Manor Farm, Barn for development and 55 acres, Dethick, Matlock

Price: £1,995,000


  • Manor Farm is a wonderful, historic property
  • Magnificent setting with breath taking views
  • Grade II* listed 7 bedroomed Farmhouse
  • 'L'shaped barn for development
  • Range of outbuildings
  • More than 50 acres of traditional hay meadows and pastures
  • The whole site extending to approximately 55 acres
  • For further details please contact the Ashbourne office
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Manor Farm is a wonderful, historic property which has never before been offered on the open market. A stunning 7 Bedroomed farmhouse set in just under an acre of gardens with a range of outbuildings, Stunning L-shaped barn for development, and approximately 55 acres of traditional hay meadows and pastures.


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.

Manor Farmhouse

A stunning Grade II* listed 7 bedroomed farmhouse with parts dating back to 1403, set in just under an acre of matured walled gardens. It is being sold with a range of outbuildings and paddocks, the whole extending to 3.5 acres approximately.

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.

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 3.44acres 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.

Manor Farm


The property is accessed through the charming exposed stone doorway to Reception Hall.

Reception Hall

9' 10'' x 11' 6'' (3m x 3.5m)

Having been formerly the Dairy to the farm the Reception Hall provides access to the main property and is the initial Entrance for Bed and Breakfast guests. Fitted with a Belfast sink. Central heating control cupboard with ’thermastore’ tank with fitted heat exchange, exposed stone lintel, Oak latch access door to;

Entrance Lobby/B & B Reception

10' 6'' x 5' 7'' (3.2m x 1.7m)

Used to display information leaflets for the Bed and Breakfast guests, window to rear overlooking garden, painted stone walls , door with access through to rear staircase rising to first floor, timber latch access door to Inner Hallway and Boiler Room.

Inner Hallway

Providing access through to the former Conference Room used presently as a Family Room, with WC and Disabled WC accessed off along with Kitchenette to service the Conference facility. Having tiled floor with underfloor heating.


Having Low Flush WC, tiled floor with underfloor heating, high level window.

Disabled WC

Low level WC, tiled floor with underfloor heating, vanity wash hand basin with tiled splash back, spotlights, high level storage cupboard.


9' 2'' x 4' 7'' (2.8m x 1.4m)

Kitchen designed with the intention to serve the conference room, comprising matching wall drawer and base units with rolled edge work surface over and tiled splash backs, AEG refrigerator and dishwasher, electric cooker with canopy extractor hood over, inset circular sink and drainer, hand wash basin with cupboard storage beneath, spotlights, tiled floor with underfloor heating.

Family Room (Former Conference room)

24' 3'' x 12' 10'' (7.4m x 3.9m)

Now used as a further reception room. Previously this room was used for hosting agricultural access visits, training courses, meetings and social gatherings, having a continuation of the tiled floor, under floor heating, wall lights inset spot lights, External access door, multi-pane windows to front and side.

Inner Lobby

Accessed from the Entrance Lobby with a step down, having terracotta and black quarry tiled floor, exposed stone wall with hanging, Base mounted Worcester Bosch boiler. Internal doors to Large Walk-in pantry and Manor Living Kitchen.

Walk in Pantry

8' 6'' x 11' 2'' (2.6m x 3.4m)

Providing useful storage with shelving and old stone thrall, appliance space and continuation of terracotta and black quarry tiled floor.

Living Manor Kitchen

26' 11'' x 22' 8'' (8.2m x 6.9m) total plus recesses

The oldest part of the property and the heart of the house. This characterful Living Kitchen is a true delight and can be dated back to 1403 when the last Dethick died and it is believed Dethick Manor was intact. The Kitchen has all stone walls and features, with quarry tiled floor and beamed ceiling. The focal point of the Kitchen is the three arches, previously fireplaces used for cooking. An alcove has been created from one of the fireplaces with window panelled shutters, overlooking the rear garden and beyond, across to the far boundary of the farm.

The central fireplace is a magnificent inglenook with Clearview wood burner fitted with water boiler supplying hot water and additional central heating source for part of the house. Wall lights and stone tiled hearth. Across from the central fireplace is a dining area and further windows to front elevation one with panelled window shutters.

