Register to bid in our upcoming National Property Auction here

Lea Chapel and Cottage, Main Road, Upper Lea, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5GR

Lot no: 1 Sold at Auction for £327,000

Guide Price £150,000+ plus fees

Unconditional with Fixed FeeOn the fall of the hammer, the successful bidder will be legally bound to purchase the property. The successful bidder must immediately exchange contracts and pay a 10% deposit (subject to a minimum of £5,000), along with a non-refundable Buyer’s Fee. The Buyer’s Fee is £1074, and completion must take place within 15 business days, unless the Special Conditions of Sale state otherwise.

Thursday 29th October 2020

Key Features
  • Grade II Listed detached former chapel with adjoining two bedroomed cottage
  • Approx 1/4 acre plot with vehicular right of access access to rear
  • Possible separate building plot (stpc)
  • Ripe for conversion to residential usage (stpc)
  • EPC Rating: E
  • Car parking to rear
  • Beautiful leafy village location close to Matlock
  • A unique and rare opportunity
Add to favourites
Sold at Auction for £327,000

Residential Development

Property Description:

Located in an elevated position in a leafy surrounding is an attractive stone built Grade II Listed detached former chapel with an adjoining two bedroomed cottage offering a rare and exciting opportunity to convert to a splendid residential home (stpc). The former chapel was built in 1671 constructed of coarse natural stone beneath a pitched slated roof and has a particularly attractive appearance with its gothic styled windows. In brief it comprises entrance hallway with guest cloakroom, main chapel measuring 43' x 16' with three gothic styled windows, pulpit, balcony, school room measuring 22'10" x 17'8" with vaulted ceiling and access through to the cottage.

The cottage benefits from gas central heating and has a rear entrance porch with passaged hallway and staircase to first floor, lounge, kitchen and pantry. To the first floor there is a galleried style landing with two genuine double bedrooms and a bathroom.

The property sits on an approx 1/4 acre plot with a dry stone surround wall, the garden being mainly lawned with spectacular countryside views. We understand that there is a vehicular right of way to the rear of Beech Cottage that provides access through to the garden and in our opinion there is potential for a separate building plot (stpc).

The property is nestled in this beautiful semi-rural village location within easy reach of Holloway which has a more comprehensive range of amenities including local primary school, recreational ground and post office. We are also led to believe the former chapel has a strong connection with Thomas Nightingale who was a relative of the famous Florence Nightingale.

The sale provides a genuine opportunity for a discerning purchaser looking to acquire a truly unique property offering superb potential and enjoying a most desirable semi-rural location.


Comprising -

Entrance Hallway

Entered by double doors, terrazzo floor covering with inset door mat, cloaks rack, separate cloakrooms and access through to the main chapel and school room.

Main Chapel 43' x 16'

With three gothic styled windows, the front elevation with deep sills, a further window to the side elevation, high ceilings, pulpit, wooden benches, balcony over.

School Room 22'10" x 17'8"

With vaulted ceiling, exposed trusses, two large windows to the side elevation, fitted cupboards, inset safe and dividing windows through to the main chapel and access through to the adjoining cottage.


Comprising -

Rear Porch

With window to side and rear elevation, tiled floor covering.

Passaged Hallway 17'5" x 4'7"

With red quarry tiled flooring, storage cupboard, central heating radiator and staircase to first floor.

Rear Sitting Room 15'2" into chimney recess x 11'

With window to the rear and side elevation, gas fire with tiled surround, fitted cupboard into chimney recess, red quarry tiled floor covering and central heating radiator.

Kitchen 15' x 5'10"

With window to the side, base unit with preparation surface, stainless steel sink and drainer, red quarry tiled floor covering.

Pantry/Utility 10'1" x 4'10"

With original thrall, window to side, wall mounted combination boiler and shelving.

First Floor Semi-Galleried Style Landing

L-Shaped with central heating radiator.

Bedroom One 12'4" into chiney recess x 11'1"

With window to rear enjoying views, built in wardrobe and central heating radiator.

Bedroom Two 14' x 9'6"

Please Note: This is an irregular shaped room. With window to side, built in wardrobe and central heating radiator.

Bathroom 8' x 6'

With window to side and comprising a panelled bath, low level wc, hand wash basin and central heating radiator.


The property is perched on this delightful elevated position, sits on a broadly rectangular plot measuring approx 1/4 acre with dry stone surround walls, the garden being mainly lawned with outbuilding. Please Note: There is a vehicular right of way accessed via the unadopted road to the rear of Beech Cottage and in turn leads into the grounds of the chapel. In our opinion there is potential for a separate building plot, but interested parties should make their own enquiries of the local planning authority.

