Our Story

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Ashley Manor owners, David Lee and Mark Smith combine business brains with creativity in their strategic partnership; which has seen the business grow from strength to strength from launch in 1993. Originally founded by David and John Collinson, who later retired, the brand has built a reputation for quality craftsmanship made modern with a plethora of fresh designs and inspiring, trend led fabric collections – there’s always something new.


“Great design should always be, ‘form follows function’ and our collections are constantly evolving to reflect how people live. It is our ability to react quickly to changing market needs that gives us our stylish edge.”
Mark Smith Design Director

Mark’s work takes him around the globe regularly, which is an excellent chance to gather inspiration from architecture and interiors and discover great new fabrics to bring home. When in Derbyshire he can be found combining family time in the garden with Artist wife Julie and sons, Oska and Ned with his passion for tennis. Playing competitively he supports up and coming talent.

“Made in the heart of England our furniture is timeless with options to suit rustic country lifestyles, grand manor houses or cosy and modern new homes. We are proud to have grown Ashley Manor to its status as the second largest sofa group in the UK.”
David Lee Managing Director

When not surrounded by spread sheets, family time involves travel, particularly skiing and when on home turf the family are all enthusiastic football supporters. Down-time involves fine dining and a personal passion – the study of wine – David is an ardent collector!