Eaton Lodge is a unique Arts & Crafts era home full of charm and character, privately nestled in an elevated convenient location adjacent to the A50. Extensive grounds surround the home, including plenty of parking to the front, large formal gardens, paddocks and stabling for equestrian use and woodlands offering pleasant walks interspersed with a stream flowing through. The main home boasts large room sizes throughout with period features. Additionally, there is a double garage and former coach house which could easily be converted into further accommodation, or even commercial use (Subject to necessary planning being obtained).
The home is approached via a canopied entrance with arched detailed brickwork and porthole window before leading into the spacious reception hall via a half bevel glazed entrance door. The hall has leaded windows overlooking the front gardens and features a mahogany real fireplace and stairs rising to the first floor. Off the hallway is a most interestingly shaped guest cloakroom with mosaic floor and wall tiles, and the hall also gives access to the cellar room which houses the oil-fired central heating boiler.
The formal drawing room features a hexagonal leaded stained-glass window at the base of the iconic tower which can be seen from the front elevation of the home. This area is open plan to the main seating area and also houses an inglenook fireplace featuring a baxi grate which offers a real focal point to the room and a cosy setting through winter months. The room has bi-fold doors with diamond bevel glazing which lead through into the dining room of Eaton Lodge. This room has more period features with wood panelled wall surrounds and a recessed Inglenook fireplace with seating to either side and a further leaded and stained-glass window which floods the room with light. There is another large reception room with window seating set within the leaded bay window boasting a period open fireplace, traditional cast iron radiator and ornate mouldings and coving.
The heart of the home has to be the most spacious dining kitchen. The kitchen area features an array of storage options behind limed oak units, there is a one and a half bowl sink unit plus a ceramic hob and plumbing for a dishwasher. A range cooker is a must have item for any Country Home and the oil-fired navy-blue Aga with twin hotplates and double oven certainly does not disappoint. The room is ‘L’ Shaped and has plenty of room for a large farmhouse table and further seating area to the end with matching storage units. There is a most practical walk-in larder with quarry tiled floor which even features the original slate thrawl. There is also a utility room with many further storage cupboards and a further sink together with plumbing for the washing machine and tumble dryer. There is then a further studio with door leading out to the rear and a WC room. To finish the accommodation to the ground floor there is a rear vestibule with access to the parking area and a secondary staircase which rises to the first floor.
To the first floor there are six double bedrooms. The master bedroom is a lovely sized room and features the same iconic hexagonal bay window. The room also benefits from an ensuite shower room. All the bedrooms are of generous proportions with good ceiling heights and many with period fireplaces. There is a family bathroom plus a further shower room giving the home plenty of facility for family life. To the second floor there is a useful loft store and another room currently utilised as a study but could make a seventh double bedroom if the need arose.
Nestled within just over six acres of glorious gardens and grounds is Eaton Lodge, a very handsome period home that lies just three miles from the pretty market town of Uttoxeter. “The house was built back in 1911 for Captain Oswald Bamford, one of the directors of Bamfords Ltd. As well as the superb location and spectacular grounds, it was the character and sense of history of the property that i’d say initially drew us to it, ” says the owner. “It’s a very handsome looking building and it retains many gorgeous original features, including some rather splendid wood panelling and a great deal of exquisite stained glass, and it also has an impressive octagonal tower, which makes the house really quite unique. I’d say we both fell in love with it the minute we laid eyes on it.”
“It’s fair to say that the house was in quite a sorry state when we bought it twenty-five years ago. It had been fairly neglected, and although structurally very sound, the interior was crying out for some love and attention. So, over a period of time we worked our way from top to bottom and very sympathetically updated it throughout. We didn’t alter the layout because the rooms are all beautifully proportioned – the ceilings must be around ten feet high – and they flow very nicely, which makes it a comfortable home and an ideal place for entertaining. We’ve retained and enhanced all of the features that made us fall in love with the place, so although it is ideal for modern living, it still has every bit of its character and charm.”
