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Lea Hall

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Matlock, Derbyshire
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Experience Victorian opulence and grandeur in this Grade II* listed manor house, childhood home of the world-renowned Lady with the Lamp, Florence Nightingale.

Lea Hall 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 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. 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
  • Extensive 4-acre garden to rear
  • Ample parking
  • No smoking
  • NB: Waterfall in garden and small pond in grounds
    Please note this property only accepts 3 and 4 night short breaks.

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/06/2017
    Perfect weekend!

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 15/05/2017
    Shabby chic at its best. Great location for a large group. We enjoyed a meal in the local pub, easily walkable, and caterers (Zest 4 events) who served canapés on the terrace and a beautiful meal in the dining room. One bedroom had a noisy boiler and some have restricted head room but all clean and comfortable; a memorable house and a chance to feel a part of history in a lovely area

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/03/2017
    The Hall was very comfortable, well equipped for large parties. We had a great weekend.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 22/08/2016
    Whilst there isn't anything particularly bad about Lea Hall, reality is far removed from the pictures and descriptions on the booking website so our overall impression was one of a little disappointment. It's an old building that is full of character but that also means it is a little ragged around the edges - not through mistreatment, just through age and the enormity of the task that must be maintaining it. Kitchen is very well equipped apart from a shortage of tea towels. Plenty of fridge and freezer space. The bedrooms are all quirky in their own way. Perfectly pleasant and comfortable. They are all ensuite, which is essential as there is no master bathroom and the downstairs toilet has a large entirely unfrosted window and no curtain or operational shutters. I might have missed it, but it should make it clear in the description that there is a large pond that kids could fall in to in the garden. The housekeeper, Lolly, is fabulous and very helpful. If you are taking any dogs, make sure you remember to close the main gate on the drive-way or they might escape onto the road. It's not busy, but the locals do drive along it fairly speedily. There are some signs placed throughout the property asking guests not to do certain things. Whilst it's understandable to have these so we don't inadvertently damage the property, some did come across as passive aggressive and not at all welcoming. Biggest culprit would be the framed notes from Theodore in the kitchen. These could be toned down but be equally effective. All in all, we enjoyed our time at Lea Hall but I think it was more down to the people in our group than the location. Having said that, it did comfortably hold all 20 of us (plus baby and two dogs) which couldn't be said of a lot of places.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your feedback on our property . We were sorry to hear that you wasn’t 100% happy with Lea Hall and that even though your group enjoyed the weekend that we were given a poor score. Decoration is an individuals personal taste, the photographs of the property are accurate and have not been photo shopped in anyway, as mentioned it is a mammoth task maintaining a grade 2* listed 10 bedroom property and we are constantly working to enhance customers holidays with us, Lea Hall is quirky with antiques and modern furniture and is high end shabby chic as we want guests to kick off their shoes and makes themselves at home whilst enjoying the atmospheric childhood home of Florence Nightingale. Our collage frame with bullet point information has proven to be very useful saving guests valuable holiday time rather than reading through pages of information, most are common sense pointers including how to operate the heating and 24 hour housekeeping/maintenance contact information (we do not see it as passive aggressive) The agents website clearly states that there is a pond in the grounds, guests are responsible for supervising children and dogs as necessary and our gates can be closed to assist with this. The frosting on the downstairs bathroom has been replaced. If the guest had used the contact information during the stay we had been more than happy to drop in extra tea towels.

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8.0 out of 10 – based on 7 reviews collected by Reevoo
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