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With its historic towns, charming villages, great local food and drop-dead gorgeous scenery, the Peak District is the perfect place for a Valentine’s break. Whether your idea of romance is a historic room, evenings filled with good food or days filling your lungs with fresh-air and fine views, there're loads of great places to stay which will make any romantic getaway feel extra special.

We got together with the Good Hotel Guide to select five of the most romantic hotels in the Peak District & Derbyshire so you can make your romantic dreams come true:

Four-poster beds with a view at The Cavendish, Baslow

Drink in glorious views of the Chatsworth Estate as you lie in bed in this traditional hotel, which has been part of the Chatsworth Estate since the 1830s. For the ultimate romantic break, book the Hartington Junior Suite in the oldest part of the hotel; it has a four-poster bed, underfloor heating, a sumptuous bathroom and the best views. The hotel has three dining options to choose from: The Gallery restaurant for indulgent fine dining; simpler fare in the Garden Room; or the Kitchen Table, which takes you behind the scenes of the busy kitchen. The Cavendish is the nearest hotel to Chatsworth House, which is unfortunately closed until late March 2018, but there’s still plenty to do nearby. Choose from several walks direct from the hotel, sample the famous bakeries and cafes of Bakewell or take a hike up to Curbar Edge - a great walk to see some of Derbyshire's best views.

Front-row seats for a Michelin-starred kitchen at Fischer’s at Baslow Hall, Baslow 

It’s difficult to pinpoint the most romantic aspect of this Jacobean-style Edwardian mansion, located in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside. The chestnut tree-shaded approach sets the tone from the get-go. Bedrooms in the main house have leaded windows overlooking mature landscaped gardens, perfect for a romantic stroll around;  but it’s Chef Rupert Rowley’s Michelin-starred cooking that really makes this the perfect place for a romantic break. For an extra-special dining experience, book the Kitchen Tasting Bench for a front-row view of the award-winning dishes being created. For a more private meal, dress for dinner in the dining room where a log fire makes everything seem extra luxurious and cosy. 

Treks, tea and cakes at Underleigh House, Hope

At first glance this excellent-value B&B with a strong green philosophy might not be the most obvious choice for a romantic break, but five-star Underleigh is spot-on for a care-free escape. Hosts Vivienne and Philip Taylor will meet you at the train station, settle you in over afternoon tea, and leave you with a raft of ideas for car-free explorations. Three of the bedrooms in the converted Victorian cottage and barn have their own private lounge; all bedrooms have bags of character and views across the garden to the peaks beyond. This is prime walking territory, and returning hikers are rewarded with a complimentary tray of tea and cakes. 

Unplug and unwind at The Manor Farmhouse, Matlock

The Manor Farmhouse is peaceful historic hideaway, idyllically located on a sheep farm, nestled between two dales. The perfect place to indulge in treks for two, as there are plenty of walks directly from the Grade II-listed Elizabethan house... not that you’d want to leave the place for very long! There are three large, traditionally furnished bedrooms to choose from (book the one on the ground floor in the main house for direct access to the garden) and breakfast prepared from fresh local ingredients and home-grown produce is served in the original Elizabethan kitchen. 

Galleries and gardens at Roseleigh, Buxton

Roseleigh, an elegant B&B in a 19th-century house, is just the thing for culturally minded couples. It’s on a pedestrianised street across from the Victorian Pavilion Gardens, 23 acres of award-winning heritage gardens. If the weather’s not ideal for hand-in-hand strolls along the beautiful lake, have a vintage afternoon tea and browse exhibitions by local artists in The Art Café, or take in the artwork on display in The Gallery in the Gardens. Then there's also Buxton Opera House – the highest opera house in the UK, no less, just a five-minute walk from the B&B too. Ask for a bedroom with a kingsize bed and views across Pavilion Gardens for maximum romance. 




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