• Five-bedroom, detached farmhouse
• Courtyard of traditional brick farm buildings
• Second traditional building with planning
permission for conversion to a three-bedroom
• Range of livestock and general purpose farm
• Grassland and Arable
• Ancient and newly planted woodlands
For sale as a whole, by Private Treaty
In all, about 281.87 acres (114.07 hectares)
Conveniently located, yet remarkably private Daniel Hayes Farm is
a truly special place. Arranged in a ring-fence the property offers a
high degree of privacy provided by the surrounding land and
woodlands. The current Owner has taken time to manage the land
sympathetically and the addition of new woodlands has added a
high level of conservation appeal. At the heart of the farm is a
striking three-storey brick farmhouse providing comfortable
accommodation and formal space. Outside the gardens and
courtyard of tradition buildings provide a wonderful approach and
setting. A separate farm building benefits from planning
permission for conversion.
Daniel Hayes Farm is a first class holding, where the Owner's
approach to sustainable management, conservation and eye to
detail will be enjoyed by the new owners for years to come.
Lying four miles north of Ashby de la Zouch, the farm is situated
in an attractive and conveniently accessible location. The cities of
Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham are all within 30 miles.
East Midlands Airport and the M1 are approximately 10 miles to
the east; train travel is from Burton on Trent (9 miles to the west)
or a more direct service to London can be found at East Midlands
Parkway or Birmingham New St.
The surrounding countryside is gently rolling, with large areas of
woodland and productive farmland. The area has retained a
traditional feel with popular villages such as Ticknall and Smisby
with the attractive little market town of Melbourne close by. The
Derbyshire Dales and The Peak District National Park are within
easy reach. The property has convenient access to a wide range
of local amenities including the historic Calke Abbey estate, which
borders the farm; fishing and sailing can be enjoyed on the River
Trent and both Foremark and Staunton Harold reservoirs. There
are also first-rate golf courses in the area. School options are
excellent, with both public schools of Foremark and Repton within
a few miles.
Daniel Hayes Farm enjoys a rich history and has continued to
evolve over the tenure of the current owner.
Daniel Hays or Denewelle hay "the Clearing by the spring" has a
written history dating back to the 12th century and archaeology
dating back even further to the Mesolithic period. The circular
shape of the property together with the remains of a ditch moat
around much of its boundary suggest that it may have been an
early defensive clearing made by the Vikings who travelled up the
river Trent to the Repton Brook, the headwaters of which lie on
site. At one time a medieval deer park in the 13 century the land
passed from Robert de Tateshal who held it directly from Henry III
to the Abbots at Repton priory.
In 1541 Daniel Haye was granted to the Thackers family by Henry
VIII as part of the dissolution of the monasteries. Parts of the
existing house date back to the 1500s with later additions in the
17 and 18 centuries.
The Farm Today
The current owner purchased the property some twenty years
ago and became only its fourth ever owner. At that time, it was
run as a commercial arable and dairy farm, but they had a plan, to
restore something of its past and to create a model conservation,
farming and forestry estate. To that end they planted over
250,000 trees, replanted over five miles of hedgerows, rebuilt
numerous lost ponds including a medieval trout pond, brought
back the traditional hay meadows and restored or preserved
much of the site's history and archaeology.
The result is a picturesque estate that is home to some of the
rarest habitat and wildlife in the county with opportunities for
fishing, shooting and horse riding.
Daniel Hayes Farmhouse is a striking, three-storey brick built
under a clay tile roof period property. The house was extended in
2004 and in 2008 to provide a further bedroom and formal sitting
room. Approached either via a driveway to the front of the
property, or through the large archway in the traditional farm
buildings, the house faces south-east, with attractive gardens
extending around the property. The house enjoys intimate views
of the gardens and grounds and the wider countryside. In further
detail the accommodation comprises:
The formal front entrance from the gardens leads in to a
spacious welcoming hallway with attractive tiled floor, exposed
beams and log burner. To the left is drawing room; a well lit
space with an open fire and double patio doors providing access
to the rear gardens. Across the aforementioned hallway is a
second reception room, the morning room, which has a large bay
window with an open fire. This could be used as a playroom or
office. There is a w/c to the rear of the morning room and also
access to the cellar. Moving through the property, the impressive
formal dining room, with high ceilings and views to the courtyard
links the rear of the house and the secondary entrance via the
large utility room. The family kitchen and dining space is an
impressive space, benefiting high ceilings & tall windows on
either side and door to the rear terrace and an Esse double oven
On the first floor there are two well appointed en-suite bedrooms,
a further two bedrooms and a family bathroom. The bedrooms
have views over the land, gardens or the courtyard. The second
floor could be treated as a separate flat, or provide two further
bedrooms, with one en-suite.
