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A Grade II* listed manor house with 10 ensuite bedrooms. Boasts four acres of garden, a fishing pond and a games room.

Lea Hall is a Grade II* listed 17th and 18th-century manor house sleeping 20 guests in 10 en-suite bedrooms. The 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 refurbished 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 Lea Hall 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 to Lea Hall 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.

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. Stone steps to vaulted cellar games room with small table tennis and billiard tables. 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
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Twelve TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Ten iPod docks
  • Dual fuel range included
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Huge flagstone terrace to front with lawn and mini-croquet lawn
  • Extensive 4-acre garden to rear with small fishing pond - experienced anglers welcome to fish on strict catch and put back policy
  • Ample parking
  • Games room with small table tennis and billiard tables
  • No smoking
  • NB: Waterfall in the garden and very deep trout pond in grounds
    Please note this property only accepts 3 and 4 night short breaks.

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  • Four Poster BedFour Poster Bed
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Detached PropertyDetached Property
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Open FireOpen Fire
  • Woodburning StoveWoodburning Stove
  • WifiWifi
  • Luxury CollectionLuxury Collection
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • FishingFishing
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 2015-07-20
    Property furnishings were very dated, torn carpets and lethal rugs with holes in just asking to trip up an unsuspecting person. Our party of 18 found the property ideal sizewise , plenty of choice of some very quirky bedrooms. Huge industrial kitchen,( we felt it had probably been a B&B in the past), equipment was adequate. For a rental property we thought it a bit rash to provide a very expensive dinner service, breakages costing £30 an item, even a teacup!! Rugs in our room had huge dust balls under them cans under the bed.On the whole the property served our purpose well, there being a large party, but really it seemed very run down and (well worn).

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2014-12-08
    Amazing house. Large party of 20 people. The large dining room was perfect and where we spent most of our time. We made Christmas dinner for all, no problem with oven or fridge space but lacking utensils. Can't fault any of the bedrooms and nobody could complain about having a raw deal with room choice. Had to squeeze everyone in to the front room for the quiz but it was nice and cosy. It was amazingly tidy and the house kept warm throughout the cold weekend. Would definitely come back. Many thanks

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