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8 bedroom manor house for sale

Ranby Hall, Ranby, Retford, Nottinghamshire

Withdrawn from Market £1,750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II* Listed Country House
  • Accommodation in excess of 12,000sqft
  • Dating back to the 18th Century
  • Formal State Rooms
  • Scheme of Refurbishment Needed
  • Plenty of History
  • Approx. 8 Acres SSTMS
  • Grand Imposing Building
  • Fantastic Views
  • No Upward Chain

Full description

Tenure: Freehold



An imposing Georgian listed country house in a parkland setting.

Ranby Hall is a fine example of Georgian architecture set in attractive countryside bordering the Dukeries. In the early 1800's the Hall was bought from Mr H Blaydes as the Dower House to the Duke of Newcastle's nearby Clumber Estate.

Records show that in 1832 the Hall was the seat of the Dowager Duchess of Newcastle. Later, in 1853 the Hall was the seat of The Ladies Georgina, Henrietta and Charlotte Pelham-Clinton. In the early 20th Century, Ranby Hall was bought by Mr J Harold Smith who sold it to Charles Francis Darley of the brewing family, remaining in the family until 1983.

The Hall is of imposing Georgian architecture built of stuccoed brick with a strip cornice and parapet behind which is a hipped Welsh slate roof. The east wing is of three storeys and the return south wing is of two storeys built in the neo-classical style with four pilasters surmounted by a low pitched pediment. The east wing with columned portico fronts the sweeping driveway. The south wing fronts onto a flagged terrace with ha-ha boundary beyond. The Hall now requires renovation and redecoration to restore it to its former splendour.

In all the property comprises a fine suite of three reception rooms, four principal bedrooms, two self-contained apartments for guests and live-in staff, former staff accommodation on the second floor of the east wing, squash court, garage block, stabling and grooms flats above, Walled Kitchen Garden, attractive grounds and woodland all in about 8 acres.


Ranby Hall is set in open countryside with the south wing taking advantage of open parkland. Barnby Moor is the nearest village and boasts a coaching inn and the very popular Ye Olde Bell which has its very own spa which will appeal to people far and wide.

The market towns of Bawtry and Retford are within easy driving distance. Bawtry offering a wealth of boutique shops, restaurants and bars. Retford offers a mainline railway station on the London to Edinburgh Intercity Link (London King's Cross in under 1 hour 30 minutes).

Easily placed for the A1 which gives links to the region's major towns and cities together with the wider motorway network. International airports of Doncaster Sheffield and Nottingham East Midlands are within reach.

There is an excellent choice of schooling nearby which includes Ranby House Preparatory School and Worksop College.


Leaving Retford along the North Road (A638) once in the village of Barnby Moor turn left on the corner onto Old London Road. Turn right towards the A1. Ranby Hall is set back from the road down a driveway on the left hand side.




RECEPTION HALL 23'11" x 16'8" (7.29m x 5.08m) tiled flooring, acanthus corniced ceiling, fireplace.

DRAWING ROOM 32'0" x 22'2" (9.74m x 6.74m) dental corniced ceiling, tiled flooring, shutter windows.

MORNING ROOM 22'0" x 16'10" (6.71m x 5.16m) south facing picture window, acanthus corniced ceiling, arched recesses to each corner forming library shelving, tiled flooring.

GARDEN HALL shuttered window to south, ornate plasters to wall and feature arched ceiling with rosette panels, tiled flooring, door leading to gallery with access to Squash Court and Staircase Hall.

SQUASH COURT 32' X 21' (9.75m x 6.40m) with changing lobby and gallery

DINING ROOM 30'4" x 22'0" (9.25m x 6.71m) with substantial fireplace, four Corinthian styled columns, decorative arched recess, shuttered south facing windows, coordinating plasters, corniced ceiling, tiled flooring.

COLLANADED STAIRCASE HALL with tiled flooring, open ceiling to full height, galleries over.

LIBRARY 21'1" x 15'6" (6.43m x 4.74m) with stone fireplace surround, arched alcoves, external door.

Back Stairs to first floor

Returning to the Reception Hall, one enters the east wing

VESTIBULE with strong room off

STUDY 14'2" x 11'3" (4.33m x 3.45m) wainscot panelling, tiled flooring.

BOOT ROOM with cloakroom and wc off.

INNER HALL with understairs cupboard and access to

VAULTED WINE CELLARS with electric lighting

SITTING ROOM 14'2" x 11'3" (4.33m x 4.07m) with fireplace, former stove, traditional cabinets and corniced ceiling. Recess off.

BREW HOUSE 27' X 15'6 (8.22m x 4.57m) with old stone vat, copper and barrel staging, partitioned wc and stairs to guest suite kitchen above


FORMER KITCHEN 20'4" x 18'2" (6.21m x 5.56m) half tiled quarry tiled floor, former stove.

HOUSEKEEPERS SITTING ROOM 12'0" x 10'1" (3.66m x 3.08m) with corner fireplace, Belfast sink.

SCULLERY 14'5" x 8'3" (4.40m x 2.54m) stainless steel sink stand, traditional cupboards.

LOBBY with connecting door to inner courtyard

Steps down to SERVERY

CHINA PANTRY with west facing window


PIANO LANDING 21'0" x 15'0" (6.41m x 4.59m) with columns, acanthus coving, tiled flooring and balustrade over the Staircase Hall.


ENTRANCE HALL corniced ceiling

MASTER BEDROOM 22'1" x 19'10" (6.74m x 6.05m) acanthus cornicing, ceiling rose, shuttered southern windows

MASTER BEDROOM DRESSING ROOM 16'6" x 11'7" (5.03m x 3.55m) corniced ceiling, shuttered southern window.

