Derwent House

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

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Top things to do in Derbyshire

Looking for the top things to see and do in Derbyshire and the Peak District? We have world famous country houses, top class attractions for children, hills and dales for walkers, unique market towns, plentiful fishing, history by the bucket load and delicious food!



Home to the remarkable Duchess Georgiana.


Masterpiece of neo-classical architecture, designed by Robert Adam


Built for 'Bess of Hardwick', Elizabethan England's second most powerful and wealthy woman


A fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12th Century


The history of Tissington can be traced back as far as 1086, when it is mentioned in the Domesday Book among the possessions of Henry de Ferrers.

Fine country houses





Local market towns

They all have a wealth of interesting buildings and churches to explore, and are perfect for shopping for gifts.


The surrounding villages of limestone cottages, pubs and village greens are charming. Keep a look out for the "well dressings".



This Georgian Spa town with its Crescent (rival to Bath), Opera House and Pavilion Gardens is well worth a visit.


For a great day out visit and pay an old penny to ride on the tram.


Half an hour from the house for the ultimate theme park thrill!


 A more suitable attraction for  younger children and those of you that are not as adventurous!



Meetings are held throughout the year, with a number of themed special events.


A cable car ride and show caves, located in Matlock Bath.

For fishing



At Castleton, the tours are of immense educational interest showing clearly how the caverns are formed in limestone strata.


For water sports, horse and bike riding.

The hills and dales of the Peak District and surrounding area are ideal for walkers.

The fields are outlined by dry stone walls and criss-crossed with footpaths.


Close-by both valleys provide riverside walks at the foot of towering limestone gorges.



In stark contrast these offer more adventurous walking both within an hour of the house.


Peak Walking Adventures provide guided walks in the Peak District.  They know the best walks in the area. Their friendly, professional guides will 'bring the countryside to life' by sharing with you a wealth of local knowledge'.



An old railway track from Ashbourne to Buxton, makes for easy walking.


This also joins the Tissington trail and takes you west towards Wirksworth.


If you drive to the north of the Peak District National Park you will enter the Dark Peak, due to the grit stone rock deposits and moor land. Here you will find the 3 dams. Derwent and Howden dams were made famous in 1943 when the RAF 617 Squadron used them to practise their famous Dambuster raid against the Ruhr dams in Germany.

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