Derwent House

Tel: 01629 584 732 - Top large group self-catering holiday house in Matlock, Derbyshire

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Derwent Reviews and Feedback


Looking for a large self-catering holiday house in Matlock? Read our Derwent House reviews and find our what our previous guests have said about us from a selection taken from Facebook, TripAdvisor and our guest book.



Read all our reviews on TripAdvisor



"Fabulous property to celebrate 60th Birthday

Great place to celebrate my husband 60th birthday with 8 friends. Very tastefully decorated, plenty of space and well equipped in the kitchen for self catering. Matlock has a lot to offer for walking, sightseeing and eating out, which is on the door step. We would all definitely go back and stay in Derwent House in the future."

Group of friends, March 2019


"Fantastic House!

This is our 3rd year staying at Derwent House, it is just amazing, everything and more you could want from a weekend away. The house is finished to a very high standard with lots of finishing touches. The owners are great and will do anything they can to help. We have already booked for our next trip. Just perfect!"

Group of friends, February 2019


"What a beautiful place to stay! My friends and I have just come back from spending a fabulous weekend here. The house is amazing with lovely finishing touches . The house is located in a great place close to some scenic walks and local amenities. We all loved it. Thank you."

Friends house party, January 2019

"Great place for couples or families

Derwent House is such a smashing house and it feels like home as soon as you walk in.


It's immaculately clean, all the rooms have lovely furniture and the equipment in the massive kitchen is top notch. There's even tin foil/cling film/ /tea/coffee/herbs/spices/disch cloths/tea towels/ etc. all included.

And a large utility room, meaning the rest of the house can stay tidy. The beds are very comfy with very nice bed linen and towels are included.


The house was lovely and warm and the log fire in the sitting room was a treat. Very well situated, a nice level stroll into the centre of Matlock. There is nothing at all to dislike about this house, it's great value for couples or a couple of families. And right next to the park too."

Family group, December 2018


"Derwent House is a peak gem with it luxurious décor and comfort. It enabled our three families to reunite and enjoy a relaxed and fun holiday. There are so many thoughtful touches, such as the herbs and spices, leaf tea, fresh coffee and a range of equipment. Everything we needed was here. We loved the grandeur of the big dining table, the lovely showers, the charming and comfortable lounge, the laundry facilities, and the large kitchen for cooking gathered around the kitchen table, the hub of the home. This made for a great get-together and we will recommend it to all our friends."

Family reunion, July 2018

"Wonderful family get together for 70th birthday celebrations. Great house in a lovely location. Everything you could need to make it feel like home from home. Perfect for children with the park over the road and plenty of luxuries for the grown-ups. Thank you."

Family birthday celebration, July 2018

"What an amazing place to gather for my husband’s 70th birthday. The house was so welcoming. The location is superb and the facilities are amazing. The weekend could not have been bettered and we will be back. Lovely home form home. You have thought of everything. A big thank you."

Friends and family, June 2018

"This is our 2nd stay in this beautiful house and we have already booked our next trip. This is definitely home from home with everything you need for a perfect stay. So comfortable and very clean. You won’t be disappointed. We love it!"

Group of friends, February 2018

"Derwent House provides excellent holiday accommodation in a quiet location near the centre of Matlock. We appreciated the efficient heating, a log burner (wood provided) and a utility with space to dry wet outdoor clothes. Vases of fresh flowers in the reception rooms and teddy bears on the beds were a nice touch. The large kitchen is extremely well equipped with a good range of utensils. There is an ample supply of books, games, DVD's and CD's in the cosy snug. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this very comfortable house; we would definitely return and recommend to others."

Family group, February 2018

"5 star recommendation for this wonderful house in Matlock. It is perfectly located on a quiet road by a lovely park and is a short walk into town. The rental was spotlessly clean and the addition of fresh flowers and yummy biscuits on arrival was a lovely personal touch. I definitely recommend Derwent House!"

Group of friends, November 2017

"This was the family's second visit to Derwent House, this was better than the first time only because of better weather, the house cannot be improved on. It is so well equipped, the kitchen is large with every appliance you could think of and includes everyday items missing from most rentals (tea, coffee, milk, sugar and a range of cooking items such as flour, oil etc). All six bedrooms are spacious as is the family bathroom. The range of DVDs, CDs, games and toys are available for indifferent weather. There were fresh flowers in the main rooms and the "dressing" of the house with pictures, busts etc adds to the interest in the aged property. Our family consists of Mum and Dad, three sons with partners and three grandchildren and we had plenty of room to play and socialise. Great place - we will return again."

