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.