Viewing highly recommended - This exceptional family home, the original part of which is thought to date back to the early 1700s, enjoys a superb location within the much sought after village of Risley.
This is a period detached home dating back to the early 1700’s with immense charm and character, and which has undergone a full programme of refurbishment to provide a home of some 3,670 . The home is unique and has a wonderful feeling of spaciousness throughout with high ceilings and restored original features such as sash windows and fireplaces, along with expert craftsmanship blended with modern day conveniences such as data points all set within a period home. The main entrance is approached from the rear gardens but has access doors to both the front and rear, along with a concealed door to the cellar room. There is a secure entry system installed and the hallway has Minton tiled flooring and the oak feature staircase to the first floor. There is a well-appointed cloakroom/WC off the hall. There are then doors off to the main reception areas.
The Dining Room of the home features sash windows to the side and rear elevations and has a period style range fireplace with wood and tiled surround and gas supply laid on. The room has cast iron radiators and both coving and dado rails along with wood strip flooring. The Drawing Room features sash windows overlooking the rear gardens and these incorporate restored shutters and a further window to the front elevation making this a dual aspect room flooded with light. There is coving to the ceilings and more data points, cast iron radiators and this room boasts a stunning marble fireplace with gas laid on. There is a hand-crafted book shelving unit with a hidden door leading to the orangery and swimming pool room. This room brings the outside in with the use of two sets of Bi Fold doors to the rear and side elevations. There is a double-glazed sky lantern and halo effect lighting and the pool has an electrically operated pool cover with safety in mind. There is changing facility with a shower room including a wash hand basin. From the main pool room, there is access to the plant room. The pool itself is heated via twin gas boilers located in the cellar room.
The breakfast kitchen is another lovely room large enough for families to entertain in and this becomes the hub of the home. The original features continue with a lovely brick fireplace with an inglenook and original bread oven and has a wood burner all incorporated. The kitchen features granite work surfaces, a double Belfast sink unit, and space designed for both an American fridge freezer and a range cooker. There are exposed beams and tiled flooring. A real feature room of the home.
The extensive bedroom accommodation is stretched over 2 floors and there are further cast iron radiators throughout these floors. There is a lovely galleried effect from the second floor and the scale of the home can be really appreciated from this landing area. The master bedroom suite is another fabulous room with thought put into the design and flow of the room. There is even an elevator shaft which has been fitted in readiness for a lift which would give access to the pool room directly if future occupiers wanted to incorporate, although this does provide great storage at present. The room itself is again dual aspect with a feature cast iron fireplace. All the bedrooms on this floor again feature data and TV points. There is a large walk in wardrobe providing ample hanging space and Louvre doors access a five piece ensuite bathroom which include a large walk in shower enclosure complete with digital shower and a spacious double ended bath for ultimate relaxation. The guest room features yet another cast iron radiator and feature fireplace and is a lovely double room having further ensuite facility with double walk in shower unit. Bedroom 3 to this floor has sash windows to the side elevation and solid oak flooring and is well served by the principle bathroom to the home which has a fitted four-piece suite again with double ended bath, walk in shower enclosure and featuring a beautiful exposed brick fireplace. With practicality in mind there is a utility room to this floor also.
The solid oak staircase continues to rise to the second-floor galleried landing which has velux windows flooding the whole staircase again with plenty of natural light and highlighting the beauty of the craftsmanship. Bedroom 4 to this floor is another great double room and to finish off the bedrooms we have another dual aspect room with the oak flooring continued. This floor is well served by the final bathroom which has a walk in shower with vanity unit, wc, and some lovely exposed beams
The home has a lovely exterior also and has been delightfully landscaped. To the fore and accessed of Derby Road is an electrically operated gateway which leads to a courtyard area which is block paved and provides hard standing for numerous vehicles. There is a pedestrian gateway and water feature and then access to the rear. The rear gardens are delightful and have a south facing aspect. There is an indian stone laid patio to this rear garden leading onto formal lawns with mature shrubs and a wonderful Cedar of Lebanon Tree which provides great shade in the summer months. There is a high degree of privacy within the gardens and they feature walled gardens. To the end of the gardens is another driveway, this time accessed off Breaston Lane and this offer plenty of further parking if required. The drive leads to the garage block with triple access doors and is large enough to serve 3 cars and contains a workshop area.
This exceptional family home, the original part of which is thought to date back to the early 1700s, enjoys a superb location within the much sought after village of Risley. “My wife and I have always loved Risley, ” says Rolf. “It’s a very desirable place to live, not only because of its proximity to both Nottingham and Derby, but also because it’s surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside. So when a friend of mine told me that he knew of a house in the village that was about to go to auction I was thrilled. I drove past to take a look, immediately fell in love with the place and bought it the following week without setting foot inside.” “Back then the house was close to derelict; windows were hanging out, floors were collapsing, there was no central heating… the list goes on, however crucially there were no structural problems. We have since stripped the entire house right back and essentially started from scratch, and i’d now describe it as a brand new house in a really beautiful period shell.” “i’m a joiner by trade so oak is a theme that runs throughout. We’ve put solid oak flooring in almost every room, a stunning staircase with spindles that have been turned to create a pattern that is unique to this house and i’ve also created two beautiful recess cabinets, one of which is a secret door that leads to the swimming pool. We intended this to be our forever home, so the attention to detail is immaculate throughout. It’s an outstanding property.” “Just like the house, the garden was also in a bit of a state when we bought the property, but we’ve since had it beautifully landscaped, ” continues Rolf. “It’s mainly laid to lawn but we’ve also added a very large patio terrace that runs the entire length of the house. However the main feature has to be the rather magnificent Cedar of Lebanon, which we believe is well over four hundred years old.” “All of the rooms are impressive but for different reasons so it’s hard to choose a favourite, ” says Rolf. “I particularly like the master bedroom suite, which consists of a huge bedroom, a very generous walk-in wardrobe with his-and-hers entrances, and a stunning en-suite. It’s a real haven.” “I love the fact that we’re surrounded by all of this beautiful rolling countryside but at the same time the location is so incredibly convenient, ” says Rolf. “I can cross the road and walk for miles or hop in the car and be Long Eaton, Derby or Nottingham in next to no time. For us it’s been ideal.” “When we bought the house it had an integral garage that had been tacked onto the side of the building, so we took it down and built an indoor swimming pool, ” says Rolf “It has a gorgeous vaulted ceiling and an orangery at one end that opens onto the patio terrace beyond. It’s a wonderful feature that’s been well used over the years.” “I renovated this house for my wife and I, and I put my heart and soul into making it the best it could be, ” says Rolf. “Everything has been done to the highest standards, it’s relatively low maintenance and has everything you might want or need for modern living. It’s a place to enjoy and relax in, and I hope its new owners will be as happy here as we have been.”
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