Nestled within this extensive woodland plot and enjoying quite superb, far reaching views, this three bedroom, stone and brick built, detached cottage with a separate one bedroom annexe/holiday cottage is now being offered for sale. The main home has been sensitively updated by the current owners with a number of energy saving initiatives including solar photo voltaic panels and a pellet burning stove which provides the hot water and central heating for the home. The accommodation comprises; garden room, breakfast kitchen, utility and living room. On the first floor there are three bedrooms and a recently refitted shower room. As well as the extensive gardens there is a Sauna and decked platform, a single garage and driveway for several vehicles. Simply Must Be Viewed!
Stoney Hill is a short distance away from the popular town of Wirksworth which has a full range of amenities, schools and retail outlets. This home enjoys a high level of privacy as it's nestled withing a large woodland plot providing a natural habitat for a wide range of wildlife and birds. The south-west-facing views over the surrounding countryside are quite superb.
The property is accessed via the driveway which leads via the wooden gate to a pathway up to a part glazed door, opening into the
Garden Room (3.17 x 3.18 (10'4" x 10'5"))
A room for all seasons, with a decorative ceramic tiled floor and double glazed panels to three aspects providing a good level of light. Matching french doors lead out to the garden where those south-west-facing views can be enjoyed. This room, whilst currently used as a second sitting room could be a dining room or other reception room if required. An original, part glazed wooden door leads into the
Dining Kitchen (4.25 x 3.44 (13'11" x 11'3" ))
(former measurement taken to the staircase wall). With a vinyl floor covering (we are informed by the vendors that there may be a quantity of original quarry tiles beneath), exposed ceiling timbers and a wooden staircase which leads up to the first floor. Here we have a range of matching wall, base and drawer units with a contrasting "Labradorite" stone worktop over, double bowl, butler-style sink with mixer tap. There is a double glazed sash window to the front aspect. There is ample space for a family sized dining table and chairs and the original fireplace houses the " mcz Musa" pellet boiler which provides a sustainable and energy efficient method of central heating and hot water for the home. An original cottage door leads into the
Utility (3.95 x 1.24 (12'11" x 4'0"))
The modern consumer unit, control panel for the solar panels and the pressurised water cylinder is located here. There is space and plumbing for a washing machine plus other appliances if required and space for the storage of foodstuffs etc. Glazed window to the side aspect. (Please note that the rear wall here has been fully tanked to protect from penetrating damp). From the dining kitchen, the cottage door on the right opens into the
Living Room (5.79 x 3.50 (18'11" x 11'5"))
A good sized reception room with ample space for a table and chairs to the rear if required. There is a stripped wooden flooring, matching wall lights and a refurbished stone and oak built fireplace housing the "ClearView" wood-burning stove with open oven, a pleasing focal point to this room. There is a multi-paned window to the rear aspect, two double glazed sash windows to the front aspect along with an original leaded glass window to the garden room, all providing this room with a good level of natural light.
On arrival at the first floor landing the first door on the left leads into
Bedroom Two (3.54 x 2.97 (11'7" x 9'8"))
A double bedroom with a double glazed sash window to the front aspect. Did we mention the view! There is a useful over stairs storage cupboard with hanging rail, an exposed feature stone wall and former fireplace, original salt cupboard and a built in cupboard with slatted shelving, ideal for the storage of linen etc. Across the staircase, the door opens into
Bedroom One (3.95 x 3.53 (12'11" x 11'6"))
Another double bedroom with multi-paned window to the side aspect and double glazed sash window to the front. There is access to the loft here. A door leads into
Bedroom Three (3.64 x 2.61 (11'11" x 8'6"))
With a double glazed sash window to the front aspect and low level, double glazed windows to the side where access to the side garden can be made, ideal for enjoying a morning cup of coffee whilst enjoying those views.
Shower Room (4.2 x 1.43 (13'9" x 4'8"))
With a three piece suite comprising of a corner shower cubicle with thermostatic shower fittings, a low flush WC and a stylish wash basin set on an ornate top with storage cupboard beneath. There is an arch topped double glazed feature window to the rear aspect and a Velux window providing a good level of natural light. Chrome heated towel rail.
There is a driveway for several vehicles. A gate leads into the garden where there are pathways leading in and around this extensive plot having a vast range of plants and mature trees. There is an ornamental pond, a number of seating areas from where to enjoy those far reaching views, a vegetable garden and a wide variety of fruit trees and soft fruits. A natural haven for butterflies and birds, this has to be viewed to appreciate the extent of the habitat on offer here. A pathway leads up to a decked platform which is ideal for warm weather dining. There is a Sauna and further up into the woods there is a tree house.
Sauna & Decked Platform
The timber built, electric powered, Scandinavia style Sauna seats five people comfortably. The decked platform outside is great for alfresco dining with the best views over the valley. It also serves as an afternoon sundeck, and an outdoor office/work space in good weather. The woodland path leads up from here to the top of the property.
