Old barns and crofters' cottages, little cabins and glamping pods, all make up the offering of Peak District lodges to rent. These are the accommodations that will have you waking to the sounds of cowbells and bristling meadows, not to mention sights of windy tors and green dales. If all that sounds like your sort of thing, be sure to read on for tips, hints and destination picks.
What to expect from Peak District lodges
A lodge is a casual, rustic accommodation type that prioritises proximity to nature over other features. In the Peak District, you'll find all sorts of these loveable stays, along with some that even bring a dash of luxury to the mix.
Log cabins in Derbyshire are sought-after
Log cabins are some of the most coveted sorts of lodges in the Peak District National Park. They can be uber-romantic and cosy, seeming to mingle almost organically with the verdant valley sides that rise all around.
Peak District lodges on holiday parks
It's common to find lodge-style stays in large holidaying parks that encompass tent pitches and campervan spots. You might lose a little seclusion with these sorts of rentals but you could also gain some enticing amenities, like communal games rooms, a shared swimming pool and on-site cafes.
Al fresco spaces are all important
While the interiors of lodges in the Peak District tend to be more compact than those of traditional cottage rentals, there's often a heavy focus on outdoor space. That could mean a patio with a blazing firepit for stargazing on or a bubbling hot tub with views of the rolling countryside.
What sorts of trips are perfect for Peak District lodges?
For a quick break from the city or a romantic getaway for 2, lodges in the Peak District can oblige. Read on for 3 examples of the sorts of holiday they really lend themselves to.
Romantic Peak District lodges for couples
Mornings of snuggling up while the sun rises over the dew-soaked fields of the Upper Derwent Valley meet evenings by the fireplace while owls hoot in Millers Dale in this rural corner of England. Compact and small interiors in lodges often create the perfect atmosphere for a break with the other half, while rentals with a hot tub on the side can add a whole other dimension to your loved-up escape.
Adventures in the national park
Few accommodation types will offer such immersion in the Peak District National Park as the humble lodge. Because they are often built on semi-permanent foundations, they are able to be raised in more far-flung areas of the protected landscape than modern house builds. So, pack the walking boots and bring the OS map – this could be a trip laced with hikes, cycles and more.
Cultural journeys in Derbyshire
Whether you come to unravel the tale of Norman nobles that unfolds between the crumbly citadel of old Castleton or trace the rich story of Victorian spa goers or 1800s mill houses in the White Peak region, you can rest assured that lodge stays here will surround you in Midlands culture.
Some favourite destinations for Peak District lodges
With the vastness of a national park to discover and a whole medley of counties to get stuck into, you may want to use these 3 destination picks to start pinpointing the place that's perfect for your rural retreat.
Bucolic Dovedale beckons
If there's one dale of the Peak District that sums up the arcadian character of the soft, hilly White Peak area that dominates the southern side of the national park, it's surely Dovedale. Looking like something plucked from Tolkien's Shire, it's all green slopes and oaks, sycamore groves and babbling rivers.
Go to the wild north near Uppermill
The Dark Peak of the Peak District includes the wild, heather-growing heaths and moors that spill into Yorkshire on the reserve's northern fringes. That's where you'll be able to bag lodges near Uppermill, a sleepy village of beige-tinted stone enfolded by the South Pennines. The area's untamed credentials make it a perfect choice for hikers and mountain bikers.
Consider south of Buxton
The arm of the Peak District National Park that curls around the water-babbling town of Buxton is a great place to be if you like remote farm fields and picture-perfect countryside. This is also a convenient corner of the region to begin a long-distance tramping route across the whole of the reserve, perhaps hopping from Peak District lodge to Peak District lodge.