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Amazing Manor House | RSS7WH

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  • At a Glance
  • Facilities
  • Accommodation

    • Sleeps 20 + cot
    • 10 bedrooms
    • 10 bath / shower rooms

    Your holiday home

    • £2,739 - £5,749 per week
    • Tuesday changeover
    • 3 pets welcome
    • No smoking
    • Property rating: 5
    • Facilities

      • Dishwasher
      • Parking
      • Cot
      • High chair
      • TV
    • Features

      • Fire/woodburner
      • Wood burning stove
      • Luxury
      • Internet Access


This is a Grade II* listed 17th and 18th-century manor house sleeping 20 guests in 10 en-suite bedrooms. The former childhood home to the household name Florence Nightingale, this holiday property has been lovingly restored to its former glory and is set in the heart of rural Derbyshire. 

Located within the village of Lea, it has been sympathetically and stylishly furnished by the owner, and extras such as fine toiletries and bathrobes are also provided. The drawing room with crystal chandelier, open fire, flatscreen TV and soft furnishings is the perfect setting in which to relax. The dining room is set in the older part of the hall, which dates back to the 1600s, and has a wood-burning stove and seating for 20.

The parish of Dethick, Lea and Holloway is steeped in history and Lea is recorded in the Domesday Book as Lede; the notorious Babington Plot of 1586 was planned at Dethick and Florence Nightingale spent much of her early life at Lea Hurst (and almost certainly lived at here while that house was being built). The peaceful village of Lea offers visitors friendly pubs, tea rooms, restaurants and the famous John Smedley factory.

Rural Derbyshire is a real treasure trove offering everything for the visitor including country houses, historic halls, medieval ruins, heritage railways, cycleways, beautiful unspoilt countryside and pretty villages. One of the closest attractions is the Heights of Abraham. Built on the site of historic lead mining, the hilltop park is approached by cable car which rises up and offers some spectacular views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District.

Visitors can tour the network of caverns and passageways left behind and explore the 60 acres of woodland hillside and buy souvenirs at the gift shop. Alternatively, for those who appreciate stately homes and gardens, magnificent Chatsworth House (3½ miles from Bakewell) is highly recommended, as well as Haddon Hall and Lyme Park, all of which have been film or TV locations over the years. Shop 1 mile. Experience Victorian opulence and grandeur in this Grade II* listed manor house, childhood home of the world-renowned Lady with the Lamp, Florence Nightingale.

Ground Floor:

Entrance hall with flagstone floor.
Sitting room with wood-burning stove, original shutters and wooden floor.
Three steps up to large, beamed, chandelier-lit dining room with inglenook, open fire and wooden floor.
Beamed kitchen with tiled floor and dual fuel range (for cooking).
Two steps down to beamed library with open fire.
Separate toilet.

First floor:

Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom (ball & claw bath) with toilet.
Double bedroom with 6ft canopied bed and en-suite bathroom (ball & claw bath) with toilet.
Second separate staircase to: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.
Two double bedrooms with 5ft bed, each with en-suite shower room with toilet.

Second floor:

Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room and toilet (own staircase access).
Low doorway to double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room and toilet (can interconnect with double bedroom which has its own staircase access by prior request).
Low doorway to beamed double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room and toilet.
8 steps up to two bedrooms: one four poster double with 5ft bed and slipper bath and toilet (low headroom), one double with 6ft bed and sitting area, sofa bed, slipper bath and toilet.
All bedrooms have LCD TVs with iPod dock; nine beds are zip & link (can be twin by prior request).
Some staircases have no handrail due to age of property.


Open fires and wood-burning stove - fuel available locally
Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
High chair
Twelve TVs
Ten iPod docks
Dual fuel range included
Lawned garden with patio and furniture
Huge flagstone terrace to front
Extensive 4-acre garden to rear
Ample parking
No smoking
Please note: There is a waterfall in the garden and a small pond in the grounds.
This property has a security deposit of £200.

Please note this property only accepts 3 and 4 night short breaks.

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Nearest Airport
Sheffield City Heliport 20 miles
East Midlands Airport 21 miles
Train Stations
Nearest Train Station
Cromford 2 miles
Whatstandwell 3 miles
Matlock Bath 3 miles


Impressive historic building
Elegant hallway
Light and airy living room
Light and airy living room
Charming sitting room
Charming sitting room
Wood burning stove in the dining room’s fireplace
Large formal dining table
Ample dining space in the dining room
Grand staircase
Double bedroom
Double bedroom
En-suite bathroom
Double bedroom
Double bedroom
Double bedroom
Characterful twin bedroom
Bedroom with roll top bath
Patio with furniture suitable for outdoor dining
Patio seating overlooks manicured gardens
The extensive grounds at the rear include a pond
Rear of the property with patio and large table and chair set for sitting outdoors
Outdoor furniture on an upper lawn
Impressive façade
Façade illuminated at night
Front entrance at night
Illuminated rear patio at night
Decorated for the festive season

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