MASTER SUITE BATHROOM sunken double ended bath within plinth, twin pedestal basins, low suite wc, bidet.


BEDROOM TWO 22'1" x 17'6" (6.74m x 5.35m) acanthus cornice, dual aspect including French doors overlooking courtyard.

1ST FLOOR SITTING ROOM 31'11" x 22'1" (9.74m x 6.74m) with acanthus cornicing, ceiling rose and mouldings, two fireplaces, arched double doors to

LOBBY double doors to

BREAKFAST ROOM 24'0" x 16'11" (7.34m x 5.16m) acanthus corniced ceiling, fireplace, French doors over entrance portico


KITCHEN 17'7" x 12'2" (5.37m x 3.73m) bespokely fitted hand built and highly detailed units, corniced and with granite working surfaces. Corniced ceiling, tiled flooring.


SITTING ROOM 19'5" x 15'7" (5.92m x 4.76m) acanthus corniced ceiling, fireplace, wide staircase with columns to

KITCHEN 17'7" x 12'2" (3.92m x 2.31m) range of fitted units to wall and floor level. Tertiary staircase to Brew House

BEDROOM THREE 15'1" x 13'4" (4.60m x 4.08m) dual aspect.

SHOWER ROOM quadrant showering enclosure, low suite wc, bidet, pedestal washhand basin, tiled walls.



SITTING ROOM 20'2" x 14'0" (6.16m x 4.27m) picture rails, fireplace, three built in cupboards. Off to

KITCHENETTE fitted cupboards and sink unit.

BEDROOM FOUR 13'1" x 11'9" (4.00m x 3.60m) dimensions include entrance way and cylinder cupboard.

SHOWER ROOM square showering enclosure, pedestal washhand basin, low suite wc, principally tiled walls and floor.


INNER LANDING with further galleried landing overlooking staircase hall and a suite of 5 former staff bedrooms plus kitchen and two bathrooms.


Ranby Hall is approached by a long driveway and the property stands well in its plot. Through pillared entrance gates, the sweeping driveway heads round to the turning circle in front of the Hall with ample turning and manoeuvring. The driveway splits and heads to the Garage Courtyard.

Ranby Hall occupies an enviable position in North Nottinghamshire Countryside and its extensive well wooded grounds are mature in nature and in all extend to approximately 8 acres or thereabouts.

The grounds were once formally laid out and landscaped but are now in need of restoration. Nonetheless they host a wealth of specimen trees. On the south side a traditional ha-ha wall separates the boundary and provides views over the neighbours' parkland setting. Walks lead to all parts of the garden and adjoining woodland.

A WALLED KITCHEN GARDEN is situated at the east of the main house and once provided fruits, vegetables and cut flowers for the house. The Head Gardener and his staff are long gone but the lean-to glasshouse, once heated south wall and range of sheds and bothy are still evident. All now offering unlimited potential for restoration to its former glory.

GARAGE COURTYARD with triple garage 25' x 20' (7.62m x 6.09m) with one bed style living accommodation created over and adjoining workshop. Concrete hardstanding area for vehicles. Adjoining the Brew House is a WC and Game Larder

STABLE BLOCK with approximately seven boxes and a number of self contained accommodation part formed over. These would make ideal accommodation for grooms. Further two loose boxes with adjacent feed store are provided as well as a small yard.

THE CREW YARD is located behind the stable block and consists of a good range of agricultural buildings with former stores, holding pens and milking parlour. This range of buildings was once named Ranby Hall Farm and is ripe for restoration and could potentially be converted into dwellings, (subject to all necessary consents being granted). There is a good amount of parking space here and plenty of storage for those wanting to run a business from this site.

It is important to consider the almost unlimited potential these buildings have and this part of the property.

The Hall would make an ideal corporate venue for weddings and social events or even a hotel or country restaurant if approval is gained.

To conclude, Ranby Hall is a fine combination of a period country house surrounded by fine parkland in undiluted countryside. With scope to improve the property and the grounds along with the vast array of buildings this is an ideal property to suit all who need good space and flexible accommodation. However, it could quite easily be brought back into being a country residence for those wanting a quiet life in the country.

Agents Notes: The property is Grade II Listed.
The property has a Septic Tank.
Tenure and Possession: The Property is freehold and vacant possession will be given upon completion.
Council Tax: We are advised by Bassetlaw District Council that this property is in Band G.
Services: Please note we have not tested the services or any of the equipment or appliances in this property, accordingly we strongly advise prospective buyers to commission their own survey or service reports before finalising their offer to purchase.
Floorplans: The floorplans within these particulars are for identification purposes only, they are representational and are not to scale. Accuracy and proportions should be checked by prospective purchasers at the property.
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Viewing: Please contact the Retford office on 01777 709112.
Free Valuation: We would be happy to provide you with a free market appraisal of your own property should you wish to sell. Further information can be obtained from Brown & Co, Retford - 01777 709112.
Financial Services: In order to ensure your move runs as smoothly as possible we can introduce you to Fiducia Comprehensive Financial Planning who offer a financial services team who specialise in residential and commercial property finance. Their expertise combined with the latest technology makes them best placed to advise on all your mortgage and insurance needs to ensure you get the right financial package for your new home.
Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
Surveys: We naturally hope that you purchase your next home through Brown & Co, but if you find a suitable property through another agent, our team of experienced Chartered Surveyors led locally by Jeremy Baguley MRICS are able to carry out all types of survey work, including Valuations, RICS
Homebuyers Reports and Building Surveys. For more information on our services please contact our Survey Team on 01777 712946.
These particulars were prepared in October 2016 and amended in July 2017.

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