Hotel Review: The Peacock At Rowsley, Peak District

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Camille Allcroft indulges with a stay at this pretty Peak District hideaway

Nestled away in the lush countryside of the Peak District National Park, you’ll find The Peacock at Rowsley – a luxury boutique hotel and restaurant which was originally a manor house belonging to the Haddon Hall Estate, where owners Lord and Lady Manners still reside.

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The historic Grade II listed building has an intimate feel, with 15 individually designed rooms and one suite which all blend contemporary touches with the original features of the property. Our spacious room had a luxurious feel thanks to antique furniture, oil paintings and plush fabrics alongside thoughtful touches such as tea and coffee and Miller Harris bath products.

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After settling in, we headed downstairs for dinner in the elegant dining room, under the watchful gaze of a portrait of the infamous Duchess Georgiana of Devonshire. The Peacock holds three AA Rosettes and it is carving out a reputation for fine dining; no surprise considering that Head Chef Dan Smith was trained by Tom Aikens and the seasonal menus are made with local produce where possible, including organic beef reared on the Haddon Estate.

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 A light pumpkin velouté with hazelnuts, toasted seeds and aged Comté was a sophisticated starter, while a main course of cauliflower cheese ravioli with potato emulsion and almond beurre noisette showcased precise flavours. An indulgent Casa Luker chocolate marquise with butternut squash ice cream, passion fruit and truffle demonstrated impressive imagination and the punch of earthy truffle complemented the rich chocolate making this an exquisite dessert.

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Tasting menus are available on Friday and Saturday evenings and there is a cosy bar area which serves a more informal menu, which is also the ideal spot for an after dinner cocktail. Post-feast, we returned to our room to find slippers, mint tea and a weather forecast awaiting us, displaying the attention to detail which sets this hotel apart.

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The next morning, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before setting off to explore the area; this is the ideal base from which to discover the charming town of Bakewell, while Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are within easy reach too.

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Guests keen to enjoy outdoor pursuits can choose from many scenic country walks in the area and fly fishing passes are available for the River Derwent and the River Wye, which boasts the only population of wild rainbow trout in the UK.

The verdict
The Peacock is the perfect choice for a relaxing escape in stylish surroundings which combine boutique hotel refinement with welcoming charm, while the exemplary fine dining is another reason to venture here for an autumn break.

Make it happen
Where to find it: The Peacock at Rowsley, Derbyshire DE4 2EB
Cost: Bed and breakfast from £205, based on a double room. A la carte dinner bed and breakfast from £285 Sunday to Thursday and from £350 Friday and Saturday, based on a double room. Click here to book.

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