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Poacher's Arms

Hope near Castleton, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 948174)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 30

  • Bedrooms 9

  • Bathrooms 9

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "We were welcomed and shown around the property by the owner who couldn't of been more helpful."

    The property itself was actually better the advertised.The poachers arms is huge with everything you could possibly want for you and your guests and also has lots of outdoor space for the wee ones to run around in a safe environment.The bar area provided a ideal focal point for our group whilst the kitchen catered for all our needs .The village of hope is a 2 minutes walk away and the village of castleton is really handy also ( The pie shop is a must). The poachers arms is a great location for a family get together and we are going to book again without doubt.10/10

    Reviewed by DuaneJul 2022

  • "What can I say, amazing place to get together with friends and family."

    The Poachers’s is fully equipped with everything you need. The location is also perfect, stunning views and walks on the doorstep. Lisa the host was incredible and made sure everything was in place to make our weekend perfect.

    Reviewed by RachaelJun 2022

  • "What a fabulous place!"

    It had everything you could imagine to make sure your stay was perfect! The hot tub was a huge treat! Each room was decorated lovely and there was something there for everyone! All of my friends and family (all 28 of us) have said we WILL be returning for another stay! Thank you to Lisa and team for helping to make my hen do a weekend i will treasure forever!!

    Reviewed by MelissaJun 2022

  • "Excellent accomadation Great for our group Thoroughly enjoyed our stay"

    Reviewed by PaulaJun 2022

  • "Loved the whole weekend ."

    The poachers is an amazing place to stay. Group of 20, everybody had the best time. Smooth & stress free booking in, host arranged keg of cider. WE WILL BE BACK ! Thank you Poachers !

    Reviewed by KellieMay 2022

  • "Everyone really enjoyed there stay, it was exactly what we were hoping for, facilities excellent and we all had a cracking time and can’t wait to book up again for next year, very likely to become a yearly beano."

    Reviewed by KieranMay 2022

  • "The property is amazing and delivers on everything it promises."

    We had an amazing week in Hope and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. The owner is extremely easy to work with and was available by email from the time we booked throughout and quickly responded to our queries. It is a very professional operation. The facilities are immaculate and the kitchen has everything you need for such a large group. Working with Sykes Cottages was not a positive experience and we will not use them again. Contacting them is a nightmare and getting a response during Covid was impossible. The insurers they use were also unhelpful.

    Reviewed by KathApr 2022

  • "Fabulous set up everything was spot on couldnt fault a thing we had a great stay ..."

    Fabulous set up everything was spot on couldnt fault a thing we had a great stay and would highly recommend it the owners are lovely

    Reviewed by LucilleMar 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation."

    A very enjoyable stay. We made use of all the facilities.

    Reviewed by MaureenFeb 2022

  • "We all had a brilliant time and the facilities were fantastic"

    Reviewed by TraceyDec 2021

  • "Everything was exactly as we'd hoped."

    Clean and tidy with excellent facilities, speedy stable wifi and very comfortable. Everything we needed to know was explained clear and simple upon arrival and we were left alone to enjoy a wonderful long relaxing weekend in our very own pub. Local amenities are perfect and we found what ever we wanted within walking distance. Some of our braver guests even went for a swim in a local river with a waterfall, back showered and off to shop returning for a lovely relaxing time hot tub and an evening in the bar. We couldn't have been happier. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by SeanNov 2021

  • "Absolutely superb accommodation/entertainment and outdoor space."

    The kitchen is well equipped to cope with the numbers, and all communication with the owners was superb, friendly and great response time. Would highly, highly recommend!

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2021

  • "Brilliant owners/staff."

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2021

  • "Can honestly say this is one of the best holidays we’ve ever been on!"

    The pub is fantastic and the pictures on the advert really don’t do it justice whatsoever! The space is huge, everywhere is meticulously clean and modern and there is enough to keep you entertained without even leaving the car park. Lisa and her family were extremely welcoming and so helpful and even let us stay for an extra day because we loved it so much! We’re already working out our availability for our next stay and I’ve brought it up in every conversation since getting back. Couldn’t recommend it enough thanks so much for a fantastic week and hopefully will be back again soon!

    Reviewed by KatySep 2020

  • "Amazing all round, the owners couldnt have done enough, so friendly and welcoming."

    The place was so much bigger than it appears on the site, really clean and well decorated. Furnishings are lovely. Will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by KatieSep 2020

  • "The Poachers Arms was a fantastic venue for our multi-generation family get-together."