Rights of Way, Wayleaves, Easements, Restrictive Covenants Etc.

The site is sold subject to or with the benefit of any Rights of Way, Wayleaves, Easements, Restrictive Covenants, which may exist whether mentioned in these particulars or not. For further information in relation to these matters please refer to the legal pack.



Auction Method:

The auction for this property will take place as an “Auction Event” behind closed doors with a live auctioneer and will be streamed online in real-time. The property will be sold alongside several other lots. Bids must be placed remotely- please see the below section on “Registration Process”.

The auction can be watched in real-time on the auction date on our home page: https://www.sdlauctions.co.uk/

The auction date applicable for the property is displayed on this page. It is not possible to provide a precise timeslot when this property will be auctioned on the day, because there are other lots being sold.

You are required to undertake identity checks before you can be authorised to bid. You must also provide your payment details. If you do not provide this information, your registration will not be processed.

When you place your bid, you are deemed to have agreed to SDL Property Auctions’ Buyers Terms (England & Wales).

Auction Type – Unconditional with Fixed Fee

If you are the highest bidder, you must exchange legally binding contracts for the sale when the auction for the property comes to an end. You must then pay the applicable fees and deposit. You must complete the sale within 15 business days unless the Special Conditions of Sale contained within the Legal Pack state otherwise.

Auction Fees

The following standard non-refundable fees apply:

  • Buyer’s Fee- payable on exchange of contracts. This is usually £1074 including VAT, subject to the Special Conditions of Sale. This fee does not contribute towards the purchase price of the property.

There may be additional fees listed in the Special Conditions of Sale, which will be available to view within the Legal Pack. You must read the Special Conditions carefully before bidding. Any additional fees are included at the seller’s discretion, not on the instruction of SDL Property Auctions, and will be in addition to any fees payable to us. SDL Property Auctions has limited control over the content of the Special Conditions of Sale.


On exchange of contracts, you must pay a non-refundable deposit equal to 10% of the actual purchase price of the property, subject to a minimum of £5,000. The deposit contributes towards the purchase price.

Payment Method:

Applicable fees/deposit must be paid immediately after a winning bid has been placed. We do not accept payment by cash or cheque. Prior to the auction, we will email you to register your card details with our third-party provider, Stripe. Your card details will be stored on their secure online payment platform. Payment will only be taken from you in the event of a winning bid. In this case, you will be contacted by one of our representatives to make payment. If we cannot make contact with you within 24 hours after the auction ends, we reserve the right to charge your card if you do not respond to this email.

Legal Pack

Before bidding, you must view the legal pack for the property. This is the collection of legal documents that apply to the sale. The documents will include but are not limited to: Special Conditions of Sale, title documents from the Land Registry and Energy Performance Certificate.

The legal pack can be viewed on this page, under the sub-heading “Legal Packs”. Follow this link, and you will then be directed to create an account with Auction Passport to view the documents.

The legal pack can change at any time up until the auction starts so you must check for the most recent version of the legal pack. An addendum may be issued outlining any late changes. At the point of placing your bid, you are deemed to have read the legal pack in its entirety, including any changes. Failure to check for changes to the legal pack will not be a valid reason for withdrawing from the sale.

It is strongly recommended that you instruct a qualified professional to review the legal pack and raise any necessary enquiries before bidding.

Special Conditions of Sale

The property is sold subject to any Special Conditions of Sale. These are contractual conditions that are included by the seller of the property – they are not part of SDL Property Auctions’ terms and conditions. The Special Conditions of Sale are legally binding. You are taken to have read and accepted these at the point of bidding, even if you have not done so. The Special Conditions of Sale are available to read in the legal pack.

Energy Performance Certificate

The EPC for this property can be viewed in full at the top of this page or in the legal pack.

Registration Process:

To register to bid on the property, you must submit your remote bid here: https://www.sdlauctions.co.uk/remote-telephone-proxy-bidding/. There is also a link to register on the property details page, where you will also be able to find the lot number for the property. Prospective buyers must register no later than 12pm the day before the auction date. If you register after the cut off, it cannot be guaranteed that your registration will be processed.

Guide Price & Reserve Price

Each property sold is subject to a Reserve Price. The Reserve Price will be within + or – 10% of the Guide Price. The Guide Price is issued solely as a guide so that a buyer can consider whether or not to pursue their interest. A full definition can be found within the Buyers Terms.