Guide Price £800,000
Yew Tree Lane, Thulston, Derbyshire
White House in Thulston is a gorgeous period home with approximately 3,500 sq ft of characterful and well-appointed accommodation. The home is set within a lovely village setting and a viewing is highly recommended. The heart of the home has to be the wonderful open plan kitchen which leads through to a dining area and living space, with doors opening out to a spacious patio area. There are two great reception rooms including a lounge and a spacious further family room incorporating a bar and, in turn, leading to a hot tub enclosure. To the first floor there are 3 bedrooms and a family bathroom and to the next floor there are a further three bedrooms with a shower room. The home has an on off road driveway providing plenty of parking and there are sunny and spacious formal gardens with a large decked terrace, a further courtyard area and large lawned areas. In addition, there is a timber outbuilding which currently has a gym installed.
Accommodation - White House has a most welcoming entrance door to the side of the home opening into the reception hallway which comprises a mixture of Quarry tiles and Minton flooring. The home is believed to date back to around the 1750s and has many period features running throughout the home. There is a stained-glass window within the front entrance hall and the staircase then rises to the first floor, and there is also a door leading to the cellar. To the front elevation there is a lovely lounge featuring an exposed beam, with double-glazed windows to the side elevation and a bay window to the front. There is a fireplace housing a log burner with a marble surround and granite hearth and the room further features an original store cupboard.
The heart of the home is the fantastic kitchen which is open plan to the dining room and has enough room for a living space in front of a lovely period fireplace housing a further log burner, again with granite hearth. The kitchen is well appointed with a central island unit and all the units are surmounted with granite work surfaces. There are a range of appliances including a wine cooler and an integrated coffee machine. There is a 5-ring gas hob, twin microwave ovens, an electric double oven and a Belfast sink unit. For further luxury, this area features underfloor heating through tiled flooring, and this room again has exposed beams. The dining area is open plan and has twin French doors set into a feature bay window opening out to the decked terrace which floods this room with light. The room has some characterful storage cupboards and exposed oak flooring. There is also a useful utility room complete with sink unit and space behind matching units, featured in the kitchen, for a washing machine and tumble drier. This leads onto the ground floor cloakroom which has a WC, wash hand basin and a cupboard housing the gas fired boiler.
Leading from the kitchen is the rear hall which overlooks a courtyard area and features 3 double glazed windows to the side. At the end of this room there is a further cloakroom and then doors lead into the next feature room, being the sitting room. This is a most spacious room and features a double-glazed bay window to the side elevation and twin sets of French doors leading out to alternative elevations. This room features a parquet floor and has enough space to be an annexe for a dependant relative but makes a great entertainment room with its fully installed bar area, complete with a stainless-steel sink unit. A great room for entertaining and with the added bonus of leading to a glazed room housing a Hot Tub which opens out to the rear decking.
To the first floor are Three Double bedrooms featuring further exposed beams. The main bedroom has a period style range fireplace as does the bedroom 2 to this floor, and these rooms are served by the main family bathroom which has a free-standing roll top bath, a walk-in shower unit and features underfloor heating. There is also separate wc with tiled flooring.
To the second floor are three further double bedrooms and also a full bathroom which leads off of one of these rooms. The top floor could easily be utilised for a teenage suite, for example, and two of the rooms feature vaulted ceilings along with more exposed beams. The bathroom has a contemporary suite to include a bath, wc, double walk in shower, wash hand basin and underfloor heating.
Outside - The home is approached via double gates leading to a large parking area. The owners are also in the process of applying for an on/off driveway which can easily be accommodated on the block paved driveway. This elevation features the original Yew tree the road is named after and there is wrought iron fencing separating the driveway from the formal gardens. To the front is a walled garden with sleepers bordering all flower beds. The entire plot measures in the region of 0.3 acres and the formal gardens are a delightful sunny space. There is an extensive Indian slate laid patio bathed in sunshine all day long and there is decking running along the rear of the home with in laid spotlighting. There is a most useful courtyard area secluded by more wrought iron fencing featuring a well which takes the rainwater and provides irrigation to the gardens. The lawned gardens offer privacy and are walled and there is also large timber outbuilding, currently used as gym and store but which could easily used for an office away from the main home.
