Wood Bank House is situated in an elevated position in the hamlet of Hopton, on the north-eastern edge of Carsington Water, with spectacular views towards the reservoir. This is an attractive stone built, detached home with an unusual and impressive semi-circular, turret-style elevation with superb Gothic tracery windows. There are many character features including flagstone and oak floors, stone fireplaces, exposed roof trusses in the sitting room and window seats from where one can take in the fantastic views across the surrounding countryside. Externally there are extensive, well stocked gardens with a lawned area, ornamental pond, a separate knot garden and several seating areas, ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining. There are useful stone outbuildings and detached double garage with large workshop/store above. We would recommend viewing to appreciate the depth and quality of accommodation on offer.
The village of Hopton is set on the edge of the Peak District National Park in an area of delightful countryside including Carsington Reservoir with its fishing and water sports. The village combined with Carsington has the benefit of a primary school and village inn and is within easy travelling distance of local centres including Wirksworth (2 miles), Matlock (6 miles), the famous market town of Ashbourne (7 miles) and the City of Derby (12 miles). Derby City's outer ring road provides swift onward connection with other principal trunk roads, east and west midland centres and junction 28 of the M1 motorway lies approximately 14 miles away. The A50 dual carriageway is situated some 8 miles south of Ashbourne and provides onward travel again to the east midlands and East Midlands International Airport and Stoke on Trent and the M6 motorway to the west.
There were buildings on the site of the current house in at least the 17th century and probably earlier. The 'Barn’ and outhouses are older than ‘The Goth House’. ‘The Barn’ may originally have been built for spinning or weaving possibly using hemp. Hemp was used for clothes, sacking and ropes, which were used in the many lead mines of the area. ‘The Goth House’ was built in the late 18th century when hydro-therapy (the basis of the growth of Matlock Bath and Smedley’s Hydro in Matlock) was fashionable. The Gells, in common with many owners of country houses, decided to build their own bath house. Often these bath houses were elaborate affairs and Wood Bank is similar in style to John Sneyd’s in Staffordshire. It was also fashionable to build fancy houses on the edge of an estate. Exactly how the bath house was intended to function is not clear. Possibly the front room with the Gothic tracery windows was the bath and the back room the changing area. The out-house has a thrall, oven and large basin which could have been used to heat the water.
By the mid-19th century the Twigg family, carpenters, lived there as tenants of the Gells until, along with a great deal of the estate, the house was sold to George Key, of Cromford, proprietor of Golconda Mine on Manystones Lane, in about 1920. The Key’s gamekeepers lived here from around the 1930's. By the 1950's the residents of Wood Bank were senior staff from Golconda. It was sold in the 1990s and modernised in 1999.
The home is entered via the ornate wooden gate to the front where the block paved pathway leads up and around to the storm porch where a part glazed door opens into the
With a multi-paned sash window to the side aspect and a stone built fireplace with inset multi-fuel stove, stone hearth with decorative brass trim. The door on the right leads through to the
A light and impressive reception room with curved wall to the front aspect with three arch-topped, Gothic tracery windows to the front aspect, with built-in window seats. There is an open fire with cast iron grate and feature arched wall recess. From the dining room, the door leads to an inner hallway where the door on the right opens into the
With a slate effect tiled flooring and a four piece contemporary suite comprising; double ended bath with hand held shower attachment, corner shower enclosure with thermostatic shower fittings, dual flush WC and a vanity wash basin on a stylish base. Two chrome heated towel rails and obscure glass, multi-paned windows to the side aspect.
With a gas fired "Worcester boiler with separate pressurised hot water cylinder controlled by three zone thermostats.
Steps lead up to an inner hallway where the door on the right leads into
A double bedroom with multi-paned window to the side aspect, overlooking the courtyard garden. There are built in wardrobes and a door that leads through to the
With a mosaic wall and floor tiling and a three piece suite comprising of a shower enclosure with full height, curved glass screen with thermostatic shower fittings over, dual flush WC and a pedestal sink with mixer tap. There is a conservation roof light over providing a good level of natural light. From the inner hallway, stone steps with ornate wrought iron balustrade lead up to the next level where the door on the right leads into
Another double bedroom with multi-paned window to the side aspect, overlooking the main garden. From the landing, steps lead down to
With small windows to front and sides having curved reveals. Matching wall lights.
A truly stunning master bedroom with a curved wall to the front elevation, arch topped, stone mullioned, gothic tracery window with built-in seat overlooking the front garden and enjoying superb, far-reaching views. There is a multi-paned sash window to the side flooding this room with natural light. There are built in wardrobes and recessed shelving for books. A door leads through to the
With a ceramic tiled floor, warmed by underfloor heating and a stylish three piece suite comprising of a walk-in shower enclosure with curved glass screen and having thermostatic shower fittings, pedestal sink and dual flush WC.
Originally separate from the main house but now linked by a passageway passing a large, multi-paned window to the side aspect. A door leads through to the
Fitted with an extensive range of matching wall, base and soft closing drawer units with contrasting black granite worktop and sills over. There is ample space for a dining table and chairs here. Integrated appliances include a "Smeg" dishwasher, eye level microwave and there is a "Cookmaster" Leisure cooking range. There are two multi-paned windows to the front aspect overlooking the garden and providing far-reaching views. The staircase rises to the half landing where the door leads into the
With a further range of wall, base and draw units and having space and plumbing for a washing machine, tumble drier and further appliance if required. Access door to the side. The staircase continues up to the
A truly stunning reception room, bathed in natural light by the multi-paned windows to front and side aspects. There is an engineered oak flooring, exposed and painted walls with wooden truss and a stone fireplace with multi-fuel stove set within. TV point.
The property can be approached by the driveway, via the five bar wooden gate which opens on to the extensive, recently installed block paved driveway with stone set edges. There is a good area of woodland which is a superb natural habitat for birds and insects. The drive sweeps up and around to the property providing a turning circle and parking for several vehicles. A circular, stone flagged pathway leads up to the right hand side of the car port passing well stocked flower beds having a range of flowering plants and trees. There are numerous places to sit and enjoy the sun throughout the day, notably with a high level of privacy. The main garden, laid mainly to lawn. extends to approximately 1/3 of an acre and is presented over three levels with a host of interesting features including an ornamental pond. Immediately to the front of the property there is the iconic "Knot" garden, topiary that has been skilfully managed by the current vendor.
Of stone construction with tiled roof. Around to the side, circular steps lead up and around to the door which opens to reveal the
Providing most useful storage for the home having power and light. Consideration could be given to converting this room to a home office or Artist's studio (subject to obtaining the necessary planning permissions).
Understood to be the oldest building on this site, currently used as a garden store but has the original stone thrawl, basin and fireplace, pointing towards it's former role of producing hot water for use in the main house.
We are informed by Derbyshire Dales District Council that this home falls within Council Tax Band G which is currently £3211 per annum.
From our Wirksworth office, proceed up West End and continue for some as far as you can go until you descend the hill and stop at the T Junction. Turn left here and follow the sign to Hopton and Carsington. Follow the road for approximately a half mile turning right at the village sign for Hopton. Continue on here for a short distance and the home will be found on the right hand side as identified by our For Sale sign.