Audley St Elphin's Park

Audley St Elphin’s Park retirement village is an over 55s community with 127 cottages and apartments for sale in the Peak District. Set in 14 acres in the Derbyshire Dales, close to Matlock and Bakewell, this retirement village enjoys breathtaking views. The restored Victorian school at the centre of the village houses the Audley Club.

Take a look at Derbyshire properties for sale and discover all there is to enjoy in and around Darley Dale, Matlock and the Peak District...



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 expertly restored and is now home to the luxury Audley Club, with swimming pool, fitness centre, hair salon, treatment rooms, library, bistro and The Orangery Restaurant. 

Today, surrounding the Victorian grandeur of St Elphin’s House, are attractively designed one and two bedroom retirement properties including apartments and cottages built to echo the feel of a traditional Derbyshire hamlet.


Darley Dale

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.

Audley St Elphin's Park retirement village is less than seven miles from Bakewell, offering luxury and modern retirement living. 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.



Audley St Elphin’s Park retirement community is only a short distance from the Derbyshire town of Matlock, situated on the edge of the Peak District. Matlock’s central location, scenic surroundings and public transport links make it a popular base for exploring the best of The Peak District National Park, right 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. You can even enjoy the local fresh produce by visiting a 'pick your own' farm and local farm shops.


The Peak District National Park

The Peak District National Park is one of the UK’s most well-known national parks. It is distinct from the surrounding lowlands and its three main landscapes: the Dark Peak, White Peak and South West Peak. 

The Park is 555 square miles/ 1,438 square km in size and covers parts of the counties of Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, and Cheshire.

Distance from Audley St Elphin's Park: 20 minutes by car | 30 minutes by public transport


The Heights Of Abraham

Since its opening in 1780's the Heights of Abraham has become one of the Peak District's most popular destinations. Plan your visit to The Heights of Abraham, where you can take a cable ride up to the summit over a deep limestone gorge and enjoy 60 acres of attractions including The Great Masson Cavern, as well as some spectacular views looking out over Matlock Bath and the surrounding countryside.

Distance from Audley St Elphin's Park: 10 minutes by car | 20 minutes for public transport


Local attractions

Whether you're looking for stunning scenery, postcard-perfect countryside walks, cultural manor houses or a spot of retail therapy, Derbyshire has it all.

And if a spot of retail therapy is what you're searching for, there are shopping outlets at nearby Rowsley and in the converted Masson Mills cotton mill.

Nearby towns and cities:
Nottingham: 27 miles by car
Derby: 20 miles by car
Sheffield: 20.5 miles by car

Then there's the stunning Hope Valley, just a 30 minute drive from Darley Dale.


Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall is an English country house on the River Wye near Bakewell, Derbyshire. Currently the home of Lord Edward Manners, the medieval manor house dates back to the 11th century.

Distance from Audley St Elphin's Park: 18 minutes by car | 20 minutes by public transport


Chatsworth House

Chatsworth is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The building of Chatworth House is set on the river Derwent, in the heart of the Peak District.

This historic location is loaded with fascinating stories and one of the most impressive art collections in the UK. At Audley, we love art and many beautiful pieces you see around St Elphin's Park and other Audley retirement villages have been curated from local museums.

Distance from Audley St Elphin's Park: 16 minutes by car | 1 hour by public transport