A substantial, stone built, detached, period property, together with a stone barn with planning consent for conversion to a three-bedroom dwelling. Ideally located in a quiet, rural position on the outskirts of the popular village of Ashover. This delightful property has been in the ownership of the same family for over 50 years, and remains largely unchanged, giving the purchaser a truly unique opportunity to acquire a family home with potential for extension subject to necessary consents. The accommodation is set over three floors and currently offers five bedrooms, family bathroom, shower room, two separate lavatories, spacious sitting room, dining room and good-sized breakfast kitchen with pantry and utility room off. There are mature gardens surrounding the property, two stone-built storage sheds, and a greenhouse. A driveway with turning circle provides off road parking and there is currently garaging within the barn. Ashover is a sought-after location in a peaceful, rural setting, surrounded by pretty, open countryside. The village has excellent amenities including: Post office, butcher, local shop, doctor, pubs and a primary school with an excellent reputation. The village is located within easy reach of the towns of Chesterfield (7 miles) and Matlock (4.3 miles) and is within easy commuting distance of Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby.
Entering the property via a pair of half glazed entrance doors which open to:
Entrance porch 10'6 x 2'5 (3.2m x 0.73m)
With front aspect windows overlooking the gardens and surrounding open countryside, terrazzo tiles to the floor with an inset matwell and a half glazed panelled entrance door opening to:
Reception hallway 15'5 x 5'11 (4.7m x 1.8m)
A spacious hallway having a staircase rising to the first floor accommodation, polished hardwood flooring and a central heating radiator. Panelled doors open to:
Sitting room 26'10 x 13'1 measured into the bay (8.17m x 3.99m)
A delightfully light and spacious room with a front aspect square bay window and two further original sliding sash windows enjoying far reaching views over the gardens and open countryside that surrounds the property. The room has as feature fireplace with a tiled surround and hearth housing a gas fire.There is a television aerial point with satellite facility, central heating radiators and a telephone point.The room has a built-in illuminated display niche with glass shelving.
Dining room 15'7 x 13'2 measured into the bay (4.75m x 4.01m)
Having a front aspect square bay window with sliding sashes overlooking the gardens and open fields beyond. The room has elegant original coving to the ceiling, fitted picture rail and a feature fireplace with a tiled surround and hearth housing an open grate.There is a servery hatch to the kitchen.The room has two central heating radiators with thermostatic valves.
From the hallway a panelled door opens to:
Dining kitchen 21'8 x 12'2 (6.6m x 3.71m)
With a rear aspect picture window overlooking the rear yard and the open fields beyond. The room has a large fire opening housing the GlowWorm gas fired boiler which provides hot water and central heating to the property.A half-glazed entrance door opens to a rear porch.The room is fitted with a range of storage cupboards and drawers with a work surface, beneath which is space and connection for an automatic washing machine and under work surface fridge.There is connection for a gas cooker.A pair of doors open to an under stairs storage cupboard and there is a servery hatch to the dining room.The room has a central heating radiator.A door leads to:
Pantry 16' x 8' (4.88m x 2.44m)
With a side aspect window, terrazzo tiles to the floor and a range of fitted open shelving and storage cupboards. There is ample space within the room for a fridge freezer and further white goods.A door leads to:
Utility room 11' x 8'1 (3.35m x 2.46m)
Having a half-glazed door opening onto the rear yard and a further half glazed door opening onto the gardens to the side of the property. There is a side aspect window, stainless sink unit with hot and cold taps and a work surface with storage cupboards and drawers.A door opens to:
Ground floor lavatory 8'1 x 2'11 (2.46m x 0.88m)
With a side aspect window with obscured glass and suite with close coupled W.C.
From the kitchen a half-glazed door opens to:
Rear entrance porch 5'1 x 3'9 (1.55m x 1.14m)
Having picture windows set upon a dwarf wall and a half-glazed entrance door opening onto the rear yard. There are terrazzo tiles to the floor with an inset matwell.
From the reception hallway a quarter turn staircase rises to:
First floor landing 17'11 x 6' & 12'2 x 6'8 (5.46m x 1.83m & 3.71m x 2.03m)
A spacious 'L' shaped landing having an elegant original staircase rising to the second floor accommodation. There is a front aspect sliding sash window with superb far reaching views over the surrounding countryside. The landing has a central heating radiator and original panelled doors opening to:
Bedroom one 12'8 x 12' (3.86m x 3.66m)
With front aspect sliding sash windows with views over open countryside down the Amber Valley. The room has a central heating radiator, telephone point and built-in wardrobes providing hanging space and storage shelving.
Bedroom two 12'10 x 12'2 (3.91m x 3.71m)
Again with front aspect windows taking advantage of superb far reaching views afforded by the property. The room has polished exposed pine floorboards, a tiled feature bedroom fireplace with an inset electric fire and there are built-in wardrobes with hanging rails and storage shelving.The room has a central heating radiator.
