Barn for development, Manor Farm, Dethick, Matlock

Price: £525,000


  • Impressive 'L' shaped barn
  • Planning permission and listed building consent granted
  • Paddock enjoying stunning views
  • Site extends to approximately 1.51 acres in all
  • Potential to buy further land up to 50.31 acres (lot 3)
  • Further enquiries to be made to the Ashbourne office
  • Email:
  • Tel: 01335 342201

Full details

Two storey stable block and con store, plus barns and former milking parlour, with planning consent to convert to a substantial single dwelling and ancillary accommodation. Included is a paddock with stunning views, the whole extending to approximately 1.5 acres. A further approximately 50.31 acres of hay meadows and pastures available by separate negotiation.


Dethick is a peaceful, ancient cluster of three farms and a church tucked away in a maze of winding lanes and dry stone walls. Although only 3 miles from Matlock, it’s ambience is reminiscent of a place where time has stood still.

Manor Farm is a wonderful, historic property which has never before been offered on the open market. It occupies a magnificent setting, with breath-taking views, high above the Derwent Valley. It is offered for sale by private treaty as a whole, or separated into 2 lots.

Elegant 'L'shaped barns

Two- storey stable block and corn store, plus barns and former milking parlour, with planning consent to convert to a substantial single dwelling and ancillary accommodation. Included is a paddock with stunning views, the whole extending to approximately 1.5 acres

Lot 2

Guide price £525,000

Approximately 50.31 acres of traditional hay meadows and pastures

Most with natural spring water supply. There is also a small spinney. This excellent block of land is only available with Lot 1 and/or 2 and is not available to purchase on its own. The guide price for this land is £8,000 per acre.

The Guide Price for the whole

Farmhouse, buildings with planning permission and land is - £1,995,000.

Introduction to Manor Farm History

Never before has Manor Farm been on the open market, the Dethicks being the original occupants until 1403 when the last Dethick died. Shortly afterwards Thomas Babington married Isabella Dethick and the Babington’s remained there for the next 200 years. In 1586, Anthony Babington's failed plot to rescue Mary Queen of Scots and murder Elizabeth 1st resulted in both of them being executed for treason. The Blackwell and Hallows family followed until 1896 when the property was bought by the Smedley family, local industrialists, mill owners, who founded nearby Lea Mills and built the local Riber Castle.

The Groom family went to live in Dethick in 1956 as tenant farmers where they kept a Guernsey dairy herd, sheep and pigs and grew corn and root crops. Some year later the Smedley family were forced to sell Dethick to pay death duties and the Grooms bought Manor Farm. When they stopped milking the farmhouse was set up as a bed and breakfast and it is still run successfully as such by the current generation of Grooms, Simon and Gilly to this day.

The remains of the original Kitchen dating back to pre 1403 are now incorporated into the farmhouse. This truly delightful feature of the property and very much the hub of the house. The house as it stands now was constructed by the Hallows family in 1670 and has been sympathetically restored and retained.

The house attracts worldwide interest because of the link between Anthony Babington and Mary Queen of Scots and the classic story written by Alison Uttley - “A traveller in Time” based on Manor Farm and the young Anthony Babington, serialised by BBC TV.


The village of Dethick is just 3 miles from the town of Matlock and lies within a conservation area of the Parish of Dethick, Lea and Holloway.

Dethick is a completely listed village which is very rare indeed. All three farms have listed buildings within their curtilages along with the Parish Church ensuring that the historic ambience is maintained and any further development limited.

The unspoilt surrounds are truly stunning. Dethick is located within a hidden maze of winding lanes, hedgerows and dry stone walls, yet it has excellent access to local link roads and rail services. The M1 is just 15 minutes by car and 5 minutes to the A6 and to the railway station at Cromford, with an hourly service to Derby (25 minutes) and Nottingham (55 minutes).

Sales Description

Part of Manor Farmhouse is currently run as a very successful Bed and Breakfast business. It is set within a 55 acre holding laid to pasture, with a good and versatile range of outbuildings. The adjacent ‘L’ shaped barn has planning consent to convert to an extensive single dwelling, office/art room and workshop. The property is being offered as a whole or in separate Lots comprising:

Lot 1 - The Manor Farmhouse, substantial outbuildings and land extending to 3.44 acres in all

Lot 2 - The Barn and Stable block with planning permission for a single dwelling. Site extending to 1.51 acres

50.31 acres of pasture with water. Available only with Lot 1 and/or Lot 2 as a whole or in part if required.

Lot 2- Barns and Stable Block with planning Consent to convert to a single dwelling

This impressive ‘L’ shaped barn has been granted planning permission and has listed building consent. The planning consent allows for two storey accommodation to part combined with single storey and an area allocated as office/art room and workshop.

The Barn is being offered with a delightful paddock enjoying stunning views and the potential to buy further land up to a maximum of 50.31 acres as outlined in Lot 3. In all the site (Lot 2) extends to approximate 1.51 acres in all.

Further information on the planning permission granted and listed building consent can be obtained directly from the Amber Valley borough council website, application AVA/2016/1276 (planning) and AVA/2019/0138 (listed consent)

Lot 3 - Land Extending to 50.31 acres - Shaws Meadow, The Five Acre, Patchett Field, The Stack Yard field, Lea Field and Front Field.

It has roadside access from Dethick Lane. Water supply. Generally level or gentle sloping pasture. It has been well farmed and is in excellent heart and for 10 years was in higher level stewardship until 2016. A spinney is situated on the western boundary. A delightful aspect, south sloping, enjoying stunning view across the Derwent Valley. All entitlements are available to the land.

General Remarks

Tenure and Possession

The property is sold Freehold with vacant possession. The land is sold subject to a grazing agreement expiring on 31st October 2020 (this maybe negotiable).


Barn for development - Water supply and Electricity supply.

Fixtures and Fittings

Only those fixtures and fittings referred to in the sale particulars are included in the purchase price.

Basic Payment Scheme and Cross Compliance

We understand the entitlements are available. The purchaser will be required to meet the RPA Cross Compliance Rules during the claim year and indemnify the vendor against any breach of the scheme requirements.

Local Authority

Amber Valley Borough Council.

Rights of Way, Wayleaves and Easements

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, easements and wayleaves whether or not defined in these particulars.


Strictly by appointment through the Ashbourne Office of the sole agents on 01335 342201 or e-mail:


Exempt as building is Listed


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