The Chimp Manor
(formerly Bennetston Hall)
Bennetston Hall was built in the late Nineteenth Century by local doctor and property speculator Robert Ottiwell Gifford Bennett MD (1834 – 1902.)
Bennetston Hall comprises a substantial country mansion and coach house constructed from coursed gritstone walls with gritstone detailing and has a number of significant design features. It is set in 10 acres of land with an impressive 2-acre trout lake.
The Hall occupies a dramatic hillside location with a commanding view of the Derbyshire High Peaks. It is located on the northern side of the A623 in the Peak District National Park.
In the 1930’s this substantial property was acquired by the YHA and became a Youth Hostel. Since the Second World War Bennetston Hall has been at various times over the years a private dwelling, a nightclub and a hotel.
For decades the Hall was at the centre of a long-running legal row, ending with the premises at one stage being owned by the Legal Aid Board.
Meanwhile, the once magnificent hall fell into a sorry state of neglect and disrepair, being badly damaged by fire in the mid-1980s.
Bennetston Hall will become a centre of excellence and corporate headquarters for the charity- supporting group Chimp Management.
It will also act as a retreat for learning about the human mind and for helping people to understand themselves better.
The Hall will be open to the public and be available for community groups, hopefully, enjoyed by all.