The Derwent

Sleeps 40

Self Catering Country House in a Converted Hotel in the Village of Bamford


  • Sleeps 40 guests
  • 16 Boutique Style Bedrooms, 1 is a ground floor bunk bedroom
  • 9 Ensuites, 2 shared shower rooms and 2 shared bathrooms
  • Sorry no Dogs
  • In the heart of the Peak District village of Bamford, access to Ladybower and Derwent Reservoir in the Upper Derwent Valley
  • The Derwent Country House is perfect for friends and families who are seeking a unique place to stay
  • Venture out to enjoy country walks through the spectacular Peak District National Park in every direction
  • Edale, Castleton and Hathersage are all a few minutes drive away
  • Golf, mountain biking, fishing and hiking are just a few of the outdoor activities on your doorstep

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

There are a total of sixteen boutique style bedrooms each being individually decorated and designed and furnished with comfy beds, fresh linen and towels. We try to be really flexible with the room set up to suit all kinds of groups as most rooms can offer options of double, twins and some bunk beds with plenty of en suites and shared bathrooms.

The main stair well leads up from the central ground floor space to a wide first floor landing and here you will find a choice of nine bedrooms with four with en suites, two shared shower rooms and one shared bathroom/wc. A further stair well rises to the second floor with six bedrooms with four en suites and one shared bathroom. A sixteenth bunk bed bedroom is situated on the ground floor with external access through to the garden with en suite.

Please click here for the bedroom layout.

Cooking and Dining

The extremely spacious dining room creates a wonderfully space for group dining. We offer flexible table layouts so that you can dine and seat up to 40 guests in various combinations.

To ensure catering for a large group is a pleasure, we have thoughtfully designed the kitchen layout to provide two adjoining rooms one for preparation and cooking and the other for serving and clearing. The fully equipped kitchen has a double range cooker, an abundance of cookware, pots and pans, microwave and crockery/utensils/glassware. The second utility kitchen has further storage cupboards with plenty of work surfaces, dishwashers and sink areas.

Whether you wish to cook for yourselves or use one of our many highly recommended outside catering contacts everything you or they will need to put on a meal to remember is provided.

Living Spaces

The Derwent Country House is a deceptively spacious property with interconnecting reception rooms that flow throughout the ground floor creating an amazing entertainment space for large groups.

The bar area is located in the central space and naturally evolves into the main social hub of the venue. Complete with bar stools, drinks fridges and glassware, you can stock the bar as you wish and serve drinks over the original bar which we have managed to retain many original features (please note the pumps are not in use).

There are two good sized lounge areas and to ensure your stay at The Derwent Country House is even more relaxing, we have added a luxury games room with pool table, table football and dart board.

Please click here for the floor plans.

Garden and Outdoor Space

Outside to the rear of the property there is a lovely patio area with picnic benches and a BBQ, available for use from 01st April through to 31st October, please supply your own charcoal and lighting equipment, which is a lovely spot for some al fresco dining.

Adjacent to this is a  pleasant lawned garden with a child's play area, perfect for children to run off some steam! There is plenty of off road parking as the former hotel and pub has it very own car park with parking for up to 20 plus cars.

Property Information

Our standard arrival and departure times are:

  • ​4pm on the day of arrival
  • By 10am on the day of departure 

Please do respect these times as they are in place to allow the housekeeping teams enough time to thoroughly clean the property before and after your stay

  • Please remove all shoes on entry
  • Please do not bring any candles, tea lights or incense sticks as they are not allowed at the property
  • No fireworks or Chinese lanterns please
  • No smoking or vaping inside the property. Vaping can trigger the fire alarms
  • Can any outside socialising please be brought inside by 10 pm, we kindly ask that neighbours and local residents are not disturbed after this time due to the site of the property being in the heart of the village - noise does travel. For more information, please see our Noise and Behaviour Policy
  • No glitter please as even the most eco friendly kind is impossible to remove from the soft furnishings and hard wearing floors
  • No Karaoke machines of any type

If you are looking for a holiday cottage that is accessible for everyone we have a wealth of properties that are suitable for guests with varied access needs. Many of our properties are situated in rural locations, offering peaceful settings that would be suitable for guests with autism & learning difficulties.

