It was such a privilege to stay in the manor house and on the farm that was once owned by Anthony Babbington (of the Babbington Plot which led directly to Mary Queen of Scots execution). It is the real-life home that inspired neighbor Alison Utley to use it as the setting (known as Thackers in the book) for her wonderful book "A Traveller In Time."
Today it is a very well-run B&B and apparently a dairy farm. Walking around the grounds included some lovely green rolling hills in the distance, a beautiful garden area, and the private chapel that once belonged to the Babbingtons, a visit to which I highly recommend (a key can be obtained from Gilly Groom, the owner). The hosts were very friendly, offering very good suggestions for food, drink and touring of the local area and being very accommodating of my every need. Gilly's consideration included a welcome pot of tea with cake on a cold and drizzly afternoon (she volunteered, I need not even ask for it).
The room was incredibly spacious (helped by very tall ceilings and inclusive of decorative but functional exposed oak beams) and the bed extremely comfortable. There was a beautiful view from my room out of the back of the property (overlooking the garden) and it was very relaxing to open the window and hear both evening and morning birds chirping away. The bathroom is also very spacious, completely modern, with a strong, hot shower. Breakfast was probably the best I had on this trip amongst a dozen or so B&Bs. Clearly everything is farm fresh and there are enough choices of food to satisfy any diner. A wonderful and healthy continental is available while you are waiting for your cooked to order full breakfast. The breakfast room itself provides additional exposure to this wonderfully well kept historic home. I highly recommend for any traveller to Derbyshire who can appreciate the history of this fine manor. And for those not so interested in history, it is a warm and comfortable setting well located for day trips to Chatsworth, Hardwick Hall, and other local attractions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A romantic and historic Tudor farmhouse. Once the home of Anthony Babington, whose love for Mary Queen of Scots cost them both their heads. Wonderful views in peaceful tranquil location 20 mins from the M1. Close to Chatsworth & many popular visitor attractions. 4 lovely bedrooms, all en-suite, all with big comfy beds, 1 twin. Delicious breakfasts, all diets catered for and served in original Elizabethan kitchen. Friendly hosts, offering caring, superb service. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Manor Farmhouse Dethick Derbyshire