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Best Hotels in Bakewell

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Best-known for its eponymous tart, Bakewell is a real treat of the Peak District. Its old buildings, constructed from traditional, light Derbyshire stone, are perfectly positioned against soaring hills – this is one of the most picturesque of Derbyshire’s towns. Life is still dominated by the rhythms of ancient markets and the sound of church bells echoing through cobbled streets. As delightful as Bakewell is, it won’t be long before the call of the wild lures you out into the countryside.

Things to see

The town centre, with its pretty church spires and ancient arched bridges crossing the River Wye, is utterly charming. The central Market Square swings into action every Monday, with vendors selling locally-produced delicacies. Of course, there are also umpteen tea rooms where you can sample a slice of Bakewell Tart, the sweet frangipane confection for which this town is famous. Throughout the year, festivals and fairs bring colour and music to Bakewell, so you never know what you might stumble across here. When you can drag yourself away from the town’s charms, there are 2 magnificent historic houses to explore nearby: Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. Both are set into glorious Derbyshire countryside and each is just a few miles from Bakewell. Chatsworth House shows off Elizabethan and Georgian architecture, while Haddon Hall has a medieval atmosphere. Both houses offer extensive and beautiful gardens, which are ideal on balmy summer days.

Hotels in Bakewell

There are some great hotel deals in Bakewell, with historic, atmospheric inns and luxury hotels offering great value for money. If you opt for a guesthouse, you’ll find charmingly and traditionally furnished rooms with en-suite bathrooms and coffee making facilities. A free cooked breakfast is usually available, while some also have onsite restaurants. The luxury hotels offer spacious suites with elegant design touches, such as 4-poster beds or antique-style writing desks, while also providing modern amenities like flat-screen satellite TVs. Free Wi-Fi is generally offered in public areas and there is ample free parking at the majority of Bakewell hotels.

Where to stay

There are a few elegant, historic hotels located in central Bakewell. This is the ideal place to stay if you are keen to spend time in this genteel and cheerful market town. There are plenty of local amenities and shops available, and you are perfectly positioned to strike out and explore the Peak District. If you are looking for budget accommodation, there are a few choices available in and around the neighbouring town of Chesterfield, just outside the boundary of the Peak District. Alternatively, for a rural retreat, there are numerous farm stays and B&Bs dotted around the Peak District.

How to get to Bakewell

Bakewell is located roughly equidistant between 2 airports: the Robin Hood International Airport in Doncaster and Manchester International. From either airport, the journey to Bakewell takes just over an hour by road. Buses and airport shuttles run frequent services to destinations in the Peak District, including Bakewell, though if you plan to explore the area, hiring a car is recommended. Transpeak buses have frequent services between surrounding cities, including Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham and Manchester. Of these, Sheffield is the closest – 30 minutes away. The closest train station to Bakewell is located in Buxton, just a short bus ride away.