  • ​1 x Ground Floor Bunk Bed room with en suite featuring a bath and shower
  • No level access to the property there are 4 steps to the main entrance
  • All the  ground floor accommodation is on level access and flow from one room to the other
  • Hypoallergenic bedding
  • Ground floor toilets with wash basins
  • Private garden with trees surrounding, offering a calm and tranquil space

Peak Venues have a dedicated Accessibility Champion who will be able to assist you with specific property information, please contact them by email for any further help at

The Peak District and Surrounding Area

Located in the centre of a former mill-village of Bamford, the venue occupies an enviable position in the heart of The Peak District National Park. There are so many interesting places to explore nearby - its well worth taking a hike up Bamford Edge which overlooks the village and offers a fine view of Ladybower reservoir.

Ladybower & Howden Reservoir in the Upper Derwent Valley is right on your doorstep and absolutely stunning whether you are walking, fishing, wild swimming or cycle around it. The reservoirs are steeped in history, during the Second World War the reservoir was famously used for practising the low-level flights commonly known as the "Dam Busters" raids. 

Sickleholme Golf Club is a friendly club within walking distance to The  Derwent and welcomes visiting groups. A short drive away, popular areas of the Peak District are very accessible Bakewell, Castleton, Hope Valley, Edale, Hathersage and Chatsworth.

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How To Find The Derwent


The address of The Derwent Country House is:

Main Road, Bamford, S33 0AY

Approx GPS coordinates of the property are:53.347621, -1.689537

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    Directions to The Derwent by car from Castleton (approx. 10 mins):

    • Follow signs for the A6187 towards Hope Valley (Castleton Road)
    • Once on A6187 follow road for 4 miles (turns into Hope Road then Hathersage Road)
    • You will come to a set of traffic lights with a petrol station on your left
    • Take a left at the lights onto A6013
    • Follow the road for 0.8 miles into the main village
    • The Derwent Country House will be on your right hand side- on your left there will be a dental practice and a bus stop opposite
    • You have arrived at The Derwent Country House!​

    Directions to The Derwent by car from Hathersage (approx. 5 minutes)

    • Follow signs for A6187 towards Castleton (Castleton Road)
    • Once on A6187 follow for 1.5 miles
    • At the traffic lights there will be a petrol station ahead of you on the right hand side
    • Take the right hand turn at the lights just before the petrol station onto A6013 to Bamford
    • Follow the road for 0.8 miles into the main village
    • The Derwent Country House will be on your right hand side- on your left there will be a dental practice and a bus stop opposite
    • You have arrived at The Derwent Country House!

    Directions to The Derwent by car from Sheffield (approx. 30 minutes):

    • From Sheffield follow signs for A57 towards Glossop
    • Follow A57 for approx. 12-12.5 miles
    • There will be Lady Bower reservoir (sometimes called Derwent reservoir) on your right hand side
    • You will come to a set of traffic lights- take a right turn here signposted A6013 to Bamford
    • Follow the road down for approximately 2 miles
    • The Derwent Country House will be on your left hand side- on your right there will be a dental practice and a bus stop opposite
    • You have arrived at The Derwent Country House!

    Floor Plans

    To view or download the floorplan for this property click the button below

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    Your Stay At The Derwent

    Our Favourite Places to Eat Nearby

    Country Pubs

    • The Angler’s Rest, Bamford - Bamford’s community owned pub, post office and café. Friday Night is Fish and Chip Night - available to eat in or takeaway from 5.30pm - 9.00pm.
    • The Yorkshire Bridge Inn, Bamford - Traditional pub serving food about a 20 minute walk from Bamford.
    • The Scotsman’s Pack Inn, Hathersage - Home cooked pub food using locally sourced produce.
    • The Chequers Inn, Froggatt Edge - Award winning inn serving fresh locally sourced food.
    • The Plough Inn, Hathersage -Traditional pub serving great food.
    • The Barrel Inn, Bretton- Quaint 16th century inn with the most amazing views - on a clear day it is possible to see five counties.
    • The Bulls Head Inn, Foolow - Family run pub serving hearty traditional pub food. 
    • The Moon Inn, Stoney Middleton - A lovely traditional pub with a great beer garden.
    • The Bridge Inn, Calver - situated near to the river so an idyllic location to sit in the beer garden and enjoy a local beer or glass of wine. Serving great food and dog friendly.


