Staying with us

Our amazing home, Manor Farm House, has a peaceful atmosphere and a rich history. It is a lovingly restored Grade 2-listed 17th Century house, built in 1625 for a Civil War revolutionary. Imagine staying in a huge stylish bedroom, enjoying walks in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, a gourmet village pub, horses, tranquility, bohemian elegance and wide open skies. And we’re only 25 mins from Nottingham.

You’ll have a choice of three en-suite bedrooms and the use of a large sitting/dining area. All rooms have 100% pure cotton sheets with high thread counts, kingsize or superkingsize beds, freshly-ground coffee, tea and hot chocolate, and each in its own way has a style that weaves ancient and modern together in warm, soulful and playful ways. Local lore has it that some of the ceiling beams were sourced from decommissioned sailing ships when the house was built in 1625.

It is in an ideal location for all sorts of stays – whether walking and cycling in the Vale of Belvoir, or savouring the best in English food, or just taking time out for a relaxing break. It is a calm haven to return to after a day of exploring the area, attending an event in the region, or after a hard day’s work in Nottingham. For those with an interest in history the drama of the Civil War and the birth of Quakerism is vividly brought to life through the story of the original occupants of the house – a Civil War revolutionary and his Quaker wife.

We invite you to simply embrace the sense of restful retreat in a house known for its tranquility.

Orchard view Manor Farm House

 

Breakfast

Our famous breakfasts – homemade granola, fruit salad, yoghurt, for the healthy. If you want to go ‘Full English’ we have Aga-cooked best quality locally-produced sausages, bacon and eggs, fat tomatoes. Or just ask in advance if you have a particular favourite treat.

We’ve a large dining room for breakfasts.

“The breakfasts are a real luxury. It’s lovely to get up at a gentle pace, find good toast, jam, cereal, yoghurt, fruit, coffee etc all laid out, and then just get up and go (leaving the washing up)”. 

Harry (comment on stay) Feb 2016

More

Our spacious grounds including a tranquil garden, orchard and meadows. We can also arrange for you to walk around and enjoy the woods and fields of the family estate.

History

The House was originally home to Colonel Francis Hacker, a leader of Cromwell’s Parliamentarian troops in the English Civil War, who was involved in the capture of Charles I and oversaw his execution. He was later himself executed for regicide – the crime of killing a King.

by Unknown engraver, line engraving, 18th century

by Unknown engraver, line engraving, 18th century

Col Hacker’s wife Isabel was one of the first Quakers, converted by George Fox, the Leicestershire born founder of the Quakers. She died while awaiting deportation to Jamaica for her beliefs. Their relationship is a compelling story, both in the remarkable way their love overcame their differences, and in the questions of faith and power their story invokes, questions that ripple down the centuries to us today.

Who are we?

We (Paul and Harriet) are friendly, well travelled, open hearted people and love to welcome visitors into this amazing house. We will be around to welcome you, and to provide any information or advice you need to ensure you have an enjoyable time.

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As well as offering B&B facilities, we can also offer additional services to guests wanting a more tailored experience.

Harriet and our horses are experts in Equine Guided Learning, and she and they may be able to offer sessions as part of your stay. She is also a Psychosynthesis coach.
Paul is a qualified and experienced Holistic Massage Practioner. If you wish to arrange a treatment (massage chair or table) to make your stay even more relaxing, this can be arranged in advance.