The Peak District has long been considered one of England’s prime vacation and tourism hubs—and for good reason. The area seems to embody something which lies at the core of the greater mystique surrounding “the Sceptered Isle.” In discussing his view of Falstaff, Orson Welles asserted that the character seems to embody an older England, a mythologised ideal of it as greener, sweeter, softer—in short, every inch “the other Eden” that Shakespeare’s John of Gaunt describes it to be.
Today, visitors to the Peak District can enjoy its natural beauty and rich literary and cultural tradition from the comfort of holiday cottages. Here are just a few reasons why you should do so today!
A World of Literary Wonder
The English literary canon is one of the most well-known and well-loved literary traditions in the world, and many of its masterpieces are set in or otherwise feature the Peak District in all its green pastoral wonder. See the rolling green fields which some Medieval scholars argue helped inspire Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, including Lud Church, thought to have inspired the poem’s famous Green Chapel. Walk along the lush Derbyshire landscapes in which are set some of the most memorable moments of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Several of England’s most influential authors, from Lord Byron to D.H. Lawrence to Vera Brittain, have likewise visited or called the Peak District home, making the area a must-see for any fan of English literature.
Your Holiday Cottage
There is simply no better way to experience the natural and cultural beauty of the area than by booking beautiful holiday cottages in the picturesque Peak District. Of course, whether you are looking to buy a home, rent a hotel suite, or book your stay in one of the Peak District’s beautiful holiday cottages, the key is always location, location, location. As such, the best and often most in-demand cottages in the area are located near some of its most famed houses and sites, including Chatsworth House, Buxton, Bakewell, and others.
The cottages themselves are an elegant combination of classic rustic charm and modern convenience. Many of the cottages are thus designed to look and feel like homes from that England of yore while still boasting accessible parking, Wi-Fi, and other modern amenities. They vary in size, from massive structures which can accommodate as many as eighteen people in perfect comfort to more intimate options designed specifically for couples. While the cottages are located near many great pubs and attractions, they likewise feature fully operational kitchen areas as well. Can’t bear to leave your pet behind? No problem! Many of the cottages are not only pet-friendly, but feature lovely areas for you to take your dog on the most scenic of walks! Finally, these cottages are available at incredibly affordable prices, making them the perfect choice for anyone looking to get away for a while without paying an arm and a leg to do so.
From the lush countryside to the equally-rich literary and cultural history, staying in a holiday cottage in the historic Peak District is truly an experience worth writing home about!