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Former retreat with 1m price tag.


A Historic Georgian building formerly used as a religious retreat and conference centre is back on the market.


Morley Retreat and Conference House, near Ilkeston, closed last year and a £1 million sale was lined up with a Christian group. However, it fell through and the Church Lane property is being marketed again by chartered surveyor Milner Commercial on behalf of Derby Diocese. It said a number of organisations had already expressed an interest, some with plans for alternative uses for the Grade II listed building. 


The former rectory, built around 1744, replaced a much earlier structure destroyed by a fire in 1740. The area of the church and the retreat is within the Erewash green belt and a conservation area. The retreat and conference centre closed in 2009 after the trustees running it said it was attracting too few customers to carry on. Rising costs of maintaining the property were also blamed for the closure by the Derby Diocesan Board of Finance.


The £1 million price guide includes the Well Cottage. Many original features have been preserved, including a fireplace made from blue john, mined in Derbyshire. It has 32 bedrooms, two chapels, dining and kitchen facilities, a vaulted cellar, a library and relaxation areas. The property is set in two-and-a-half acres grounds, including a walled south-facing garden and orchard. Well Cottage, a three-bedroom property that was the warden's residence, is also available seperately with a price guide of £350,000. The house was added a decade ago along with a modern chapel.


Milner Commercial director Peter Milner said any buyer who wanted to change the use of the building would require formal planning consent. "Discussions with Erewash Borough Council have established guidelines, which I am pleased to discuss on a case-by-case basis," he said. Mr Milner also said English Heritage and Local Plan policy guidelines would encourage conversion back to a single dwelling if the premises were no longer required as a retreat.