Family group, September 2017

"All unanimously enjoyed getting together for my 80th birthday with all the family. House just perfect for us all. So well-equipped and great position for town and walks. "

Family 80th birthday, August 2017

"Perfect house in a perfect location. Great for children. Enjoyed all the little touches such as fresh flowers, games and books. We will be back."

Family group, August 2017

"Fantastic house for a relaxing time after our son’s wedding. So convenient for the park and three generations of family. A wonderful time for all."

Family wedding, August 2017

"Fabulous Home and child friendly.

We were visiting family in England and wanted a house that would fit 8 adults and 3 young children. We couldn't have been more pleased with this house. This house is well equipped and spacious. Great kitchen with large refrigerator and lots of cookware, washer and dryer, cupboards full of games, and beautiful bedrooms. Little patio was very pleasant with beautiful flowers. Stairways had stair gates which was great with our 2 one-year olds. Five of the six bedrooms had an en suite and all very up to date. The house has beautiful touches throughout. A bonus was the large park just a few feet from the house. The kids were well entertained. We did not use our car the entire time as anything we needed was in walking distance. Love, love, love this place and it is highly recommended."

American family group, August 2017

"Great house, well equipped with everything we needed. Had some lovely walks to the War Memorial, High Tor and we especially enjoyed Lumsdale Valley waterfalls and surrounding area. Great places to eat locally."

Family group, July 2017

"Fantastic weekend to celebrate a big birthday. Lovely house for a large group."

Birthday celebration group, May 2017

"A wonderful week in a wonderful house kept wonderfully well!"

Family group, May 2017

"Such a wonderful house. Brilliantly equipped and lots of thoughtful touches throughout. We had a fantastic stay – thank you."

Friends reunion, April 2017

"Great house in a great location. Owner had thoughtfully provided most of the bits and pieces you forget to bring:-). 11 of us visited and the house is well suited for this number of people. Good selection of walking routes around to cater for people with differing requirements. Matlock great for a lazy day browsing the shops etc.."

Family group, March 2017

"Our second visit, plenty of space for 6 adults and 5 kids. Very comfortable, clean and well equipped. Good location, park just over the road and you can walk to the shops/cafés in Matlock. Will return! Thank you!"

Family gathering, February 2017

"An amazing house to stay in. Every room in the house is finished to a high standard. Very comfortable and cosy. Already booked our next visit for 2018."

Group of friends, February 2017

"Amazing second visit

This very spacious house is ideal for a break in the Derbyshire Peak District. There were 12 of us and the house has everything you could possibly need and more. The kitchen is the best I have ever cooked in. There is every item you need. We cooked our Sunday lunch on the range style cooker and we all ate in the most beautifully decorated dining room. All the rooms are tastefully decorated and our en-suite room was no exception. The bed was very comfortable and the little extras a nice touch. We have booked to go back again next year and we can't wait. I strongly advise you to stay at this property you will not be disappointed I promise you. The fresh flowers placed all around the house are a lovely touch too."

Group of friends, January 2017

"Derwent House is nicely decorated, full of character, extremely well equipped and very comfortable, with some lovely touches; several vases of fresh flowers and a cupboard full of books, games and videos. The situation is very attractive, beside a park with views of the surrounding hills. Milk and juice and a box of chocolates in the fridge and pleasant greetings from the owner made for a warm welcome. It's only fault is low doorways! My son is six foot three and kept hitting his head! Most rooms have en-suite facilities. All-in-all this is one of the nicest houses we have stayed in."

Family group, September 2016

"Derwent House is a lovely, well appointed, spacious venue for a family gathering. With an age range from 2 to 70 the house provided everything necessary for a happy long weekend with room to lounge, to play, to cook and gather together round the kitchen table or party round the dining room table. The children made good use of the generous supply of games and books when it rained and we made regular visits to the fantastic Hall Leys Park which was literally a 2 minute stroll from the front door when the sun peeped out. The kitchen is a pleasure to use with everything arranged intuitively so that you could always source what was needed quickly and it did really have everything that could be needed. We used an outside caterer for the main celebration meal but when we go back again, which I'm sure we will, I'll happily use the kitchen because it is 'cook friendly'. The bedrooms were good and the beds high quality. There are easy to use stair gates top and bottom of main staircase. The road outside is a cul-de-sac so no traffic noise. The wifi was good."

Family gathering, August 2016

"A second lovely Derwent House weekend and a third one booked for next year. This house brilliantly meets our needs as a central meeting point for our family. It is beautifully and tastefully equipped, but not too precious that you can't relax. I would unreservedly recommend it."