    There are multiple seating areas, allowing people to to gather in small and large groups, whilst the conservatory provides a great space for everyone to eat together. The children loved the games tables etc, and the outdoor play space. The playing field across the road was a bonus, where games of football and rounders were enjoyed.

    Reviewed by BridgetSep 2019

  • "We had an absolutely brilliant weekend at The Poacher's Arms, celebrating a 50th birthday."

    The facilities (including a working bar, pool table, hot tub, playground, table tennis table, table football) were perfect for a large group which was a mix of children and adults. The owners gave us a great tour of the property when we arrived, which meant we were able to fully enjoy our experience. The Poacher's Arms is perfectly located in Hope and from this base we were able to enjoy the many great activities in the area, including hiking and a couple of swims in the open air pool at Hathersage. It is also within walking distance of cafés, pubs and local shops in Hope. We would fully recommend this property for any large group, especially if you are celebrating a special occasion. We will definitely be returning as soon as we can find an excuse to!

    Reviewed by AlistairJun 2019

  • "The house was very well equipped and full of fun quirks like the working bar and games."

    Great weekend was had by all!

    Reviewed by AnnaMar 2019

  • "What an amazing venue!"

    Hired for a 40th birthday weekend and was just perfect so much space and room for a band and a dance floor in the conservatory. The hot tub was just what was needed for achy legs after spending the night dancing!

    Reviewed by RosaleenMar 2019

  • "This property is fantastic!"

    Our group stayed for a week, the accommodation was spot on - an amazing kitchen. The owners allowed us in early as it had been unoccupied the previous week, they were very friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. We had a couple of very minor damages which we reported immediately - they were not phased at all. We hit lucky with a week out of season as it was very cheap for the standard offered. Would like to book this property again but it is (unsurprisingly) booked for the next 15 months!

    Reviewed by KevinFeb 2019

  • "We were celebrating my sons 21st a family group of 30 ranging in age from 12 to ..."

    We were celebrating my sons 21st a family group of 30 ranging in age from 12 to 85 absolutely brilliant would definitely go to the poachers arms again and have already recommended it to other family and friends only came home 2 days ago

    Reviewed by MaureenJan 2019

  • "Wow what a cottage!"

    This converted pub was such a treat with it's working bar, vast amounts of space, huge kitchen and conservatory. The bedrooms were all done to a very high standard - lovely decor, comfy beds and amazing views. There was plenty of entertainment for the kids and adults alike with the pool table,football table and hot tub. The location of the pub is perfect for walking in the Peak District with the lovely village of Castleton close by for a visit. We had no complaints at all and the owners were very friendly and helpful and so would 100% recommend this place.

    Reviewed by RachaelJan 2019

  • "The poachers arms was stunning."

    Clean, decorated beautifully and had everything we needed. The owners were so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. 21 of us spent Christmas there and we had the best family Christmas we have ever had. So much room and things to keep us busy we didn't want to leave !!!! We will 100% be returning sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by DianeDec 2018

  • "This was the perfect venue for our family get together weekend for my husbands 40th."

    The pub was everything we could have asked for, decorated tastefully, all facilities we needed, the bar as a highlight but so many corners where everyone could sit and chat or play. In our group we had 15 kids and although it was too cold for them to play outside in the large garden, it never felt too crowded with them playing inside. The kitchen provides everything you need for hosting a big party. The hot tub was amazing as well, relaxing and romantic with the lights of the christmas tree outside just showing. All in all, our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer!

    Reviewed by LaraDec 2018

  • "This house is just incredible!"

    It was beyond perfect for our large group for a 30th Birthday weekend away! The house has everything- all areas covered! The addition of the pool table, fussball table and hot tub just made the weekend even better. For us the working bar gave such a fun novelty factor to the weekend, with everyone wanting to take a turn at pulling pints- also having the option to buy local kegs of beer to be installed pre visit was just great! Lisa was fantastic, to begin with her family unloaded my Tesco delivery order when it arrived earlier than expected, she was so happy to see us arrive and was just so friendly and great (as were her whole family!). The dining room in the conservatory was huge- plenty of room for a party meal! The kitchen had EVERYTHING!! The double oven and huge fridge made everything so easy! I would recommend this house to anyone, it made our weekend- we literally didn’t need/want to leave! Loved it! Thank you Lisa!

