A splendid, spacious and characterful, Grade II listed Georgian period property, believed to date back to 1800 with later extensions circa 1820. This elegantly proportioned family property occupies an elevated south facing position with commanding views over the wooded hills and rocky crags of the Derwent Valley. The versatile accommodation offers five bedrooms, four bathrooms, spacious and elegant drawing room, sitting/family room, study/dining room, dining kitchen and a further living kitchen with second entrance hallway and shower room off. There is a service corridor to the rear of the accommodation with a storage room off and second staircase. The property has the benefit of a driveway providing off road parking and a detached timber constructed garage. There are terrace gardens to the front of the property, a rear yard and a wooded terrace garden, timber garden shed and coal and log store. The layout of the property lends itself to be used in a variety of ways i.E. As a large five bedroom family house or divided to create a separate one bed duplex annexe/dependent relative accommodation/holiday let, or five bedroom house with a ground floor flat/work from home space etc.
Matlock Bath is a delightfully picturesque area of the Derwent Valley with steep sided wooded hills, rocky crags and pretty houses following the river. Extensively visited in Victorian times, when the area gained the name 'Little ', by people coming to take the waters which are rich in mineral deposits and issue from underground springs at a constant temperature. The area offers fine walks and views and good local amenities. Situated at the edge of the Peak District on the A6 trunk road, there is easy access to, and Nottingham and the nearby towns of, Wirksworth and Bakewell. There is a branch line train station with a regular service to Derby and Nottingham.
History - - Belle Vue House was built in 1800 by local architect George Rawlinson. At this time it was one of the first 5 private houses of any note in Matlock Bath. George's son, James, subsequently lived in the house as did his daughter Eliza both of whom were artists. By the mid 1800s both James and George had passed away and Eliza moved to London. By this time she owned Belle Vue House and the neighbouring houses of Montpellier and Belmont which were also built by her grandfather. Before she left she commissioned memorials to both men which still exist in Derby Cathedral. Belle Vue House then passed through several owners most of whom ran the house as a lodging house with either several lodgers staying at once or the house being taken for the season by a single family with their servants accompanying them and staying in the adjoining Belle Vue Cottage which was part of the house then.
Shortly before 1900 Joseph Francis Donegani and his family moved to Belle Vue House. Joseph, who had fought at the Battle of Waterloo, was a local butcher and later became a local Councillor. The Donegani's lived at Belle Vue House for many years and served in both World Wars before the majority of the family moved to Canada where they still live. The house passed through several owners hands in the latter part of the 20th century before the current owners arrived in 2011 and started to uncover the hidden charms of and history of Belle Vue House, including the acquisition of many photographs and prints of the house over the centuries and several original pieces of art by James and Eliza Rawlinson
Entering the property via a broad panelled entrance door, with over-door fanlight, which opens to:
Reception hallway 16'2 x 5'3 & 16'1 x 6'7 (4.93m x 1.6m & 4.9m x 2m)
An L shaped hallway having quarry tiles to the floor, inset matwell and a fine original cantilever stone staircase rising to the first floor accommodation. There is elegant coving to the ceiling, column style central heating radiator and a mullioned borrowed light window with decorative stained glass panels to the kitchen. Panelled doors opening to:
Drawing room 25'4 x 15'2 (7.72m x 4.62m)
A bright and elegant room having front aspect sliding sash bay windows taking advantage of the commanding views over the village to the wooded hills and open countryside that surrounds the area. The room has original coving to the ceiling and a fine original pierced centre ceiling rose, fitted dado rail and decorative arch. Within the room is a feature fireplace with a polished Derbyshire stone surround believed to be Hopton Wood marble, housing an open grate. The room has central heating radiators with thermostatic valves, television aerial point and a panelled door leading to:
Family/sitting room 18'9 x 10'9 (5.71m x 3.28m)
With front aspect original sliding sash windows taking advantage of the far reaching view. The room has a central heating radiators, television aerial point and a tiled fireplace with an open grate. There is original coving to the ceiling and fitted picture rail. A panelled door opens to:
