Situated on its own, 1/2 mile from Thorpe village on the road into Dovedale under Thorpe Cloud, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

An ideal base from which to explore the beautiful Derbyshire Dales, and the rugged splendour of the Peak District - whether by car, foot or cycle !

Some of the most magnificent country walks in England are literally outside the door

Hillcrest House is a former 19th Century coaching inn on the road into Dovedale. It was originally called the Dovedale Inn, and provided lodging, refreshments and a change of horse to coaches on their way to Leek and Stoke. It is now run as a private family guest house by local couple, Dan and Margaret Sutton who continue the traditions of yesteryear, (except for the horses!)

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Hillcrest House - Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne,Derbyshire, England

Room 3


The seven bedroom guest house has recently been refurbished and offers quality "country" accommodation with all double rooms with en-suite facilities, TV and tea/coffee facilities in the rooms.


Super King

Room 4


There are both single and double rooms with one large "family" room also available.

The double beds are of generous "Kingsize" proportions and in some rooms are four-posters.

Room 8

 Outside one can find the garden and ample parking facilities for guests.

The Garden

Downstairs there is a reception area, residents lounge and dining room. All are tastefully furnished, well in keeping with the character of this former 19th Century Inn.

Reception Area


Dining Room


Room Rates

Room rates are from £ 35 per person/night, based on 2 people sharing, which includes a full English breakfast. Discounts are available for stays of more than 2 nights.


The hotel has a residential drinks license for guests.

Packed lunches can also be provided.

All vistas around Hillcrest House are of open countryside. Dovedale and Ilam are both but a short walk one way, while the village of Thorpe is a short walk the other way.

The picturesque town of Ashbourne is about 10 minutes drive by car. This old Georgian market town has a wealth of sights to see and shops to visit, and for the more active has a cycle hire centre, and the start of the Tissington Trail - over 20 miles of safe, car-free cycling and walking on what was previously the Ashbourne to Buxton railway line.

For sites and scenes locally take a look at the rest of the Ashbourne Town website.

View of the area looking towards Hillcrest over the Dove valley.

View of house showing Thorpe Cloud behind it.

View of house (bottom right) & village taken from the top of Thorpe Cloud.

The Derbyshire Dales are the weathered southerly foothills of the Peak District. Being lower and therefore warmer, the dales are not so rugged as the Peaks, Mother Nature providing a more genteel aspect. The valleys (dales) are gentler, the sides more treed with the occasional rocky outcrop to provide a hint of what lies further up towards the north of the county. With its babbling brooks, so loved by the 18th Century writer and fisherman, Isaac Walton, and its small villages (usually complete with their traditional "ale house") the Dales are an area of outstanding natural beauty. The very names conjure up images of millstone, water and an England of long ago - Thorpe Cloud, Milldale, Alstonefield, Mappleton, Buxton, Ashbourne.

However the area is not all hills and sheep - a few miles to the south is Alton Towers, Britain's premier amusement park, with its world class rides , likewise the American Adventure park, and for the little ones - Gullivers Kingdom at the nearby Victorian Spar town of Matlock Bath.

Hillcrest House is ideally situated to be your base for visiting the Derbyshire Dales, Peaks and Staffordshire Moorlands, here in the heart of England.

Dan and Margaret would be pleased to provide all the information you need to plan your daily excursions.




The map shows Hillcrest House's location, approximately 1/2 mile outside of Thorpe village on the road to Dovedale.

Unfortunately Hillcrest House is unable to take dogs. There is a no smoking policy in the hotel (even Dan has to go outside for a "smoke"!)

As yet, we have no special facilities for disabled guests, all bedrooms being accessed via one or more flights of stairs, but most requirements can be satisfied.

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