We are delighted to offer For Sale, this substantial, stone built-detached, Victorian home which is located in this sought after village of Whatstandwell. With a wealth of character and original features, this home occupies a plot of approximately 0.7 acres and enjoys an elevated and tranquil position with views across the Derwent Valley and down towards the historic Cromford Canal. This property has operated as a family home and extremely successful Bed & Breakfast and Tea Room business for almost two decades. The accommodation is presented over three levels and comprises: (Lower Ground Floor): Dining Kitchen(s) and utility, (Upper Ground Floor) Entrance Porch, Lounge, Dining Area, Sitting Room/Study and Ground Floor Bathroom. On the first floor there are four double bedrooms (the principal bedroom having an ensuite bathroom) a separate WC and a family bathroom. Outside there are a number of outbuildings, extensive gardens with terraces landscaped to sit and enjoy those stunning, far-reaching views. Viewing Highly Recommended. Virtual Tour Available. Note: There is also the opportunity to purchase "End Cottage" which is a three bedroom, stone built cottage, a short distance away from this home, an ideal investment/holiday let. Further details on request.
Whatstandwell is a pretty village sitting on the outskirts of the Peak District, having a railway station, family restaurant and excellent road links to Derby, Nottingham and Matlock and Belper via the A6, A38 and M1. Whatstandwell is a short distance from the neighbouring villages of Lea, Holloway and Crich. The popular towns of Wirksworth, Belper, Cromford and Matlock are approximately 10 minutes away by car. This home is located in "Robin Hood" where there is a small hamlet of homes in a tranquil woodland setting. Across the driveway is a cascading stream with footbridge over, leading to a woodland pathway which gently descends to the historic Cromford canal providing access to several walking trails along the Derwent Valley and beyond.
There is a main front door, accessed from ground/road level but starting at the bottom of the home, at lower ground level, at the rear of the kitchen, there is a blocked paved seating and covered drying area. A part glazed uPVC double glazed door opens into the
With a tile-effect vinyl flooring and a traditional range of wall, base and drawer units with wood block-effect worktop over, inset stainless steel sink and wall mounted shelving. The "Worcester" oil central heating boiler is located here. There is ample space here for a dining table and chairs. An open archway leads into the
With an extended range of wall, base and drawer units. Electric cooker, grill, induction hob with extractor over and inset stainless steel sink. There is a uPVC double glazed window to the side aspect. This kitchen has been predominantly used to cook for the Bed & Breakfast guests and for when the Tea Room was in operation. An opening leads through to the
With space and plumbing for a washing machine, tumble drier and other household appliances. From the dining kitchen, the staircase rises up to the ground floor level.
From the roadside, a wrought iron gate gives access to a paved courtyard where a substantial wooden front door opens into the
With wood panelled walls and uPVC double glazed windows to the front and side aspect. From the entrance hall an internal door leads into the
Currently used as a study/home office but could easily be another reception/family room. There are uPVC double glazed windows to the front and side aspects with wall mounted shelving and fitted office furniture.
A warm and cosy room with feature ceiling timbers and a stone built fireplace which houses the multi-fuel cast iron stove. There are TV and Satellite connections and a uPVC double glazed window to the front aspect. A door leads to the lower ground floor and a large timber beamed opening leads through to the
With two high level uPVC double glazed windows to the rear aspect. This room has a number of potential uses such as a dining area or study. A door leads through to the inner lobby where the first door ahead opens into the
With a coloured, three piece suite comprising of a panelled bath with thermostatic shower fitting over, a pedestal sink and a low flush WC. There is an obscured glass uPVC double glazed window to the side aspect.
This is a stunning and substantial reception room, mainly used as the guest's dining and breakfast room but has potential to become the main sitting room as there are two large sliding patio doors which open to the patio and seating area which enjoy those stunning views. This room is flooded with natural light. A stone built fireplace houses the multi-fuel stove. There are matching wall lights and feature exposed ceiling timbers.
From the entrance hall the staircase rises to the first floor landing where the first door on the right opens into the
A good sized double bedroom with side aspect uPVC double glazed window. There are fitted wardrobes and storage cupboards providing a good level of household and garment storage. TV point. Double doors open to reveal the
A larger than average ensuite bathroom with a three piece suite comprising; panelled bath with thermostatic shower fitting over, a pedestal sink and a low flush WC. There is a built-in cupboard with shelving, ideal for the storage of linen etc. Obscure glass uPVC double glazed window to the rear aspect.
Another double bedroom with uPVC double glazed windows to rear and side aspects providing a good level of natural light. There is an in-room pedestal sink and a door opens to reveal the
A most useful addition to bedroom two, fully tiled and with a sunken shower tray with electric shower over.
With a low flush WC and pedestal sink. Shelved recess to the side.
With a coloured three piece suite comprising; panelled bath with electric shower over, pedestal sink and a low flush WC. Obscure glass uPVC double glazed window to the side aspect. Built-in, louvre-fronted storage cupboard for linen and household cleaning materials etc.
With a built-in wardrobe and dressing table. Here we have a large uPVC double glazed window to the side aspect, overlooking the rear garden and with superb views down the valley and along The Cromford Canal.
This has to be the favourite room, a double, with large uPVC double glazed windows to rear and side aspects providing stunning panoramic views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding countryside.
To the front of the property there is a driveway providing parking for two vehicles. At a lower level, to the side, there is another driveway providing parking for up to two vehicles. The top driveway leads to the double garage which has a roller door. Power and light is laid on.
From the roadside, a wrought iron gate leads into the top garden where a stone flagged pathway continues down and around to this extensive rear garden which is mainly laid to lawn, flanked on both sides by dry stone wall and with well stocked borders. There are a number of terraces and seating areas, ideally located to enjoy those views. A wooden pergola with original blue brick base and brick built BBQ is a stunning location for warm weather dining. There is a stone-built wood store. Throughout the garden there is a wealth of mature plants and trees. The garden extends all the way down to the Cromford Canal, a super place to sit and enjoy this peaceful and historic setting. To the side of the home there is a timber shed and greenhouse (included in the sale), a discreet refuse bin area and flower and vegetable/fruit beds. The driveway mentioned previously is located to the side here, as well as another seating area, an ideal place to sit and enjoy the view and the stream. Beneath the garage, approached from the pathway to the rear, a part glazed uPVC double glazed door leads into the
Currently used as a hobby room but has a number of potential uses such as a home office, artist's studio or a workshop. There is power and light and uPVC double glazed windows to front and side aspects.
This building offers huge potential for development. Power and light is laid on. To the side, an adjoining building (3.03 x 2.21) is used to house garden equipment.
With a low flush WC and corner wash hand basin.
From our office at Wirksworth Market Place. proceed along Harrison Drive in the direction of Cromford. At Cromford Market Place take a right hand turn onto the A6 and proceed in the direction of Derby. Shortly after crossing over the bridge at Whatstandwell take the left hand turn signposted to Crich (passing The Family Tree Restaurant on your left) and proceed up the hill. Immediately after the canal bridge, turn left signposted Robin Hood and Lea. Proceed through the woodland to a clearing where just after the stone built bridge, Oakford Cottage will be found on the left hand side as identified by our For Sale sign. Please park in front of the garage with the brown door nearest the home.
This property benefits from oil-fired gas central heating. It has mains water and electricity. Sewage is dealt with by a private septic tank, located within the grounds of Oakford Cottage.
We are informed by Amber Valley Borough Council that this home falls within Council Tax Band F which is currently £ 2894 per annum.