Manor Farm, Dethick, Matlock

Price: £340,000


  • Lot 3 - 42.42 acres of pastureland
  • With roadside access and water supply.
  • An excellent block of land.
  • Manor Farm is available as a whole or in separate lots
  • For Sale by Informal Tender
  • Closing Date for offers 1st July 2019 at 5pm
  • For further details or to arrange a viewing
  • Please contact the Ashbourne office
  • 01335 342201 or email

Full details

Shaws Meadow, Patchett, The Stack Yard Field (part - 6 acres) and The Lea Field extending to 42.42 acres of pasture land with roadside access and water supply. An excellent block of land. Available as a whole with Manor Farm or individually.


Manor Farm is an historic property that has never before been on the open market. It occupies a magnificent setting with breath-taking Derbyshire views.

It is available as a whole or in separate lots as outlined below

Lot 3

Shaws Meadow, Patchett, The Stack Yard field (part – 6 acres) and The Lea field

42.42 acres of pasture land with roadside access and water supply. An excellent block of land. Guide Price £340,000

Lot 1

LOT 1 - A lovely Grade II* listed Farmhouse, parts dating back to 1403 with a range of outbuildings and land extending to approximately 11 acres in all.

Guide Price £1,150,000

Lot 2

Elegant part double height ‘L’ shaped barn with planning consent to convert to a sizeable single dwelling. There is a paddock accompanying the barn and the site extending to some 2 acres in all Guide Price £550,000

Lot 4

10.67 acres being majority pasture with approximately 1.5 acre of mixed woodland. The are two roadside accesses and water supply to the land.

Guide Price £90,000

For Sale by Informal Tender

Closing Date for offers 1st July 2019 at 5pm. Offers may be considered before the closing date. All offers must be submitted in writing using the official tender form

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 wen 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 4 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 65 acre holding laid to pasture, with a good and versatile range of outbuildings. The adjacent ‘L’ shaped barn has planning consent to convert to a single dwelling, office/art room and workshop.

The property is being offered as a whole or in four separate Lots comprising:

Lot 1 - The Manor Farmhouse, substantial outbuildings and approximately 11 acres

Lot 2 - The Barn and Stable block with planning permission for a single dwelling and 2 acres

Lot 3 - 42.42 acres of pasture with roadside access and water

Lot 4 - 10.67 acres with water and roadside access majority pasture with approximately 1 acre of mixed woodland (fenced).

Lot 3 - Land Extending to 42 Acres

Shaws Meadow, The Five Acre, Patchett Field, The Stack Yard field (part - 6 acres) and Lea Field

It has roadside access from Dethick Lane. Water supply. Generally level or gentle sloping pasture. Has been well farmed and is excellent heart. Was in higher level steward ship 2016. Spinney situated on the Western boundary.

A delightful aspect south sloping enjoying stunning view across the Derwent Valley.

All entitlement are available to the land

General Remarks

Tenure and Possession

The property is sold Freehold with vacant possession. The Land is occupied on summer haymaking and grazing agreement until 31 October. Purchasers of the land will receive appropriate share of rental from the current owners from the date of completion of sale to termination date of 31st October.


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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