Exterior | Lea Hall, Matlock
Elegant hallway | Lea Hall, Matlock
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Lea Hall


out of 10

  • 20

  • 10

  • 10

  • 3

Car parking on site
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.


All Ensuite

Celebration Houses

Cot Available

Decorated at Christmas

Detached Property


Electric Vehicle Charging Point

Garden or Patio

Highchair Available

Historical Property


Open Fire or Woodburner

Parking - On Site

Pets Allowed

Pub Within 1 Mile

Shower Cubicle

Unique Cottages


Woodburning Stove


Good to know

Check in and check out times

  • Arrive after 16:00
  • Depart before 10:00


  • 3 pets allowed - charges apply

Car parking

  • On-site

What's included?

  • Wifi
  • Electricity
  • Bed linen
  • Towels


  • No smoking, please

Overall holiday experience

Based on 11 reviews


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  • Family


out of 10

We had a great time. Perfect for a large family gathering.

22 Oct 2022

  • Family


out of 10

Welcome and goodies great. We were very lucky with weather and spent most of time outdoors. We did all our own catering and found kitchen/cooker a little small for size of house but we managed. Overall we had a great family time here, good friendly local pub.

19 Aug 2022


  • Liverpool

  • Family


out of 10

We had a great time at Lea Hall - 20 family members all celebrating Mum’s 90th birthday. The Hall was perfect for several families and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Grounds are lovely and local pub a short walk away. We would definitely recommend the Hall for family get together - loads to do for all ages , close by. Not massively accessible mobile wise, due to layout and small steps, but we worked around that and Mum had a fanatic time surrounded by everyone she loved. Thanks to all the staff and the cake and fizz wears a lovely gesture. Would definitely recommend!

16 Apr 2022

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