Lorraine Batty, MNAEA, Manager
Whaley Bridge is led by Lorraine Batty who opened and established this office in 2007. Lorraine is a Member of the National
Association of Estate Agents and has 33 years’ experience, 28 of which were in the High Peak area.
With a wealth of knowledge, Lorraine is passionate about giving her clients professional advice and a high standard of service.
Lorraine is supported by her experienced team, Sue and Deborah.
Lisa Hollins, MARLA, Lettings Manager
A UCLAN Management graduate, Lisa started her career in 2004 as a lettings negotiator for an independent estate agent and residential lettings specialist in her hometown of Wilmslow, before joining Gascoigne Halman to establish their new Lettings Department in Macclesfield in 2006. Lisa and her team have unrivalled knowledge of the local area and property market and the office is a respected local agent that provides a top quality service.
Whaley Bridge is a picturesque village nestled in a wooded valley within the Peak District. Standing since the 13th century, it became a coal mining and later a cotton town, prospering and growing as part of the Industrial Revolution. Nowadays it is the gateway to the wonderful scenery of the Goyt Valley and the Peak Forest canal, as well as a thriving community with a developed sense of history and regular traditions and events. Look out for the colourful narrow boats around the town’s canal basin, which is now a conservation area. Although Whaley Bridge has the feel of a rural retreat, there are first class public transport links to major towns and cities including Manchester and Sheffield.
A direct rail link to Manchester Piccadilly makes commuting painless. London can be reached in two-and-a-half-hours and Manchester Airport in just half an hour.
Whaley Bridge is an excellent choice for families, providing great village primary schools including Peak School, Buxworth School and Furness Vale Primary school, and a popular and successful secondary school in the nearby town of Chapel-en-le-Frith, which is the capital of the High Peak. Secondary students also travel further afield to New Mills School and Hope Valley College, as well as private schools King’s in Macclesfield and Stockport Grammar School.
Rural leisure opportunities are unsurpassed in the area. You will find the Grade II listed transhipment shed and well-kept towpaths which allow leisurely walks to the neighbouring villages of Bridgemont and Buxworth. The area is a haven for outdoor pursuits including walking, cycling and horse riding with excellent bridleways. Toddbrook Reservoir sits above the town which provides a tranquil setting for sailing and fishing.
Within the village there is a wonderful array of local public houses, restaurants and cafes. There are also excellent day to day shopping facilities including a Tesco, and a monthly Farmers Market sells fine wines, food and gifts. Local traditions include a Rose Queen Festival and Carnival, Water Weekend celebrating Whaley Bridge’s connections with local canals and waterways, and Well Dressing, a traditional Derbyshire event which involves decorating the local well with ornamentation including flowers and collages.
Homes within the Peak District vary substantially from quaint cottages, large farmhouses, Victorian and Edwardian homes and more up to date modern developments. The majority of the properties are built in traditional stone and many enjoy panoramic scenery. Anybody looking to move to this area will not be disappointed with the breath-taking scenery and the excellent facilities that are available. This is a beautiful rural town within touching distance of the Manchester metropolis and well equipped with modern amenities and facilities.