Guide Price £1,350,000
Church Street, Ashover, Chesterfield
An exquisite former Rectory enjoying one Derbyshires most sought after villages; steeped in history, enjoying an idyllic location, set within beautifully manicured formal grounds approaching 1.4 acres and including a detached stone-built coach house.
SUMMARY A rare opportunity to acquire an imposing and exquisite former Rectory in one of the most-sought after villages in Derbyshire. Steeped in history, enjoying an idyllic location set within beautifully manicured formal grounds approaching 1.4 acres, this stunning property represents a wealth of original features and includes a detached stone-built coach house, currently used for garaging and workshops, which could offer a potential for further development.
The Old Rectory is in the heart of the village of Ashover, situated in the valley of the River Amber not far from the Peak District National Park and the historic Chatsworth House. This grand Grade II listed home is a mid C18 remodelling of an earlier residence and encapsulates the history and charm throughout the centuries. Constructed of course squared gritstone with ashlar dressings, plain gables, central off-the-ridge chimney and a stone slated roof.
Approached via a short driveway with wrought iron gates the grounds open up into a grand expanse of space, accompanied by formal gardens and an elegant working fountain. The house itself looks over onto another large gravel courtyard featuring a turning circle and stone plinth. The property grounds are extensive and offer opportunity for versatile outdoor living.
This striking and imposing home offers spacious and elegant accommodation, comprising of four large double bedrooms, two bathrooms, large reception areas and an orangery/garden room, which conceals the swimming pool enclosed below. This property is full of character and historical features, such as the former mullioned openings that enhance the four by four pane glazing bar sash windows. Outside, is the detached stone-built coach house, showing a date stone of 1794 – this is spacious and a real asset to the property, which is currently used as workshops and garaging, with a games room above. This building could also offer potential for possible additional accommodation to the main house, or indeed, the opportunity for income as a holiday let subject to planning permission. This would appeal to owners and investors alike.
This is a rare opportunity to purchase such a salient property, in a semi-rural location and offers sumptuous living in the heart of one of Derbyshire's prettiest villages.
GROUND FLOOR Walking through the ornate stone column entrance, this period home opens up into a grand reception hallway, with an elegant staircase on the left and several rooms leading off. Complete with sliding sash windows, light oak panelling to the walls, and exposed beams that provide a glimpse of the quality that the property boasts. To the right of the hallway is the lobby, connected to which is the kitchen, utility room and WC. The kitchen boasts stunning views over the immaculate gardens and surrounding surroundings, fitted with solid oak units. The utility room also overlooks the gardens, with an oak door leading to the outside terrace at the rear of the property. Leading from the kitchen is a dining room with a rear aspect, which also features patio style doors creating a light and airy feel, as well as highlighting the light oak panelling to the walls.
Two further reception rooms can be accessed from the reception hallway. The first of which is a beautifully proportioned drawing room, complete with feature fireplace, with a marble and decorative wood surround. There is also the lounge, which overlooks the front courtyard, that again houses a focal fireplace that showcases a quarry-tile hearth and mantle.
Further downstairs accommodation includes a usefully sized pantry and/or wine store, with original cold shelves and storage. There is also a large study, with patio doors opening onto the terrace and stunning gardens beyond. From here, the orangery, with heated swimming pool, can be accessed. This room has a glazed roof and doors that open up allowing access to the outside of the property, together with an adjoining changing room and plant room.
FIRST FLOOR Leading from the reception hallway, the staircase rises to the first floor and features an elegant leaded and coloured glass window. This floor comprises of four hugely spacious double bedrooms, all of which are flooded with natural light and showcase the expanse of this property. There is ample fitted storage in each bedroom and decorative features, such as plaster coving and sliding sash windows.
THE COACH HOUSE The Coach House is a huge asset to this property and offers a multitude of potential usage. It is a substantial building, being stone built, and has a date stone of 1794. This building is already converted into two floors and is currently used as garaging, workshops and storage, with a games room on the upper floor. The possibilities for this area are endless, with some possible uses including stabling, additional accommodation to the main house, a home office or an investment opportunity.
