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Very Good 4/5 15 reviews

The stunning Manor building from the garden

Manor House | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 17

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

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), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
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
Access Secure parking
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.

Further details

The railway runs close to the house and whilst this is securely fenced, parents should ensure adequate supervision of their children in this regard.

The Heart of England/Peak District

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!

South Wingfield

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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Review 1-10 of 15

3 Aug 2014

3/5

"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

Hi,
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

1/5

"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

Hi,
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

5/5

"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

4/5

"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

5/5

"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

25 Jun 2013

4/5

"Excellent Hen Weekend Venue!!"

Myself and 14 other ladies booked and stayed at Oakerthorpe Manor, South Wingfield over the later May Bank Holiday weekend. The reason for the weekend away was for my sister's Hen party.This hou… More

24 Oct 2012

2/5

"What I found was not what was written on the tin"

There were 3 serious rainwater leaks. The one in the Games room was evidenced by the presence of a large plastic kitchen waste bin by the pool table to collect the constant drips. I had to empty this twice during my weekend stay.
There were 2 shower outlet blockages. Even after, I had cleaned the previous occupants hair from the self clean traps and plunged the outlets and a further attempt to plunge the outlets had been made by a summoned handyman, a plumber had to attend to clear them. He advised that the reason for the blockages was that the outlet pipework was too small The main plastic shelf in the fridge was broken and could not be used. A wall shelf in the kitchen was hanging off the wall and could not be used. I 'phoned Diane Doran 3 times and left messages on the morning prior to my departure asking her to contact me or visit the house in order to discuss the above issues and also the fact that one of the children in my party was responsible for a hole about 5" in diameter
in one of the sloping attic bedroom ceilings. She did not return my calls nor did she visit the house. She was later to claim that I was responsible for two holes in the bedroom ceiling, which I categorically deny. The second hole being an area of blistered/bubbled paintwork when I left. I have requested sight of an itemised receipted account for the repair to the ceiling, but this has yet to materialise. I have now been notified tha my Breakages Deposit of £350 is forfeited. I have obtained my own estimate for the repair to the ceiling, (based on the very clear photographs provided by Diane Doran when advising of the £350 forfeiture), in the sum of £120. Being rather disgusted about the whole tawdy experience of trying to communicate with Diane Doran and the disrupted weekend of my stay (it was a surprise 70th birthday family party for my Wife), I have counter-claimed an amount of £200 for the inconveniences suffered, pointing out that all the issues on her side should have been advised to me prior to my arrival in order that I could consider whether I needed to make alternative arrangements. I have advised Diane Doran that if I have not received satisfaction by 2nd Nov. I willseek to recover this amount through the Small Claims Court. I feel that anyone who has already booked, or may be considering booking accommodation at Oakerthorpe Manor would like to be made aware of my experience.

We seek to provide a first class stay for our thousands of guests staying at the Manor. We very rarely suffer any damage at the property. Unfortunately, Mr Peter Ellis caused significant damage to our beautiful 1840 property by making 2 large holes in the ceiling. Mr Ellis initially demanded compensation from me for his stay, as a smokescreen for the damage caused to the house. I visited the house following a phone call from him on the Saturday morning and resolved his reported issues within 2 hours. I refute all the allegations in his review, other than the leaking ceiling in the games room, which is awaiting repair. I have placed this matter in the hands of our solicitors, who have been in contact with Mr Ellis. Although never a preferred route, we are more than happy to meet Mr Ellis' legal action.

26 May 2012

5/5

"30th birthday bash"

A great weekend in some beautiful english countryside, in an old english house!

Perfect for a big group celebrating. Make sure you take a stroll out to Wingfield Manor across the fields, straddling the rivers and over the railway. Be sure to stop at The Old Yew Tree Inn for a drink.

The main 3 bedrooms are nicely finished, and the kitchen is well done. The reception rooms are pleasant, and the mis-matching furniture doesn't make you feel too guilty for partying! The working fireplaces are great.

All in all, the house represents good value in a truly beautiful corner of England.

19 Apr 2012

5/5

"Perfect for large get together"

We went as a group of 18 for a long weekend and had a fantastic time. We were given an extremely warm welcome and owners were more than happy to answer any questions/queries we had. The house is ideal… More

5 Feb 2012

5/5

"Picturesque, Spacious and Welcoming"

We chose the House as a venue to meet with a large group of friends and their children. It was perfect with beautiful spacious rooms, Much bigger than we anticipated. It was the perfect choice for a… More

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