Stretton House

Stretton House, Highstairs Lane, Stretton, DE55 6FD
5 (34 Reviews)

About Stretton House

Stretton House is a Victorian country manor in Derbyshire, just outside the Peak District National Park. It is ideally suited for large family parties, weekends with friends, and corporate use.

The house has 13 bedrooms (10 of which are en-suite, and three of which are flexible family rooms). There are an additional two bathrooms. The rooms are all large and light-filled; some of the rooms have four poster beds.

Stretton is a big house, and its reception rooms are just as generous as its bedrooms. There’s an elegant drawing room, with long sofas and an open fire; a library and a large dining room, which stretches the width of the house, and is perfect for a formal dinner party (or conference table, should you be there to work).

There is also a bar lounge and a sun lounge, and large conservatory, which will seat the household of guests for more informal dining.

In the Games Annex, there is a games room with pool table and table football, and a playroom for younger children, complete with rocking horse.

There are also two kitchens, East and West, both of which are well-equipped and easy to use.

Outside, the terraces offer views of the woods and the lake, and lead down to formal gardens, including a knot garden. The lawns are perfect for a high-stakes game of croquet, and there’s a children’s play area. Guests are welcome to enjoy drinks or a BBQ on the terrace, and there’s adequate seating for everybody to sit together.

Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature

“One thing that I think Victorian country houses do beautifully, is a grand entrance and stair case, and the one at Stretton House really is impressive. It has colonnades and hand-carved balustrades, and makes a fantastic area for welcoming guests for drinks.”

About The Location

Stretton House is very easy to get to, and is about six miles from the M1 (junction 29). The nearest airport is the East Midlands (about 30 miles away), and the nearest main-line train station is at Chesterfielsd, which is about 7 miles away.

The lovely Derbyshire town of Matlock is 8 miles away, on the edge of the Peak District.

Things To Do

The area around Stretton House is rich in history, and there are some extraordinary country houses nearby, including Chatsworth House, Hardwick and Haddon Hall.

Tourist attractions include theCrich tramway museum, The Heights of Abraham and Gullivers Kingdom.

More sporty entertainment can be arranged: clay-shooting, kayaking and horse-riding, plus fantastic hiking and cycling in the Peak District itself.

Should you need a gentle walk and reviving pint, a traditional Derbyshire pub is barely half a mile from the house, in the village of Stretton.

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Stretton House is a fantastic venue for celebrating a special occasion or for a reunion over a few or many days for a large group of friends and/or family. The accommodation is first class, well maintained and full of lovely furniture, fixtures and fittings. Log or coal fires in the main living rooms also provide that special warmth and comfort in the winter months. The property is well located for accessing the numerous places of interest in the area and I would thoroughly recommend Stretton House to everyone who enjoys the pleasure of staying in a wonderful home!

Stretton House is big, grand house with a large hallway and an imposing staircase for you sweep up and down. One large lounge with comfortable sofas, a couple of smaller lounges off the main hall plus a home cinema room, a playroom, a conservatory, a garden and a whole separate annex for games (including table tennis, pool table, table football and games console) means that the house absorbs a large crowd and everyone can find a favourite space. Unusually in a house for a group, there is a choice of three areas where the whole party can eat together; a formal dining room, a sunlit conservatory near the kitchen or, if the weather is fine, you can eat in the garden. There are enough tables and chairs for 30 in all three areas. The house is clean, well-maintained and the furnishings, bed linens and towels are of good quality. The kitchens are well-equipped to cook for a large party. Everything in the house works; there are no dripping taps or dodgy showers. If anything does break or you can't figure out how to use the impressive home cinema, you can call on John and Debbie, the housekeepers who live at the end of the drive. They will meet you when you arrive, give you a guided tour with some essential information and then leave you be. If you call them, they will be on the doorstep in minutes to solve your problem. Otherwise, you probably won't notice them until your departure. Cheerful, friendly and helpful, they are a great asset to the house. Stretton House is mostly used for wedding parties at weekends, but our party (15 adults and 10 kids aged 10-21) went for a week's holiday. We all found a variety of things to do in the local area and had a great time. I'll happily recommend Stretton House as a holiday house (by which I mean mansion - it is huge).

