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Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020
Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020
Reviewed on 12 Jan 2020
Matlock lies on the edge of the Peak District National Park, in Derbyshire. It was once famed for its spa and hydro treatments, which drew in Victorians who needed a break from the stuffy cities. Today, you'll more likely find hikers and mountain bikers who come to use the Matlock bed and breakfasts as a jumping off point for the moorland trails. If outdoor adventures aren't your thing, the town is a destination in itself. The splendid jumble of century-old stone townhouses, the winding River Derwent and the town's award-winning park all make for a delightful place to while away a weekend, plus there's a long list of quaint cafes and cosy pubs to grab a drink and mingle with the locals.
The bed and breakfasts in Matlock have always been the accommodation of choice for outdoor adventurers. There's nothing better than returning from a bracing hike across the national park to the cosy surroundings of a home away from home, where you can kick off your muddy boots and relax. To find your perfect B&B, scroll through Expedia, which lists every property, along with detailed descriptions and candid photos. Simply plug in your dates, budget and location, and book in just a few clicks. Some are housed in the stone houses that line up along the narrow streets and river, close to the town centre. Others are housed in the characterful country cottages, just a stone's throw from the hiking trails. In recent years, several boutique bed and breakfasts in Matlock have sprung up, offering a little slice of luxury and comfort for your outdoor adventure. Whichever you pick, you're always assured a warm welcome when you book a night through Expedia.
The charm of bed and breakfasts is that all the guestrooms are unique. However, in most you can expect everything you might find in a hotel room, like facilities for making tea and coffee, perhaps a flat-screen TV on the wall and plenty of storage for your things. All but the most budget Matlock bed and breakfasts will have ensuite bathrooms, stocked with fluffy towels and toiletries. Some might have family-sized rooms, so you can bring the kids, while others might accept pets, so feel free to bring your furry friends on your outdoor adventure. Be sure to make some time to talk with the knowledgeable owners, many of whom have spent their whole lives in the Peak District and who can offer up suggestions for places to see and things to do. Every morning, you can start the day right with a hearty full English breakfast, or lighter options, like toast and marmalade, washed down with plenty of mugs of freshly brewed tea. Have you thought about combining your break in Matlock with a few nights in the urban playground of Manchester?
It's true that most people come to stay in the bed and breakfasts in Matlock to go hiking along the trails in the Peak District National Park. If rambling isn't your thing, there are plenty of other outdoor pursuits, like canoeing, rock climbing and caving. If you've brought the kids, you'll score some serious brownie points if you take them to Gulliver's Kingdom, Matlock Bath, a family theme park with attractions and rides for all ages. Alternatively, you could always take them to Matlock Farm Park to get up close to the donkeys, sheep and pigs. For a little history, don't miss an amble around Kedleston Hall or a drive out to see Chatsworth House, one of the country's most celebrated estates.