St Elphin's House
St Elphin's House


Bistro & Restaurant

St Elphin's House




The Orangery is a beautiful restaurant near Matlock with spectacular views and exquisite food selection. The restaurant is set within 14 glorious acres of Audley St Elphin's Park landscaped grounds. It is a perfect place to eat on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

At the heart of the St Elphin's Park village is a stunning original Victorian Gothic house. Once a prestigious girls’ school it has since been restored stone by stone and converted into a luxury development with a beautiful health club, swimming pool, sauna, The Orangery Restaurant, bar and bistro.






With a newly created menu for each season, capturing the very best of the fresh produce on offer, the menu is modern yet full of classical English appeal. Famous to the area are Bakewell pudding and Hartington Cheese, both of which can occasionally be enjoyed in The Orangery Restaurant located within St Elphin’s Park village.

For a special occasion, The Orangery is the perfect place to sample wonderful food and splendid views. You can enjoy a modern menu with a classical twist in the restaurant or a more relaxed bistro menu, including peaceful lunches, afternoon tea, cocktails or simply coffee and cake.

Gift vouchers can be purchased for a special occasion – so why not spoil someone to a memorable dining experience or a unique ‘G & Tea’ Afternoon Tea?

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St Elphin’s House started life as a private residence. It became an exclusive spa in the 19th century, and more recently, a well-known girls’ boarding school where author of ‘Just William’, Richmal Crompton, not only attended but later taught classes.

The pioneering engineer John Smedley developed the market town in the 19th century and his legacy is kept alive in buildings such as Smedley’s Hydro and the Gothic-style Riber Castle.

This beautiful village opened in 2012 and houses multiple luxury properties near the Peak District, all with access to The Orangery Restaurant and the Audley Club with a swimming pool, gym and luxury spa area.


Did you know we have a luxury health club in Matlock?

With an Audley Club membership, it’s all about your health and relaxation. When you join our club, you can access the gym, pool and wellbeing facilities in addition to receiving 10% off in our bistro and restaurant.

Our health club facilities include:

 ❖ Fitness studio ❖ Tennis courts ❖ Hair salon ❖ Personal training ❖ Swimming pool ❖ Relaxation area ❖ Spa therapies ❖ The Orangery restaurant

You can use the gym, pool and fitness classes as much or as little as you choose and our personal trainer is expertly trained and experienced in working with the over 50s in core strength, resistance and flexibility based exercises. Book a tour of the Audley Club and experience our luxury health club for yourself.

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The area, known simply as ‘Darley’ until the end of the 19th century, lies on the border of the Peak District National Park. Situated between the towns of Matlock and Bakewell, The Orangery is less than seven miles away from Bakewell, a wonderful, bustling market town at the heart of the Peak District and a delight to visit, with many lovely shops and picturesque walks along the river.

Nearby you will find the country houses of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, and the magnificent Victorian Opera House in Buxton. Alternatively, for a spot of retail therapy, there are shopping outlets at nearby Rowsley and in the converted Masson Mills cotton mill.

The Limestone Dales, found in Derbyshire and the Peak District, provide some of the most spectacular and picturesque scenery in the UK and a dramatic backdrop to some of the best walks in Britain.



From M1 North

Leave the M1 at Junction 30, then exit left on to the A626/Newark. At the roundabout, take the fourth exit on to the A619/Chesterfield and continue on until you can turn off at the A61/Chesterfield. At the next roundabout take the fourth exit on to the A619/Bakewell.

Keep on until you reach the second roundabout, where you’ll take the first exit for Matlock.

Turn right on to Steep Turnpike, then turn right again at the mini roundabout on to the A615. Follow the A6/Buxton along Dale Road South – you’ll pass the Arc Leisure Centre on your right, and Audley St Elphin’s Park will be a little further along on the right.

From M1 South

Leave the M1 at Junction 28 and take the A38/Derby. Then, take the third exit on to the A61/Chesterfield before merging on to the A615/Matlock. Continue on the A615 and then take the A6/Buxton. Keep driving along Dale Road South – you’ll pass the Arc Leisure Centre on your right, and Audley St Elphin’s Park will be a little further along on the right.

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