Audley St Elphin's Park

Audley St Elphin’s Park retirement village is an over 55 community with 127 cottages for sale and a Victorian Gothic school at its centre, situated near the Peak District. Set in 14 acres in the Derbyshire Dales, close to Matlock and Bakewell, this retirement village enjoys breathtaking views and houses the Audley Club, with its luxury health club, fitness pool, Bistro Bar and the Orangery Restaurant. Take a look at our properties if you are moving house.



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 is the Main Building in the village.

Nowadays, 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

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 community is less than seven miles from Bakewell, offering exquisite Peak District cottages. 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.


The Peak District

The Peak District National Park is one of the UK’s most original 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 min by car | 30 min for 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 by car | 20 min 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. It is the home of Lord Edward Manners and is a form a medieval manor house. Its origins date to the 11th century, having the current medieval and Tudor hall refurbished at various stages between the 13th and the 17th centuries.

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


Chatsworth House

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

This historic location is loaded with fascinating stories and one of the most impressive art collections in the UK.

Distance from Audley St Elphin's Park: 16 min by car | 1h for public transport