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Go on an idyllic minibreak Peak District staycation this Christmas

This festive season is eagerly awaited. With the impact of the last months still weighing heavily on our minds and bodies, the idea of cosying up for Christmas with loved ones is simply joyous.

Discover a hidden Derbyshire gem for a Christmas far from ordinary and head to the historic Peak District for an unforgettable minibreak. This article is a guide with the best activities to do on your Peak District holidays while staycating in an idyllic stately home.

Unveiling Stancliffe Hall: Staycate in a Luxurious Private Setting

Find your Derbyshire staycation home immersed in over 50 acres of stunning parkland at the outskirts of Peak District natural reserve.

Escape to a local holiday in a pleasant staycation venue overflowing with history, décor at every turn, and magnificent luxury in an intimate scene. This is no hotel; this is your home.

Your new home at Stancliffe Hall includes:

- Spa Sanctuary (with jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, pool, and massage chair)

- Gym

- Suites

- Family rooms

- Billiard lounge

- Snug Lounge

- 50 explorable acres of parkland

- Fast WIFI

- Nine TVs

- Ample parking

- Extras (beauty treatments, local cuisine, champagne, photoshoots, or country pursuits)

Whether you are looking for an intimate couples or a lavish gathering with friends and family, spend your holiday at Stancliffe Hall and enjoy an unforgettable experience for both young and old. Don't just take our word for it. Let the splendid tales told by our guests' reviews on Kate & Tom’s entice you, or take a 360 virtual tour.

What better way to relax than in the jacuzzi with a glass of prosecco? Or escape to the snug to raid the bookcase. Alternatively, unwind with a cocktail from the bar next door.

For the most active ones, burn a few calories in the gym, play some ping-pong, or explore the natural surroundings before a sumptuous meal in one of the super high-ceiling halls.

But the fun doesn’t stop when you leave the grounds – Stancliffe Hall is located near some of the Peak District’s best-loved sites. Here are some of our favourites:

The first thing many people do when they start their staycation at Stancliffe is visit the famous Chatsworth House.

Chatsworth House is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and was inherited from the Cavendish family for 16 generations.

You certainly don’t want to miss Chatworth’s Christmas magic, especially after dusk. Until January 9th 2022, its chapel will burst to the seams with festive music, and you will be able to enjoy an illuminated garden walk finishing at the bright Cascade.

Our staycation voyagers often leave us with fascinating remarks about their visit to Haddon Hall. Almost nothing has changed at Haddon Hall after avoiding fire, warfare, family misery, and shifting trends. Haddon presents a unique glimpse of early English heritage. The Manners family has owned the house through its 900 years of existence!

Perhaps you're more of a delicatessen person? Haddon’s Hall seasonal Artisan Market – Mercatum - runs from March 27th to March 29th. Here you can delight the senses, browse and savour exquisite dishes, or discover unique gifts to cherish for a lifetime.

Looking for a memorable gift? Have a perfect day out on the dog-friendly Heights of Abraham, your ticket includes:

- Cable car journey

- Two famous show caverns

- Seven viewpoints

- Victoria prospect tower

- Tinker’s Shaft

- Two children’s playgrounds

- The Long View exhibition

- Heritage walks

- Restaurant, café and picnic spots

The Heights don’t provide parking due to its location on top of the hill. However, a popular choice among staycation guests at Stancliffe is to park at and explore Matlock Bath village. This seaside-style town is a must-visit for every peak-district holidaymaker, located in the Derwent Gorge, with lovely riverfront gardens, forested slopes, and rugged limestone crags.

Hardwick is home to five of the National Trust's designated Treasures. Bess of Hardwick designed the Elizabethan building with Robert Smythson. This was revolutionary in and of itself, but the building's architecture was also a daring move forward in exploring new concepts at the time. The Hall is adorned with large glass windows, and the three stories within take you on a fascinating mystery tour, with magnificent chambers tailored to wow.


As you’ve probably realised by now, there is a huge number of great things to enjoy while on your staycation at Stancliffe Hall. We love the beauty, history, and fun of the Peak District and are so lucky to be located right in the heart of it! We hope you do too – there’s only one way to find out… book your stay now.



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