Garage (5.12 x 3.11 (16'9" x 10'2"))
Stone and block built with an up and over door to the front. There is power and light, storage space within the roof area and service door to the side. We are informed by the vendors that the building has been dry lined and tanked and has the potential (subject to planning) to be converted to a home office or additional holiday let.
Designed by local architect Derek Trowell, largely independent of the main home (electricity and drainage are connected) and having it's own access and parking place, this has been an excellent source of income for the current owners enjoying a good level of occupancy throughout the year. Further details are available on request. The property is marketed through Derbyshire Cottages Green Scheme as it meets all the requirements for that, e.g. Renewable electricity-powered underfloor heating, woodburner, good insulation, double-glazing, LED lighting etc.
Sitting Room / Bedroom (4.96 x 2.85 (16'3" x 9'4"))
Having exposed pine floor boards, a fireplace with exposed stone lintel, stone hearth and incorporating a cast iron wood burning stove. Exposed beamed ceiling, recessed spot lights. Wall mounted electricity consumer unit. There are large double glazed windows to the front and a double glazed Velux roof light window with fitted blind overhead. A part glazed door leads out to the stylish quadrant steel balcony with decking, ideal for enjoying those far reaching views. A wooden, half spiral staircase leads down to the
Kitchen (3.64 x 2.76 (11'11" x 9'0"))
Having a range of roll edged preparation surfaces incorporating an inset stainless steel sink unit with adjacent drainer, chrome effect mixer tap over, tiled surround and having a range of light maple, panelled base drawers and cupboards beneath. Complementary opaque glazed wall mounted cupboard over. Inset two ring electric hob. Appliance space with power for a fridge or freezer. There is a stone tiled floor covering which incorporates electric under floor heating. Exposed ceiling beams. Sealed unit double glazed window to front and a further sealed unit double glazed box bay window to side with wooden farmhouse style door which overlooks and in turn provides access to the separate parking space for The Croft. Double panelled and opaque glazed doors provide access to the
Shower Room (2.69 x 1.1m (8'9" x 3'7"))
Having a white suite comprising contemporary styled wash hand basin with chrome effect mixer tap over with base cupboard beneath and tiled splash back. Low level WC and tiled shower cubicle with electric Mira shower over. Continuation of the stone tiled floor covering with electric under floor heating. Exposed ceiling beams, spot lights, electric extractor fan. Sealed unit double glazed opaque window to side
FRom our office at the Market Place, proceed across the road turn right onto Coldwell Street. Proceed along Coldwell Street which becomes Wash Green leaving Wirksworth and upon reaching The Malt Shovel public house turn left onto Oakerthorpe Road. Proceed along Oakerthorpe Road taking the first turning on the left into Stoney Hill where the property will be found on the right hand side. In the first instance pass the property on the right hand side and park at the bottom of the lane.
Council Tax Information
We are informed by Derbyshire Dales District Council that this home falls within Council Tax Band E which is currently £2334 per annum.
Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
Information as provided by the vendors: The heating and hot water system in the main house runs from a biomass boiler which uses woodpellets from sustainable Scottish forests. This provides 15kw-worth of heating radiators throughout the house, as well as 2.6 kw of space heating for the kitchen where it is located. It also heats a super-insulated hotwater storage tank. The controls are much the same as any standard gas heating system. The hot tank is also heated by an Immersun which uses any surplus electricity from the Photovoltaic panels on the roof. Pellet consumption varies with season and weather but bags are approx £3 each and we rarely use more than a bag a day in the depths of winter (approx 5-6 hours burning). Pellets come bagged and palleted at around £300 a pallet and we use between two and three pallets a year. Woodpellet burning efficiency is very high, and is comparable with mains gas in £/kWhr. The advantage is woodpellets are not releasing fossil carbon to the atmosphere like gas, oil or coal, so effectively the house is ‘carbon-neutral’. During the summer months the 3.6 kw photovoltaic system easily keeps the hot water topped up on its own as well as providing lighting. During pv downtime we use renewable electricity from Good Energy at £95/month. The panels run an inverter which converts the DC to 240 ac, and also communicates with user-friendly computer software so panels can be individually monitored in house, months and years compared, current generation assessed, payments totalled etc etc.
There are two years left on the rhi grant scheme, which pays approx £660/quarter for the boiler. The new owner would have to register with Ofgem, but I am reliably informed they would then get the same rate till the termination of the contract in oct 2021. The pv system pays around £400 p.a. And will continue at the same rate till 2039!
Potential To Extend
Please note that there has been planning approved to create a two storey extension forming a four bedroomed property with conservatory. Planning Permission 12/00244/ful granted by Derbyshire Dales District Council on 17.08.2012. This will have expired now however we believe that this could be re-approved without too much difficulty.