About Matfen Estates

Matfen Estates is a traditional agricultural estate surrounding Matfen Hall and the estate village of Matfen.

matfen1The estate comprises a mixed portfolio of 61 let residential properties, many in Matfen Village, a small number of commercial lets, nine tenanted farming businesses, and commercial and amenity woodland. Matfen Hall, the original seat of the Blackett family, is now run as a four-star Country House Hotel, Spa and golf course.

The Estates enterprises include Matfen Home Farms, which manages a flock of more than 1000 sheep, and two Arable farming contracts and further annual grazing agreements. The estate manages the extensive woodland which supplies the chip wood required for 2 biomass boilers which heat Matfen Hall and Halton Castle. Matfen Estates is committed to green energy and additionally installed its first wood pellet district heating system to supply heat in Matfen Village last year; work has already started on a second installation in the Village. More information can be found in our Farming and Forestry sections.

Matfen Estate is rich in history and includes Halton Castle, a 14th Century Pele Tower, whose gardens are opened to the public by Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett once a year to support the British Red Cross. Adjacent to the Castle is Halton Church, which is thought to be an Anglo-Saxon building, although indirect evidence links the site back to the 8th Century.

At Halton are also the remains of a Roman fort, Hunnum, one of 16 forts built along the length of the Roman Wall. Some 3 miles of Hadrian’s Wall and its coast-to-coast walking trail traverse the estate. Also on the Estate is Standing Stone Farm (the original Home Farm), where a Bronze Age Standing Stone can be found, also known as the Stob Stone. More information relating to the history of the Blackett family and Matfen Estate can be found in our History Section.

Our Team

The Matfen Estates team is a small team headed by the Estates Owner, Sir Hugh Blackett.

James Barber, Farm Estate Manager joined the team in September 2017. James, who will manage the farming business, comes from a farming background and has experience in property management.

Deryn Thornalley, Estate Administrator, joined the team in 2018 and deals with all property and land management issues, including property maintenance and repairs.

Lucy Siddle, Estate Bookkeeper, has been with the Estate since 2011 and deals with all purchase and sales invoicing, property maintenance and repairs and manages the Estates Biomass heating systems.

Malcolm Oliver, Estate Farm Manager, has been with the Estate since 1978.

Mark Hogg, Estate Farm Hand, has been with the Estate since 1985.

Neil Franklin, Estate Woodman has been with the Estate since 1994.

Marcus Rymarczyk, Estates Gardener/Handyman, has been with the Estate since 2006.