Second reception hallway 15'3 x 3'2 (4.65m x 0.96m)
Having an entrance door opening onto the front of the property access to the rear staircase and a batten door with thumb latch opening to:
Living kitchen 15'6 x 13'4 (4.72m x 4.06m)
With front aspect windows overlooking the terrace and with views over the village. The room has black and red quarry tiles to the floor, laid in a chequer board pattern, exposed beams to the ceiling and a portion of exposed rock face creating a feature. There is a fire opening with a dressed stone surround and heavy gritstone lintel with a storage cupboard to the side. The room currently has a range of kitchen units with shaker style cupboards set beneath a solid oak work surface with an inset stainless steel sink and 4-ring electric hob. Beneath the hob is a fan assisted electric oven. Beneath the work surface there is space and connection for an automatic washing machine. This room could be used to create separate accommodation as detailed previously. A batten door with thumb latch leads to:
Lobby 17' x 4'3 (5.18m x 1.29m)
Having a half glazed panelled entrance door opening onto the front of the property, natural slate tiles to the floor and a feature exposed rock face. A batten door with thumb latch opens to:
Wet room shower room 6'3 x 5'5 (1.9m x 1.65m)
Having a front aspect casement window, ceramic tiles to the walls and natural slate tiles to the floor. There is a contemporary wash hand basin with mixer tap, mixer shower and dual flush concealed cistern W.C. There is a chrome finished ladder style towel radiator.
From the entrance hallway a door opens to:
Dining room/study 12' x 10'9 (3.66m x 3.28m)
Having front aspect original sliding sash windows taking advantage of the superb far reaching views afforded by the property. The room has exposed painted floorboards, elegant coving to the ceiling and fitted picture rail. There is a feature fireplace with a dressed stone surround and raised granite hearth, suitable for a log burning stove. The room has a central heating radiator and telephone point.
From the hallway a door opening leads to:
Service corridor 35'2 x 3'3 (10.7m x 0.99m)
Running the length of the rear of the property, the service corridor has a central heating radiator with thermostatic valve, coat hanging space, fitted storage cupboards and a panelled door opening to:
Dining kitchen 17'5 x 11'4 (5.31m x 3.45m)
With front aspect windows overlooking the gardens and the village to the open countryside beyond. The room has painted stone flags to the floor, feature fire opening with a stone surround and raised hearth housing a pot bellied stove. The room has a range of bespoke shaker style kitchen units in a hand painted finish with cupboards and drawers set beneath a polished granite work surface, with a matching up stand and tiled splashback. Set within the work surface is a twin Belfast sink with mixer tap. There is an island unit set beneath a polished oak work surface which over sails to create a breakfast bar. There are wall mounted storage cupboards, glass fronted display cabinets and an oak shelving unit. Fitted within the kitchen is a Leisure Cook Master range style cooker with a 5-burner gas hob, electric hotplate, double oven and grill. There is a space and connection for an American style, side-by-side fridge freezer. The room has a central heating radiator with thermostatic valve, decorative borrowed light window to the hall and a panelled door opening to an outside storage building and utility room.
From the service corridor a half glazed panelled door opens to:
Store room 15'5 x 2'7 widening to 4'11 (4.7m x 0.78m widening to 1.49m)
Having a borrowed light window to the corridor and a Velux roof light.
From the reception hallway an original quarter turn cantilevered stone staircase with a swept hardwood handrail rises to:
First floor landing 34'10 x 3'10 (10.6m x 1.16m)
Having original coving to the ceiling, decorative arches, central heating radiator and panelled doors opening to:
Bedroom one 15'2 x 14'9 (4.62m x 4.5m)
With front aspect windows taking advantage of the superb view. The room has a feature fireplace with a polished Hopton wood limestone surround and cast iron insert housing an open grate. To the side of the chimneybreast is a built-in storage cupboard.
Bedroom two 14'8 x 10'9 (4.47m x 3.28m)
Having a front aspect sliding sash window with similar views to bedroom one, over the Derwent Valley. The room has a central heating radiator, telephone point and a feature fireplace with a polished Hopton wood limestone surround and cast iron insert. There are a good range of fitted open display shelves with storage cupboards beneath. A panelled door opens to a walk-in storage cupboard 5'2 x 3'8 (1.57m x 1.11m) with hanging rail, fitted shelf and a light.
