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High Peak Manor, Derbyshire Heart of England

Baronial splendour in a beautiful setting

Surrounded by 30 acres of natural beauty in the heart of the Peak District, High Peak Manor is a manor house that thinks it’s a castle. Mellow Derbyshire sandstone walls are the backdrop to luxurious living spaces, where light suffuses through stained-glass coats of arms on stone mullion windows, and rich furnishings wrap you in a warm glow.

There’s space to mingle and space to do your own thing, with four beautifully furnished lounges, luxury kitchens, 11 opulent bedrooms and 7 spectacular bathrooms. Recline on the patio to watch the sunlight chase shadows across Kinder Scout, grab a good book and snuggle up in front of a woodburning stove, or potter in the kitchen, conjuring up delicious meals on the Aga.

Explore this magnificent ancient farmstead and former hunting lodge further and find more delightful details, such as the cosy bar with its flagstone floor, the covered courtyard with seating for a party, and the magnificent oak-framed Medieval great hall. With all this grandeur and the rolling hills and moorlands of the Peak District on your doorstep, High Peak Manor is the most amazing setting for your wedding, special celebration or corporate getaway.

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Guest reviews

This house is like something from a fairytale. It's beautiful, in fact better than we could have dreamed of.

Naomi, Cheshire

A house with a history

The house is an ancient farmstead standing isolated on the side of Kinder Scout, at the convergence of ancient pack horse routes from Glossop, Hayfield and Edale. It has a fascinating history dating back to at least the 14th century and has been home to some amazing characters of British history, including writers, industrialists, politicians and Royalty. You get a sense of the importance of the house and its history the moment you arrive.

Neighbouring farms were compulsorily purchased and demolished when Sir James Watts, Mayor of Manchester, sold the land to Stockport Water Authority for the Reservoir in the late 1800’s. Sir James insisted that he retain the property as his shooting lodge, and set about improving it with the talented architects, masons and craftsmen that created the municipal works of the day. The estate was then used solely for recreation, with the two woodlands being created to enhance the available game stocks on the moors.

James Watts, as Lord Mayor of Manchester and very wealthy textile merchant, entertained many society figures at his shooting parties. His son, also James, became the brother-in-law of Agatha Christie who enjoyed many stays at the house and often used it as a base for writing her famous novels.

What to expect

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We’ve tried to think about everything to make your stay at High Peak Manor just perfect. In all of our big houses to rent, we provide all the essential features to cater for a large group. Here’s a list of all the practical provisions we have at the house. If there’s anything you can’t see here but need, just ask as we’ll see what we can do.

  • Luxury bed linen and fluffy towels
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • 30 acres of complete privacy on this wondrous country estate, with exclusive access to Kinder Reservoir and the Kinder Massif
  • Wonderful celebration spaces, including a lovely courtyard garden, sunset terrace, and a Medieval banqueting hall, which can be added on for an additional cost for a banquet or a party!
  • An original private inn, which can be staffed by request, seating up to 20 guests (max) (minimum spend required)
  • On-site country pursuits (at additional cost)
  • Sole fishing rights at the Kinder Reservoir
  • Gas BBQ
  • Multiple well-equipped kitchens, including both a beautiful domestic kitchen and secondary kitchen in the main house, and a catering kitchen by the banqueting hall
  • When not used for an event, the Medieval banqueting hall doubles as a games room with table tennis and table football (by prior arrangement)
  • Bespoke weddings for 50-130 guests can be arranged with our appointed wedding planners (at additional cost). Please ask for details.


Set in an isolated spot with incredible views across Kinder Reservoir, near the village of Hayfield in Derbyshire. It's hard to imagine a more peaceful location.

House FAQs

  • Are the celebration spaces included in the price?

    The Great Hall and the Inn are available to hire at an additional cost. Please contact us to discuss your plans.

  • Are there staff at High Peak Manor?

    There is a discreet Estate Manager who lives on-site at High Peak Manor. He is available to ensure your stay goes perfectly, but is very discreet and will leave you to enjoy your stay. Additional staff and bar tenders to serve drinks in the Inn are available at additional cost. Private chefs /outside caterers are permitted at the property for your celebrations.

  • Are extra day-guests allowed at High Peak Manor?

    Yes. The property sleeps 25, but additional day-guests can be invited at additional cost, with additional accommodation available in the nearby village of Hayfield. Please contact us for prices.

  • Is there Wifi?

    Yes, there is wifi available at High Peak Manor.

  • Are pets allowed?

    Yes, up to two dogs are allowed at £50 per dog.

  • Is the house suitable for children?

    Yes, children are very welcome at High Peak Manor.

    The property does not provide cots, please kindly bring your own. The following are provided for children:

    • A high chair
    • Children’s plastic plates and cups

  • What are the check in and check out times?

    Check in is at 4pm on the day of your arrival at High Peak Manor, and check out is at 10am.

  • Can I arrange a supermarket delivery to the house?

    Yes, we usually suggest booking a delivery for after 4pm on the day of arrival.

  • How easy is it to get to High Peak Manor?

    High Peak Manor feels a world away from anywhere, but is surprisingly easy to get to. Buxton lies 10 miles to the south. The house is just 45 minutes' drive from Manchester City Centre and Manchester Airport; 28 miles from Sheffield and 50 miles from Chester. There are considerable rail links from two stations in New Mills, 3 miles each of the village. It is within easy reach of the M67 motorway near Glossop in the south, with the M1 & M6 less than an hour away.


  • Will you hold a damage deposit during our stay?

    Yes, we ask to hold a cautionary deposit of £1,500 during your stay at High Peak Manor. This is requested just two weeks prior to your stay, and is returned shortly after, assuming no damage to the property or its contents (see our Booking T&Cs for more information).

  • How many guests can sit at the dining table?

    There is a lovely dining space in the main house seating 16 guests. Outside, the courtyard garden has seating for 27 guests. For larger groups, at additional cost, we can set up the Medieval banqueting hall, or the large Tipi tent.

  • How many cars can be parked at High Peak Manor?

    There is parking available for at least 10 cars. Let us know if you require additional parking.

  • Can we bring our own drinks?

    Yes, in the main house you can bring your own drinks. However, if you would like to use the Inn and Medieval Banqueting Hall, we can staff this for you on request at an additional cost.

  • Is the Courtyard cover up all year round?

    We tend not to have the cover up during the Winter months when guests generally prefer to use the inside spaces. In the Spring and Summer months, the courtyard cover is usually up for guests, with patio heaters available to keep everyone warm into the evening.

  • How do I book?

    You can check availability and pricing for High Peak Manor, and place your booking request online, or by calling our team on 01242 352 747.

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