Stunning church views from this Peak District Haven
The Old Vicarage is a 3-bedroom B&B in the conservation village of Tideswell, in the heart of the Peak District. Your stay is in the Grade II listed former vicarage of the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’, Tideswell’s village church, which offers modern comforts in a period setting. The south-facing gardens look over the churchyard and offer games of croquet amongst roses and flowering annuals.
Accommodation is in three guest bedrooms, all of which are fitted with TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Church View is a luxurious and elegant room with a superking sized bed, views of the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ and an en-suite bathroom with an antique roll top bath and a gravity shower. School View looks out over the old Grammar School and has a double bed with an en-suite wet room with both a gravity and a power shower. Hall View looks out over Eccles Hall, and is a lovely room with a brass double bedhead and its own fireplace: this is not en-suite but has a private bathroom with a steel bath and power shower. There’s further accommodation for two more in the Coach House, a separate studio apartment that is usually let on a self-catering basis but guests in the coach house can, if they ask politely, join in with the breakfast in the main dining room.
The Old Vicarage has excellent facilities to make your stay super-convenient. There’s clothes washing available for long-stay guests, a drying room for wet clothes, secure storage for bicycles and some bike repair facilities. Books and leaflets in public rooms suggest a range of walking and cycling routes: you’re in the heart of the Peak District National Park here so there are plenty of stunning paths to explore.
Heating is powered by a log boiler burning Chatsworth logs. To preserve the environment the Aga has been converted to electricity, but still provides that distinctive home-cooked flavour to lavish breakfasts that are served in the light and welcoming dining room. Special diets can be catered for, but the main ingredients come from the local butchers and bakers in Tideswell Village.
In summer, the Old Vicarage’s walled garden comes into its own. Facing south, it covers an acre of lawn and flowerbeds leading up to the churchyard. There are plenty of shady corners to enjoy long summer evenings, lots of level lawn for games of croquet and a lovely summerhouse for a drink or two.
Tideswell is a classic Peak District village as yet unspoilt by having too many tourists: though it is super-close to one of the area’s iconic attractions, the ‘Cathedral of the Peak‘, it is right in the centre of the National Park and near all it’s most beautiful regions.
The Old Vicarage B&B suggests:
Book direct. The Old Vicarage can be booked through the Online Ticket Agents but they take a huge cut and don’t cook your breakfast. Make our life better by booking direct – you won’t get a lower rate elsewhere.
- Building of Historical Interest
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Packed Lunch
- Bird Watching
- National Park
- Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
- Places of Historical Interest
- Train Station
- Wild Swimming
Tideswell village is right in the geographical centre of the Peak District National Park. The village itself has a range of shops, pubs & restaurants. In the immediate area you'll find the historic houses and parks of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall. Local walking and cycling trails include Monsal Head and Monsal Trail, and the reservoirs at Ladybower, Howden and Derwent. Hiking trails include Mam Tor to Losehill ridge walk, Stanage Edge escarpment walk and the Kinder Scout right to roam walk. Castleton caverns & caves, known for their Blue John semi precious stones, are nearby, as is Eyam Plague Village. The larger towns of Buxton and Bakewell are each about 7 miles away; by car it's 40 minutes from Sheffield, 60 from Manchester and 70 from Nottingham.
"We visited the Peak District in late February and were so lucky to find this B&B in Tideswell. Tricia and Andrew were excellent hosts, attentive and welcoming. Our room was beautifully clean and comfortable, and the breakfast offering was delicious, including options for cooked breakfast, cereal, fruit salad and homemade jams.
The location was perfect for exploring the Peak District, being centrally placed in the middle of Castleton (with Peveril Castle and Peak's Cavern), Grindleford, Hope, Chesterfield, Beeley (and Chatsworth house) and Bakewell. Parking was easy and Tideswell has its share of nice pubs and restaurants for evenings closer to home.
We'll be coming back here when we next visit the Peak District, wouldn't dream of going elsewhere now we've found this."
Eliza Taylor, March 2022
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Andrew and Tricia Vernon
- Bio : Husband and wife team Andrew and Tricia Vernon aim to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for those who are keen to explore but equally suitable if you just want to relax.