A stunning Grade II* listed 6/7 bedroom farmhouse with parts dating back to 1403. The accommodation, extending to over 4500 square feet, has been sympathetically restored and developed to reflect the changes and versatility demanded for 21st century living. The space and adaptability of this large family home offer the possibility of multigenerational living, homeworking, or running a business. The east wing of the house was used as a small conference and training facility with visitor accommodation. It’s now being used as a family space, offering independent use to the remainder of the house. The present owners have invested considerably in the property which is presented in extremely good condition.
Dethick is a peaceful hamlet 3 miles from Matlock with breath-taking views over the Derwent Valley. It offers the opportunity to live in a beautiful part of the English countryside and a chance to benefit from the lifestyle change that many people are seeking. It is tranquil and secluded, but not isolated. The wider parish of Dethick, Lea and Holloway has many amenities and offers a sense of place and community. There is a general store and post office, an award winning butcher, highly rated infant/junior school, playgroup, village hall, doctor’s surgery and dispensary and a good pub 10 mins walk away. There are excellent road and rail links. The M1 is just 15 mins by car and the A6/Cromford Station 5 mins with an hourly service to Derby (25 mins) and Nottingham (55 mins). Most major cities are easily accessible from mainline stations at Derby and Alfreton (10 mins by car)
The grounds extend to approximately 1.85 acres in total with the property set in half an acre of south facing matured walled gardens. There is an extensive and versatile range of outbuildings comprising double garage, workshop, wood shed and three barns offering excellent storage/stabling or great scope for further conversion (subject to the necessary consents)
Further land comprising meadows/paddocks extending a maximum of 25 acres may be available by separate negotiation
Interesting Manor Farm History
The Dethicks were 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 years later the Smedley family were forced to sell Dethick to pay death duties and the Grooms bought Manor Farm.
Manor Farm History continued
When they stopped milking the farmhouse was set up as a successful bed and breakfast by Mrs Groom senior and from 2005 by Simon and Gilly. The business ceased trading in August 2019 to enable retirement. The remains of the original Kitchen dating back to pre 1403 are incorporated into the farmhouse. This living kitchen is a truly delightful feature of the property and very much the hub of the house. 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, which was serialised by BBC TV and filmed on location at Manor Farm.
The property is accessed through the exposed stone doorway to the Boot Room
Having been the Dairy to the farm the boot room provides access to the main property. Fitted with Belfast sink, central heating control cupboard with ’thermastore’ tank with fitted heat exchange, exposed stone lintel, Oak latch access door to;
Entrance Lobby (10' 6'' x 5' 7'' (3.2m x 1.7m))
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.
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 are sitting and dining areas with further windows to front elevation one with panelled window shutters.
Living Manor Kitchen continued
The third alcove is incorporated into the recently updated Kitchen, housing turquoise oil fired AGA, undermounted stainless steel sink and slim line 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, a second ‘Bosch’ dishwasher, a 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, home office and under stairs cloaks/storage area. Stairs rising to first floor.
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))
Used as the hub of the Grooms TV production Company and running of the conference and training facility. Formerly used as a formal Dining Room/music room/library. Having wall lights, windows overlooking the lawns and Dethick Church.
Ground Floor East Wing
External entrance from courtyard. Internal access via Boot Room to Inner Hallway and doorway off. Tiled flooring and under floor heating throughout the ground floor east wing.
Providing access through to the former Conference Room used presently as a Family Room, with WC accessed off along with Kitchen/Utility, having tiled floor with underfloor heating.
Low level wc, vanity wash hand basin with tiled splash back, spotlights, high level storage cupboards
With high level window
Kitchen/Utility Room (9' 2'' x 4' 7'' (2.8m x 1.4m))
With base and wall units, stainless steel sink and mixer tap, integrated refrigerator and dishwasher/ Freestanding electric cooker and ducted cooker hood. Access to family room (former conference room)
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.
First Floor Landing East Wing
Stairs leading up from inner Lobby, Windows to front and rear, Utility Cupboard with light switch, mains electricity panel, house keeping storage, loft hatch, Airing cupboard housing hot water tank with immersion heater.
