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Manor House | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 17
Oakerthorpe Manor is an 19th Century Manor House situated in private grounds, ideal for that getaway from it all with family and friends. With 8 bedrooms, there is plenty of spacious accommodation to cater for a large group. The Manor is approached through electric gates with a long driveway with plenty of parking available.
You are likely to see rabbits and squirrels from your window and can pick apples, pears and damsons from the trees in summer. The house has been completely renovated in keeping with its Victorian origins, but also given a contemporary twist, to give you that feeling of splendour and luxury.
|Size||Sleeps up to 17, 8 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: East Midlands Airport 40 km, Nearest railway: Alfreton 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (7), Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 11|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
All rooms have original ornate cornice and period features, including marble fireplaces in most rooms on the first two floors. Fireplaces on the ground floor are open (except games room) and can be used by guests as required. Coal, sticks and logs are made available. There are four reception rooms on the ground floor, including the drawing room with doors opening on to the lawn, which is beautiful in the Summer, the dining room has a table large enough for everyone, together with extraordinary marble fireplace. There is the oak panelled games room incorporating pool table and quiz machine. The lounge overlooks the lawn, has an often used marble fireplace and stripped antique pine floors. The inner hallway provides a further quiet sitting area.
The kitchen has two ovens, a built in microwave, built in coffee machine as well as dishwasher and washing machine. The original servant bells can be seen in here too.
The master bedroom is a suite, with a four poster bed, chaise longue and sofa. The en suite is very large. It has access to the master suite and also a doorway onto the landing - where the maid would have entered in former times. This means that this bathroom can be used for both the en-suite for the master and as an additional family bathroom if required. All the bedrooms on the first floor are large. The gold room has a king-size bed and has a bath in the room as well as en suite toilet and sink. The white room has a king-size bed and shower en suite whilst the purple room has a double bed and also has a shower en suite. The green room has a king-size bed. The second floor has 3 further bedrooms; the garden room has 2 single beds, the yellow room has 3 single beds and the apple room has 2 single beds, although we recommend that this is used for either 2 children or 1 adult due to the lack of headroom.There are views of the gardens and fields from every window.
There are two cots available, by request, together with one high chair and a booster seat.
|Further details outdoors|
The Manor is set in 6 acres of grounds, with a variety of imported trees, woodlands and fields for walking, talking and contemplation. You may see various wildlife, including squirrels, rabbits and foxes. Owls hoot at night and you feel like you are deep in the countryside. In May, bluebells grow all across the woodlands, covering the ground in a sea of blue and purple hues.
The railway runs close to the house and whilst this is securely fenced, parents should ensure adequate supervision of their children in this regard.
About this location
The Derbyshire region
The Peak District has a temperate climate, which is good for walkers and cyclists. South Wingfield Priory is around 5km away. This now ruined building goes back to William the Conquerer and has a chequered history.
The Peacock Pub around the corner from the Manor is reputed to have a secret passageway to the Priory and was allegedly a resting place of Dick Turpin!
The Peak District is famous for its wonderful scenery and country walks. Close by is Crich, with the Tram Museum where you can ride on the original trams with conductors in old time uniform. Matlock and Matlock Bath offer a range of activities, such as climbing, canoeing, Gullivers Kingdom Theme Park and amusements for the children. There is also a small aquarium and a cable car across the Derwent Valley. Leisure Centres are available in both Alfreton and Matlock, approximately 5km away.
Cycling along the High Peak Trail is flat and cycle hire is available. Plenty of good class restaurants including Thai, Indian and Italian foods. Shopping is available at Derwent Mills and the Cromford Centre, as well as low price designer shopping at Glen Arthur Mills Centre, approximately 10 KM away. There are also farmers markets in Matlock each month, together with a skateboard park. Golf, shooting and horse riding are also available locally.
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1 Feb 2015
Wonderful stay in the manor with 15 friends, beautiful house and a great place to have a get together. No issues at all and a beautiful location, could not fault either the management who kindly showe… More
14 Jan 2015
"Great manor and great stay"
Owners were absolutely fantastic. The property was great especially with kids as the space available in the manor is enormous. In the winter it could potentially get cold but with the fireplaces on th… More
22 Dec 2014
"Freindly and great value"
Had a wonderful stay at the manor - we were very kindly welcomed and shown around the place. We had one small issue on the first night which was quickly resolved by them - great space, great for a gro… More
1 Oct 2014
"Owners will ruin your stay, book elsewhere!"
