Darley House

Darley Dale, Derbyshire

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


14 beds


6 bedrooms


Sleeps 14

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

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 the 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.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • 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

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 9.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Place sleeps 14 as a family group but only 10 as an all adult group
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 2 miles away.


Nightly price
from £357
Weekly price
from £2500
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available £10 per person per week.
1 House for 14
From £35714 beds6 bedrooms


Lucy is fantastic with a warm, personal touch as well as providing detailed information about the property itself. There was plenty to entertain children and adults alike - the croquet in particular was a firm favourite with the teenage children (quite a feat considering there is also a games console!!). The rooms are beautiful and most of our time was spent in the large, open kitchen. We loved how the garden had many aspects to explore and enjoy, each with its own “feel”. We thoroughly relished every moment and are already thinking about a future visit!


We had an absolutely glorious stay at Darley House. Lucy communicated with us well before, during and after our stay and made the property as COVID secure as possible which have us great peace on mind after months in lockdown. The house was spacious and had modern touches that complimented perfectly its rich history and heritage. The gardens in particular were a great hit with adults and children alike. With walks on the doorstep and many attractions nearby, there was something for everyone. Would highly recommend.

Alexis, London

There is something magical about Darley House that is hard to describe. A stunning building, yes, but also a feel about it that just makes one sigh with contentment. The gardens are obviously a key feature, but the atmosphere being there is truly something special. Lucy is a very attentive owner and clearly cares for the house and guests. It feels like an invitation to share in the experience of the house has been extended to you rather than a business transaction for a self catering let. Can't wait to return once more.

Mary, Cambridge

What a wonderful paradise this is to celebrate my 70th birthday! The children loved the fabulous gardens, as we all did. Fabulous welcome and dinner on Tuesday. This house is not only beautiful and comfortable, it has everything for all ages. Unforgettable!

Lesley, Grantham

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!


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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!
  • We are close to Chatsworth which shares a connection with Darley House gardens. Romantic Haddon Hall is also nearby and shares an identical stone balustrade to our gardens.
  • Alton Towers – for the more adrenaline-charged, in stunning grounds and parkland is less than an hour away.
  • We offer activities such as e-biking from our door, chefs to cater for your special occasions and even chocolate making courses. You can also hire in a hot tub.
  • 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.