Florence Nightingale

The Sale of Lea Hurst

After many years as a home for the elderly, Nightingale's childhood home at Lea Hurst was sold in 2006 to a private party. The property sold for "more than £875,000" (around $1,600,000). Nightingale's pet owl Athena (stuffed) and other artifacts on the property were purchased by the Florence Nightingale Museum. Below is the realtors' brochure.

Jackson-Stops & Staff


Matlock 4 1/2 miles • M1 (J28) 10 miles • Chesterfield 14 miles • Derby 16 miles • Nottingham 24 1/2 miles • Sheffield 25 miles Manchester 49 miles (Approximate mileages)


Accommodations in brief: -

3 Reception Rooms; Study; Kitchen; Pantry; Laundry; 13 Bedrooms; 5 Bathrooms; 3 Attic Rooms

6 Reception Rooms; Kitchenette; 6 Bedrooms; 3 Bathrooms

Hall, 2 Reception Rooms, Kitchen, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom

Gardens and Grounds. In all about 20 acres

Lea Hurst
Holloway, Nr Matlock

THE PROPERTY: Lea Hurst is a charming Grade II Listed manor house set in the Lea of the Derwent Valley, commanding spectacular views. Faced in stone under a slate roof, this substantial property provides considerable accommodation over three floors. Until very recently, Lea Hurst had been used as a residential nursing home and therefore requires not inconsiderable work to return it to the wonderful family house it once was. Linked to the main house by a glazed walkway is a charming L-shaped stone coach house, currently providing 6 bedrooms over two floors. Beyond the coach house is a relatively modern 3 bedroom house, previously used as the manager's house.

HISTORICAL NOTES: Lea Hurst is an early Victorian gabled house, which is most famous as the childhood home of Florence Nightingale, standing amidst the lovely scenery of North Derbyshire, near to Matlock and Ashbourne. Although she was named after the city of her birth, Florence spent much of her childhood in the Derbyshire mansion and it was used by The Nightingale's as their summer residence. Florence Nightingale was the second daughter of William Edward Shore, who had to adopt the name of a distant relative, in order to benefit from his inheritance, including the family seat of Lea Hurst. The Nightingale family also had a house in Hampshire, Fmbley Park, where they would spend the winter months, however, it was Lea Hurst to where Florence returned in 1856, after the end of the Crimean War.

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE: Florence Nightingale is most remembered as a pioneer of nursing and a reformer of hospital sanitation methods. Her two greatest life achievements; pioneering of nursing and the reform of hospitals; were amazing considering that most Victorian women of her age group did not attend universities or pursue professional careers. It was her father, William Nightingale, who believed women, should get an education. In 1854, after a year as an unpaid superintendent of a London `establishment for gentlewomen during illness,' the Secretary of War, Sidney Herbert, recruited Nightingale and 38 nurses for service in Scutari during the Crimean War. During the Crimean War she was most known for her dedication to her patients. Nightingale was also instrumental in getting the conditions of the hospital improved. After the war. Florence set out to establish the first nursing school with money donated to her by her former patients and through charity.

SITUATION: The village of Holloway lies in the north of Derbyshire, with splendid views over the Derwent Valley. Nearby Lea Gardens is home to one of England's finest collections of specie Rhododendrons and Azaleas. To the west of Holloway, lies the spa town of Matlock Bath and the Peak District National Park. The nearby towns of Derby and Chesterfield are 16 miles and 14 miles respectively. The national motorway network can be accessed from the M1 (J28) 10 miles and national rail connections to London, from Derby, taking approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

DIRECTIONS: The approach from Matlock is via the A6 proceeding southwards towards Derby and at the bottom of Cromford Hill at the traffic lights, turn left. Travel past the historic Arkwright Mill (Mill Lane) and continue over the River Derwent. With the river on the right hand side continue along Lea Road and upon entering Lea Bridge, bear right into Mill Lane. Continue up the hill where the entrance drive to Lea Hurst will eventually be located on the right hand side.