I cannot fault Stretton House and can't wait to go back. We had a winter get-together on the occasion of a milestone birthday, and it was the perfect house and location. With seating in two locations for meals for 32 people, cozy and generous sleeping arrangements for all guests, multiple lounge areas, and two spacious and very well equipped kitchens, everyone was always comfortable. There were a number of small touches around the house which made the stay even more convenient and comfortable - soaps and bathroom accessories; "emergency supplies" available in bathrooms; tea-towels, sponges, washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets in kitchens; logs and coals for the wood burner and fire; easy to use speaker system in the bar/kitchen area; TV's in nearly every room. Not to mention the generous, personalised Happy Birthday pack of goodies and champagne which were hugely appreciated. We were given a very helpful tour of the house on arrival to learn how to operate all the heating, stoves, locks etc., and were given John's number and encouraged to ring at any time of day or night should any issues arise during the stay. (They didn't!) Dena was incredibly helpful prior to the visit, responding promptly to all my questions and clarifications. There are large supermarkets within 10 and 20 minutes' drive from the house, and you can be in the beautiful Peak District for walks etc in less than half an hour, with some great National Trust properties even closer. We barely wanted to leave the house, however, and similarly only just began to enjoy the gardens and grounds directly around the house. I very much hope to return for another occasion in the future, and as such would strongly recommend Stretton House to other potential guests, for a thoroughly relaxing stay with family and friends.

We had a wonderful stay at Stretton House with extended family of 6 month olds, children, teenagers up to 70+ year olds. The house with its many living spaces worked brilliantly giving each group their own space as well as rooms large enough for all to dine together (32 people). The grounds and games room were perfect for our roaming toddlers and restless young adults. We hope to all come back next year!

So delighted with the property, it's facilities and they way we were looked after during our wonderful stay.

Spent the weekend in this magnificent house for my sisters 40th birthday. Place is superb, we were a party of around 24 but its so big you could all find your own space. The rooms were all clean and bathrooms were excellent. The house was warm, considering its size and the fact it was minus 4 outside was great. Had a awesome time and would love to visit again!

We wanted to have a big family christmas get together this year but this wasn't possible due to work, and other commitments, so the only time we could all get together was last weekend, which also coincided with a birthday. 31 of us with ages ranging from 2 months to 95 years went to Stretton House. What an amazing and beautiful country house. Everything was perfect, there was plenty of room, the facilities were second to none, and a wonderful time was had by all. Already planning our next visit, hopefully in the summer so we can make the most of the beautiful gardens. Mary and Carol

The most amazing weekend ever. Nothing was too much trouble, really personal touches and totally gorgeous place. All the rooms are so well done. Exceeds all expectations and more.

We stayed at Stretton House as a party of 28 ranging from age 7 to age 56. The house is BEAUTIFUL. It is spacious (in fact it takes a few hours to get your bearings and you can easily get lost), beautifully decorated and so well equipped. We wanted for nothing. Even the weather was kind to us for October. We could enjoy the sunshine in the glorious garden, and then enjoy the fires in the evening. We'll be back!

Not sure Stretton house has had so many kilts, guitars, questionable Tina Turner wigs but we had the best time with all our family and old friends at Grandad's gap year party. Thanks Michael Mackay our talented nephew for fabulous guitar playing, great place for a big family get together, something for everyone!

This house is stunning house was lovely, we had 28 people including 4 young children and still felt like there was plenty of room. The house was very clean and was lovely to be greeted by the butler. We would definitely recommend this to others.

Beautiful! Everything about this place is just lovely. From the sunken baths to the books dating back to the 1300s. Set in beautiful surroundings offering great views of our wonderful countryside. It was our friend's 50th weekend celebrations and we had the best time.

Spent a weekend here for a friends 60th birthday. Had a fantastic time with excellent facilities the house offers. Great base for walking and cycling, if you don't mind a few hills.

