The history of St Elphin’s Park

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.

Now 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

Known as the 'Gateway to the Peak District', St Elphin's Park in Darley Dale is one of the most famous beauty spots in the UK.

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.



St Elphin’s Park 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.


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.


The Heights Of Abraham

Be sure to visit The Heights of Abraham, where visitors 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.


Chatworth House and nearby

Nearby also is the grand country estate of Chatsworth House, and an abundance of beautiful countryside walks and quaint villages to explore.

Also the fascinating attractions; Haddon Hall and the magnificent Victorian Opera House in Buxton.

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.


Further afield

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 (pictured here), just a 30 minute drive from Darley Dale.