The Peacock at Rowsley
- Style Trad manor, modern twist
- Setting Deep-in-Derbyshire riverside
The Peacock at Rowsley hotel may have once been a small outer building on a Derbyshire estate, but its latest incarnation brings a lively dose of modern charm to its picturesque Peak District village. Rooms are filled with contemporary furnishings and fun flourishes, such as white fluff-ball throw-pillows and colourful furry rugs, to complement handsome antique wardrobes, four-poster beds and leaded window-panes. With the exception of some brightly coloured modern chairs, the top-notch tavern is all old-world charm – oversized hearth, bare stone floors, dark wood and copper-topped bar. A river runs through the verdant grounds and is ideal for fly-fishing.
Need to know
- Rooms 16, including six superior doubles and two special rooms.
- Rates Double rooms from $246.35 (£150), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include Continental breakfast (cooked breakfast starts at £4.25 a person). A minimum two-night stay is required at weekends.
- Facilities DVD/CD library, free WiFi, massage by arrangement, access to a nearby gym and golf club, fly‑fishing, discounted entry to Chatsworth House (10 per cent off) and Haddon Hall (50 per cent off). In rooms, flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, open fireplace, Aveda toiletries. Four rooms have a minibar.
- Check–out 11am, but if the hotel is quiet they can be flexible (subject to availability). Earliest check‑in, 2pm.
Children Discouraged; under‑10s are not welcome at weekends, and an unfenced river means the garden is not child‑friendly. On weekdays, cots (£5) and extra beds (£25) can be provided, and chef will oblige with small portions or dishes ‘with chips’.
- Hotel closed Only the restaurant is open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
- Also Dogs are welcome, for £10 a night.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Room 1 and Room 7 are both cosy and overlook the garden; Rooms 12 and 15 are the quietest, at the back of the hotel, and have kingsize beds. Room 5 is the most romantic, with a wooden four‑poster, but Room 3 has a beautiful antique bed that was originally from Belvoir Castle. Room 6 is a big, light double with a super king-size bed.
- Packing tips Wellies, bait and fishing net. Boxset of Pride and Prejudice – this is where the cast stayed during filming.
- Also Guests receive discounted entry to nearby stately homes Chatsworth House (10 per cent off) and Haddon Hall (50 per cent off).
Food and drink at The Peacock at Rowsley
- Hotel restaurant In the Wye Room, chef Dan Smith turns locally sourced ingredients into fine‑dining feasts with an adventurous Mediterranean undercurrent; pigeon with spinach, puy lentils and a Madeira jus, for example; or fruit minestrone with orange and saffron tagliatelle. There’s a simpler bill of fare in the bar, where you can also order from the restaurant menu if you can’t drag yourself away from the fireside.
- Dress code Comfortable country living.
- Top table In the bar, go for the nook on the right‑hand side as you enter.
- Last orders Lunch, noon–2pm; dinner, 7pm–9pm (8.30pm on Sundays).
- Room service The bar menu is available during kitchen hours, but sandwiches can be rustled up in the afternoon.
- Hotel bar The invitingly olde-worlde bar has bare stone walls, a huge hearth and a weighty, copper-topped counter. You can also order from the restaurant menu here. Staff will keep the beer, wine, cocktails or champagne flowing as long as guests stay up.