The Courtyard of Traditional Buildings
A feature of the farm is the excellent range of traditional buildings
that form the courtyard to the north-east of the farmhouse. Part
two-storey, these have been preserved and part-converted to
provide occasional use, garaging and storage and include stables
and former livestock housing. Subject to planning these could
provide further accommodation or ancillary uses to the house,
such as office, or a gym. The courtyard can be accessed directly
from the side of the farmhouse and via a large impressive arch.
Farm Building with Planning Permission
Lying to the south of the gardens and benefiting from planning
permission for conversion is a detached brick built traditional
farm building. Consent was obtained 2004 under reference
9/2004/1100 to convert the building in to a three-bedroom
holiday cottage. Proposed plans and further information is
The Livestock Buildings
To the rear of the farmhouse and benefiting from a separate
access to the house and traditional farm building, there are
further buildings used in conjunction with the farming activities at
Daniel Hayes Farm. The buildings provide useful covered space
for cattle, sheep and farm machinery and a workshop with a
The Farmland and Woodland
Daniel Hayes Farm includes 89.72 acres of grassland and arable
land and 178.87 acres of woodland. A highlight of the farm is the
award-winning new woodland plantations, which have been
cleverly conceived and impeccably maintained by the current
Owner. The land is all accessed via internal tracks and gateways,
with a central track running through the farm. The hedges and
fencing have been well maintained, with over five miles of new
hedgerows planted in the recent years. The land is well sheltered
and suitable for grazing, easily accessed via interconnecting
gateways and tracks and is connected to mains water and further
benefits from a private water supply.
Daniel Hayes Farm has a long unbroken history of game shooting
and deer stalking dating back for centuries. While the focus of the
current owners has been on conservation the new woodland
planting, rebuilt ponds and rolling topography have created the
potential for a truly wonderful sporting estate.
General Remarks & Stipulations
Tenure and Possession
Daniel Hayes Farm is for sale freehold, with vacant possession
upon completion The grassland is currently occupied under
Licence. Should the successful party be interested, the current
grazier would wish to continue their occupation.
The farm is in single ownership, under Title Numbers: DY397399;
DY343845 and DY418121. The farm benefits from additional
rights of way over third party land from Heath Lane to the south
and from Coal Lane to the north. These rights of way provide
additional routes of access, with restrictions in part. Further
details are available.
Mineral and Sporting Right
Sporting rights are included; Mineral Rights in so far as they exist
are excluded from the sale.
The house and farm buildings are Listed Grade II. Information is
available in conjunction with the planning permission for the
holiday cottage conversion.
Should VAT be applicable, this will be paid in addition to the
Basic Payment Scheme & Environmental Schemes
The farm is registered to receive payment under the Basic
Payment Scheme. These will be passed to the buyer. It will be the
responsibility of each party to comply with the scheme until the
The farm is subject to several environmental stewardship
schemes and woodland grant/ National Forest schemes.
The incoming purchaser will be required to adhere to all required
conditions within the relevant schemes. Further details are
An uplift, which terminates in January 2022, exists in favour of the
Harper Crewe estate covering the traditional farm outbuildings
specifically for conversion to separate residential accommodation
only. Further details are available.
Wrigleys Solicitors LLP
19-21 Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 3AG
Tel: 0113 204 5738
Attn: Mr Jonathan Attey
DE11 7AX: From Ashby de la Zouch, take the B5006 toward
Ticknall. One mile after passing through Smisby, the farm
entrance is set-back on the left hand side. From the A50, exit at
Junction 3 toward Swarkestone, continue along the A514
signposted Ticknall. Passing through the village take the B5006
and after approximately two miles the farm entrance is set-back
immediately after a small layby on the righthand side.
Strictly by appointment with the selling agents.
Will Parry | Parry Land & Property: M: 07471 354 003
Richard Gadd | Fisher German: M: 07966 481487
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Farm House For SaleDaniel Hayes Farm, Smisby, Derbyshire
Guide price £3,100,000
A first-class residential estate in the heart of England.
- Five-bedroom, detached farmhouse
- Courtyard of traditional brick farm buildings
- Grassland and Arable
- Ancient and newly planted woodlands
- In all, about 281.87 acres (114.07 hectares)
• Five-bedroom, detached farmhouse