Manor House Donington le Heath
SK 420-126 Leicestershire England
Manor House was originally a late 13th century defensible manorial complex, founded by William le May. In 1293, Robert de Herle added the stone upper-hall house to the moated platform, which was also defended by a strong rampart. In 1618, John Digby modernised the house, inserting large rectangular mullioned windows and converting the basement rooms into a kitchen and a parlour. Sadly of the surrounding enclosure bank and moat, only faint earthworks now survive and finds of roof slates may indicate the position of a gate house. 5 miles north-west is Ashby de la Zouch Castle and 6 miles south-west is Shackerstone Castle.
Manor House is located in Donington le Heath, off Manor Road. 12 miles north-west of Leicester, on the A50-A511.
The site is owned by Leicestershire County Council and is open Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays, mid February to mid December 11:00-4:00pm.
There is a car park.