The third alcove is incorporated into the recently updated Kitchen, housing turquoise oil fired AGA, undermounted stainless steel sink and slimline Bosch dishwasher. Quartz worktop. At the far end of the Kitchen is the main cooking/preparation area of the Kitchen, installed in 2016 incorporating an antique pine dresser with shelves and base cupboards, plus a range of painted and oak floor cupboards and utensil/pan drawers, recycling cupboard. A mix of Oak and Quartz worktops, wall cupboards. Built-in appliances include ‘Hotpoint’ under counter drawer refrigerator, two ‘Bosch’ dishwashers, a second white ceramic sink with mixer tap and electric freestanding ‘Belling’ cooker. Wall lights, and spotlights. Internal access door through to Main Front Entrance Hall

Main Front Entrance Hall

Solid timber access door to the front elevation, cast iron radiator, patterned quarry tiled floor, arched multi-pane metal window to front, arch through with ancient carved wooden header bearing symbols from the Babington coat of arms and part carved original stone lintel above, further arch leading to Cloakroom and stairs rising to first floor. Under stair storage and cloaks area.

Ground Floor Cloakroom

With white pedestal wash hand basin, low flush WC, fireplace, multi-pane sash window to side with view to side garden and Church. Victorian style towel rail and radiator.

Sitting Room

18' 8'' x 16' 5'' (5.7m x 5m)

South facing sitting Room with magnificent views over Derwent Valley and over the lawn to Dethick Church. Open fireplace with exposed stone surround and tiled hearth. Multi-pane window with fitted panelled window shutters and window seat, two radiators.

Home Office

15' 1'' x 14' 1'' (4.6m x 4.3m)

Formerly used as a Formal Dining Room for Bed and Breakfast or as a music room, wall lights, windows overlooking the lawns and Dethick Church.

First Floor East Wing


Accessed from the main hallway, with split level stairs leading with steps leading to central first floor passage, internal access to Bedroom 6 and Dressing Room.

Bedroom Six

15' 1'' x 12' 10'' (4.6m x 3.9m)

Attractive bedroom with dual aspect windows to front and side, radiator, TV point. Currently used by the owners.

En Suite Shower Room to Bedroom Six

Ensuite shower room having been well fitted comprising; Shower cubicle, wash hand basin with cabinet storage beneath, Low flush WC, heated towel rail, extractor fan.

Dressing Room

Formerly a smaller bedroom now being utilised as a dressing room with built-in wardrobes comprising two double and two single across two walls of the room, multi-pane window enjoying views overlooking the Church and formal lawn.

First Floor Central Passage

Having windows to front elevation and access to Bedrooms 5, 4 and 3, ‘Den’ and Family Bathroom.

Bedroom Five

17' 1'' x 17' 1'' (5.2m x 5.2m)

Sash multi-pane windows having window seat with southerly aspect, overlooking formal lawn, magnificent views over Derwent valley and across to Dethick Church. Radiator. Inbuilt wardrobe with double doors into what was previously a casement window which has been blocked up with stone wall, exposed floor boards, Vintage Cast iron range with decorative white surround.

Family Bathroom

12' 6'' x 6' 7'' (3.8m x 2m)

Newly Installed in 2018 with Panelled Bath having mixer taps, Chrome faced ‘Mira Sport’ shower and ‘Matki’ single fold shower screen, Hand wash basin with mixer taps mounted in bespoke cupboard with draw units, low flush WC, Floor to ceiling double door to airing cupboard, Amtico flooring, Victorian Style towel rail and radiator running off the AGA, Deep inset window with tiled window sill. Inset spot lights.

First Floor Snug/Den

Small sitting room currently used as ‘Den’ with TV point, Multi-pane window overlooking the front of the property. Airing cupboard at the rear housing hot water tank and controls for hot water / central heating supplied by Clearview .

Bedroom Four

12' 2'' x 9' 10'' (3.7m x 3m)

Deep-set multi-pane window overlooking rear of the house and views over Derwent Valley, Pedestal wash hand basin, radiator, TV point.

Bedroom Three

18' 4'' x 10' 2'' (5.6m x 3.1m)

Pretty Bedroom with dual aspect windows to front and rear of the house, radiator, TV point, In-built recessed wardrobe. internal latch access door to Ensuite Bathroom.

En Suite Bathroom

Three piece bathroom suite comprising; Panelled bath with ‘Mira’ electric shower over. Pedestal wash hand basin with light over, low flush WC, shaver point, heated towel rail, radiator and tiled flooring.

First Floor Landing West Wing

Stairs leading up from inner Lobby, Windows to front and rear, Utility Cupboard with light switch, mains electricity panel, utility cupboard, house keeping storage, loft hatch, Airing cupboard housing hot water tank with immersion heater.