When you approach this stunning house it gives you the impression of a Grand stately home similar to Downton Abbey. It is simply stunning. We went for our friends special birthday and we had the time of our lives. It sleeps at least 30 but we had 21 and there was so much room, we didn't feel crowded at all. The bedrooms are all very special and nearly all had ensuites. We enjoyed the outside area and luckily we had great weather and had a BBQ. We had all the utensils to cook and prepare food. We made use of the cinema room and watched a couple of DVD'S. The men made use of the games annex which included a pool table and numerous other game tables. On the Saturday night we had the outside caterers come and serve us a 3 course meal. We felt really spoilt and it was lovely for our friends Birthday. We loved our time here and are booking again for next year.

Just had my 40th birthday celebrations at Stretton House and it was perfect in every way. The group was made up of 10 families and there was plenty of space for everyone. The house is beautiful and every detail has been thought of. The children had a ball! We will definitely be back!!

Had an amazing weekend here with loads of families - kids of all ages loved it specially the grounds and gardens. Huge house decorated wonderfully with all the mod cons, everything you need for a luxury holiday!

We had just the most fantastic time at Stretton House. It is so beautiful inside and out and the cleanliness of the entire house is astounding!! This was our second visit and we are planning our next one!!

Incredible stay over New Year for a joint 50th Birthday celebration ... This amazing place is perfect in every way, for any event.. From the location, to the facilities, rooms etc..etc.. I could go on forever. This has been the best New Year we have ever experienced, we cant wait to return and would highly recommend to all.. Thank you x

Need to find an excuse to return as it was the most perfect setting for a family celebration....100th Birthday party!

Amazing 40th birthday celebration here with friends, absolutely stunning house - highly recommend �

A perfect weekend stay in beautiful surroundings, Stretton house really has got the wow factor, totally and utterly faultless !.

Fantastic weekend for my partners aunties 50th. highley recommend. Will definatley visit again in the future :-)

Fantastic weekend for my partners aunties 50th. highley recommend. Will definatley visit again in the future :-)

Fantastic! Had such a fantastic weekend here for my aunties 50th. Highly recommend this to anybody. Thank you!

Had such an amazing weekend for my aunties 50th, so clean and cosy! Defiantly recommend! Thank you for a lovely experience ���

We stayed here with our UK family for a long weekend. It is truly one of the most beautiful, peaceful places I've ever seen. The house is huge and each bedroom (I lost count-somewhere around 13) has its own ensuite bath. Chock full of antiques and lovingly cared for, with two kitchens. We will definitely visit again!

Beautiful house beautiful grounds looking forward to exploring more of the house and grounds tomorrow. My little man loved the space :-) x

Thank you for letting us hire your beautifully stunning house this weekend. We had an excellent time using the lawn for garden games and the outside seating area for dinners. The house is so well equipped there was not one detail missing. Special thanks to your house keepers for there kindness and being so helpful x x

What a fantastic time we all had at Stretton House!!!! We booked for a family birthday celebration and despite having over 30 guests, there was so much space for all to relax and enjoy. Whether it was relaxing in one of the several sitting rooms, or dining indoors using one of the two kitchens or even dining outside using the BBQ. The children could amuse themselves in garden on the trampoline while the older ones could use the games provided in the outhouse. Now everyone wants to come back for another get together in the same place- any celebration or excuse accepted. Thank you Stretton House !

The attention to detail is on another level. It's a truly loved house and you feel that when you stay here

Thank you to Stretton House for providing the back drop to our themed Saturday night Downton evening what resounding success, second visit hopefully we can return next year.N.Smith.

Amazing place, so beautiful and exactly what we needed for the weekend of celebrations together as a family. Couldn't have asked for more.

We had 28 of our friends and family to stay, including 8 children, to celebrate our wedding. There is so much room as the amount of indoor and outdoor space is perfect. All our guests we full of praise for the house and we couldn't fault anything. We felt truely at ease there, it was so relaxing. I would definately recommend this house for family get togethers as the children loved it too. Thank you Dena, we had an amazing time!

We stayed here in June for the weekend with 30 friends and family and had the most amazing time! The house was breathtaking, spotless and full of character. Highlights were the garden areas, the fully equipped kitchens and the games room. We would love to return with the children as there is so much for them to do! We will never forget the time we had at Stretton House, thank you!

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