    • Maazi Indian Restaurant, Hathersage -Brilliant Indian restaurant located in the centre of Hathersage, they also do take-aways and outside catering.
    • 1530, Castleton - Nice Italian restaurant located in the centre of Castleton.
    • The Merchant’s Yard, Tideswell - a stylish restaurant with a private dining area for large groups. Also a lovely setting for afternoon tea and the cocktails are a must!
    • Charlie’s Bistro, Baslow - Lovely little bistro in the centre of Baslow, advisable to book ahead.
    • Curry Cottage at Lovers Leap, Stoney Middleton - Restaurant and take-away.


    • Hathersage Social Club, Hathersage - A great café that also hosts special food evenings and can also be hired for private parties.
    • David Mellor Design Café, Hathersage - Incorporated in the David Mellor museum and shop is this wonderfully designed café offering speciality teas and home-made cakes.
    • Colemans Deli, Hathersage - Great place to grab and sandwich and a coffee.
    • Grindleford Station Café, Grindleford - Traditional style café with huge portions, popular with walkers.
    • Village Green Cafe, Eyam - Lovely little café serving lunch and snacks as well as great homemade cakes.
    • Eyam Tea Rooms, Eyam - Quaint tea room and ice cream parlour.

    Afternoon Tea

    Fresh Delivered Meals and Take Aways

    • Sauced Here - fantastic selection of home made prepared meals from local chef/cooks - great for large groups. They also provide a full basket of groceries from local producers that can replace a supermarket delivery.
    • Scoff - Delicious, home-cooked food, delivered to you in the Peak District.
    • Bradwell Fisheries, Bradwell - Traditional fish and chip shop take-away in Bradwell.
    • Hope Valley Pizza Co - A take away pizza company in the nearby Hope Valley.
    • The Angler’s Rest, Bamford - Bamford’s community owned pub, post office and café. Friday night is Fish and Chip night - available to eat in or takeaway from 5.30pm - 9.00pm.
    • Maazi- Sumptuous Indian meal or buffet delivered to your door. Numerous catering options and can also provide waiting on staff and even take away the washing up.
    • Curry Cottage at Lovers Leap, Stoney Middleton - Indian take-way in the nearby village of Stoney Middleton

    Our Top 5 Places to Visit Nearby

    1. Upper Derwent Valley

    Whilst staying at The Derwent Country House a visit to the Upper Derwent Valley is a must. There are three reservoirs in the Upper Derwent Valley. The River Derwent flows first through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent Reservoir and finally through Ladybower Reservoir. There is a visitor’s centre at Fairholmes with a café and you can also hire bikes and cycle round the reservoirs, the scenery is absolutely stunning. You may have heard about the ‘Dam Busters’ during the Second World War the reservoir was used by pilots of the 617 Squadron for practising the low-level flights needed for Operation Chastise (commonly known as the "Dam Busters" raids), due to its similarity to the German dams. In the West Tower of the Derwent Dam there is a memorial and museum for the Dambusters 617 squadron.

    Click here for more information on the Upper Derwent Valley and here for more information on Derwent Cycle Hire.

    2. Visit Castleton and its famous caverns

    Castleton is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to the Peak District, it has an array of natural and historical features both above and below ground, and is surrounded by superb walking country. High above the village stand the imposing ruins of Peveril Castle. To the west of Castleton lies Mam Tor offering amazing views and fantastic walking on the ridge.  Castleton is most well-known for its four caves, each offering a different experience to the visitor, Peak Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern and Blue John Mine. The caverns are a great activity for kids and when the weather does not cooperate for outdoor activities.

    Click here for a link to Castleton and the Caves.

    3. Eyam – The Plague Village

    Nearby is the village of Eyam, famously known as the plague village. The village was unique in its response to the outbreak of plague in 1665 as the village placed itself in voluntary quarantine. Eyam museum is great to place to find out more about the plague story and the history of village, there is also Eyam Hall, built in 1676 in a Jacobean style. The house is open to visitors (please check the National Trust website for opening hours) and next door there a small craft centre, which is also worth a visit. There are many great walks around the village and it is lovely just to wander around as many of the buildings also have plaques giving details of their history and the part their inhabitants played in the Plague saga, notably the Plague Cottages where the outbreak began.

    Click here for a link to Eyam Museum or Eyam Hall.