Family group, May 2016

"A group of eight of us in our late fifties and early sixties try to meet up a couple of times a year. It's always quite difficult to find our perfect house as each couple prefers to have a private bathroom and we need a big dining table, lounge and kitchen. Derwent House fitted our requirements perfectly. The house is very well appointed with plenty of finishing touches way beyond what is normally expected of a holiday let (fresh flowers, a well-stocked larder of herbs and spices as well as foil, clingfilm etc). There is good WIFI and very good TV, DVD and sound equipment. The house is well located within easy walking distance of the town centre so that there was no worry about having to pick designated drivers but it is only a matter of a few minutes walk into open countryside."

Friends gathering, April 2016

"Wonderful house, had a lovely time. Hope to stay again. Thank you very much."

Family group, March 2016

"Stayed here for a long weekend with family, beautiful house, amazing location, great rooms and even though there were 10 adults there was still plenty of room to be comfortable!"

Friends birthday gathering, February 2016

"As our wedding was a small intimate affair in Bakewell, Derwent House was perfect for ourselves and main guests. From the moment we entered, we all felt completely relaxed and at ease. We all felt like excited children, exploring the house and spent a great deal of time checking out all the rooms. All of the rooms are tastefully decorated and many had fresh flowers as an added touch. Everything you could possibly want was there, especially in the kitchen where every tool, utensil and gadget was available. Loved watching the squirrels in the park across the road, relaxing in the lounge in front of the log burner and the whole family gathering in the kitchen for breakfast together. Everyone fell in love with this property and can't stop talking about what a fantastic time they spent there. I cannot stress enough how perfect the house is, and we are so happy that we chose Derwent House to celebrate such an important day in our lives. Thank you Damien for everything, can't wait to return!"

Family wedding celebration, November 2015

"A group of us booked the property for our annual get together. The property surpassed our expectations.  There were fresh flowers in most of the downstairs room which was a lovely touch. Great Wi-Fi for those who needed it.

The beds were really comfortable with good quality cotton sheets. Towels and toiletries were provided in each of the bathrooms. Damien was really helpful and got us cut price tickets for Chatsworth. His website had loads of useful information and links to local restaurants. He has responded to feedback from guests to improve the guest experience at Derwent House. We will be back next year! "

Annual get together, October 2015

"The service from Damien was spot on. he rang to give me details of arrival the day before and during our stay we were provided with concession price tickets for Chatsworth house, saving us at least £7 each. The house was lovely, beautifully decorated and dressed. The little extras provided made all the difference to our stay, such as lots of toilet rolls. Milk in the fridge. Salt & pepper provided. A lovely large box of maltesers was a treat shared by all.

Lots of hot water, excellent showers, comfortable beds and luxurious duvets. All the things you expect from a good hotel. The location was perfect for us as well. We enjoyed walks in the countryside, a day at Chatsworth and The Red Lion was only a short walk and it provided good meals at very reasonable prices. All in all, a perfect weekend,and the weather was brilliant! "

Group of friends, September 2015

"Thank you so much. This is a fabulous house, beautifully decorated and extremely well equipped. Best house we have stayed in!"

50th Anniversary, September 2015

"We have had a great 50th Wedding Anniversary in this beautiful house. The sunshine was a bonus and so was the fresh flowers in the house."

50th Anniversary, September 2015

"We all loved it, the house, the town and the countryside. It couldn’t have been better."

Family and friends gathering, September 2015

"A fantastic house. So clean and a brilliant location. We really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful part of the country."

Family and friends gathering, September 2015

"What a wonderful house. A perfect venue for our golden wedding celebration. Excellent."

Family and friends gathering, August 2015

"Fabulous house. Excellent location. Enjoyed a truly memorable get together."

Family reunion, July 2015

"This was our great celebration weekend – 70th birthday, 45th wedding anniversary, graduation celebration and pre-wedding gathering. What a brilliant place to be. The house met all our expectations. And a warm welcome as always."

Family gathering, June 2015

"A nice time in the Peak District. We enjoyed our time at the house."

Three families from Spain, July 2015

"We stayed for a long weekend with family. It was a perfect place to catch up. Very well equipped house. "

Family group from Oxford, Durham and Newcastle, February 2015

"We had the best time celebrating a 40th birthday. The house was perfect. We loved the dining room all sitting and eating for hours. So much fun, laughter and memories. We visited Chatsworth, which is always wonderful at Christmas. Can’t wait to revisit."

Friends from Manchester, December 2014

"I searched high and low for the perfect location to us to celebrate my parent's diamond wedding anniversary - found it in Derwent House. We have had a magical celebratory week. Thank you for creating a true home-from-home. The house is gorgeous and has everything we needed and more."

