Throwley Hall Farm stands high up above the Manifold Valley. The River Manifold is the 'twin' to the River Dove and flows a winding course southwards through this limestone plateau, cutting a deep valley as it does so. The Manifold joins the Dove just south of the village of Ilam.
Ilam is the nearest village, about 2 miles from Throwley, and also has the remnant of a large Hall - now a youth hostel in the care of the National Trust. The village is a very old one, and the church contains the tomb of St Bertram, a local Saxon saint.
Ashbourne lies about 7 miles from Throwley and is a thriving market town with numerous shops (especially antique shops) and a street market on Saturdays and Thursdays. Ashbourne has one special tradition - the annual 'football' match in medieval style which takes place every Shrove Tuesday.
The village of Waterhouses is about 3 miles to the south and the nearest shop is the Spar Shop here, (open 7 days with long hours). Waterhouses also has two public houses (both serving food), a restaurant, garage and a fish and chip shop. There is a doctor's surgery at Waterhouses.
We recommend you bring a car as we are situated in the heart of the countryside and the nearest bus service is at Waterhouses. The nearest railway stations are at Stoke and Derby, each about 20 miles away.