Bedroom three 10'9 x 10'8 (3.28m x 3.25m)
Having a front aspect sliding sash window, central heating radiator with thermostatic valve and built-in wardrobe with mirrored door. There is an original bedroom fireplace with cast iron grate. A panelled door opens to:
Jack 'N' jill en-suite family bathroom 12'7 x 7'10 (3.83m x 2.39m)
With a front aspect casement window, exposed pine floorboards and suite with panelled bath, pedestal wash hand basin and dual flush close coupled W.C.. There is a tiled quadrant shower cubicle with mixer shower, chrome finished towel radiator and built-in storage cupboard. The room is illuminated by downlight spotlights.
From the landing a door opens to:
Rear study landing 23'5 x 7'4 (7.13m x 2.23m)
Having a rear aspect Velux roof light window, ample space for a study area, central heating radiator with thermostatic valve and a door opening to a storage cupboard. A panelled doors opening to:
Shower room 8'5 x 4'5 (2.56m x 1.34m)
Having a small ventilation window, tiled shower cubicle with mixer shower, wall hung wash hand basin and Edwardian era W.C. There is a central heating radiator with towel rail.
From the landing a door opens to an inner lobby where further doors open to:
Bedroom four 12'1 x 9'8 (3.6m x 2.95m)
Having a front aspect window overlooking the gardens and the views beyond. The room has a central heating radiator with thermostatic valve.
En-suite bathroom 11'10 x 8'9 (3.6m x 2.67m)
With a rear aspect window and suite with art deco bath, pedestal wash hand basin and matching W.C. There is a tiled shower cubicle with mixer shower and an airing cupboard housing the combination gas fired boiler which provides hot water and central heating to the property.
From the first floor landing a further door opening leads to:
Rear landing 8'11 x 3'6 (2.72m x 1.06m)
With a Velux roof light window and a panelled door opening to a storage cupboard and a further door opening to:
Rear stairs landing 14'11 x 6'6 (4.55m x 1.98m)
With a Velux roof light window, rear staircase descending to the ground floor accommodation and a panelled door opening to:
Bedroom five 16' x 12'10 (4.88m x 3.91m)
With a front aspect sliding sash window with views over Matlock Bath towards Black Rocks. There is a central heating radiator with thermostatic valve and storage cupboard housing the combination gas fired boiler which provides hot water and central heating to part of the property.
The property is approached via a driveway with off road parking and giving access to the garage. From the driveway elegant double swept stone steps rise to an area of terraced garden with lawns and raised borders stocked with a good variety of flowering plants and ornamental shrubs. A flagged pathway gives access to the entrance doors. To one side of the property is a raised flagged terrace and a gravelled area with a mature apple tree. To the opposite side of the property is a further raised area of lawn and a flagged terrace with steps rising to an enclosed rear yard where steps rise to a steep terraced garden to the rear of the property, planted with trees, creating a wildlife haven. From the yard a batten door opens to:
Stone outbuilding 11'5 x 10'7 (3.48m x 3.22m)
With a flagged roof and being divided into three areas, creating storage area, a laundry area, scullery area with original slop stone sink set upon brick peers and former outside lavatory. A panelled door opens back to the kitchen.
The property has outside lighting and outside water supplies.
Garage 17' x 14' (5.18m x 4.27m)
A timber constructed garage having traditionally hung vehicular access doors, power and lighting.
Driveway with ample off road parking for 3 - 4 cars and garage.
Services and general information
All mains services are connected to the property. Part of the property has a separate gas and electricity supply ideal for creating an annexe. The property has a flying freehold to the neighbouring cottage.
Council tax band (Correct at time of publication) 'F'
Approaching the centre of Matlock Bath along the A6 from Matlock, turn right by the Temple Hotel obelisk into Temple Road, signposted Gulliver's Kingdom. Follow the road up the hill and past the Temple Hotel, after the sharp right hand bend, turn left at the junction into Waterloo Road where the property stands in front of you.
All measurements in these details are approximate. None of the fixed appliances or services have been tested and no warranty can be given to their condition. The deeds have not been inspected by the writers of these details. These particulars are produced in good faith with the approval of the vendor but they should not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact and they do not constitute any part of an offer or contract.