed. Spacious, uber-comfortable and grounds to rival most parks! To top it off Lucy, the owner, is great from booking through to (reluctantly) ending the stay.

Tauseef, London

What a lovely weekend we had at Darley House - thank you! It is evident how much time and effort you have put into restoring this gorgeous house and its gardens. An ideal spot for a celebratory gathering where people can walk, enjoy the gardens, play croquet (not very well!) and have fun. Charlie produced a fantastic meal for us and we all enjoyed the hot tub especially as the weather was good. The beds were very comfortable and everyone said how much they relaxed!

Jane, Peterborough

Spent 5 days a the very beautiful Darley House . Five Star in every way with Ritz Carlton quality bedrooms, elegant sitting and TV rooms and the most wonderful kitchen leading onto a lovely garden. The kitchen table easily seats 12/14 and perfect for leisurely breakfasts and really bouncy/chatty diiners. The garden is quite outstanding, with a large lawn for croquet and childrens games. A perfect location for your holiday in the Derbyshire Dales

John, London

We stayed at Darley House as a group of 10, and were blown away with this beautifully restored house. All the bedrooms were stunning along with ensures of the highest spec. But the kitchen diner has to be the star turn. The size and facilities meant we could all comfortably spread out, cook, talk, watch TV. There are books to read, table tennis or a comfortable lounge in which to relax. The grounds were wonderful in Autumn, and I am sure would be equally lovely for a summer BBQ. All in all, a great time was had by all and we can highly recommend to a discerning group of friends or families.

Duncan, Dorking

We had a fantastic stay at Darley House as a family group to celebrate a 50th Birthday. It was a privilege to share such a magnificent home that has clearly been lovingly restored and provides opulence yet practicality for a group of adults and younger children. The vaulted kitchen was a fantastic space to eat, cook, share social time and watch the family entertainment laid on after our evening birthday meal. All of the adults were treated to an oversize en suite bathroom, luxurious beds and bedding was thoughtfully provided. And the grand games room was a real hit! Overall... perfect!

Ed, Turnditch

We had a lovely few days staying at Darley House. The house and garden are stunning; peaceful and luxurious so that one doesn't want to leave! However there is so much to do in the surrounding area; great places to walk, shop or visit.


What a treat. I had a wonderful few days at Darley house with a group of friends in December. The house was a perfect setting for us to relax and charge our batteries ahead of the run up to Christmas. It has been sympathetically restored &tastefully decorated throughout with so much space to enjoy. It would be very easy to spend a whole weekend not leaving the house but we did venture out. There are so many places to explore in the surrounding area - historical buildings, beautiful gardens, pretty little towns and villages, great places to eat and fabulous countryside to walk off the excesses.


Had a fabulous stay in this amazing house which has been refurbished to a really high standard. Beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms to die for - drench showers & free-standing baths - very luxurious and perfect for relaxing after long walks. Spent a lot of our time in the enormous kitchen / dining area with it's double doors open to the large garden - a perfect set up. Plenty to do in the area too - we had our two teenage boys with us along with another family and spent our time exploring the peak district on foot and bike, playing golf and visiting Chatsworth etc. You won't be disappointed!


Read more reviews Down arrow


The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Lucy Arterton

  • Darley House is a lovely place to spend time in, with it's spacious rooms and enchanting Victorian gardens. Come and explore!
  • June sees the first RHS Flower show at Chatsworth. A great connection with Darley House gardens. Romantic Haddon Hall is nearby and shares an identical stone balustrade.
  • Alton Towers – for the more adrenaline-charged, in stunning grounds and parkland is less than an hour away.
  • Nearby Dolomite Training offer some fabulous outdoor activities and Steve Rudge knows the area like the back of his hand - climbing, caving, abseiling, mountain bikes - excellent for fun days out and team building.
  • Other attractions: Gulliver’s Kingdom, Heights of Abraham Cable Car, Crich Tramway Museum, Cromford Mill, Cromford, Blue John Mines, John Pool Cavern, Go Ape at Buxton, Carsington Water.
  • There are stunning walks in the area, such as the beautiful Lathkill Dale lined with wild astilbes and geraniums in the summer. We can provide you with a choice and description of some of our favourites.