Sinai House is the historic building in Burton but many people in the town will probably not know it is there, let alone have ever visited it. For many years the Grade II* listed house was a crumbling ruin decaying but all that is changing and even though there is an unenviable amount of work still to do it is now a thriving place and the hope for the future is that this beautiful place will one day be full restored and be Burton jewel in the crown.

The iconic 15th-century home, which has its own moat, is positioned at the end of a long farm track, off Shobnall Road. As thousands of cars pass by on busy Shobnall Road each day, just a stone’s throw away Sinai House is like stepping back in time to another world. The black and white beamed house is thought by many historians to possible be the location where the Holy Grail was hidden as the house was used by the Templar Knights in ancient times. Their lost treasure, maybe even the Holy Grail, will be though to be buried within tunnels which run under the property.

Sinai also has an ancient pool believed to possess healing qualities. The healing water is what is said to make Sinai so special and is arguably the whole reason why the site was chosen first as a private house in the 1100s and then as a place for rest and recuperation for the Monks of Burton Abbey in the 1300s. The lost treasure of the Knights Templar and even the Holy Grail could be buried under the house.

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Kate Murphy, 57, lives in the restored section of the property which is owned by Sinai Park House Trust, and said: “The ultimate goal for Sinai Home is to bring the hunting lodge and party house for that Paget’s [the family who once lived there] back to life and into use. Like a place different from all other wellbeing places where you can relax, this would be the ideal way to use Sinai House in the future.

“And the Sinai Park House Trust is absolutely committed to the complete restoration of Sinai Park House and to reviving its usage for wellbeing, learning and access. The Trust hopes Burton as well as the organisations and individuals in and around the area will join it in supporting this cause and saving this amazing asset for public enjoyment. ”



Sinai House in Burton.

Kate has lived at Sinai House since 1999. She said she and her late husband, David, had both always liked timber-framed houses, so were intrigued by the house when it came up for sale. Once they saw the place, they fell in love with this and knew they had to buy it – even though no-one could live in it at the time it was in such a poor state.

She said: “At the time it was completely derelict and surrounded by wire fences and you couldn’t get at it to see it. We then booked an appointment to have a look at it and that was it, but Sinai really touches a lot of people who come here and has an impact when people arrive so obliviously we fell for it.

“It was taking on something huge as it was unliveable at the time. It was a decision we didn’t take lightly plus knew the work would have to be done, but it was all exciting for us.



Original carvings in the timber frames have links to the Paget family.

“This site and what is on it is so massively important to Burton. You have to appreciate how important the town was before brewing as a strategic centre of being near a Roman road and being near the [River] Trent, with this site getting the ‘Upon-Trent’ reason instead on ‘On-Trent’ for the town.

“And about 18 months ago we also discovered things about this site before the Paget’s and all this history to the web site with an ancient Roman fort here, as well as the whole Templars treasure and it potentially being buried under Sinai. inch




The house is also well known in ghost hunting circles, with many spirits said to haunt the place. Famous former residents include Sir Henry Paget, who was the Duke of Wellington’s second in command at the Battle of Waterloo. He is said to roam the grounds. There also the spirit of the grey lady spotted on the bridge over the moat, who is said to be looking for the girl lost love.

Kate continued: “I always reckon its a 50/50 split of people in the area of people who know it even exists or not and when people discover it, it’s therefore lovely to get comments saying how nice it is and how good it could be for the city.

“So living here itself is still special. It still has a strong effect on me but you get used to it and adjust to it all.

“I’d also say the house is very active with hauntings, stuff happens undoubtedly. I would say it’s haunted as we’ve had individuals on numerous occasions say things such as smells of cigar smoke in certain places and people who sit at the table have a sensation of an arm becoming stroked.



The dining room of Sinai House.

The dining room associated with Sinai House.

“You also get orbs flying about and can hear music from elsewhere in the house, which I often think is the Pagets having a party. What you also get quite a lot is if you were doing some work here, you always had the feeling of being watched, but none of this being unpleasant. ”

The particular trust has a number of volunteers who help to look after the 2. 5-acre grounds. There was also a path added from the National Forest footpaths so people can have a look at the house and the plunge pool, which is also a big draw for Sinai as people can get a really good look from afar of the holy water spring.

Sinai Recreation area House is open for people of all ages to enjoy. From Heritage Open Days events to exclusive tours and open-air theatre performances, Sinai Park House hosts a variety of one-off events each year which people can book online.

Sinai House Facts

Built: The historic site of Sinai was first built on by the de Schobenhales within the 1200s

Location: Sinai Recreation area House Trust, Shobnall Road, Burton, DE13 0QJ

Unique features: The location and site associated with Sinai has a big significance – its ancient recovery spring – Chalybeate waters which are salts of iron. Just like Glastonbury, or Tunbridge Wells or Bath, just not so famous. The spring is why the monks of Burton Abbey chose Sinai Park House for its rest and recuperation retreat after bloodletting.

Previous occupants: Famous former residents include Sir Henry Paget, who was the Duke of Wellington’s second within command at the Battle associated with Waterloo. The Paget’s were said to have used the house like a hunting lodge and party pad.

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