Donington Le Heath Manor House in Coalville is a gem of a venue set in its own gardens and is quite stunning. But don’t be deceived it takes on a completely different feel after hours!
It is believed that Robert De Herle bought the land and had the house built between 1258 & 1295.
For nearly 700 years the house remained a family dwelling. In the early part of the 16th century, the house was modernised and it was around this period the house may have been owned by the Digby family, who were caught up in the War of the Roses and the Battle at Bosworth in 1485. And as history tell us Sir Everard Digby achieved notoriety as one of the conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot in 1605; as an associate of Guy Fawkes
There have been many ghost sightings, housemaids and children have been seen flitting about the kitchen and bedrooms by staff and members of the public.
During a previous investigation the appearance of a 17th century tall man wearing a brimmed hat was seen, thought to be the shades of Sir Everard Digby
Evidence suggests that the bed which resides here at the manor house is from the White Board Inn, Leicester. It is strongly believed that this was the bed that Richard III spent his last night on before making his way to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.