I stayed here with a group of friends in August. We are a group of professionals between the ages of 27 and 30 and go away every year to a holiday home in the UK for a long weekend. The downstairs ha… More
Just to be clear to anyone reading, you were in the group with the last reviewers. Your room was the one where the hole was made in the ceiling, which had to be re-plastered. This was nowhere near the beds. The housekeeper makes an inventory before and after each visit. If there is any doubt about damages caused, I pay for them to be repaired myself. There was absolutely no doubt that the gaping hole was made by your party, in your room, in fact.
It is so hurtful that you have described the house as being in such bad repair - but I imagine that's your aim, sadly.
The dishwasher, American fridge, TV, DVD, hob and ovens are all new this year. You made no calls regarding any problems during your stay. It is horrible to have people say that they are honest and then go all out to deny damage they have caused. I have never done this before, but I shall be posting pictures of the damage on Tripadvisor. Your friend who left the last review also denied that anyone had shown them the house or carried out an inventory check. As you wouldn't have been able to get in or out of the grounds shows that this is also not true.
The house was built in 1840 and does have creaky floorboards!! In years of renting out the house, we have never had a request for a cheval mirror, but it is certainly something I shall consider. Had you called us, we could have had one brought over to you. I'm sorry that you had to get in and out of bed to charge your phone. Again, it is something I will consider in the future.
There is a copy of the booking contract in the house. This isn't instructions or a welcome pack, but a contract – it has to be in blunt language, to be clear and unambiguous. I'm sorry that you didn't like that – you will have had a copy of it already, but perhaps we should make a brochure, or welcome information pack too. I shall consider it for guests arriving this year.
30 Aug 2014
"Very disappointing depository issues."
We are considering taking the owners to the small claims court as they have retained some of our deposit for damage which was not sustained during our stay. Despite regular communication about the dis… More
This group made a hole in the wall and broke a pool cue for which a charge of £60 was made. The lead guest told me that no one had shown her guests the house, which is untrue. All guests are greeted and shown the house by the head housekeeper. The damage was caused during their stay, of which there is no doubt and can be attested by the housekeeping team. The wall necessitated plastering and I did not charge her for re-papering the room. This lady then proceeded to barrage with emails, informing me that there was a solicitor in her party, so I had better not withold any sum for the damage caused. It is very sad when guests are not able to take responsibility for their damages. Luckily it doesn't happen often, unhappily, those who behave in this manner are quick to review on Tripadvisor. The pictures and the staff statements prove absolutely that the damages were caused by this group. We would be more than happy to meet any action in the small claims court, but will not be intimidated by guests in this way.
3 Aug 2014
"Great property let down by the gardens and some maintenance"
Oakerthorpe ManorI was taken away by my family for a surprise birthday weekend to Oakerthorpe. It is a big house that easily accommodated all 13 of us. The house was easy to find. There is an electric… More
Thank you so much for leaving your comments on TripAdvisor. You make some good points. The intercom is only audible in the kitchen area and this should have been explained to your son. The directions that we give on arrival, namely to call the house from the pub aim to avoid the situation of cars backing up on the road, which is busy. I shall ensure that our admin reiterates this in the booking contract and email correspondence to guests. The Apple Room that your daughter had is advertised at being suitable for one adult or two children, although guests have often had two adults sharing, it is not ideal, for the reasons that you cite. Thank you for your comments about the kitchen equipment and welcome pack that we prepare for guests. The central heating system was recently upgraded – not a small job! I'm glad that it did its job and kept you all cosy. We used to state everywhere about the train line being next to the house – it is probable that the house was built because of the development of the railway – local legend has it that there used to be a train platform in the grounds! We have fenced all the length of the railway line and I think that you would agree that the sound of the trains passing is not really audible inside the house. I agree with your comments about the garden – our gardener died suddenly and it has been tricky to get a firm in to do the work, especially through this summer. We have it sorted now though – I shall send you pictures. I'm not sure where the nettles are that stopped you getting to the lake though – I walk it most days. I have looked through the TripAdvisor reviews just now and can only find one reference to the grass needing mowing and the last review that mentions the poor state of the garden, so I can't really accept that this is a repeated comment.
