Wildhive Callow Hall – Ashbourne, Derbyshire
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Wildhive Callow Hall – Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Surrounded by 35 acres of gardens at the edge of the Dove Valley, Victorian Callow Hall has recently emerged from a top-to-toe refurbishment (it’s the first opening from Wildhive, a new hotel brand focusing on rural getaways). Stay in the main house where rooms with an eclectic, playful feel are the vision of interior designer Isabella Worsley, or in one of the 11 cosy, tucked-away woodland hives. There are also two spectacular self-contained treehouses, each with an outdoor tub on the deck. The wellness centre in The Coach House has a Pilates studio, sauna and steam room, botanical massages on the treatment menu and bicycles that guests can borrow to pedal along the scenic Tissington Trail. Picnic by the burbling Bentley Brook and take afternoon tea on the lawn but do leave room for the seasonal dishes using British produce at dinner – goats cheese tortellini with wild nettle pesto and a garlic and rosemary Barnsley chop with a pea, mint and sundried tomato pesto – in the Garden Room restaurant. A gorgeous retreat, perfectly positioned at the gateway to the Peak District.

Doubles from £159

+44 (0) 1335 300900; wildhive.uk

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Bar at Wildhive Callow Hall.
Exterior of Wildhive Callow Hall.