Bedroom three 13'1 x 11'9 (3.99m x 3.58m)
Having side aspect sliding sash windows with views over the gardens to the wooded hills that surround the area. The room has polished exposed pine floorboards, built-in wardrobes proving hanging space and storage shelving and a feature fireplace with a tiled surround housing an electric fire.The room has a central heating radiator and telephone point.
Family bathroom 10'6 x 10' max (3.2m x 3.05m)
With a rear aspect sliding sash window having obscured glass depicting a variety of sailing ships. The room has a panelled bath with Victorian style mixer taps and hand held shower sprays, pedestal wash hand basin and close coupled W.C.There is a central heating radiator.Fitted within the room is an airing cupboard having slatted linen storage shelving and housing the hot water cylinder which is fitted with an immersion heater.
From the landing further doors open to:
Separate lavatory 5'1 x 2'7 (1.55m x 0.78m)
With a rear aspect sliding sash window with etched glass panes. The room is half tiled and has a low level flush W.C.
Shower room 5'9 x 5'8 (1.75m x 1.73m)
A fully tiled room with a rear aspect window with etched glass panes and tiled shower cubicle with Mira mixer shower, pedestal wash hand basin, central heating radiator and towel radiator.
From the landing a staircase with turned spindles and newels and polished hardwood handrail rises to:
Second floor landing
Where a door opens to a useful storage cupboard with fitted shelving and further doors open to:
Bedroom four 16'6 x 16'2 (5.03m x 4.93m)
A spacious room built into the shape of the roof with a side aspect gable end window with views to the wooded hills that surround the area. The room has polished exposed pine floorboards, access doors into the eaves of the roof where there is storage and a range of open display shelves.There are central heating radiators.
Bedroom five 16' x 13' (4.88m x 3.96m)
Also built into the roof with side aspect original sliding sash windows overlooking the gardens and driveway to the fields beyond. The room has a central heating radiator and a wall hung wash hand basin.There are access doors into the eaves of the roof creating storage space.
The property is approached via a driveway which forms a turning circle and provides parking. To three sides of the property are gardens mainly laid to lawn interspersed with fine mature ornamental trees and having borders ideal for flowering plants.The side garden has is a stone built Potting Shed 9'2 x 5'1 (2.79m x 1.55m) and a lean-to Greenhouse 19'11 x 7'6 (6.07m x 2.28m) this area would make an ideal vegetable plot. To the rear of the property is a yard with a door opening to a stone built wood shed 8'4 x 6'8 (2.54m x 2.03m) The rear yard is partially stone paved and beneath the access cover there is a brick lined well.
Stone built detached barn with courtyard
Set beneath a pan tile roof and having planning permission for conversion to a three bedroom dwelling. The main body of the barn being two storey 22' x 20' (6.7m x 6.09m) the lower storey having standing for six beasts.The building has a number of window openings, two stable style entrance doors and an external stone staircase to the upper floor. In addition to the main body of the barn and incorporated within the same building is a double garage 22'5 x 19'9 (6.83m x 6.02m) Having a pair of up and over vehicular access doors; one of which is electrically operated.The garage has power and lighting.
Lying to the side of the barn is a delightful enclosed stock yard enclosed by high stone walls and a closed off gateway leads to the drive.
Double garage and off road parking.
Services and general information
Mains water, gas and electricity are connected to the property. Drainage is by way of a private system.
Council tax band (Correct at time of publication) 'G'
Leaving Matlock along the A632 towards Chesterfield, after descending Slack Hill turn right after the Kelstedge Inn along the B6036 Ashover road, take the first left turn along Narrowleys Lane, at the end of the road turn right along Moor Road, at the centre of the village turn left by the Black Swan public house passing the parish Hall on the right hand side, follow the road around the sharp right hand bend where the property can be found on the left hand side.
My grandparents, Mary and Buster, moved into Whaley Grange in 1964. Granny had been a local girl whose father owned the Derbyshire Times newspaper group, while grandpa was a wing-commander in the RAF who had flown in the Battle of Britain.
Whaley Grange had been a farm and grandpa, with his services background, insisted on keeping the barns and garden immaculate even down to the pigsty and traditional stalled milking parlour. The house is full of so many happy memories for us all, with grandpa tending his vegetable patch and greenhouse full of tomatoes; while granny wrote her weekly column for the Derbyshire Times (with the various Ashover groups who contributed - from the football team to the flower arrangers - simply knowing her as 'Ace Reporter').
The sun seemed always to be shining in those days, with cricket in the garden and regular trips to Chatsworth's adventure playground to keep my brother and me out of mischief.
In recent times, after the death of my grandfather, I moved into the house to assist my grandmother and was once again reminded what a special, happy house Whaley Grange is - wonderfully peaceful, but only a short walk from the paper shop, butcher and various good pubs that every thriving village needs.
I only intended to stay for a few months but remained for years such is the idyllic setting, before more recently moving back to our family home of Gawsworth Hall in Cheshire.