Entrance Hall part glazed double front door with shutters opens to: -

Telephone Lobby off.

Vestibule 9'8 x 7'l1 (2.95,n x 2.41m) with double stone inset niches, stone flagged floor, arched doorway opening to: -

Inner Hall doors opening to: -

Drawing Room 24'9 max into bay by 19'6 max (7.54m x 5.94m) open fireplace with elaborately carved oak surround including mantel with copper canopy. stone insets. magnificent valley views from bay window.

Study (formerly the breakfast room morning room) 16'5 x 15'2 (5.00m x 4.62tn) with open fireplace, stone inset and elaborately carved surround.

Reception Hall 23'9 max x 20'0 max (7.24m x 6.10m) door to the rear of the house.

Single flight of stairs to the first floor off.

Guest's Cloakroom facilities in two compartments.

Butler's Pantry 8'0 x 6'S (2.44m x 1.96m) with original cupboards, door opening to: -

Ante Room (formerly the Library) 19'6 s 13'0 (5.94m x 3.96m) open fireplace with stone Surround and wooden mantel, recessed display cabinets bookcases leading to: -

Dining Room 20'11 into bay window x 19'R (6.38m x 5.99m) built-in book display shelving, fireplace with stone inset and carved surround, further bookshelving, bay window with shutters, beautiful views over landscaped gardens and the valley.

Inner Hall with doors opening to: -

Further Inner Hall with separate WC off and leading to:

Kitchen 20'0 x 16'6 (6.lOm x 5.03m) with double high ceiling, stainless steel commercial kitchen units on walls to over 6'0 (1.83m) and archway to: -

Preparation Room 15'7 by 7'9 (4.75m x 2.36m) large shelved pantry off, all with non-slip floor surface.

Laundry Room 13'4 x 10'9 (4.06m x 3.28m) stainless steel sink unit and wash basin.

Rear Lobby to rear courtyard, off the inner hall.

Long Corridor provides access to: -

Bedroom 12'0 x 9'7 (3.66m x 2.92m) with WC and vanity unit.

Bedroom 19'8 x 8'9 (5.99m t 2.67m) with WC and wash basin.

The corridor leads to a principally glazed garden room area providing fine views and steps with balustrade proceeds to the Coach House.

From the central hall a stone staircase with fine hand rail and banisters leads to the first floor landing, which in turn runs to split landing to central staircase with handrail and banisters either side leading to the side of the house.

Florence Nightingale's Original Bedroom Suite comprising: -

Inner Landing.

Sitting Room 19'7 x l2'3 (5.97m x 3.73m) glass fronted built-in book shelving, fireplace with integrally carved brown painted stone inset. Windows providing superb views plus low French window to the balcony with feature balustrade.

Bedroom 16'S x 15'2 (5.02m x 4.63m) fine feature fireplace with painted carved surround including mantle, dressed stone slips and open firegrate. Recessed display shelving, fine views.

Bedroom 19'7 x 12'3 (5.97mx 3.73m) glass fronted built­in bookshelving, fireplace with intricately carved brown and painted stone inset.

Bathroom with panelled bath, WC, wash hand basin.

Down to the main first floor landing.

Bedroom 16'4 x 15'2 (4.98m x 4.62m) with open fireplace with insets, stone surround and carved wooden mantlepiece and slips.

Bedroom 12'11 by 10'S max (3.94m x 3.18m).

Bedroom 15'0 max by 14'0 max (4.57m x 4.27m) with built-in cupboards.

En-Suite WC with wash hand basin.

House Bathroom with separate WC, panelled bath, wash hand basin.

Separate WC.

Inner Landing Area.

Corridor leading to what was believed to be Florence Nightingale's parents' bedroom comprising: -

Fine Bedroom 22'10 into bay 19'6 (6.96m x 5.94m) with built-in wardrobes blocked up fireplace window seats to bay window providing delightful views over the garden.

