Pilsley is a pretty, unspoilt village with magnificent views over the Derwent Valley. It lies about one mile east of Chatsworth House, and with Edensor and Beeley makes up the three Chatsworth Estate villages. They tend to share facilities; Pilsley has the Post Office, which is part of Holly Cottage, B&B, school and a pub, Edensor a church and tea rooms and Beeley a church and a pub. Both pubs are called the Devonshire Arms, which can cause confusion at times. Pilsley is also located close to and ideal for Bakewell accommodation and people looking for the ideal Peak District B&B.
The village is in a sheltered position and the limestone cottages are enriched by gardens full of colour, many of the occupiers having learned the craft in the gardens at Chatsworth House. Some describe it has a sleepy little village, but fail to take into account that the popular Chatsworth Farm Shop is located in Pilsley. It has been so successful further expansion of the Farm Shop has taken place, to include a popular restaurant open during the day.
The Devonshire Arms, is set in the old part of the village. It is a traditional country pub built about 300 years ago, popular with local people and visitors alike. Further up the street is the village post office and shop, which also houses Holly Cottage bed and breakfast. If you like to be part of village life there would be no better place to stay than Holly Cottage, where you have the opportunity to enjoy local life surrounded by all most popular local places to visit.
The old chapel has been put to a variety of uses since services were discontinued, including acting as a village hall and school canteen. Although it shares many social events with its neighbours, in mid July, Pilsley holds its own carnival and well dressings. Originally, well dressings were first started in the village in 1849, but were suspended by the Duke of Devonshire after a fight broke out between the men of the village and a gang of youths from Baslow. After a gap of about 50 years, the village’s well dressings were revived in 1968.
Bakewell is one of the oldest market towns in the area, dating from the 14th Century. With a church, museum and the historical Rutland Arms – famous for the birthplace of the Bakewell Pudding – there is plenty to see and do. Anyone looking for Bakewell Hotels or a Peak District B&B will be pleased with Holly Cottage’s location close to this historic town.