This great new tour takes us into the heart of the glorious Peak District National Park where we include visits to some of the region’s magnificent stately homes, enjoy scenic countryside, including the famous ‘Dambuster’ Ladybower Reservoir and the historic towns of Buxton and Chesterfield.
Located just 1 mile from Sheffield city centre and 2 miles from the beautiful Peak District, the 4 star Kenwood Hall Hotel is set in 12 acres of parkland with its own lake and attractive gardens dating back to the 1860s. All en-suite bedrooms are to a good size and contain a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant is light and airy and the bar area offers plenty of comfortable seating. Leisure and spa facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, spa bath, steam room and gym. A lift serves all floors.
From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive north via Lincoln to reach our hotel mid afternoon where we have a welcome tea/coffee whilst our luggage is taken to the rooms.
Today we travel to Chatsworth House, the ‘Palace of the Peak’. There are many rooms to explore, including the magnificent Painted Hall, State Rooms, Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery as well as a diverse art collection to admire, in addition to the famous gardens. Later we visit the Chatsworth Farm Shop, in nearby Pilsley. In the afternoon, we visit the popular market town of Chesterfield, dominated by its famous crooked spire. We are free to explore the shops, cafés and market before returning to our hotel for dinner.
After breakfast, we travel to the thermal spa town of Buxton. Home of Buxton Water and located in the centre of the Peak District, famous Georgian and Victorian architecture as well as stunning ornamental gardens provide the perfect place for some time at leisure. We have free time for lunch here before visiting the charming village of Castleton, known as the “Gem of the Peaks”, after which we continue our scenic drive enjoying wonderful views of the Ladybower Reservoir, which, along with the Derwent and Howden reservoirs, was made famous during World War II when it was used by the Dambusters RAF squadron to practice low level flying techniques.
We begin our morning at the Elizabethan country house of Hardwick Hall which, since its creation in the 1500s by ‘Bess of Hardwick’, has been contributed to by descendants, craftsmen, farmers, gardeners and more. We discover the stories of Hardwick and enjoy the beautiful landscape. At lunchtime we head to a local pub, the highly recommended Three Horseshoes. We tuck into homemade pie, mash and peas with tea and coffee, before making our way to the Grade I listed building of Renishaw Hall & Gardens. Here, we enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent building, which has been home to the Sitwell family for over 350 years, and entry to the on-site museum.
After a leisurely breakfast we spend time in Sheffield before returning to our home area and waiting taxis mid afternoon
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Fenn Holidays Ltd, Whittlesey Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 0AG