Vendor's Interview - It was the fantastic potential of this property which first attracted us to White House, say the current owners of this splendid six bedroom home. When we first viewed the house, it was in need of some love and repair and looked a bit sad. But we loved the character of the place; we loved that it felt comfortable from the minute we stepped in the front door; we loved that other families had grown up here and had fun and amazing times; and we immediately knew that we wanted to do the same and make this into a happy home again!
We therefore began to restore the house, the owners say, from rewiring and new plumbing, insulation and heating systems to the addition of two log burners for those cosy winter evenings. We had the roof repaired and strengthened, leaving the beams and rafters exposed on the top floor. We redecorated throughout and laid new floors, including an original parquet floor reclaimed from a school hall in Hull! We built the games room extension with its bar, pool table, dartboard and cinema screen, and linked it to the main house via the old outhouses.
Further, we knocked through from the kitchen into the old lounge to create a fabulous open-plan living kitchen, dining and family room, the owners continue, and turned the old dining room into a light and airy lounge. We have always tried to be sympathetic to the age and character of the building, using many reclaimed materials (including the original bath!), and in a style that fits with the building and its heritage; but we have also added all the 21st century conveniences you'd expect - from a boiling water tap in the kitchen to the irrigation system in the garden; from plenty of inbuilt storage to the satellite broadband connectivity. It's been important to us that we respected the building whilst creating the kind of connected family home that we wanted to live in.
During our time here, we have also reclaimed the garden as a garden, say the owners. It had been used essentially as an allotment and was extremely overgrown, but now it is mostly laid to lawn, being predominantly a cricket wicket and very dog friendly. The total plot is around 1/3 acre; and the house is nicely situated on the corner of the plot, allowing you to make the most of the space around it. There are electric gates serving a block-paved driveway with off-street parking for 4-5 cars. There's a patio directly outside the family room which catches the afternoon sun, and a courtyard patio between the kitchen and games room that gets the morning sunshine, so always somewhere lovely to sit. And if you're feeling energetic, there's a gym in the garden, which is currently doubling up as a music room as my son has taken up playing the electric guitar!
I'll mostly miss the character of the house, and the feeling of coming home.
My favourite place now is the kitchen family room, which has really allowed us to spend more time together as a family. I can be in the kitchen cooking whilst kids are doing homework or my husband is watching TV, all in the same space.
The house enjoys a brilliant position, only 10 miles from the M1, EMA and 5 miles from Derby train station. There are a number of very good private schools within a 10 mile radius of the house, including Ockbrook School, Repton, Derby High, Derby Grammar and Trent College, as well as the local state senior school, Chellaston Academy, which is also very well respected. There's a great traditional pub in the village which does fabulous food, local shops are within 2 miles and you're only 5 miles away from Derby city centre and out-of-town superstores.
When you have a lovely large garden and an equipped games room and hot tub, you get lots of visitors! This is a great entertaining house and we love being the hosts, from fancy dress parties every New Year's Eve to barbecues every summer, from my dad's 70th birthday to my niece's engagement party or my 50th birthday with a hog roast in the garden.
Location - Thulston is a lovely Hamlet location to the South East of Derby City centre. The home has the benefits of a local pub nearby being the Harrington Arms and the hamlet leads into the village of Elvaston, known for the Elvaston Castle and the country park surrounding. There is also a local cricket club and many villages events. Its a thriving location with plenty going on. The location is great for commuting too with the A50, A52 and the M1 all being within easy reach. Derby train station is close by with direct trains into London and the location is also convenient for East Midlands Airport around 15 minutes drive. The hamlet is surrounded by larger villages and market towns all offering a great array of shopping facilities and public house but has a true country life feel.
Services To The Property - All mains services connected
Local Authority - Derbyshire County Council
Viewing Arrangements - Strictly via the vendors agents Fine & Country Contact Lee Armstrong 01332 973881 or 07496 710557
Website - For more information visit www.fineandcountry.com/uk/derbyshire
Opening Hours - Monday to Friday9.00 am - 8.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Sunday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Agent's 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 and 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.
- Large Detached Period Home
- Approx. 3,500 sq ft of accommodation
- Two reception rooms
- Open plan Kitchen Diner Family Room
- Ground floor cloakroom & Utility
- Three Bedrooms and Bathroom to first floor
- Three Bedrooms and Bathroom to Second Floor
- Situated on large corner plot with off road parking
- Hot tub Room and Outbuilding including a Gym
- Popular Village Location