The Peacock at Rowsley
The Peacock at Rowsley is a small luxury hotel in the heart of the Peak District. Owned by Lord Edward Manners, who also owns the local pile (stately home Haddon Hall), the Peacock was recently restyled by French designer India Mahdavi, a designer with an alleged dislike of grey skies. Her colourful, eclectic designs attempt to brighten up rooms to distract guests from the weather outside.
Eat: For all its rural charms (and there is plenty of splendid walking nearby) the Peacock is chic and urbane. In other words, pack something other than Gore-Tex for dinner. The restaurant, under former Tom Aikens acolyte Dan Smith, offers internationally inspired fine dining of the highest quality, while also managing to draw heavily on locally sourced, seasonal produce. Try and save space for a pudding, as they are outstanding.
Sleep: All 14 rooms are a delight and all are open to owners and dogs. This may not be the family’s main estate, but the large house is surrounded by an immaculately presented garden. Dogs aren’t allowed in either the bar or the restaurant, so make sure you wear out the pooch thoroughly in the surrounding hills, as he or she will have to stay in the room while you eat downstairs.
Walk: This is a famous spot for fly-fishing and the hotel has its own seven-mile stretch on the Wye, as well as one on the Derwent. So it's no surprise it is popular with anglers. But this is also great walking country. Reception has a walks folder and audio tours for many local walks including some through the nearby Haddon Estate. There are impressive walks through the White Peak area of the Peak District, while the Monsal Trail runs along the former Midland Railway line, including four former railway tunnels, through some of the Peak District’s most spectacular limestone dales. And if all that's not enough, Chatsworth Estate's 1,000 acre park and Stand Wood are open all year round and dogs are welcome on leads (due to the livestock).
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Q: Can I leave my dog alone in the bedroom?
Q: Where else are dogs allowed?
A: The garden
Q: Can my dog come with me when I go to eat?
A: Outside (in summer)
Q: Are there any extra charges for dogs?