Derbyshire Properties - Lea Hall
PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 February 2014
Lea Hall is a fine example of a carefully renovated period property
The historic county property of Lea Hall certainly has an intriguing past. Situated to the north of the village of Lea, near Cromford, the Grade II listed residence dates back to the early 17th century. It was acquired by Thomas Nightingale, a local farm worker, in 1707 and an impressive Georgian façade was added to the building in 1754 by his son, Peter, who was the great-uncle of Florence Nightingale.
The Nightingales continued to live at Lea Hall until the late 18th century when they moved elsewhere, but the family retained the property until 1922 and it is believed that Florence stayed at the hall whilst the nearby residence of Lea Hurst was constructed for her parents.
In recent years, tasteful refurbishments and sympathetic modernisations have created a glorious and welcoming family home. Living accommodation is spread over three floors and includes ten en suite bedrooms, numerous reception rooms, a dining hall and an attractive kitchen and breakfast room. The property also combines an integrated cottage which offers additional accommodation, suitable for a dependant relative or housekeeper.
In keeping with its peaceful location, over seven acres of grounds surround Lea Hall, including walled gardens, terraces, a large pond and pasture land. Interestingly, it is believed that behind the current house there was once a Chantry Chapel that was constructed by Robert Alvrey during the reign of King John. It was converted into a barn after the Dissolution in 1535 and was used as such until fairly recent times.
Amongst the various stone outbuildings is a two storey barn with a single garage, plus a workshop and stables, all of which could potentially be converted to provide holiday or ancillary accommodation, subject to the necessary planning consent.
Perfectly placed for town and country, the hall occupies an attractive rural location and is just a short drive from Matlock, with excellent links to Derby and Chesterfield.
Lea Hall is offered for sale by Caudwell & Co (01629 810018), priced at £1,750,000 (stc). Visit www.caudwellandco.com