Landing opening to: -

Laundry Room with stainless steel sink unit, wash hand basin and built-in cupboard.

Corridor Landing doors to: -

Study 6'l 0 by 9'7 (2.08m s 2.92m).

Storeroom 10'2 s 8'2 (3.10m x 2.49m).

Kitchenette 10'8 max x 10'9 (3.25m x 3.28m) stainless steel sink with units above in storage cupboard, from the main landing stone staircase leads to: -

Stairwell to Kitchen Lobby.

Door to Inner Lobby with staircase down to: -

Bedroom 16'4 x 12'11 (4.98m x 3.94m), panelled fireplace, built-in cupboards, en-suite vanity room with vanity units and low suite WC.


Landing with Gothic Style vaulted ceiling and features stairs and balustrade to the third floor off.

Bedroom 13'0 x 8'10 (3.96m x 2.69m) with small dressing area.

En-Suite with wash hand basin and WC.

WC off landing with wash hand basin.

Inner Landing with doors to: -

Bedroom 11'9 x 12'9 (3.58m x 3.89m) wash hand basin and blocked up fireplace.

Bedroom 19'9 x 13'9 (6.02m x 4.19m) blocked up fireplace with simple surround, window with steps up, and split window opening to leaded balcony and magnificent view over the surrounding countryside.

En-Suite Shower Room with WC and wash hand basin.

Bathroom with panelled bath, wash hand basin, WC.

Bedroom (former nanny's room) 19'0 x 12'8 (5.79m x 3.86m) with interlocking door to: -

Bedroom (former nursery) 19'S x 9'7 (5.92m x 2.92m) with separate staircase leading to first floor landing, central staircase with tenuous hand rail on either side rising to: -

THIRD FLOOR (formerly the housekeeper's flat)

Attic Rooms

Room One 16'S x 15'S (5.00m x 4.70m). Room Two 1311 x 10'1 (4.24m x 3.07m). 3

Room Two 13'11 x 10'1 (4.24m x 3.07m).

Room Three 12'0 s 11'0 (3.66m s 3.35m).

All with restricted head height.

The house is equipped with a lift, giving access to ground, first and second floor.

A glass link leads from the main house to: -


A two storey L-shaped building of stone construction with stone mullion windows under a tiled roof.


Room One 11'11 x 9'10 (3.63m x 3.00m) with En-Suite Bathroom WC and wash hand basin.

En-Suite Bathroom WC and wash hand basin

Room Two 12'0 x 10'4 (3.66m x 3.15m) with attached WC, wash hand basin.

Bathroom with tipping bath. WC and wash hand basin.

Kitchenette stainless steel sink, and separate washing machine area.

Principal Hall Area with staircase to the first floor off and access to the lift.

Room Three 12'0x 10'11 (3.66m x 3.33m) with WC, wash hand basin.

Room Four 11'4 x 10'1 (3.45m x 3.07m).

Room Five 12'0 x l 1'6 (3.66m x 3.51m).

Room Six 15'11 x 1 l'0 (4.85m x 3.35m). Stairs rise from the lobby in three flights to: -


Landing leading to: -

Room One 15'0 max by 8'4 (4.57m x 2.54m), fire escape, WC, wardrobe.

Room Two 9'1 max x 12'1 max (2.77m x 3.68m) with dressing area, with separate door from: -

Corridor 12'1 by 8'l 0 max (3.68 x 3.05).

Bathroom with bath, WC, wash hand basin.

Store Room 5'9 x 9'S (1.75m x 2.87m) with lift to ground floor lobby.

Room Three 12'7 x 12'2 (3.84m x 3.71 m).

Room Four 14'1 x 12'2 (4.29m x 3.71m) wash hand basin, wardrobe.

Off the landing, fire escape door.

Room Five 12'1 x 10'2 (3.68 x 3.10) wardrobe, wash hand basin in vanity unit.

Room Six 16'1 x 10'l 1 (4.90m x 3.33m) wash hand basin and vanity unit, shelving built-in.

