Derbyshire has its fair share of important historic houses, Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Calke Abbey, Kedleston Hall and many more. Sadly, many more have been demolished and a number have been converted to other uses.
Grade II* Listed Bretby Hall in South Derbyshire was completed in 1812 for the fifth Earl of Chesterfield, by 1926 the building had been sold to the Derbyshire County Council and was used as a hospital until the late 1990s. The house was then sold to a developer and converted into around 30 luxury apartments.
We were recently asked to inspect one of the apartments in the oldest part of the property, this was originally an outbuilding built in the C17 to service the much older now demolished hall. Externally the historic origins of the building were obvious, internally the building was pleasant enough, but in common with many large buildings of this type, the interior has a distinctly modern feel.
Apart from a few notable owners and visitors including the Egyptologist Howard Carter, Bretby Hall is rumoured to be haunted by past residents and staff.
Listed Building Survey undertaken on behalf of a private client.