Chatsworth Estate Holiday Cottages, Peak District Holiday Cottages

Hunting Tower

Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2

Hunting Tower

Part of the Chatsworth Collection

The Tower stands on the escarpment 400 feet above Chatsworth House, on the edge of Stand Wood. There are panoramic views over Capability Brown's magnificent Park. This unique and fascinating building was completed c.1582 for Bess of Hardwick, ancestress of the Dukes of Devonshire, to designs by the famous Elizabethan architect Robert Smythson. Please note that while this cottage is child-friendly, we recommend older children only due to the spiral staircase; which may also cause problems for those with mobility issues. The access to the Hunting Tower involves a magnificent semi-private woodland drive through Stand Wood.

The sixteenth-century hunting tower may have been a banqueting house or summerhouse and, as its name implies, it was also used by the ladies to watch the hounds working when hunting in the park below. In modern times it was lived in by members of the estate staff and most recently by the Duke's nephew.

After extensive repairs to the fabric of the building, completed in 2003, it was decided to let the Hunting Tower as a holiday home, giving visitors to Chatsworth an opportunity to stay in this wonderful place. In 2006, a small stone outbuilding to the foot of the tower was converted to provide additional accommodation for larger groups wishing to stay in the Tower.

Dogs are welcomed at a rate of £25 per dog per stay, please advise our reservations team when making your booking that you shall be bringing a dog with you.


Nearest Pubs

The Devonshire Arms at Beeley DE45 1SR - 4.5 miles
The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley DE45 1UL - 3.5 miles



  • Well-equipped kitchen with Dishwasher and washer/dryer
  • TV/DVD
  • Central Heating
  • Panoramic views of the park
  • Off-road parking
  • Linen and Towels
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (subject to availability)
  • Hairdryer
  • Welcome Pack


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The Hunting Tower and its ancillary accommodation are both comfortable and well-equipped. The Tower has a fitted kitchen including dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine/dryer and microwave oven. The living room has a flat-screen television, a DVD player and a stereo system.

Basement: Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and lavatory

Ground floor: Kitchen and dining room

First floor: Sitting room

Second floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom

Stone annexe outbuilding (booked separately for supplement and sleeps 2): Twin bedroom, shower room

The Tower itself sleeps a maximum of 4 people but since a small stone outbuilding was added in 2006 you can now add an additional bedroom for a supplement to increase occupancy to 6 people. It is located a short distance from the Tower was converted to provide an additional twin bedroom with shower room.

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“We had a great time again at the Tower and will be back again in October. Love it here!”