    Reviewed by GraceDec 2018

  • "The house was excellent with everything well presented."

    We were 100% satisfied with the stay and would highly recommend to others. Absolutely no criticism whatsoever.

    Reviewed by JulieNov 2018

  • "Amazing place, something for all members of the family!"


    Reviewed by JuneOct 2018

  • "Amazing place would go back again"

    Reviewed by ClaireOct 2018

  • "The accomodation was perfect for a large group of people with varied age ranges."

    Enough to keep the kids occupied and the pub atmosphere kept the big kids happy too

    Reviewed by MatthewAug 2018

  • "The Poacher's Arms is the best place in the world."

    Beautiful rooms, a fantastic layout, great facilities, a great owner and beer on tap. Literally the perfect place for any family get together. We LOVED it.

    Reviewed by PeteAug 2018

  • "Our family spent an amazing week at The Poachers Arms ."

    We filled all the rooms , had a family and friends reunion and the facilities were relaxed , spacious , exceptionally clean , overall top notch . Lisa and her family greeted us on our arrival , showed us around , gave us the information we needed and left us with " you are on holiday , enjoy yourselves , don't worry about anything and just phone if you have any questions ." Everyone loved the location which is perfect for exploring the beautiful Derbyshire countryside . The children spent plenty of time outdoors enjoying the playground . The weather was brilliant which put the icing on our cake . Many thanks to Lisa and family !

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2018


    Reviewed by MariaMay 2018

  • "We’ve just returned from our stay at the poachers arms and it massively exceeded our expectations, was an amazing weekend for my husbands 30th, we couldn’t fault the place at all!"

    Reviewed by LauraApr 2018

  • "Being able to sit in a real bar to have one's drinks is a great feature, adding to the special feeling of the weekend."

    For this, of course, it really is important to have a real cask of beer, connected to one of the taps. For a family break, having a pool table, table football, and table tennis, was an enormously valuable feature, as was the hot tub and also the barbecue. The kitchen was exceptionslly well equipped, including the constant boiling water heater, making it so quick to provide hot drinks on demand. We had good weather and sat outside quite a lot and would have liked some more comfortable outdoor seating, but that is a small quibble. A great weekend celebration.

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2018

  • "We were able to have a large family gathering that everyone enjoyed."

    The house was very comfortable and convenient for local shops, cafes and attractions. Even though the weather was pretty bad, there was plenty in the house to keep us all entertained -- games etc.

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2018

  • "The photos on the site do not do the property justice the property far exceeded my expectations"

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2018

  • "This venue is perfect for group bookings."

    It’s very easy to find and is conviniently located for some great walks. The poachers arms is very well equipped, nothing has been forgotten. It’s like home from home. We will definitely return and will recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by KatieFeb 2018

  • "We have just had the most amazing week at the Poachers Arms celebrating our wedding."

    The pub was so welcoming and had everything you needed and more. Lisa and her family have provided the perfect place for families to get together the only rule we were given was enjoy yourselves. We were two families coming together to celebrate and the Poachers Arms was certainly the place to do this, everyone loved the place there is so much to do and the village is beautiful.The kitchen has everything you need we cooked Sunday lunch for 40 people and had ample facilities and room to do this. The bar area was brilliant everything you needed to have a party and the conservatory was an added bonus. We have so many memories of our wedding celebrations, thank you Lisa and family for all the care you have put into making this pub an amazing place .

    Reviewed by AngelaJan 2018

  • "We have just returned from an amazing weekend with friends at The Poacher's Arms!"

    I cannot recommend it highly enough. It exceeds expectations on every level and Lisa couldn't have been more helpful to ensure we had an enjoyable stay. Thank you!

    Reviewed by SallyJan 2018

  • "The people letting the property could not have been more helpful."

    Our party was all the children and grandchildren, 23 in total, aged from 3 months to 72 years old. It was universally declared to have been the best Christmas ever, and that was in no small measure due to Lisa and her mum

    Reviewed by CherylDec 2017

  • "We had a fantastic time at the Poachers Arms."

    Great facilities and location. We went with 30 family members and it meet all our needs. We will certainly be booking again. Great memories made, thank you!!

    Reviewed by JoanneSep 2017

  • "The poachers arms was amazing."