Family celebration from Edinburgh, August 2014

"Outstanding in quality, the best we have known."

Family gathering from Lancashire, August 2014

"We wanted a large, well equipped house in Matlock for a group of walking friends and discovered Derwent House. What a find. Not only is it well equipped, the attention to detail from the friendly owners was wonderful. These included a lovely decorated house and fresh flowers. The house was very centrally located with easy access to all the lovely walks around Matlock. We found the local people very friendly and helpful."

Group of walkers, June 2014

"What a find. Great house and fantastic location. We explored Matlock, Matlock Bath and Bakewell and had a brilliant weekend. Thank you for making the house so welcoming."

Group of friends, May 2014

"Gorgeous House. Great location. A lovely house to relax in after a days walking. Excellent kitchen for chatting around the breakfast table. The locals in Matlock are extremely friendly and helpful, especially the bus drivers. Matlock is definitely worth a visit for walkers. Would recommend the house and the area."

The roomin’ sheep, group of friends, April 2014

"Thank you for a great holiday. We loved the teddies!"

Our younger guests, family group, April 2014

"We had a fantastic time celebrating my big 30 at Derwent House. The house is in such a great location to enjoy this stunning part of the world. I hope future visitors to the house have an equally fantastic time."

Friendship group, March 2014

"Have had an excellent time at Derwent House. Look forward to returning soon."

Family group, February 2014

"We had a lovely celebration weekend for my birthday. The house was just as we remembered, so comfortable, welcoming and easy. We loved the extra touches. Matlock is such a good place for us to meet with good walks, nice shops, especially the Antiques Emporium which we all enjoyed, and nice cafes."

Family Gathering, January 2014

"Had a lovely 70th birthday celebration with family. This was a return visit for us because this house is a perfect place and so comfortable. We will be back!"

70th Birthday Celebration, January 2014

"As usual the stay was wonderful. We all had the most fantastic time, the house was beautifully decorated and as ever there were extra little touches everywhere. We all loved the newly decorated front room and kitchen. We are already trying to decide when we can all make it back again!"

Christmas Celebration, December 2013

"We had a fantastic weekend at Derwent House. The house is beautiful and all the extra touches – including Christmas decorations – made us feel very much at home. We would definitely stay again and recommend to friends."

Three  families, December 2013

"We all enjoyed our fab weekend in this well-appointed, lovely house. The attention to detail is excellent and we thought were great – comfy and warm. We would definitely return here as a group or with extended families."

Girls weekend away, November 2013

"We knew what to expect having stayed here before but weren’t disappointed. A great place for a getaway. Keep up the good work."

Family and friends group, October 2013

"We’ve had a very special family gathering and the house has been wonderful to stay in. So well-equipped and lovely extras like fresh flowers , milk, etc. Had lovely days out at the tram museum and Eyam carnival and Saturday night we held a Champagne Murder dinner !"

Families form Cheshire, Oxfordshire and Worcestershire, August 2013

"Lovely house and very well equipped. Matlock is a great place to visit for our family get together, will recommend to our family and friends. Thank you so much"

Family Holiday Surrey, August 2013

"Thank you for a super week in a great family house, we thoroughly enjoyed all the house had to offer”.

Family Holiday Northern Ireland, August 2013

"What a beautiful house, clean and welcoming. We felt at home here straight away. Perfect for our birthday celebration get together. We would definitely recommend"

Friends get together, May 2013

"We have stayed in many houses for our weekends away but all agreed Derwent house was just the best equipped we has been to. It has been warm, cosy and very enjoyable..."

"Gals" Weekend, October 2012

"Thank you so much for a lovely weekend! The house is beautiful and very tastefully decorated. We all had a wonderful relaxing break in Derwent house and would definitely love to come back again."

Lisa and the Leeds crew! August 2012

"Great weekend, lovely house in a fantastic location. Impressed with how well equipped and the nice touches. Would recommend and come again.."

Family get together, July 2012

"What can we say but "Absolutely Fabulous" the house was perfect and contributed to a fabulous weekend."

50th Birthday, June 2012

"We love the house! We came for a "posh" hen do and had a fantastic time. The kitchen is very well equipped with loads of extra utensils. Thank you for your attention to detail and thoughtfulness. We don't want to leave!"

Hen do, June 2012

"Fab House, lovely little extras. Everything exceeded our expectations."

Hen Party, February 2012

"A truly lovely weekend. The house was everything we could wish for. We lacked for nothing. The children had a wonderful time - the grown-ups dined very well for our Ruby Wedding"

Ruby Wedding Celebration, February 2012


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