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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

The House of Hurt

Derbyshire-Staffordshire border Georgian country house that has been in the same family since 1480 for sale for £3.25 million


The Casterne Hall Estate on the Derbyshire-Staffordshire borders in the Peak District has been owned by the Hurt family since 1480. It centres on an early Georgian house built circa 1735 that has featured in television productions of Jane Eyre and The Hound of the Baskervilles and now is on the market for £3.25 million ($4.8 million, €4.4 million).


The House of Hurt - Casterne Hall, Ilam, Near Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire-Staffordshire borders, DE6 2BA
The House of Hurt – Casterne Hall, Ilam, Near Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire-Staffordshire borders, DE6 2BA


Grade II* listed and featuring 5,619 square foot of accommodation in the main 8 bedroom house, the 182.75 acre freehold estate also includes a stable courtyard complex with a 3-bedroomed flat and a selection of modern farmbuildings.


The House of Hurt - Casterne Hall, Ilam, Near Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire-Staffordshire borders, DE6 2BA
The house is set above a long private drive within the Peak District National Park
The House of Hurt - Casterne Hall, Ilam, Near Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire-Staffordshire borders, DE6 2BA
A grand reception hall is to be found at the centre of the building
The House of Hurt - Casterne Hall, Ilam, Near Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire-Staffordshire borders, DE6 2BA
There are two further reception rooms
The House of Hurt - Casterne Hall, Ilam, Near Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire-Staffordshire borders, DE6 2BA
This kitchen is described as being “the heart of the house” by Knight Frank in their 25 page sales brochure
The House of Hurt - Casterne Hall, Ilam, Near Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire-Staffordshire borders, DE6 2BA
The estate includes a courtyard of stables with a flat and a number of modern farm buildings


Of his family’s long connection to the estate, Charles Hurt, an Old Etonian, told The Derby Telegraph in 2014:


“My family have lived here at Casterne since the 15th century and I lived here as a boy before moving to London”.


“I don’t like snobbery. In actual fact, all families go back a long way but some keep records and some don’t. I’m lucky I have records that date back hundreds of years but if Oliver Cromwell hadn’t pillaged most of the parish registers, many more people could trace their families back to at least the English Civil War”.


The Casterne Hall Estate is for sale through Knight Frank.



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    1. Bleak windswept and gloomy looking place so I can understand why he wants to flog it, although the price is totally bonkers and it won’t go for anywhere near that. However, once he has parted with it he will have to deal with the guilt, I feel sorry for him on that score,not very nice to feel that you are the one to end such a lot of family history. It may not strike him immediately but it will one day.

    2. Well there is no accounting for taste. I have seen many stunning Georgian properties but that is certainly is not one of them and the unprotected exposed position is terrible, there will be days when the wind is so strong that it will be hard to stand up long enough to unlock the front door.

    3. Now’t as queer as folk lad……..a little hardship is no bad thing C M C

      Bleak House springs to mind – why no noble trees around also springs to mind
      These upper crust country / county types normally planted for future generations
      The Steeple Times recently posted a very similar set up that would have made a Spartan walker’s outpost
      Unlikely to flood; would be far from bleak on a sunny summer’s day and about the same price as a jerry built Chelsea workers cottage…….

    4. It is sad to see a heritage property such as this for sale, thus breaking then tradition, link to the land and history I would think that the selling family needs the money , as they chose to live in London and probably cannot afford keeping a country estate on the side.
      Renting it out would likely not be financially profitable enough. Still, it is a pity to let it go . It may not be the most attractive house around but if it stood up there for centuries , it is strong enough against all elements..

    5. Rod wants to know why they are selling. Why not drop Hurt a letter asking him? Odd for a funny looking chap like you to have much interest in heritage….


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