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A warm welcome in Hilton

Sitting half way between Derby and Burton upon Trent, this pretty village offers peaceful relaxation, half-timbered houses, lavender gardens and cosy pubs where you can be sure of a friendly welcome. But it's still close to the action if you want to step up the pace. Derby has a vibrant night scene and plenty for culture vultures, including the museum and art gallery, while Burton's National Brewery Centre showcases how the town became Britain's brewing capital.

Step back in time at Calke Abbey

Set in landscaped parklands, this baroque country pile is the house that time forgot. Deliberately left in a state of decline to show the hardships faced by country homes in the past, it tells the story of an eccentric family who amassed a vast collection of treasures. Explore the walled gardens and orangery, and potter around the nature reserve, looking out for badger tracks and woodpeckers.

Take your pick of sports action

Footie fans can roar on their team at Derby's Pride Park or Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium. If the sound of leather on willow is more your thing, why not settle back to watch a first-class county match at Derby Cricket Ground? Looking for a cheap hotel Near Hilton? To the south is Travelodge Burton upon Trent Central. Sports fans can also head for Travelodge Derby Pride Park or Travelodge Derby Cricket Ground.