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A welcoming Peak District home-from-home for large gatherings and celebrations.

Portland House

New Bath Road Matlock Bath Matlock Derbyshire DE4 3PX 01629 734 414

We say

If you're looking for a place for a large-scale get-together or family celebration, then this 19th-century gentleman's property, beautifully situated in the picturesque Peak District spa town of Matlock Bath, might be just the perfect place. It has no fewer than 12 bedrooms, most of which are en-suite, and they are well used to catering for large groups. Moreover, the house could hardly be more comfortable, with contemporary quirky touches that perfectly complement its more historic features.

You have the option of renting it on an entirely self-catering basis, and the house has a well-appointed (and, frankly, huge) kitchen in which to cook up some family feasts – how many places can boast a dining room with a table that can seat 24? There's also a large living room that can also seat everyone, and a bar and games room with a bar billiards table. You can also bolt on as much or as little as you like, with optional extras that include everything from catered dinner parties to cocktail-making and murder mystery events, while every weekend during autumn you can watch the fireworks from the terrace during the famous Matlock Bath illuminations.

We love the fact that despite being so big, Portland House has a warm and welcoming feel, with decor and furniture that reflects the Peak District setting, yet is thoroughly up-to-date, with wifi throughout and a multi-room music system. Juliet is the best hostess you could wish for, with nothing too much trouble, and the house's location is a winner, leaving you spoilt for choice for things to do during the day or at night. If you want to stay at home, Juliet can arrange spa treatments and the house has a lovely walled garden with two built-in barbecues and a summer house. Or if you want to get out and about, she can also organise a clay pigeon shoot with a qualified instructor, among other outdoor pursuits. 

The riverside spa village of Matlock Bath has been a tourist destination since Victorian times and is worth a visit in anyone's book. The Heights of Abraham, the Peak District's oldest attraction, occupies a stunning spot above the village which you can reach by cable car, and you can do a lovely circular walk taking in both this and Matlock itself and the appropriately titled High Tor and Giddy Edge. The Derwent Valley is a World Heritage Site, and after a day out exploring, Portland House is a delightful home-from-home to return to. The same people own the slightly smaller Elton Old Hall just a few miles away, if Portland House is just that bit too large.

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Portland House has 12 bedrooms, 10 of which are en-suite, and sleeps 24 people in comfort.

How much?

From £2,395 per week. 


  • DAB Radios
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Players
  • Games & Books
  • Games room
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Meals on request
  • Parking
  • Smart TVs
  • TVs with Freeview
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Wedding/Party Venue
  • Wifi

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  • Family-Friendly
  • Five-Star Luxury
  • Groups Welcome
  • Large Property
  • Walking

Getting There

Leave the M1 at junction 28 (Matlock) or junction 29 (Chesterfield) and follow the A6 to Matlock Bath – a 20-minutes journey. By train, it's an easy one-hour journey from Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, just two hours from London St Pancras, to Chesterfield – from where it's a 25-minute taxi ride to Matlock Bath.


Available all year.

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