    4. Walk Bamford Edge and Moor

    There are so many stunning places to walk in the local area including Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, Edale, Hathersage and Castleton to name but a few! There are also some great walks which are on the doorstep of the Derwent Country House, including a lovely 5 mile  and a 7 mile circular route around Bamford taking in Bamford Edge and Moor. From the elevated position of Bamford Edge there are simply wonderful views over the surrounding area and down to the Ladybower Reservoir.

    Click here for further details on a nice 5 mile circular walk or here for a circular 7 mile walk around Bamford.

    5. Chatsworth House and Park

    No visit to the Peak District would be complete without visiting the fabulous Chatsworth Estate. There really is something to do for every member of the family - The Farmyard and Adventure playground, the magnificent house and the gardens which are equally as impressive as the house , with the maze, the garden trails, and the famous water cascade to keep the little ones occupied.

    Click here for a link to Chatsworth House and Park.

    Key Facts

    A basic weekend supply of the following essentials are supplied (as there are no staff on site if you run out you will have to replace):

    • Hand soap
    • Loo rolls (1 x on the holder and 1 spare per bathroom)
    • Washing up liquid
    • 5 x dishwasher tablets
    • 2 x tea towels
    • 1 x dish cloth
    • Basic cleaning materials
    • Utilities - Electric, gas, heating and hot water
    • Free Wi-Fi

    Useful Information

    • 3 x travel cots (if requested) - we provide basic travel cot's that comply with BSI. Please note that due to health and safety reasons, you will need to bring cot linen and any extra padding you require over and above the lightly padded standard base that is supplied by the manufacturer.
    • 3 x high chairs (if requested)
    • Fresh linen with beds made up upon arrival
    • Fresh towels - Bath towel per guest & hand towels in the bathrooms
    • 2 x TV with Freeview in the 2 x main lounges (HDMI compatible)
    • 2 x TV's in bedrooms 3 and 5
    • 1 x DVD player
    • Bluetooth portable speaker
    • Washing Machine
    • Iron & ironing board & indoor clothes airer
    • All Bedroom Doors are numbered for your convenience
    • Christmas - throughout December there will be a Christmas Tree decorated with a set of lights

    Cooking and Dining

    Any kitchen items that are absolutely vital for your stay, please check with us before your visit to ensure that it is at the property (as things do sometimes get

    • The dining table seats up to 30 in a T shape or up to 40 guests on 3 separate tables (1 seating 24, 2 seating 8)
    • Pots, pans, roasting tins, crockery, glassware and cutlery
    • Microwave
    • Kitchen scales
    • 2 x Electric ovens with 4 Induction ring hobs on each
    • American style fridge/freezer with ice machine
    • 2 x Toasters
    • 2 x Kettles
    • Cafetieres
    • Dolce Gusto pod style coffee machine 
    • 3 x Dishwashers
    • 2 x 2mtrs high fridges
    • 2 x 2 mtrs high freezers

    Games Room and Bar

    • Note that the beer pump on the photos is for decoration only and not in use
    • No cocktail shakers or ice maker
    • Seating for 8 round the bar
    • 2 x under counter Wine fridges
    • Beer and wine glasses
    • Pool table
    • Dart board
    • Table Football


    • There is private parking for 20 cars ​
    • There is gated access 
    • For reasons of both safety and property insurance, under no circumstances should you use the domestic plug sockets to charge an electric vehicle.  Our domestic supply on the property does not have the capacity or set up to support EV charging. Please use this link, that you may find helpful, for the local nearby charging stations.

    Outdoor Space

    • ​To the rear of the property there is a paved patio area
    • 4 x picnic benches seating 6 per bench
    • Lawn area
    • Children's small play area
    • BBQ - charcoal - large half oil drum style, (grill size 350mm x650mm) available between the 1st April to 31st October, please supply your own charcoal and lighting equipment

    Property Quirks

    • ​Once  a former pub the bar area is still in situ in the hub of the property
    • There is a child's climbing play area and we do ask that small children are not left unsupervised in this area
    • There are 4 steps up to the property's main entrance
    • CCTV - in order to contribute to the security of the property when unoccupied and for the security of the guest's vehicles there is a fixed camera focused on the carpark and also entrance door
    • All bedrooms are numbered for your convenience


    • Pet Free Property. Strictly no dogs allowed


    • Wi-Fi is provided free of charge, however, as the Peak District is in a beautiful rural location sometimes there may be intermittent signal which is beyond our control.  We also hope you appreciate that we cannot guarantee Wi-Fi if there are technical issues in the area


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