Regarding the house being tired and in need of TLC, it is difficult to get the balance. People come to party, relax and have a good time. When I first let the house, I had all my antiques and new carpets, appliances all new, but within only 4 weeks, the dining table had to be French polished and the Italian sink basin had been smashed. The linens in 3 bedrooms were destroyed and someone had vomited on a carpet. Of course, none of the guests had done any of it!!!! This is upsetting, but we now try to be pragmatic and furnish and repair in a way that keeps the rental costs at reasonable level. Thanks for letting us know about the drawing room doors.
Regarding the deposit, another person paid and this was difficult for us to get to the bottom of. We have recently started accepting payments by Paypal, as well as credit card and bank transfer. One of the changes that we are making is to have everyone pay through Paypal. In this way, we can cross reference the payee's name against the booking. Once again, my apologies for this delay, however, I'm so glad that you had a wonderful stay at the house.
26 Jul 2014
"I don't really know where to start!"
We stayed at Oakerthorpe Manor for my parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary. The website very cleverly depicts a beautiful interior - and the property could be stunning with the right care and atten… More
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on TripAdvisor. I'm sorry that you didn't have a good time - this happens very rarely! The Manor was built in 1840 and does have its problems from time to time. I shall address your concerns as best as possible. You didn't contact us at all during your stay to ask for help with anything - some of these things can't be changed in a weekend - for example, expanding the size of the ensuites, but I can assure you that there is nothing wrong with the TV, for example. A phone call would have rectified this for you, or for any leak in the bathrooms. We re-decorate once per year throughout the whole house - sometimes guests are a little more hard on the interior than in other years. The garden became overgrown this year following the sudden death of our gardener - we now have a firm who has quickly transformed the area. There are no rats though! The dishwasher is around 3 years old - I think that you're right, we should put in a new one, so have ordered one. However, it should have worked perfectly well for you without the need to hand wash the dishes. I often accompany our Chef to help with private dining for guests and have not noticed any problem with it, nor have other guests remarked. We also have 2 new fridges and 2 new ovens on order to go in over the next few weeks. New carpets throughout are in the plan for the next refurbishment, prompted mainly because a group of guests burned 3 large carpets with hair straighteners. The dining chairs often get broken by guests - people are there to have a good time!! We keep a stock of new ones and it is the responsibility of our housekeeper to check that the chairs are in good order. I am not aware of any request for new chairs since your stay. When you say that the games room ceiling looks as though it is coming in it sounds like the Blitz!! However, when the oak paneling was put in, it had to adapt to the nuances of that 1840 ceiling, which isn't flat and smooth. We are very clear as to what is included in the stay, in terms of wine, welcome pack, fruits, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid etc. We don't include soap any more as the majority of people prefer to use their own toiletries. In four years we have not had this comment, but I shall inquire of our forthcoming guests regarding the need for soap provision. The cost of renting Oakerthorpe Manor is on a par with a Travelodge. 17 people for 3 nights works out at just over £100 per person for the stay, or £30 per person, per night. I'm sorry if you felt that this was an excessive amount for your stay, but a night in a Youth Hostel sharing a room with strangers will cost around £25 per person, so I have to disagree with you there!
22 Mar 2014
"Beautiful setting for my 30th birthday dinner party"
I chose Oakerthorpe Manor as the venue for my 30th birthday because the accomodation looked fantastic and fit with the requirements of my guests, plus I wanted to host a dinner party and it had a larg… More
7 Feb 2014
"Lord of the Manor 70th birthday party"
We stayed at Oakerthorpe Manor over 2 nights for the celebrations of my husbands 70th birthday with 16 members of our family, (including 5 children who all thought it was brilliant). He was Lord of th… More
27 Aug 2013
"The perfect place for a family gathering in the Peak District."
I was looking for a house to accommodate a large family group coming over from Australia for my wedding and Oakerthorpe turned out to be the ideal choice. Like previous comments have stated, you have … More
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