New for 2021

Christmas Discovery Tour in the Peak District

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
Type: Festive Breaks
from £865pp

Our Christmas Discovery Tour really gets into the heart of the area surrounding Peveril of the Peak. Enjoy the Christmas festivities in great company, plus great days out with a hot lunch served in a local pub or cafe included in the price.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the delights of the Peak District with a group of like-minded people
  • Learn more about the history and landscape of the area from our knowledgeable leader
  • Relaex in the cosy surroundings of our country house

What’s included

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house, including a celebration meal on Christmas Day
  • The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in good-quality coach transport
  • Hot lunches in local pubs or cafes on each touring day
  • All admissions costs to places of interest
  • A packed programme of evening activities offering something festive for everyone, including some old HF favourites

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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We want to give you a flavour of what you can expect on your Festive Discovery Tour, and while every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative attraction for operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


We start our holiday with the chance for walkers to explore Dovedale and the stepping stones before enjoying the delights of Ilam Hall and Gardens where you can take a gentle walk through the estate visiting the church and gardens.

In the afternoon we visit Haddon Hall, arguably the best-preserved Medieval fortified manor house in the country with some stunning medieval and Elizabethan interiors, and small but exquisite gardens. If there is time before returning to the country house we will travel just above Winster where there is a well-preserved lead safe at the side of the road which is worth viewing.


Enjoy a day of festivities at our country house, why not take a look at our Discovery Point for a refreshing Christmas self-guided walk to get ready for the festive feast!


Today we start with a village walk of Tissington to admire the various wells in the village. Well dressing is a long standing tradition said to celebrate the supply of water to a village.

We then travel to Sudbury Hall & The Museum of Childhood, a National Trust property where you can enjoy a self-led tour at your own pace with room stewards willing to answer any questions. You can also experience and reminisce in the delights of bygone years in the museum of childhood.

On the way back to the country house we visit a few historic market towns the first being Ashbourne, known as the Gateway to Dovedale, there will be a chance to walk a town trail for interested guests. Followed by Uttoxeter’s whose most famous residents was Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE (1916-2001) a British businessman founder of JCB. The final brief stop will be in Mayfield on the country boundary between Staffordshire and Derbyshire.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


The Peveril of the Peak

The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, stands proudly in the Peak District countryside, close to the village of Thorpe. Backed by the cone of Thorpe Cloud, which guards the entrance to Dovedale Gorge and the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the gorge, it’s an ideal base for people hoping to explore the Derbyshire countryside. Surrounded by extensive grounds and rolling countryside, it’s a picturesque retreat with 46 rooms, large shared spaces and a pleasant bar. Stride out from the house to find Dovedale’s wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes and of course stepping stones. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostles, best viewed from the grassy spur called Lovers’ Leap. While the Peak bit of the area name refers to small English hills rather than great summits, there’s superb walking to be had on the Roaches and the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, while Chatsworth, Tissington and Bakewell make attractive places to explore too.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas.

In Scotland and Wales physical distancing is still in place so this will be adhered to indoors and outdoors. Guests will need to wear face masks in public areas except when eating and drinking. The Scottish and Welsh governments are reviewing their guidance in August and we will adapt our measures in line with any updated guidance at this time.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

At this time the evening social programme has been replaced by individual or small group walks talks which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options with leaders. All of our swimming pools have opened as planned, except for Brecon and Glen Coe, which have delayed pool re-openings. Guests may need to book a time when they wish to swim (30-minute slots) if the number of guests exceeds the pool capacity. 

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 46 rooms, Peveril of the Peak has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Room 2 on the ground floor (accessible via 7 steps down from reception) is spacious and attractively styled with a door opening on to the grounds while the Chatsworth Room has a four-poster bed to recline on.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger televisions – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day delving into the Dovedale Gorge or exploring the Peak District, return to the house. Relax on the patio with a coffee or cold drink and soak up the wide-ranging countryside views. Take a turn through the garden and look out for the small canon on one of the lawns. Make your way inside to sit comfortably in the lounge where there’s a stash of wood and a log burner for those colder days or snag a seat in the bar with your fellow guests and sip a great local ale by the large windows.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Peveril of the Peak is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours that might include venison sausage and Derbyshire oatcake, roast rump of Chatsworth lamb and a homemade Bakewell tart with a scoop of decadent Peak Dairy cherry Bakewell ice cream.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for The Peveril of the Peak

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Essential Information

Essential Equipment

  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink,
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent,
  • Sun hat,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
23 Dec - 27 Dec 2021
4 Festive Discovery Tour £865 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Discovery Tours
Type:
Festive Breaks

4 nights from £865pp

New for 2021

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