Offers in excess of £600,000
Alstonefield, Ashbourne, Staffordshire
Steeplow Cottage is a five-bedroom detached stone cottage located within the conservation area of the Peak District National Park, on the outskirts of the highly sought-after village of Alstonefield. The property offers over 2,175 sq. ft. of well-appointed accommodation. The property boasts a covered porch area that leads through to the country style kitchen with beamed ceilings and patio doors leading out to the garden. Off the kitchen is the sitting room with wooden floors, beamed ceilings and an inglenook fireplace. The ground floor also includes a dining room with wooden floors, a study, utility room, cellar, and a w/c. The first floor boasts a master bedroom, a modern family bathroom, and four further bedrooms.
The property sits on a good size plot that offers an enclosed garden area including a patio area that provides views over the surrounding fields. The side of the property boasts a large gravel parking area providing ample off-road parking and an area for storing wood.
Accommodation - Steeplow Cottage is a five-bedroom detached stone cottage located within the conservation area of the Peak District National Park, on the outskirts of the highly sought-after village of Alstonefield. The property offers over 2,175 sq. ft. of well-appointed accommodation. The property boasts a covered porch area that leads through to the country style kitchen with beamed ceilings, a fantastic Aga, butler sink, tiled floors, built in cupboards and patio doors leading out to the front garden. Off the kitchen is the sitting room with wooden floors, stone feature wall, beamed ceilings, an inglenook fireplace with log burner, and bespoke built in units that provide the room with a sense of warmth and space.
The ground floor also includes a dining room with wooden floors and views across the fields that can accommodate large gatherings. Next to the dining room is the utility room which has solid wooden work surfaces, a wall mounted unit, plumbing for a washing machine, space for a dryer and the hot water cylinder and oil-fired central heating boiler. An inner lobby off the main sitting room provides access to the guest cloakroom and the snug which has a door onto the garden. Access to the cellar is from inside the house.
On the first floor there is a large gallery landing with doors leading off to the five bedrooms and a modern family bathroom. The master bedroom is an impressive double with dual aspect boasting wonderful views of the countryside. One of the four remaining bedrooms is currently being used as a dressing room which has a range of high gloss cream fitted wardrobes, whilst bedroom five is used as a home office with views across the neighbouring field which occasionally holds numerous sheep. The impressive family bathroom has been refitted with a white suite including an inset wash basin with granite top and vanity unit, separate shower cubicle and a Victorian style freestanding bath with tiled flooring and a heated towel rail.
Vendor Interview - The present owners, Gordon and Angela, enjoyed family holidays in the area and loved it so much that when Steeplow Cottage came onto the market, they decided to make Alstonefield their permanent home. They were so determined to own the cottage they bought it before they had sold their own house.
The stone cottage dates from the mid nineteenth century, when it was two separate cottages. It sits on the edge of the popular Alstonefield village and a five-minute walk takes you to the centre which has a very busy social life centred on the church, village hall, and the good food pub.
The cottage commands panoramic views across the neighbouring valley and the rolling vistas of the beautiful Peak District National Park. It is perfect for an idyllic, outdoor lifestyle with the convenience of thriving and picturesque Ashbourne, less than ten miles away.
Angela explains that the cottage interior needed care and attention. They took the walls back to the stone and re plastered, added a dining room and, with great attention to detail, generally renovated throughout. It is now an ultra-modern but traditionally styled, comfortable home where the inglenook and ceiling beams link it with its past.
Gordon says the house is a sociable entertaining venue. Their five children return for the weekend of the annual Leaden Boot Challenge where competitors must cover twenty-six hilly miles in twelve hours. Christmas and holidays again, see the house alive with family, enjoying home and countryside.
At such times the kitchen is the gregarious hub of the house. The large modern Aga copes with the extra demands, and ensures the kitchen provides a warm welcome home, after brisk winter walks. It is also a room for relaxation where you can quietly settle by the French doors, and watch the changing weather through the seasons.
The pretty garden is a summer delight where you can enjoy the fantastic views from the comfort of the patio, which becomes the ideal al fresco dining room. The surrounding countryside is almost a vast garden extension, offering amazing walks and scenery.
The cottage has given Gordon and Angela a charming lifestyle. They never intended to leave; however, after five years they have decided to extend to a smallholding. They take away lovely memories.
Outside - Leading off the kitchen porch there is access to a large gravel driveway edged with stone walling with plenty of space for parking cars. The main garden lies to the front of the house and has been beautifully landscaped with a main lawned area, a paved patio and borders packed with a variety of plants and shrubs edged with a drystone wall. The garden enjoys stunning panoramic views of the nearby countryside from its elevated position.
Location - Steeplow Cottage is located in the small picturesque village of Alstonefield in the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park and lies on the borders of Staffordshire and Derbyshire. Located just 7 miles north of Ashbourne. The main part of the village is set around the lovely village green with The George hotel and the spreading trees. It is within easy distance of St. Peter's church and the old Hall. It has a well-known public house called The George and has a thriving community with its own website village hall and many groups and classes with a real village spirit. Further to this, the village is 20 minutes away from the market town of Ashbourne. The village also has great access links to the A38, the A52 and the M1 for those looking for commuter links.
For international travel, East Midlands Airport is less than an hour away, Manchester International Airport is just over an hour away with Birmingham International airport being 80 minutes drive.
Services To The Property - Mains water, electricity and drainage are connected to the property. There is no mains gas. Oil fired central heating with oil tank. Broadband services are connected
Local Authority - Staffordshire Moorlands
Viewing Arrangements - Strictly via the vendors agents Fine & Country Contact Greg Perrins
Website - For more information please visit the Fine&Country website.
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 Note - 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.
- An impressive stone built detached property
- Five Bedrooms
- Furnished to a high standard
- Large kitchen/breakfast room
- Utility room
- Three reception rooms
- Countryside views
- Off street parking