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The exterior of a traditional Gardeners Cottage in the grounds of Alstonefield Manor in the Peak District.
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The 9 best Airbnbs in the Peak District for a wholesome countryside escape

Take your Peak District adventure to the next level by booking one of these charming cottages, quirky conversions and other super-cute Airbnbs.

Written by
Rose Johnstone
Rhys Thomas
Ella Doyle
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Camila Karalyte
Alys Lloyd

Ah, the countryside – wide-open pastures, fluffy clouds, walking routes to nowhere, and those seriously epic pub lunches. It really is hard to beat a weekend getaway in the rolling hills of England (if the weather cooperates) and the Peak District is no different.

Whether you're up for a hiking adventure in the area’s National Park (which is England's oldest by the way) or just want to mosey around historic towns and villages, a holiday in Derbyshire's Peak District is most definitely the answer. You'll stumble upon everything from grand old homes to thrilling bike trails and rock-climbing spots. And there's no shortage of places to eat and drink either. Trust us, you won't be bored when exploring this stunning part of the country.

If you're ready to pull the trigger and book a little UK staycation, we've rounded up the cream of the crop when it comes to Airbnbs in the area. These cosy spots are perfect for unwinding after a day of adventure – think warm log fires, endless views of green fields, and beds so comfy you'll want to stay in them forever. And if travelling with a large group, there's even a massive pub you can rent out – you'll just need 33 pals to share it with, and we’ll be impressed if you have 33 friends.


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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts, and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best Airbnbs in the Peak District

A cosy chapel house in Brassington
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1. A cosy chapel house in Brassington

Fancy a stay in a converted chapel house? Look no further – this Grade II listed chapel, built in 1838, is your golden ticket. It’s undergone a pretty major renovation, transforming into a cosy, country-inspired home with all the modern comforts you could wish for.

A quick glance out the window will remind you that you're deep in the heart of the countryside. In fact, cows might just become your new neighbors because they definitely outnumber the number of people in the area. But fear not, if you're in the mood for some socialising, the nearby village boasts two charming pubs. One of them, Ye Olde Gate, even earned the coveted title of 'Most Unspoilt Pub in England' in the 2017 Good Pub Guide.

Beds? Three bedrooms. Sleeps up to five guests.
The space: An inviting home that effortlessly blends the chapel's traditional charm with all the modern necessities for a super comfy stay.
Location perks: Did we mention that the runs on renewable energy? We think that’s pretty cool.
Budget range: A great choice for medium-sized groups looking for a unique stay.
Time Out Tip: Step outside in the evening and make your way up the hill right in front of the house. You'll be treated to a sunset view that stretches across a staggering 25 miles. 

A cozy alpaca hut in Ilam
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2. A cozy alpaca hut in Ilam

When it comes to farm-style staycations, the Peak District is teeming with options. But, as far as we know, there's only one that throws in a hot tub, a ceiling painted like fluffy clouds, and your very own gang of super-cute alpacas – and that's the Dovedale Animal Sanctuary.

Here, you’ll share your outdoor space with the alpacas, goats, geese, chickens, and ducks that call this 22-acre farm their home. Seriously, they're so adorable you might find it hard to tear yourself away from the farm borders (totally understandable). But, if you do decide to venture out, there are plenty of hiking trails nearby and the inviting market towns of Bakewell and Ashbourne to explore. And, just when you thought it couldn't get any better, here's the icing on the cake: all the proceeds from this Airbnb support the host's farm work, ensuring a forever home for their beloved animals.

Beds? One bedroom. Sleeps up to two guests.
The space: The host encourages you to interact with the animals during your stay. Grab some complimentary feed or bring along a handful of apples or carrots, and you'll become the alpacas' new BFF.
Location perks: You're super close to Dovedale and its famous stepping stones.
Budget range? It's a reasonably priced stay for two, making it a win-win for you and the alpacas.

A modern barn conversion in Quarnford
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3. A modern barn conversion in Quarnford

On the hunt for a dose of rural seclusion? Look no further than this beautifully designed barn conversion, snugly nestled in the heart of the Peak District National Park. You're about five miles away from the nearest towns of Buxton and Leek, so it’s a smart move to bring a car to fully explore the region's stunning scenery and quaint villages. But, let’s be honest, once you set foot inside the barn, you might just decide that this is the place to be.

With its inviting wood-burning stove, trusty pizza oven, and spacious lounge room that's tailor-made for downtime, it’s easy to see why. And if that’s not enough, there's a roomy garden that’s yours to enjoy, making it a slice of countryside paradise.

Beds? Two bedrooms. Sleeps up to five guests.
The space: Bright, modern, and spacious – the ideal mix for an epic family staycation.
Location perks: The hosts are always on hand if you have any questions or need some local information.
Budget range: A good option for couples with young kids.

A Victorian mill in Hathersage
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4. A Victorian mill in Hathersage

This old Victorian mill has some pretty epic stories to tell. Did you know the very first gramophone needles in the UK were crafted right in this very building? Cool, right? But don’t worry, this place isn't stuck in the past. They've loaded it up with all the modern creature comforts you'll need after a day of countryside adventures, like a spacious open living area, a toasty log burner, a gaming console, and a flat-screen TV. Plus, you'll be nestled right in the Derbyshire hills, right by a babbling stream on the outskirts of Hathersage Village. It's basically a picture-perfect setting. But don't just take our word for it – check out the pics.

