Charles Cotton Hotel
  • Market Square
    SK17 0AL
Recently voted one of the top five fine dining restaurants in Derbyshire, the Charles Cotton Hotel has set itself apart from other hotels and wedding venues in the area. Located in the heart of the Peak District National Park and within easy driving distance of Buxton and Ashbourne, the Charles Cotton Hotel has been offering a traditional, warm welcome to guests and travellers since the early seventeenth century.

There's always a reason to visit the Charles Cotton... because we're 100% cotton!


Named after the eponymous English poet, author and avid fisherman, the Charles Cotton Hotel has been welcoming guests for the past two hundred and seventy-five years. Nestled in the pretty village of Hartington near Buxton, the Charles Cotton is the perfect base for walkers, cyclists, fishing enthusiasts and tourists wanting to visit the Peak District National Park and the wealth of heritage that can be found in the local area.


Already renowned for its traditional charm, Judy Dyer and her partner Alan Shanks bought into the hotel in 2010 and have refurbished the building to restore even more of its original character.


"We want to provide our customers with a high quality, authentic experience," Judy explains. "The moment you step into the Charles Cotton, you're enveloped in the delicious smells from the restaurant, the aroma of real ale, the cracking of the open fire in the colder months and the olde world charm of the hotel itself.


"Since taking over, we have completely refurbished the restaurant and bar, and totally transformed the accommodation. We are now planning a new terrace café and seating area - the perfect place to enjoy a little al fresco dining."


The Charles Cotton Hotel offers something for everyone; a restaurant recently voted one of the top five in Derbyshire; a variety of accommodation including singles, doubles, family rooms, a suite and dog-friendly rooms; and the opportunity to book the hotel on an exclusive use basis for your wedding.


The hotel is also ideal for business meetings, corporate activities and team building exercises.


Please call the Charles Cotton Hotel for more information and to make a booking.





Whether it's lunch or dinner; a bar meal or traditional Sunday lunch; food at the Charles Cotton is lovingly prepared, using locally sourced, organic produce whenever possible (apart from their amazing Swiss ice creams!)


The stylish restaurant's menu uses the highest quality ingredients to create modern British dishes, including:


  • Vodka and beetroot cured salmon, with mustard dressing and salad
  • Warm salad of parsnip, bacon and shallots with a poached duck egg
  • Aged sirloin steak (Lower Hurst Farm, Hartington), chips, peas and grill garnish
  • Slow roasted belly pork with Bramley apple and celeriac mash, wilted spinach and cider jus
  • IPA pale ale battered fish, chips and mushy peas
  • Treacle and ginger pudding with warm fruit compote and custard


Alternatively, if you are looking for more relaxed, informal meal, bar meals and sharing platters are available in the bar/bistro area.


Please let the staff know if you have any specific dietary requirements when you order.





Have you always dreamed of getting married in a seventeenth century inn?


Imagine... the hotel becomes your own exclusive wedding venue, licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships in the building's charming Cotton Room.


There is space for you to enjoy drinks on the lawn, and room for a marquee if you're planning a larger celebration. You and your guests will have exclusive use of the Charles Cotton's seven en-suite bedrooms.


The hotel's team will help you choose all those little details that make a wedding special, and tailor a menu to suit your exact requirements.





As part of the 'Peak Passport' angling scheme, the Charles Cotton Hotel has ten beats nearby that draw fisherman from across the country within its walls.


The hotel can also organise tailored fishing packages, which include accommodation and a luxury lunch hamper.



Regular events


The Charles Cotton Hotel plays host to live music every weekend, ranging from acoustic to rock. The hotel also holds specialist evenings, showcasing the finest food and wine from around the world.


Calling all ladies! Every first Wednesday of the month, the Charles Cotton holds a 'Ladies that Lunch' event - a sociable light lunch with a glass of wine and specialist guest speaker. Booking is essential; please call for further details.



The Cotton Club


For sneak previews and preferential bookings on events, evenings and seasonal menus, join the Cotton Club!



Contact The Charles Cotton Hotel


Please call the Charles Cotton Hotel to make a reservation in the restaurant, book a room or enquire about holding your wedding at the hotel.


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