onsal head hotel

Commanding superb views over Monsal Dale, a valley in an area of Derbyshire’s Peak District known as the White Peak, the Monsal Head Hotel offers guests real food, with well priced seasonal menus, real ales from local micro breweries, a large outdoor seating area, and 7 en-suite bedrooms.  The Hotel and Coaching Inn are in one of the most popular beauty spots in Derbyshire, with views over the valley and its famous viaduct, and a short distance from Chatsworth Estate, Ashford in the Water, Bakewell, Buxton and Matlock.

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The Monsal Head Hotel

Monsal Head, Nr Bakewell

Derbyshire, DE45 1NL

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Please click here to download the Cake Trail guide. This is will allow you to follow the Cake Trail that will guide you along the popular Monsal Trail and giving you the opportunity to call in at traditional tearooms, cafes, restaurants along the way.

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Hristmas Breaks in the Peaks

This Christmas, why not take a relaxing Christmas break at the Monsal Head Hotel.

We have put together some very special Christmas packages to help you make your Christmas Break something to remember.Click here for more

The Stable bar

The Stable Bar, as befits its name, has a somewhat rustic ambience, and retains many of its original period features such as the sloping flag floor and the horse stalls, in which customers now sit amidst horse tack & hay rack.  The building’s origin is a little uncertain, however it was part of The Railway Hotel, which was rebuilt around the late 1800’s early 1900’s from an earlier Inn on the site called, The Bulls Head – We know nothing of the origins of this building, but a stone carving of a Bulls Head, taken from the original pub, is still in place at the Hotel – See if you can find it!  

The Railway Hotel came into being at the beginning of the steam era, and the Stable Bar was then the original stables for the horses that carried passengers up the steep incline to the Hotel, from the station in Monsal Dale below.  Guests can still ‘tie the nosebag on’ (as they say in Derbyshire) with some superb, value for money, ‘real’ food.  They may also like to try one of our many cask ales sourced from local micro breweries, or simply take the air and enjoy the view in our large outdoor seating area.  

The railway station in Monsal Dale opened in 1866, to serve the villages of Upperdale and the cotton mills of Cressbrook.  The ‘down’ line and platform were built on a shelf carved in the rock face, whilst the ‘up’ was built on wooden trestles over the hillside.  It closed in 1959, and nothing now remains of the timber buildings.

Built by the Midland Railway in 1867 to carry the line to Buxton, the ‘Headstone Viaduct’, usually incorrectly called the ‘Monsal Dale Viaduct’, towers over the River Wye below, with the Monsal Trail now passing airily over.

Whilst considered elegant by today’s standards, and subject to a preservation order since 1970, when built it was seen as an eyesore, destroying the natural beauty of the dale.  The poet, John Ruskin, considered at the time Britain's leading writer on culture, didn’t mince his words on the subject:

'You enterprised a Railroad through the valley - You blasted its rocks away, heaped thousands of tons of shale into its lovely stream.  The valley is gone, and the Gods with it; and now every fool in Buxton can be in Bakewell in half an hour, and every fool in Bakewell at Buxton; which you think a lucrative process of exchange – you Fools everywhere'!