Beds? Three bedrooms. Sleeps up to eight guests.
The space: An industrial Victorian home with interiors that are oh-so-comfy.
Location perks: For all you Brontë enthusiasts, the local church and vicarage, where Charlotte Brontë found her inspiration for 'Jane Eyre,' are within easy reach.
Budget range: This one might put a dent in your wallet, but hey, it sleeps eight people.

A secluded gardener's cottage in Ashbourne
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5. A secluded gardener's cottage in Ashbourne

On the hunt for a countryside escape that's straight out of a fairy tale? Look no further than this charming cottage, tucked away behind the walls of Alstonefield Manor. It's the perfect love nest for two, boasting all the ingredients for a dreamy romantic getaway: a log burner, exposed beams that stretch over the king-sized bed, a fully loaded, handmade kitchen, and endless views of lush green landscapes. And, if you fancy a scrumptious meal, you’re just a stone’s throw away from the George Inn, a village pub that's known for its award-winning food. What’s not to love?

Beds? One bedroom. Sleeps up to two guests.
The space: A rustic retreat straight out of a postcard.
Location perks: Escape to the peaceful charm of Ashbourne village. Seriously, this place is as quaint as it gets- with fewer than 250 locals and a trophy cabinet filled with "Best-Kept Village" awards from the council.
Budget range: This one won't break the bank – it's a reasonably priced stay that’s perfect for an intimate retreat. Ooo la la, indeed.

A two-bedroom apartment in Bakewell
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6. A two-bedroom apartment in Bakewell

Enjoy a memorable stay in the heart of one of the Peak District’s most popular (and historic) spots in this stylish apartment at Welford House, a Grade II-listed former courthouse. You'll be treated to incredible views of Bakewell’s high street and the old town from each room, all while enjoying the property’s numerous gadgets and appliances.

The space is a perfect blend of old and new, with antiques coexisting peacefully with all the contemporary conveniences you need, including fast WiFi, a large TV, and a lovely big bathtub to unwind in after a day of exploration. You're also perfectly positioned to venture into the nearby Derbyshire Dales, explore famous country houses, and savor ridiculously good pub lunches.

Beds? Two bedrooms. Sleeps up to four guests.
The space: Unique and cosy. We've got some serious interior envy just looking at it.
Location perks: You're in the hometown of the Bakewell tart, so make sure to grab a few while you're here.
Budget range: This one’s on the pricier side of things.

A stone barn in Chelmorton
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7. A stone barn in Chelmorton

When it comes to romantic countryside retreats, it doesn't get much cosier than this sweet little stone-walled barn. This open-plan space is completely self-contained, with oak beams, a spacious bedroom, a comfortable living area, and a private sunny patio.

If you're here for an adventure, there's a secure cycle shed (BYOB – Bring Your Own Bike), and plenty of maps and guidebooks to help you make the most of your time in this national park. There are great pubs just a five-minute walk away, and one well-behaved dog is welcome to stay with you, so you don't need to leave your four-legged friend at home. Unless you have two, then maybe flip a coin…

Beds? One bedroom. Sleeps up to two guests.
The space: An open plan space with exposed ceiling beams and French windows that flood the place with gorgeous natural light.
Location perks: The nearby market towns of Buxton, Ashbourne, and Bakewell are within easy reach, as are the historic houses of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall.
Budget range: A comfortable stay for a reasonable price. A win-win for you and your wallet.

A converted chapel in Bradwell
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8. A converted chapel in Bradwell

If you're on the hunt for a place with a dash of history, this converted chapel is the place for you. It was constructed way back in 1754, but it's been given a seriously cool modern makeover without sacrificing its original charm.

As you step inside, you're met with the perfect blend of old-school exposed brick and rustic wooden elements, mixed with all the modern comforts you need. There's a fully-equipped kitchen, a spacious driving area, and two bedrooms that can comfortably house up to four guests. Oh, and they've thrown in fast Wi-Fi and a TV, but come on, you're in the heart of the Peak District – it's time to ditch screens and explore the stunning surroundings.

Beds? Two bedrooms. Sleeps up to four guests. 
The space: What better way to experience the Peak District than in a converted chapel? This place is perfect for family stays.
Location perks: Ideal for nature enthusiasts, the chapel sits in Hope Valley, right in the heart of the Peak District, offering easy access to loads of hiking trails.
Budget range: Slightly more expensive, but when split between four, it's still reasonable.

A farm apartment in the rural village of Peak Forest
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9. A farm apartment in the rural village of Peak Forest

Prepare to be treated like royalty at this charming farm apartment in the rural village of Peak Forest. As you step inside, it's as if the red carpet is rolled out just for you, with fresh bread, a selection of teas, tasty jams, and even a bottle of prosecco to kick off your stay in style. The apartment boasts a fully-equipped kitchen, a cosy lounge area complete with a wood burner, and a cute little outdoor table where you can watch the sheep frolic in the morning. To top it off, there's a private utility room featuring a handy dog wash area, perfect for tidying up after a muddy winter walk. 

Beds? One bed. Sleeps up to two guests.
The space: The perfect spot to relax and explore the best of the Peak District.
Location perks: You're just a short drive away from must-see attractions like Mam Tor and the famous town of Bakewell.
Budget range: A comfy stay for a reasonable price.
Time Out Tip: Don't miss a visit to Chatsworth House during your stay. If you happen to visit during the winter months, be sure to explore their festive offerings, and don't forget to swing by their award-winning farm shop, open year-round.


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