“The house is completely surrounded by just over six acres of really quite spectacular grounds, which are a feature of the property that we’ve absolutely adored and something we’ll miss dreadfully when we leave, ” continues the owner. “We have rolling lawns and a huge variety of wonderfully mature trees, so it feels like our very own park. It’s a magical place and it has provided the most stunning backdrop to some wonderful occasions, the most memorable of which was our daughter’s wedding reception. We had a huge tepee on the bottom lawn, the stable block was transformed into a pub, we created a little area in the glade where the children were read stories… It really was an amazing day and I remember the parents saying they didn’t see their children all day, but they didn’t worry as they knew they were having an enormous amount of fun in the safest environment.”
“Our huge living kitchen is without doubt the real hub of our home and it’s the room to which everyone seems to naturally gravitate, ” says the owner. “We have a big Aga, which keeps the space cosy and warm in winter, there’s room for our large dining table and a settee, so it’s a very sociable part of the house.”
“I think what we’ve loved most about the setting is the fact that we enjoy a superb feeling of privacy and seclusion, but without being isolated, ” says the owner. “We’re just a stone’s throw from Doveridge, which is a lovely little village with a thriving community, and we can be in Uttoxeter in well under ten minutes, and there you’ll find all the major supermarkets and the railway station. We’re also no more than twenty-five minutes from places such as Derby, Stafford and Burton upon Trent.”
“Within the grounds we have an old coach house and stables, both of which could have huge development potential, ” says the owner. “At one time we did have outline planning to convert the coach house into a granny flat so that could potentially be an exciting project for the new owners.”
“This has been the most wonderful family home for the past twenty-five years and it’s going to be such a wrench to leave, ” says the owner. “In terms of what we’ll miss most, it will be the sense of space both inside and out, and the outstanding quality of life that the property as a whole and this beautiful setting has afforded us.”
The home has a lovely approach behind a pillared entrance and wrought iron gates. There is a sweeping driveway which offers plenty of parking to the home and leads around to the double garage and the adjacent coach house. The outside of the home is a real feature with over 6 acres of grounds including formal landscaped gardens. There is a former tennis court to the front of the home which is now more lawned gardens. There is a three bay stable block plus tack room and the home has significant paddock land and is therefore perfect for equestrian use. There is then a wooded area known as The Dimble; this offers a tranquil area with nature trails interspersing the trees and with a stream flowing through which leads to a natural pond in the paddock area. In total there is just over 1,500ft2 of outbuildings on offer.
Agent's Note - Planning
The home offers plenty of scope for further expansion and has possibilities of commercial alteration to include options such as
• Guest house/hotel • Restaurant • Retreat/health spa • Offices [not A2 uses] • Practitioner’s Premises, e.g. Vets /complementary medicine, etc. • School • Conference centre/venue • Sports facility/ outdoor centre.
A planning consultant’s report is available on request. There is also the option of converting the existing coach house into further residential accommodation or independent living quarters for dependant relatives.
The home is located on the outskirts of the village of Doveridge near Ashbourne in the Derbyshire Dales, which is a most popular location. Within the village there is a good primary school, village hall, a public house (The Cavendish Arms) and St Cuthbert’s Church. For daily conveniences there is also a local village store and coffee shop.
Being just off the A50, Doveridge is ideally placed for commuting with excellent links to nearby towns and cities, such as Stoke on Trent, Burton on Trent, Derby and Lichfield. There is a bus service, and further public transport can be found in nearby Uttoxeter (approximately 3 miles away) with rail links around the area and a full range of amenities.
The village also has good access to both public and private schools with the jcb Academy, Denstone College and Preparatory School, Abbotsholme and Thomas Alleynes High School all within easy reach.
Doveridge is a fantastic gateway to the Peak District with easy access into Ashbourne and Buxton from this location, not to mention beautiful walking opportunities along the nearby River Dove. Attractions such as Alton Towers Theme Park, Uttoxeter Racecourse and the jcb Golf and Country Club are also situated a convenient distance away.
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Services To The Property
Oil Fired Central Heating and septic tank for drainage. Mains water & Electric Supply
Derbyshire Dales District Council
Strictly via the vendor’s agents Fine & Country – Contact Lee Armstrong.
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