    Everyone had a ball and Lisa the owner was brilliant. We will definitely be booking another trip there in the future

    Reviewed by RobinJun 2017

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  • Nine bedrooms with TV: 5 x double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x family room with 1 double and 2 adult bunks with en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x family room with 1 double and 1 adult bunks with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Three ground floor cloakrooms
  • Kitchen with dining area (seats 20)
  • Utility
  • Sitting room (seats 16) with dining area (seats 12)
  • Second sitting room (seats 20) with gas woodburner-effect stove and three sofa beds
  • Conservatory with dining area (seats 28)
  • Games room with table tennis and table football tables.
  • Gas central heating
  • Two electric Ranges with oven and hob, microwaves, fridge/freezers, washing machine, tumble dryer, two dishwashers, 14 x TVs with Freeview, CD, PlayStation 3, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • 13’ shed for storage
  • Private enclosed rear garden and courtyard, gravelled patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop, pub and restaurant 8 mins walk
  • Note: Property is available for weddings in the conservatory
  • Note: Property is suitable for corporate events, team building exercises and stag/hen parties
  • Note: Please contact the owners to pre-order kegs of beer, cider or lager at cost price
  • Note: Please advise the owners 48 hours beforehand if wish to use the hot tub
  • Property has two travel cots and two highchairs
  • Please Note - Due to the new Government legislation the price of this property has been reduced to accommodate smaller groups in line with the Rule of 6 regulations, as such, only 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms will be available at the reduced price until 21/12/2020

The property

This large converted pub and restaurant is in the village of Hope in the Hope Valley Derbyshire which is situated in the heart of The Peak District.

Located in spacious grounds with ample off road parking for 25 cars this beautiful house provides a wonderful base for family celebrations and holidays.

There are nine double en-suite bedrooms, two of which have added bunk beds so they sleep a total of 6 people in one room and four in another, all of which are equipped with their own TV with Freeview.

Eight of these rooms are all on the first floor, with the ninth being situated on the ground floor which is ideal for those who do not wish to climb the stairs.

Not forgetting the three bed settees to sleep another 6 guests.

A large modern kitchen is well-equipped to cater for large parties with more than adequate appliances, including large Range cookers, and ample dining facilities.

The conservatory serves as a large dining room with adequate seating for everyone to all sit together around one large table.

Two large sitting rooms provide all the comfort you would expect with comfy seating and Smart TVs.

Situated between these is the lovely original bar which is in full working order for those evening get-togethers and for aspiring landlords in the party.

There is also a games area with a selection of table games and books, table football and a Smart TV and games console to help occupy the younger members of the party, whilst the fibre broadband will ensure a good connection for guests.

Outside is a large enclosed and safe gravelled area with a paved patio and covered hot tub, a charcoal barbecue and plenty of outdoor seating for groups to relax and drink in the fresh air whilst planning what to see or where to go next.

Also don’t forget there is an enclosed children’s play area with swings, slide and climbing wall, so you can sit back and relax knowing the children are safe.

Outside, there is also a secure lockable steel shed for any bikes and outdoor equipment.

The village of Hope has a selection of traditional pubs serving food, cafés and some lovely little shops, while just over a mile away is the popular village of Castleton with its Norman Castle, numerous caves to explore and the imposing Winnats Pass.

Within easy reach of this fabulous house is Hathersage with its open air swimming pool, Edale, which is at the start of the Pennine Way, and the charming market towns of Bakewell and Buxton.

A perfect house that you will want to return to at the end of an enjoyable day.

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About the location


Castleton 1.5 miles; Tideswell 6 miles.

The pretty Peak District village of Hope lies in the heart of the Hope Valley, and on the doorstep of some great walking country. Set amongst the beautiful rolling hills of the Peak District National Park, the village boasts some village pubs which serve food, a general store, some very interesting shops and galleries to explore, and a railway station. Hope is perfectly situated for either an action-packed break full of caving, climbing, and great walks from the doorstep, or a quiet countryside break in this lovely part of the Peaks. The Winnats Pass cuts a course through superb scenery just a couple of miles away in Castleton, and is a delight for walkers, cyclists and motorists alike. Nearby are the pretty villages of Edale, the start of the Pennine Way, Castleton and Hathersage with its seasonal outdoor swimming pool, while horse riding and the wonderful Castleton Caves are all available within 3 miles. Enjoy a day out at Alton Towers or visit the impressive Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. Also within easy reach are Buxton, Matlock Bath and Carsington Water, while further afield are the market towns of Ashbourne and Leek.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Christmas