There are a number of family owned stately homes in the area as well as a number of National Trust and English Heritage properties.
Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are two of the most famous Estates in the area and have been the location for numerous film and television programmes. National Trust properties nearby include Sudbury Hall, Ilam Hall, Kedleston Hall and Calke Abbey.
Homes & Gardens
Calke Abbey is the house where time stood still, vividly portraying a period in the twentieth century when many country houses did not survive. Rather than restoring Calke to its former glory, the National Trust have undertaken necessary repairs to halt the decay of the house and its collections. As you wander through the mansion, you'll discover abandoned rooms, peeling wallpaper and a vast collection of unique objects.
The world famous and spectacular Chatsworth House is a must see attraction when visiting the Peak District. There is always something new to see and do in the house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground. Experience a taste of Chatsworth in the shops, restaurants and award winning farm shop, or explore the beautiful 1000 acre park. Ask at reception about our discounted tickets and special offers.
Haddon Hall has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years and its beauty and atmosphere never fails to enchant. Parts of the house date from the 12th Century and is described as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages.” Sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens and overlooking the River Wye, film-makers flock to Haddon Hall to use it as a location.
Ilam Park is owned by the National Trust and is a great place for families and dog walkers, with gentle riverside walks, stunning gardens and the popular Manifold tea rooms. They often have family friendly events during school holidays and it is also a great base to walk to Dovedale.
Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland. Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston Hall is a stunning National Trust property.
Sudbury Hall Museum of Children
The National Trust Museum of Childhood is a delight for all ages. Watch your children discovering something new, or relive nostalgic memories by exploring the childhoods of times gone by. You can be a chimney sweep or a Victorian pupil and be captivated by archive film and interactive displays.
Tissington Hall was built in 1609 by Francis FitzHerbert whose family still reside at the Hall. For over 400 years the Hall has presided over the picturesque Estate Village and there are several visitor days when the listed building is open to the public.
Whether you’re looking for a garden with peace and quiet, or fun and action you will find a great day out at Trentham Gardens which also has a Capability Brown designed Lake. There is also an Adventure Playground for the younger family members to enjoy.
Tutbury Castle sits overlooking the River Dove and is a great ruin to visit. Its commanding views and natural defensive position makes this an obvious site for a castle and is best known as one of the prisons of Mary Queen of Scots.