Believed to have Viking origins, Carnfield has documents back to the 14th century. The estate, at one time comprising an ancient deer park and woodland, has a chequered and sometimes violent history as far as the activities of its owners are concerned. Part of the present building dates to the mid-15th century. The Babington and Revell families lived there at different times and early 18th century work was modelled on Calke Abbey, owned by the Harpur family, to which Robert Revell was related. The house was abandoned in 1960 and nearly became a hotel before being bought by James Cartland in
1987. He set about restoring much of its grandeur and surrounding land, work carried on since 2011 by the current owner, Graham Oliver, an eminent vet. There will be a guided tour, followed by refreshments.

Carnfield Hall

Alfreton, DE552BE

Entry details

To book, please contact Geoffrey Pook on derbyshire@artfund.org.uk or call 01332832268

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