The Nightingale Centre, Buxton, Derbyshire

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    from £ 270
  • 2 night weekend
    from £ 77
  • 3 night weekend
    from £ 115
  • Midweek per night
    from £ 39

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Outdoor Centres
Big catered outdoor centre sleeping 78 in the Peak District for large groups for activities and conferences

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
The Nightingale Centre, Buxton, Derbyshire, sleeps 15-78 in 30 bedrooms.

The Nightingale Centre provides four star, year-round, cosy, catered and licensed accommodation - refurbished recently for up to 78 guests (with smaller groups also catered for) with central heating throughout and an open fire in the comfortable lounge. There are two well-equipped conference/activity rooms (one max 80 dividable, one max 40) with other break-out areas available, children's play facilities, cycle lock-ups and football pitch There is ample room for a marquee in the grounds. Small groups may share. Large groups of 35 or more may arrange exclusive use of the main house. We look forward to discussing your group's particular requirements but please note we do not offer self-catering or outside catering options.

The centre is surrounded by peaceful countryside and close to prime tourist spots like Chatsworth, Buxton, Bakewell and Castleton with its interesting shops, Peverill castle and Blue John caves. At Great Hucklow itself there are llama rides and on the ridge above there is a gliding school.

Great Hucklow village is tiny, just a few houses yet it has its village school, old Unitarian chapel and local pub, with several other good hostelries within a five mile radius. It also has its own regular bus service.

The centre is suitable for lots of different types of groups and is regularly booked by schools, businesses, ramblers, retreats, families, religious and voluntary organisations, wedding parties, universities, colleges and training organisations. We offer secure cycle storage and cleaning facilities.

For ramblers there are walks from the door, hot showers after a day out, packed lunches if needed and good drying faciliities.

The centre is a charity, with strong connections to Unitarianism a movement which has no creed and believes people should be free to find their own spiritual understanding. It follows we want to be as inclusive as we can. For example we seek to do what we can to enable people with disabilities to get the best visiting experience at the centre. We encourage prospective visitors to discuss their particular needs in advance so we can provide an honest assessment of what we can offer and respond helpfully.


With well trained staff, our kitchen recently upgraded & inspected regularly provides healthy food & meets the highest health and safety requirements.
Recently extended to seat up to 78. Sometimes small groups share. Licensed. Coffee available from machine throughout. (NB No self-catering options)
Our attractive refurbished lounge, conservatory and sunroom have comfy chairs with windows looking out on the garden and countryside beyond.
The centre has a dedicated TV room. There is a DVD/CD player and 3 good (digital) pianos on site.
Free wi-fi on site.
There is no specially dedicated games room but some rooms can be used by groups for appropriate games (eg table tennis) by prior arrangement.
Fully centrally heated - warm all the year so very suitable for winter stays. Open fire in winter months. For walkers good drying facilities.
30 bedrooms with flexible configurations. 1 dormitory. All have wash basin, 18 are en-suite inc the dorm. Ample showers/WC. Coffee/tea facilities.
All linen and towels are provided.
There are plentiful shower and WC facilities close by for those without en-suite facilities.
General-use areas & some bedrooms are suitable for people with mobility problems and we can usually cater for special diet needs on request.
Football pitch, upgraded playground. We regularly welcome schools & other young people. We can discuss curricular opportunities, special menus etc.
Attractive and very extensive grounds, herb & veg garden, butterfly-attracting plants, children's playground, football pitch, places to sit out.
Although there's no pool on site, parties can - and often do - travel the short distance to public pools in the area around.
There is plentiful on-site parking at the rear of the centre.
The centre is No Smoking
Well-behaved dogs are welcomed by arrangement


Located just off the B6049 north of the A623 nr Tideswell. From Chesterfield take the A619. From Manchester & Stockport take the A6. Satnav SK17 8RH
Tideswell, larger than Great Hucklow with cafe and a few shops, inc a Coop & Post Office, is just 5-10 minutes away. Buxton or Bakewell can be reached within half an hour.
Tideswell, 5-10 mins away has a Coop, several small shops and a cafe.
The cosy Queen Anne is a few houses down the road with other good pubs close by. The centre itself is licensed with a good reasonably priced range of beers & wines etc.

Booking Information

Covid19- please see our website re current booking arrangements. Prices shown are for B&B. People usually choose our superb full board offers - please contact Centre on 01298 871218 to discuss. Eg Fri eve-please Sun lunch full bd from £159, Mon-Fri full bd, from £318, Ask about winter discounts.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Games Room
Hot Tub
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Open Fire
Disabled Access

Getting here

Great Hucklow
SK17 8RH
United Kingdom
On the main Manchester-Sheffield line Hope is just 4 miles away (prebook a taxi). Or travel via Buxton (12m) Chesterfiled (16m) or Sheffield (18 m)
A bus service (TM Travel no 65) operates throughout the year between Sheffield and Buxton.
Manchester - from which there are good rail connections to Hope station (see below)

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The Nightingale Centre, Buxton, Derbyshire

Stella Burney

Joined us: 2011
+44 (0)1298 871 218
Great Hucklow
SK17 8RH
United Kingdom