Nestling in the Ecclesbourne valley, lies the ancient, small, market town of Wirksworth.
The Old Manor House, on the periphery of the town, stands in an acre of mainly formal grounds, including a walled kitchen garden. The front elevation carries an ancient Virginia creeper, whilst there are roses, wisteria and passion flowers around the windows of the guest rooms.
Ivan and Sandie Spurrier-Smith enjoy having guests to stay and, although the house has many rooms, they let only one room with private bathroom, with an occasional family room for friends, in order to maintain its peaceful quiet harmony
Built in 1680, and later, the house is of Derbyshire sandstone with many original features preserved. Its current custodians restored the house during the last 18 years and furnished it in traditional style, including beautiful antique four-poster beds, creating an elegant and comfortable home.
Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Kedleston Hall and Carsington Water, with its sailing club and facilities, are all within a short drive.
Wirksworth itself has lots of secrets to reveal. It can best be explored on foot from its intricate maze of footpaths. The town also enjoys an arts festival and well dressing, boasts a fine early church and many period buildings, including the Moot Hall with its origins in lead mining from Roman times.
Good restaurants and traditional pubs in the surrounding area.
Double occupancy: £40 per person per night.
Single occupancy: £50 per person per night.