Manor Farm, Dethick, Matlock

Price: £1,150,000


  • An Historic property that has never before been on the open market
  • 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
  • Part of Manor Farmhouse is currently run as a very successful Bed and Breakfast business.
  • Lot 1 Guide price £1,150,000
  • 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

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. This lot extends to 11 acres in all. The 65 acre holding is available as a whole or in separate lots.


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 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 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 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 1 - Manor Farmhouse


The property is accessed through the charming exposed stone doorway through 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)

Currently 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 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, spotlight, 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.

Living Manor Kitchen continued

The third alcove is incorporated into the recently installed 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 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

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 to 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 of 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 Bathroom 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 3 phase 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, Matki Double Shower enclosure with 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

Matki double shower enclosure, 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 Bedroom Seven (The Garden Room)

is via the Inner Lobby exit to the outside where the garden path lead 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 latch access door to Ensuite Wet Room.

En Suite Wet Room

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 gardens extend to approximately 0.75 acres in all.

To the front of the house are the gardens comprises of herbaceous shrubs laid outside the Listed building to the front believed to be 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.


Level and generally sloping grassland which has been well farmed and is in good heart . Part of the land is accessed between the garden wall of Manor Farm House and the adjacent Barn (Lot 2). The land extends to approximately11 acres in all. Further grassland is located on the North side of the access drive.


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 9.15m x 6.10m

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

2 and 2a Workshop with Loose Box with loft over 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 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 13m x 7m

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

5 Cow Kennel Building 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 7.53m x 4.5m

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

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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