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Former Grade 2 listed Mustard Mill transformed into state-of-the-art commercial space

Amfrec opens its doors at Toadhole Furnace, Oakerthorpe, Derbyshire

A former Mustard Mill located in the idyllic Toadhole Furnace, Oakerthorpe countryside has opened its doors to occupants this month, welcoming those looking for a relaxed, unique commercial space.

The Amber Mill Furniture Rural Enterprise Centre, known by its acronym Amfrec, was destroyed by fire in 1955. Over the past three years, major renovations have taken place at the Grade 2 listed building, located just minutes from the commuter belt of the M1, to transform the Mill into an inspirational working environment boasting state of the art facilities.

Today, Amfrec offers a unique, open-plan commercial site looking to host businesses, and creatives, including production teams, modelling businesses and photographers, seeking a relaxed, flexible environment within which to grow their business. 

Situated in the heart of Derbyshire, Amfrec is ideally located just a few miles from J28 on the M1, and is within 30 minutes travel of Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield, Chesterfield and Sheffield.

Ann Turner, Founder of Amfrec, commented on the renovation and opening of the site, saying: “It’s wonderful to finally be able to open the doors to Amfrec after three long years of renovating the site.

“Amfrec has a fascinating history, which contributes to the charm and character of this Grade 2 listed building. We have kept and restored the exposed Derbyshire sandstone, opened up the original arched  windows and designed an open-plan interior to make the space feel light and airy.

“The quiet surroundings and connections to major cities make this is an ideal space for growing  businesses who wish to have office space together with the ability to host meetings and events for their clients, and I am very much looking forward to welcoming individuals through our doors.”

The restoration of the Mill was part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, which works to ensure a balanced territorial development of rural environments. The Fund recognised the potential of what the revitalised Grade 2 listed Mill could offer the surrounding area and consequently gave part funding for the restoration works together with The European Union Regional Development Fund. 

Those interested in learning more about Amfrec can visit or email Ann Turner at info@amfrec.comto arrange a visit.