E-Mountain Bikes – An Exhilarating Day Out!

Cyclists on e-bikes

True North Adventures offers e-mountain bike guiding from your door – it couldn’t be easier! We’ve promoted them as a Darley House activity partner since they set up the business and I was delighted when we got the chance to try the e-mountain bikes for ourselves last October.  My pet hates about road biking are pedal […]

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2020 – Our journey through COVID

What a year!  Most challenging of all, has been going without the thing we hold most dear at Darley House…connecting with our family and friends.  With the vaccine on the horizon we feel sure better times are coming.  And to make sure we are ready to welcome you again at Darley House, we have not […]

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Our love affair with Darley House

We were holidaying in the Peak District with family when Alex, who loves old buildings (we had already restored two houses and I swore there wouldn’t be a third…), decided to walk back from Matlock to our B&B.  Before he took the track along side the Peak Rail steam railway line, he espied an Estate […]

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Chocolate making with Barry Colenso

What a fabulous way to spend a rainy day in February… making our very own original flavoured chocolates with master chocolatier Barry Colenso!!! Barry is a talented chocolatier with a prestigious career which includes creating the Chocolate Wedding cake for Prince William and Catherine’s Wedding in 2011. So a weekend away with some girlfriends at Darley House […]

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Willow sculpture in the heart of nature

Zantium Craft Courses

I was lucky enough to attend a willow sculpture course at Zantium studios during my stay at Darley House and wanted to write about it for the Darley House blog as I was so impressed with the location and the course and I would really recommend it for anyone staying in the Peak District. Zantium Studios […]

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A few of our favourite things – RHS Chatsworth 2017

We are very proud of our Victorian gardens at Darley House, designed by Joseph Paxton. Since we are always looking for further ideas and inspiration, we love visiting other gardens and shows. So, we were eager indeed to be at the first RHS Chatsworth Show, partnered by Wedgwood.   Here are some of the show’s highlights for […]

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House Style exhibition at Chatsworth – a must see!

Two of the cafe staff, men in white with black hats and aprons are carrying a sign for the House Style Exhibition

The House Style exhibition, sponsored by Gucci,  is the largest exhibition ever hosted at Chatsworth.  The idea was conceived by Laura Burlington – daughter in law to the current Duke and Duchess.  Whilst searching for a christening gown she discovered a treasure trove of costumes in the Chatsworth textile department.  As we had read so much publicity, […]

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Reasons to visit the Peak District in 2017

There are so many wonderful events happening across the Peak District summer 2017.  Here are some that we are particularly looking forward to:  RHS Chatsworth Annual Flower Show 7 – 11 June 2017Chatsworth, the vanguard of stately homes, is host to the newest RHS flower show and promises not to disappoint. “We have been focusing on […]

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