At any time of year, a group break in the Peak District and Derbyshire offers nothing short of magical memories. Whether you’re planning a family get-together or a celebration with friends, these large houses and holiday cottages are perfect for group gatherings.

Here’s our round-up of some of the best self-catering accommodation for large groups in the Peak District and Derbyshire....


Swallow Barn, Monyash

Swallow Barn, Monyash
Sleeps 10-14
Just a short walk from Lathkill Dale, one of the Peak District's most peaceful dales, this stunning barn conversion is brimming with charm and character. Ideal for groups of family and friends, it's located in the pretty village of Monyash and comprises 5 bedrooms (3 en-suites), one shared bathroom, and bright living spaces including a large open plan dining kitchen, separate snug and a sitting room with inglenook fireplace - perfect for relaxing by the fire after long walks.


River Cottage, Ashford

River Cottage, Ashford-in-the-Water
Sleeps 20
Set in picture-perfect waterside gardens, this scenic self-catering house is just a five minute stroll from one of the Peak District’s most beautiful villages - Ashford-in-the-Water. Enjoy wildlife watching in the gorgeous gardens on the banks of the River Derwent, head into the market town of Bakewell - known as the Capital of the Peak District - and explore the surrounding countryside, before relaxing in one of 7 large bedrooms, all of which are en suite.


The Cattle Shed

The Cattle Shed, near Grindleford
Sleeps 24
In the heart of the Hope Valley, this luxury development has been beautifully converted from an old cattle shed. In contemporary, luxurious surroundings with a rustic twist, The Cattle Shed sleeps 24 guests in 11 en-suite rooms. There's also an open plan lounge/dining room with lovely Hope Valley views, a real fire, a games room and a large south-facing terrace - ideal for dining al fresco. Padley Gorge and the Longshaw Estate are nearby, whilst the famous climbing edges of Curbar, Froggatt and Stanage are just 5 minutes away.


Hurdlow Grange Buxton

Hurdlow Grange, near Buxton
Sleeps 4-43 people
If you’re looking for flexible accommodation, the five luxury farmhouses and barns at this rural development will fit the bill perfectly. Offering a total of 21 bedrooms and 18 bathrooms – many of which are en suite – this charming courtyard complex is surrounded by rolling fields. Characterful decor includes exposed ceiling beams and stylish furnishings. After a day of exploring, less than a mile's stroll down a country lane, or via the nearby Tissington and High Peak Trail, will lead you to the award-winning Royal Oak pub for tasty home-cooked food.


Derwent House

Derwent House, Matlock
Sleeps 12
Situated on the edge of the Peak District in the charming Victorian spa town of Matlock, this large period townhouse accommodates up to 12 guests in picturesque surroundings.  Built in 1753, the historic house offers plenty of space for everyone to enjoy, with 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Next to the town’s pretty Hall Leys Park, it's just a stone’s throw from Matlock's vibrant town centre, providing a great base for a group break.


Dale House, Litton

Dale House, Litton
Sleeps 30
Brimming with country charm, this large self-catering farmhouse in the pretty village of Litton is surrounded by great walks. Perfect for groups, there are 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms/en suites in total, with plenty of communual space throughout. Ideal for group get-togethers and family celebrations, a highlight is the large dining area where up to 30 guests can easily dine in comfort, before relaxing in front of roaring log burners in two gorgeous lounges.


Cliff House, Ashford

Cliff House, Ashford-in-the-Water
Sleeps 32
With stunning views over Monsal Dale, one of Derbyshire's most iconic beauty spots, this group-friendly house is perfectly situated for walking and cycling. The Monsal Trail, a traffic-free route from Bakewell to Chee Dale, is on the doorstep and some of the 13 bedrooms even have great views of the Dale itself. Amongst the stylish facilities are 6 en suites, two shared bathrooms and a games room. The sights of Bakewell, Chatsworth, Ashford in the Water and Buxton are all within close reach.


Agricola House, Wirksworth

Agricola House, Wirksworth
Sleeps 14
Situated in the idyllic market town of Wirksworth, famed for its arts scene, Agricola House's award-winning self-catering accommodation includes 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and stylish living spaces within walking distance of the town centre. The open-plan kitchen/diner is ideal for entertaining and the house has ample parking for up to 10 cars. Guests can even watch their favourite films in the sound-proofed cinema room or relax with aromatherapy oils in the wellness sauna.


Offcote Grange Holidays Ashbourne

Offcote Grange Holiday Cottages, near Ashbourne
Sleeps 12-16
Set in a peaceful location within private gardens, the two large and luxurious country cottages at Offcote Grange each sleep between 12 and 16 people. Boasting bags of charm and character, you’ll find farmhouse-style kitchens with separate lounges and dining rooms, cosy wood-burning stoves and oak beams throughout, whilst hot tubs are available at both cottages. The nearby market town of Ashbourne offers a good choice of shops, pubs and cafes, with Dovedale's famous Stepping Stones just a short drive away.


Oak Tree Farm Longnor

Oak Tree Farm, near Longnor
Sleeps 20
With picturesque Peak District views from its peaceful location, Oak Tree Farm boasts 8 bedrooms in a lovingly-refurbished farmhouse setting. Thanks to its secluded rural setting, it’s a great hideaway for families with children, who can enjoy the play area and explore the woodland. Nearby, The Roaches and Ramshaw Rocks provide an abundance of climing and walking routes. The spa town of Buxton is close by, whilst the popular market towns of Bakewell and Ashbourne are both just a 20 minute drive away.


Feeling inspired? Find out more about brilliant group-friendly accommodation and other places to stay in the Peak District and Derbyshire. Don’t forget to share your favourite spots with us on Instagram and Twitter using #UniqueDistrict!

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