OUTSIDE This Georgian property is grand and elegantly set, and this is evident as soon as you approach the property. The first set of wrought iron gates, with ball finials, open up onto the gravelled front courtyard, featuring a turning circle and stone plinth. The second provides access to a large space for parking in front of the Coach House. The property is placed within approximately 1.4 acres of stunning and immaculately kept gardens, with an array of sculptured borders and pristinely kept lawns. There is an abundance of mature trees, flowering plants and shrubs, as well as a paved terrace with an ornamental sun dial. The outdoor space also houses a separate detached garage to the rear of the garden, a greenhouse with power and water supply, and a former kitchen garden area.
SELLERS INSIGHT Located in the heart of the pretty Derbyshire village of Ashover, this handsome grade II listed family home comes with a separate coach house, detached garage, a heated swimming pool set within a glass and brick garden room and well-presented mature gardens. Set back from Church Street, with All Saints church directly opposite, the property enjoys sweeping views across lawns and trees to open countryside at the rear. Bursting with period character, this attractive home has been in the care of the same family since 1973. 'We bought the house from a friend, so knew it well before we gave up our flat to move here. It had always struck us as a safe and welcoming home and we've thoroughly enjoyed bringing up our children here. Nowadays, our grandchildren absolutely love having the run of the house, garden and pool area – the pool has a hard cover which transforms the space into the perfect venue for parties. The village is a friendly place with a good primary school, three pubs, a post office with café and a butcher, who did a sterling job of delivering meat and veg during lockdown, and a doctors surgery. For social and sporting activities there's an active village hall and a park set-up for cricket and football games.'
'Chesterfield is the large closest town, here you'll find excellent amenities, including a train station which offers services to many major cities, including London. The M1 is close to hand. The pretty town of Matlock, which sits on the edge of the Peak District, is just a short drive away. We rarely leave the village to be honest as it has everything we need!'
'The spacious house has wonderfully high ceilings, large bedrooms and period features galore, including a fabulous staircase with a large landing and a church-esque feature window. The house has a very traditional feel and we especially love the oak-panelled dining room with its beautiful view up to the back lawn.'
'We love to hear the birdsong in the garden and watch the sheep in the field beyond – it's a real privilege to look out on nothing but nature. It's a very quiet and peaceful place to live.'
'The Old Rectory is a perfect family home in fantastic working order, however there is scope to extend to make a large family kitchen and make fuller use of the outbuildings.'
LOCATION Situated in the popular and sought-after Derbyshire village of Ashover, The Old Rectory is an idyllic country home in a rural and peaceful setting yet in the very heart of the village itself. Ashover is one of the prettiest villages in Derbyshire with many historical buildings such as its 15th century church all set in the stunning surrounding countryside. It lies in the valley of the River Amber, about half way between Chesterfield to the North and Matlock to the South. It has an array of excellent local amenities including a doctors', local shop, post office and butchers. There are plenty of recreational activities provided within the village such as tennis, football and cricket as well as a children's play area. The local walks are extensive where the views are stunning both locally and further afield into the counties of Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire. It is known for its good eating pubs and excellent local primary school which has an offstead rating of Outstanding. There is a lovely community spirit and the village often comes together during the planned yearly events such as May Day, the Ashover Show and Vintage Festival of Light.
There are excellent transport connections, with frequent buses to and from neighbouring Matlock and Chesterfield.
SERVICES The property has mains gas, water, electric and drainage.
IS THIS PROPERTY LEASEHOLD / FREEHOLD The property is Freehold.
LOCAL AUTHORITY North East Derbyshire
VIEWING ARRANGEMENTS Strictly via the vendors sole agents Fine & Country
DIRECTIONS Heading from Chesterfield towards Matlock on the A632 turn left onto Ashover Road B6036. Continue to follow the B6036 for 0.9 miles. Turn left onto Church Street where the property can be found on the right opposite the Church.
AGENTS NOTES All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure.
- 4 Bedroom former Rectory
- 2 Storey Georgian Coach House
- Possible Development Opportunity sstp
- Idyllic Sought After Village Location
- 1.4 Acres of Formal Gardens
- Heated Indoor Swimming Pool
- Stables / Workshops
- Detached Double Garage
- Enviable Countryside Views
- Excellent Local Amenities