This historic late 18th century lodging house is set in two acres of Derbyshire hillside above the popular tourist village of Matlock Bath, famous for its cafes, fish and chip shops and restaurants, serving an eclectic mix of foods from all over the world. The Temple has its own award winning real ale bar serving a selection of local ales and a wonderful collection of scotch single malt whiskies, some now very rare.
The majority of our guest rooms have beautiful views over the Derwent Valley, providing a peaceful environment in which to relax and unwind. The main A6 is only a short distance below, and follows the river through the "Little Switzerland" scenery of limestone cliffs and steep wooded slopes, as described by Lord Byron. A lovely area for short walks and a great starting point for a longer walk into the Derbyshire Dales.
This independent family run business dates back to the 1780's and will have had numerous distinguished people cross its threshold. Lord Byron was so moved by his visit to Matlock Bath that whilst dining he was inspired to etch a poem on the dining room window. This room, aptly name The Byron Room is now our main breakfast room. The pane of glass with Lord Byron’s famous ‘unfinished poem’ was later signed by a young princess Victoria when she visited Matlock Bath before becoming the Queen.