Fodor's Expert Review The Cavendish at Baslow

Church Ln., Baslow, Derbyshire, DE45 1SP, England Fodor's Choice

In a pretty village on the Chatsworth Estate just a 20-minute walk from Chatsworth House itself, this intimate hotel oozes history as well as a quintessentially English country-house style that stems partly from the use of original furniture and artwork from Chatsworth. Rooms are as cozy as can be, while the welcoming lounge has a real fire. The award-winning Gallery Restaurant serves upscale, innovative comfort food including a stupendous Sunday lunch, with many of the first-rate ingredients sourced from estate or the Chatsworth Farm Shop. Guests at the Chatsworth Estate properties have the option of behind-the-scenes private guided tours when the house is closed to the public for the winter period. This includes a collection of around 30 stunning cottages that also combine a country-house feel with coziness and are ideal for those spending some time walking in the area. They include a 16th-century Hunting Tower, built for Bess of Hardwick; the Russian Cottage, inspired by a model gifted to the 6th Duke of Devonshire by a czar's brother; and an old washhouse.


  • direct access to wonderful walking routes
  • great views from the terrace
  • excellent afternoon teas


  • restaurant service can be a little slow
  • standard rooms are unexciting
  • lounge is small for the size of hotel


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Phones: 01246-582311


28 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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