Baslow sits around four miles north of Bakewell and is a popular base for visitors to the Palace of the Peak - Chatsworth House, the Peak District National Park and the variety of climbing edge's. Baslow is also worth a visit in its own right as a gorgeous village in which to meander, sightsee, shop, and of course dine & drink with us. Just a few of the things worth visiting while you are in the area include:
Chatsworth House - grand and a must visit
Ye Olde Pudding Shop in Bakewell but fear not they supply our Bakewell Puddings
Speedwell Cavern - Castleton
Curbar, Froggatt and Stanage Edges
Ashbourne - a delightful market town with many upmarket shops
Matlock Bath - including the Heights of Abraham
Bakewell the market on Mondays or wander the independent retailers
Matlock with a great selection of antique shops to explore
Blue John Mine - Castleton
Peveril Castle - Castleton
The Crooked Spire - twisted by the devils tail in Chesterfield
Meadowhall - if you must have some mainstream retail therapy
Quite aside from visiting Chatsworth House itself or the delightful gardens there are always things taking place throughout the year. For the latest news and whats going on @ Chatsworth House visit www.chatsworth.org
We have a selection of books and maps available to peruse while you relax and the team will always be pleased to offer advice to help you make the most of your stay with us.
Baslow is a delightful place to live and is known as one of the most picturesque villages in the Peak District, within walking distance of Curbar Edge and Chatsworth Park. It's also only 10 mins drive from Bakewell and about 15 mins from Sheffield. Baslow is a village of many parts – or perhaps one should say 'ends'? Five 'ends' in fact: Bridge End, Far End, Over End, West End and Nether End; six parts if you count Goose Green, the village green area in front of The Devonshire Arms in Nether End.
Did you know?
BASLOW HYDRO was once a thriving spa? In 1880, the Baslow Hydro Hotel was built as a Spa attraction. At its zenith, this massive mock-Gothic edifice housed 120 bedrooms, a ballroom, massage rooms and a welter of sports facilities in its 12 manicured acres of grounds. The Hydro dominated the village for over 50 years before guest numbers declined, maintenance costs soared and it was closed and later demolished. All that’s left are two gateposts. To give an idea of the scale of this Spa Hotel a tale has been told of a local boy named Godfrey Barber, a ‘real dare devil’, who climbed up the front of the Hydro where the words ‘Grand Hotel’ were so huge that he was able to stand inside the letter G. The village grew, like most medieval settlements, around the river and the Church, in this case St Anne’s Church whose 13th century broach spire sits prettily by the River Derwent close to an early 17th century triple-arched stone bridge. This is the only pre-20th century bridge across the Derwent never destroyed by floods. Alongside the bridge is the ancient stone watchman’s hut. In olden times the villagers manned this hut throughout the night so they could turn away miscreants and prevent them from entering the village. So tiny is this guard house that one wonders if the volunteer watchmen were all hobbits. There are further curiosities at St Anne’s Church. Outside, and decidedly unique, is a clock face that, instead of conventional numerals, spells out Victoria 1897. This was a gift to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, donated by one of the village’s most distinguished inhabitants: Lt Col Edward Wrench, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons who served in both the Crimea and the Indian Mutiny before taking over a medical practice in Baslow in 1862. As physician to the Duke of Devonshire, he often treated guests at Chatsworth and a visiting Edward VII made him an early Member of the Royal Victorian Order. Built into the porch of St Anne's are the remains of a stone coffin perhaps 700 years old, and there are other curious stone slabs to be found in the Churchyard. The Church was much restored by the Duke of Devonshire in 1852-53, with the possible help of Joseph Paxton, the Duke's friend and head gardener. In a glass case by the door is a whip, originally used to drive troublesome dogs out of the church. Two of the six church bells are medieval, the others were added in 1620, 1745, 1754 and 1839. Baslow is in a superb position, with magnificent views to be had from nearby Baslow Edge, where the moorland is a wilderness of heather and home to many grouse. Here stands the 10 ft Wellington monument erected in 1866 by a Dr Wrench, in honour of the Duke of Wellington. Here also lies the Eagle Stone, a great weathered block of gritstone. It was once a test of manhood for young men living in nearby villages. They had to climb the rock before they could marry.