St Elphin's Park Local Area

The centrepiece building, St Elphin’s House, started life as a private residence, becoming an exclusive spa in the 19th century, and latterly, a well-known girls' boarding school, St Elphin’s Girls School. This Victorian schoolhouse has been restored stone by stone so that now it houses the Audley Club, with its luxury health club, fitness pool, Bistro Bar and the Orangery Restaurant.

Surrounding the Victorian grandeur of St Elphin’s House, and built to echo the appeal of a traditional Derbyshire hamlet, are attractively designed retirement properties including apartments, cottages and mews cottages.

Darley Dale. One of the UK’s most famous beauty spots

Historically described as a village, Darley Dale is in truth a collection of smaller communities that have grown together. The area, known simply as 'Darley' until the end of the 19th century, lies on the border of the Peak District National Park between the towns of Matlock and Bakewell, the third largest market town in England. St Elphin's Park is less than seven miles from Bakewell. Home of the famous Bakewell pudding, this wonderful, bustling market town at the heart of the Peak District is a delight to visit, with many lovely shops, restaurants and picturesque walks along the river.

Moorland and manor houses

When it comes to entertainment and leisure, you're spoiled for choice. The Peak District National Park is on your doorstep. The Limestone Dales found in Derbyshire and the Peak District provide some of the most spectacular and picturesque scenery in the UK, and a dramatic backdrop to some of the best walks in Britain. Then nearby you will find the country houses of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall and the magnificent Victorian Opera House in Buxton. Alternatively, for a spot of retail therapy, there are shopping outlets at nearby Rowsley and in the converted Masson Mills cotton mill.


Nottingham: 27 miles by car
Derby: 20 miles by car
Sheffield: 20.5 miles by car

Audley St Elphin's Retirement Village.