Visit Bolsover and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Bolsover, Derbyshire. This small industrial town, 5 miles east of Chesterfield, offers a striking visual contrast between what was and what is: down in the valley is all the evidence of the mining industry and its offshoots which make the town important today, while perched on a wooded eminence above the town stands the castle. The original castle was built in Norman times by William Peveril, but the building which occupies the site today, was built in the early 17th century by Sir Charles Cavendish. The date of its building makes this one of England's most curious castles, for this was not a time when men felt the need, as they had done 500 years earlier, to build fortresses for themselves. It is thought, indeed, that Sir Charles's main intention must have been to re-create the atmosphere of times gone by. That he succeeded is there for all to see today, for although his castle has battlements and turrets, it also has two pretty cupolas, picturesque riding stables and rooms with names like the Star Chamber and the Heaven Room.
Also worth a visit in Bolsover is the Parish Church of St Mary. It was gutted by fire towards the end of the last century and much reconstruction work had to be done, but the 13th-century greystone tower escaped the flames, and inside is a large relief sculpture of the Nativity, also 13th-century.
Nearby towns: Chesterfield, Mansfield, Worksop
Nearby villages: Ault Hucknall, Barlborough, Brimington, Clowne, Creswell, Elmton, Heath, Hollingwood, Holmewood, Mansfield Woodhouse, North Wingfield, Pleasley, Shirebrook, Sookholme, Staveley, Sutton Scarsdale, Upper Langwith, Welbeck
Have you decided to visit Bolsover or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Bolsover bed and breakfast (a Bolsover B&B or Bolsover b and b)
- a Bolsover guesthouse
- a Bolsover hotel (or motel)
- a Bolsover self-catering establishment, or
- other Bolsover accommodation