Bedroom One (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 ’Matki’ 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
Bedroom Two (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 ‘Matki’ Shower enclosure with ‘Grohe’ shower over. Inset spot lights, heated towel rail, shaver point and tiled floor.
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 to Bedroom Three
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 Central Passage
Having windows to front elevation and access to Bedrooms 5, 4 and 3, ‘Den’ and Family Bathroom.
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.
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 .
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 West Wing
Accessed from the main hallway with curved staircase upto the first floor to bedroom 6 and dressing room. Three further steps up to Bedroom 5 and landing to central passageway.
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.
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.
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.
Bedroom Seven/Gym/Studio (14' 5'' x 11' 2'' (4.4m x 3.4m))
Accessed independently from the rear garden, a lovely multifunctional room full of charm with original stone buttresses and corbels. Formerly an additional bedroom with en-suite wet room, more recently used as a fitness suite and currently a studio/craft room. Glass panelled external door. Wall lights,
Window over looking the garden, internal panelled access door to En-suite 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.
Accessed from the outside rear
Lobby with small garden store off with shelf and window
Second Store Room
With Belfast sink, base and wall shelving, plumbing for washing machine, power points and window overlooking garden. Newly installed fuse board also serves power supply to kitchen
The formal walled gardens extends to just over half an acre.
To the front of the house the gardens are enclosed by a low level stone wall and comprise a formal rose garden with herbaceous borders laid outside the Listed building believed to be the Babington private chapel and Ice house.
Flagstone and gravelled area provide convenient parking/unloading area.
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. This south-west facing paddock enjoys stunning views across the Derwent Valley. Enclosed by fencing with gate to public footpath leading to Lea and Jug and Glass public house (10 minute walk).
The grounds being offered with the property extend to 1.85 acres shaded green on attached plan
Additional Land by separate negotiation
Further grassland extending to a maximum of 39 acres outlined in Yellow on attached plan remains in the vendors ownership. Up to approximately 25 acres is available to purchase by separate negotiation.
This land has roadside access from Dethick Lane and 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 delightful aspect, south sloping, enjoying stunning view across the Derwent Valley.
All entitlements are available to the additional land.
The property is accessed from Dethick Lane via the drive past Dethick Church and ending at Manor Farm. An alternative access drive has been created to service the property further.
The driveway leads to farmyard and hardstanding providing off road parking area and covered parking. within the outbuildings for both domestic and agricultural vehicles.
There is an extensive range of outbuildings and comprise as below;
Workshop and Storage (30' 0'' x 20' 0'' (9.15m x 6.10m))
Dressed stone building with tiled roof. Wide single access door.
Double Garage (25' 11'' x 33' 11'' (7.9m x 10.35m))
Dressed stone double garage with tiled roof and up and over cantilever doors. Doors newly installed December 2020 come with 5 year guarantee and 10 year paintwork guarantee.
Open fronted building with gated entrance and loft over
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.
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.
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.
Field Barn (24' 8'' x 14' 9'' (7.53m x 4.5m))
Stone construction with water trough providing good livestock shelter, sited on the edge of the entrance to the paddock extending to appx one third of an acre, to the east of the buildings.
Sited to the east of the buildings extending to approximately a third of an acre enclosed by stone wall, hedge and fencing with Field Barn. Gated entrance with access track to main farm buildings.
Tenure and Possession
The property is sold Freehold with vacant possession.
Manor Farmhouse - Private Water Supply. Mains Electricity. Private Drainage. Oil fired central Heating. Newly installed main electricity board and fuse boards. Main Servern Trent water supply available if required
Wi fi is installed throughout the building (except the external ground floor bedroom/studio)
Woodworm guarantees with Preserva last for 10 years from date of treatment
The east wing woodworm treatment was renewed in June 2018. Treatment was carried out to the timbers and beams in the living kitchen in July 2016. Full treatment for all infestations was carried out to the West Wing and the full length of the central structure of the roof in October 2020.
These guarantees can be transferred to the purchaser.
New insulation to a depth of 270mm rockwool was installed in October 2020
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: email@example.com.
Exempt as building is Listed
See separate directional notes available from the agent.
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