Bedroom Two (Currently used as B & B Room Hayloft 2)

14' 9'' x 12' 6'' (4.5m x 3.8m)

East facing room with exposed timber beams, wall lights, vaulted ceiling, window with exposed Oak Lintel enjoying views across the Derwent Valley. TV point, Oak latch door to Ensuite Shower Room.

En-Suite Shower Room to Bedroom Two

Three piece Shower Suite comprising Low flush WC, Pedestal wash hand basin with light above, Double Shower cubicle with ‘Grohe’ shower over. Inset spot lights, heated towel rail, shaver point and tiled floor.

Bedroom One (Currently used as B & B Room Hayloft 1)

18' 4'' x 15' 1'' (5.6m x 4.6m)

Spacious Bedroom having hand sanded beams with vaulted ceiling, three multi-pane windows with dual aspect views and Oak lintels above. Wall lights, three radiators and TV point.

En Suite Shower Room to Bedroom One

Double shower enclosure with Grohe shower over, Low flush WC, Victorian style heated towel rail, pedestal wash hand basin with vanity light over, tiled floor, shaver point, inset spot lights, latch access door.

Access to ground floor Bedroom Seven (The Garden Room)

Access to ground floor Bedroom Seven (The Garden Room) is via the Inner Lobby exit to the outside where the garden path leads to the independent Bedroom access door.

Bedroom Seven Garden Room

14' 5'' x 11' 2'' (4.4m x 3.4m)

Currently used as a Bed and Breakfast Room with ground floor access, Full of charm with original stone buttresses and corbels. Glass panelled external door. Wall lights, Window over looking the garden, internal panelled access door to Ensuite Wet Room.

En Suite Wetroom

Fully tiled with overhead shower, pedestal wash hand basin and low flush WC, Victorian style heated towel rail. Loft hatch, Radiator, inset spot lights, recessed window.

Laundry Room

6' 11'' x 5' 7'' (2.1m x 1.7m)

Accessed from the outside rear with Belfast Sink, plumbing for washing machine and hanging storage. Newly installed fuse board also serves power supply to Kitchen.



The formal walled gardens extend to approximately 0.75 acres in all.

To the front of the house the gardens comprise of herbaceous shrubs laid outside the Listed building to the front believed to be the Babington private chapel and Ice house. Formal front lawn with Herbaceous borders behind low level stone wall. Hardstanding and gravel provide further parking area if required.

Rear Garden to the South of the house with stunning breath-taking views. The gardens comprise of walled herbaceous border, formal lawns, well constructed maturing Vegetable and fruit garden with raised beds and fruit trees including Apples, Pears and Plums. South facing garden to the side of the house with further formal lawned garden with beds and herbaceous borders and surrounded by mature trees. Gate leading to paddock believed to be the remains of the original Tudor garden.


The property is accessed from Dethick Lane via the drive past Dethick Church. An alternative access drive has been created to service the property further.

The driveway lead to farmyard and hardstanding providing off road parking area and covered parking within the outbuildings for both domestic and agricultural vehicles.

There is a extensive range of outbuildings which can be identified on the buildings plan and comprise as below;


1 - Garage and Storage

30' 0'' x 20' 0'' (9.15m x 6.10m)

Dressed stone building with tiled roof, double vehicular access door.

2 and 2a - Workshop with Loose Box with loft area

25' 11'' x 33' 11'' (7.9m x 10.35m)

Workshop with power and lighting, high level vehicular access doors. Loosebox with stable door access to side.

3 - Large Barn

18' 6'' x 58' 9'' (5.65m x 17.9m)

Having Cart lodge access from the Paddock and adjoining barn. Lovely timber truss within.

4 - Open Fronted Three Bay Storage Barn

42' 8'' x 23' 0'' (13m x 7m)

Steel frame providing covered storage and access to Large Barn and Cow Kennel.

5 - Cow Kennel Building

42' 8'' x 39' 8'' (13m x 12.1m)

With 32 standings, with brick walls, timber trusses and concrete cement roof providing useful addition store or for livestock housing.

6 - Field Barn

24' 8'' x 14' 9'' (7.53m x 4.5m)

Stone construction situated on the edge of the entrance paddock and provides access from the Paddock for Livestock shelter.


Adjacent to the outbuildings there is pasture land extending to approximately 2 acres.

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. 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)

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).


Manor Farmhouse - Private Water Supply. Mains Electricity. Private Drainage. Oil fired central Heating. 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 and Council Tax band

Amber Valley Borough Council Tax band G.

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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