Outside access can be gained from the lobby of the Coach House. There are a series of store rooms and large workshop/large double garage with two double doors leading onto the courtyard.

OUTSIDE: Lea Hurst stands in approximately 20 acres of parkland and historic gardens and grounds. Accessed by a large driveway starting in Holloway village and sweeping through the parkland, the house sits in a sheltered but advantageous position with panoramic views. The gardens and grounds are beautifully laid out and extend to about 20 acres of lawns. orchards and mature plantings of deciduous trees.

Courtyard with large oil tank, further brick stores, through to side driveway through to: -

School House an attractive arched doorway opening to the garden.

GARDENS AND GROUNDS: The gardens lie mainly to the southern aspect and extend to approximately 20 acres. They are interlaid by symmetrical gravel paths and high hedging, providing rose gardens, formal lawns. shrubberies and a sunken garden area with a wooden summerhouse in a secretive location. Beautiful mature copper, beech, cherry. eucalyptus, maple and other specimen trees adorn the grounds, creating a stunning setting. Borders are lush with planting, all joining together to create a wonderful ambience. To the far side of the driveway there are less formal garden areas, rich with mature beech and chestnut trees, which provides great potential for alternative horticultural purposes.


The Lodge House was built in 1963 and is of stone construction and has the benefit of oil central heating. The accommodation includes: -

Enclosed Porch.

Entrance Hall with stairs to the first floor off.

Built-in Cloaks Cupboard.

Part Half Tiled Guests' Cloakroom with wash hand basin and WC.

Lounge 24'I s 12'10 (7.36m x 3.92m) sliding patio door.

Dining Room 8'7 x 10'2 (2.63m x 3.10m) ) plus lobby.

Fitted Kitchen 12'10 x 7'9 (3.93m x 2.38m) range of matching pine base units and wall cupboards, inset sink units. split level cooker. Boiler cupboard housing a Trianco oil fired boiler.

Utility/Laundry Room 8'0 x 6'3 (2.45m x 1.92m) L-shaped worksurface.


Landing large airing cupboard.

Bedroom One 16'11 x 10'11 (5.17m x 3.33m) excellent range of wardrobes.

Bedroom Two 11'3 x 9'9 (3.42m x 2.98m) built-in wardrobe.

Bedroom Three 10'7 x 12'11 (3.23m x 3.94m) built-in wardrobe.

Bathroom with primrose coloured suite comprising panelled bath, wash hand basin and WC.


Paved sun terrace, lawns, backdrop of fine mature specimen trees.

Drive to car parking, garden shed.

SERVICES: Mains drainage, water and electricity. Oil fired central heating.

Note: None of the service installations have been tested by the Agents.


Local Authority: Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Ripley, Derbyshire, DES 3BT. Telephone: 01773 570222. Fax: 01773 841616.

Council Tax: Band H. Amount Payable 2004;2005 £2,463.82.

FIXTURES & FITTINGS: All carpets and curtains, light fittings, garden furniture, ornaments and other items not mentioned in the sales particulars are specifically excluded from the sale.


The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, whether public or private. light, support. drainage, water and electricity supplies and other rights of way and obligations, casements. quasi-easements and restrictive covenants and all existing and proposed wavleaves for masts, pylons. stays, cables, drain, and water. gas and other pipes, whether referred to in these particulars or not.

THE PROPERTY MISREPRESENTATIONS ACT JSS (South Manchester) Ltd and Scargill Mann & Co. for themselves and for the Vendors and Lessors of this property whose Agents they are give notice that: The particulars are set out as a general outline only for the guidance of intended purchasers or lessees and do not constitute, nor constitute part of, an offer or contract; All descriptions, dimensions, reference to condition and necessary permissions for use and occupation and other details are given without responsibility and any intending purchasers or tenants should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact, but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them; No person in the employment of JSS (South Manchester) Ltd or Scargill Mann & Co, has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatever in relation to this property.

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