Hopton Hall Hopton Derby DE4 4DF

Located north west of Derby, just ten minutes from the village of Matlock on the edge of the Peak District National Park, Hopton Hall is a countryside escape for anyone visiting the Midlands. If your ideal holiday destination is a quiet cottage, a roaring fire and endless country views, Hopton Hall may appeal to you.

Hopton Hall dates back to 1414. For over 600 years the Hall was home to the Gell family of Derbyshire and hosted guests including Oliver Cromwell, Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Caroline.

Today, Hopton Hall has been fully refurbished for visitors. The courtyard has been fully restored to its original majesty and now features five homely holiday cottages.

The five cottages are themed after the Hall’s original wings and buildings. They include the Butler’s Quarters, The Card House, the Dovecote, Gardener’s Cottage and the Granary.

The Gardens are an example of carefully crafted woodland. The restored woodland and walks reveal wonderful displays of snowdrops and aconites. Explore further in and you will find a laburnum tunnel and a number of walks, the beech, badger and spring walks.

You will also discover a small arboretum, a pinetum, two small ponds and a wildlife lake. Within the walled garden you will find the restored Crinkle Crankle wall.

This strange and wavy wall was the inspiration for the beech hedge at Chatsworth House. Within, you will find the two large Rose gardens that are home to over 2,000 roses and 5,000 box plants!

And after all that walking, you can relax with a warming cup of tea or a bowl of soup in the garden café. Or simply retire to your holiday cottage at the Hall and plan tomorrow’s excursion.

You could explore the city of Derby for some industrial culture. Or, head to the Peak District if you want more countryside beauty.