Award winning Darwin Forest is situated between Matlock and Bakewell combines luxury self-catering holiday accommodation with fantastic onsite facilities including a swimming pool, gym and spa. The woodland setting creates a peaceful location from which to fully relax and get closer to nature. It is the perfect place to stay for visiting scenic countryside, stately homes including Chatsworth House, picturesque villages and a wide range of local attractions.
Visit England rated Landal Darwin Forest as a 5 Star Holiday Park and awarded the coveted Gold and Rose Award for excelling in hospitality and service. The Park was also a national finalist in the prestigious Visit England Awards for Excellence.
Our luxury lodges are nestled within a 47 acre woodland paradise and are furnished to the highest standards. The tranquil location and comfortable lodges provide the perfect setting for you and your family to relax and enjoy valuable time together.
Landal Darwin Forest is the perfect destination to enjoy a family holiday. Our fantastic onsite facilities include Evolution Health & Fitness, which has a swimming pool, spa and gym, with complimentary use of the indoor swimming pool included in your holiday. There is also a beauty therapy and massage suite offering a full range of relaxing treatments for you to indulge and pamper yourself.
For the younger members of your family, Little Monkeys indoor play centre will provide hours of fun and entertainment. The Activity Den is perfect for older children with pool tables and a games room to keep them entertained. It also includes a complimentary soft play area for under 5’s and is adjacent to the outdoor playground.
We also offer a range of fun activities onsite that are suitable for children and adults. Let our qualified instructors train you in the art of archery or the skills of fencing. The more adventurous could experience the thrills of bodyzorbing, waterwalkerz or snorkelling!
For all the family to enjoy, we have a tennis court, mini golf and an abundance of footpaths and cycling trails. Our Trim Trak obstacle course is also very popular with families as is the orienteering course and woodland walk.
Landal Darwin Forest has 134 luxury lodges set in stunning woodland. Lodge types include: Classic Vogue, Classic Skyline, Elite Vogue, The Meadow, The Coppice, The Spinney and The Glade. Some lodges include a hot tub and some lodges are also pet friendly. Breaks are available for 3 nights Friday to Monday, 4 nights Monday to Friday or 7 nights from Monday, Friday or Saturday.
- 5 Visit England Stars Holiday Park
- Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
- Other Accommodation Awards David Bellamy Conservation Award Gold 2020
- Trip Advisor Awards Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Visit Britain We're Good to Go 2021
- Derbyshire Awards Peak District & Derbyshire - Tourism Awards 2020 - Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park Gold Award 2020
- Disabled facilities - We have 2 accessible lodges
Booking & Payment Details
- Travel agent bookings
- Visa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
- Barbecue - For a £10 refundable deposit
- Breakfast available - From 10am
- Evening meals
- Foodshop/mobile foodshop
- Snacks/afternoon tea
- Children welcome - Children welcome from any age
- Children's indoor play area
- Children's outdoor play area
- Cots available - For a small fee at time of booking
- High chairs available - For a small fee at time of booking
- Microwave cooker
- Central heating
- Ironing facilities
- Laundry facilities
- Washing machine
- Cycles for hire
- Free WIFI
- Games room onsite
- Golf available (onsite or nearby) - Mini Golf onsite. 18 holes Available Locally
- Gym on site
- Health/beauty facilities onsite
- Kit cleaning area
- Leisure club (onsite or nearby)
- Pony trekking/horse-riding - Available Locally
- Sauna onsite
- Shooting - Available Locally
- Snooker/billiards/pool onsite
- Spa Facilities
- Swimming pool - indoor onsite
- Tennis onsite
Linen & Bedding
- Linen provided
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Conference facilities - Please call reception on 01629 732428
- Private parking
- Dogs/pets accepted by arrangement
- Telephone (public)
- WiFi or internet access
- CD player
- DVD player
- Ground floor bedroom
- Hot Tub - In Spa lodges
- King-sized bed - In some lodges. Please check
- Satellite TV
- Scenic view
- Spa bath - In some lodges. Please check
- Public house/Inn
- Single sex groups welcomed
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2020
- Very Good264
- Jim APeterboroughA Must Stay Park for visiting the Peak DistrictSunday, 28th February 2021This review covers our visits to Darwin Forest in October 2018 (Glade 1), March 2019 (Glade 1) and March 2020 (Spinney 1). The Glade and Spinney lodges we stayed in are identical apart from the... Read full review
- LucyWensUKTrip Type:FamilyLovely stayFriday, 16th April 2021Lodge was spotlessly clean and well equipped. Great fun in the pool and also used the gym. The kids enjoyed crazy golf, the trim track and the playground; we enjoyed the bar! A really peaceful... Read full review
- T3145OHjacquelinehLondon, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyDecent facilities and fairly priced but no frillsMonday, 19th April 2021Pros: Good family facilities, pool, forest walks, bikes, mini golf and tennis Fairly priced Spaciously designed resort but not too much so little legs cope well Cons: 5 star is misleading; falls... Read full review
Map & Directions
From the North: Leave the M1 at junction 29. Take the A617 to Chesterfield and then follow signs for the A632 towards Matlock. After 5 miles turn right onto the B5057 towards Darley Dale (Darwin Forest is signposted here). Continue for 2 miles. Darwin Forest is located on the right-hand side just after the sign for the Derbyshire Dales
From the South: Leave the M1 at junction 28. Take the A38 to Alfreton and then follow the A615 towards Matlock. Approximately 2 miles past the village of Wessington you will need to turn right onto Lickpenny Lane. Continue over the crossroads onto Holestone Gate Road, before joining Slack Hill (A632) and turning right onto Wirestone Lane (Darwin Forest is signposted here). At the next major crossroads turn left onto the B5057. Darwin Forest is located on the right-hand side just after the sign for the Derbyshire Dales.
From Matlock: Take the A6 north towards Darley Dale and then turn right onto the B5057 (Darwin Forest is signposted here). Drive through Two Dales village and up through two very sharp bends. Continue for a further 4 miles until you reach the top of the moor. Darwin Forest is located on the left hand side just after the first minor crossroads.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest railway stations: Matlock and Chesterfield. There is no bus routes to the park.
Self Catering Self Assessment
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This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.