8 bedroom town house for saleThe Grey house 61 Church Street, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1AP DE6
A SUPERB QUALITY GRADE II* LISTED PERIOD TOWN HOUSE RESIDENCE PROVIDING EXTENSIVE SEVEN/EIGHT BEDROOMED ACCOMMODATION ON THREE FLOORS TOGETHER WITH GROUND FLOOR OFFICE OR SURGERY ACCOMMODATION AND OCCUPYING AN ENVIABLE LOCATION WITHIN THE SOUGHT AFTER GEORGIAN MARKET TOWN OF ASHBOURNE
THE PROPERTY – HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE
Whilst there appears to be some debate about the original date of the principal brick structure of the building it was most likely built during the latter part of the first half of the 18th century. However the exquisite stone Ashlar façade of the house is almost certainly the work of the renowned Derby architect Joseph Pickford who executed the work between 1763 and 1765, commissioned by the then owner of the property Brian Hodgson who retired to Ashbourne during the 1750’s when he acquired The Grey House.
The three storey façade has a pedimented centrepiece of a tripartite porch with Doric pillars over which are Venetian and Diocletian windows flanked by pair of full height canted bays topped by balustraded parapets. This makes it one of the most elegant and attractive of the many Georgian properties in Ashbourne.
Following occupation by the Hodgson family the house was acquired by Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (situated next door on the south side) when it was utilised as Headmaster’s accommodation. Subsequently in the latter part of the 19th century the property was bought by Dr Alexander Boswell who became the first in a long line of medical men to occupy the property both as their home and place of work.
Most fortunately the superb style, charm and character of much of the original building has been retained to the present day to include elegantly proportioned rooms, wonderful plasterwork and beautiful fireplaces. Only by a personal inspection can the true beauty of this exquisite home be fully appreciated.
A short flight of shallow easy going stone steps leads to a most attractive Doric pillared portico which shelters the wide panelled oak front door with fan light over to
Reception Hall A delightfully light hall having Hopton stone flagged floor, dado panelling, central heating radiator and inbuilt cupboard.
Drawing Room An exquisitely proportioned room which features superb plaster work including ornate ceiling oval, panelled pillastered walls and dado rail. White marble fireplace having provision for open fire with black marble hearth. Central heating radiator.
Dining Room having attractive plastered cross beamed ceiling with corniced angles, pine floor, pillared Hopton stone fireplace with tiled cheeks, central heating radiator. Door off to Rear Hall.
Rear Hall with arched access to Inner Hallway and Georgian return staircase off to first floor level. Radiator.
Guest Cloakroom being of spacious proportions and having black and white ceramic tiled floor, central heating radiator, high flush wc, pedestal wash hand basin.
Adjoining Cloak Cupboard providing useful coat storage space with store room off to the rear.
Spacious Breakfast Kitchen A light and well proportioned room overlooking the rear courtyard and having been comprehensively fitted with a good range of matching wall and base cupboards and incorporating a split level cooker, stainless steel sink unit etc. Quarry tiled floor. Two central heating radiators. Door off to Pantry.
Utility Room having stainless steel sink unit, fitted and base and wall cupboards, central heating radiator, quarry tiled floor.
From the Inner Hallway access is gained to a further suite of ground floor rooms which have been latterly utilized as a dental surgery. It is considered however that these would be ideal for a variety of usages including the running of a business from home or the provision of a self contained suite of accommodation for a dependent relative or similar. They briefly comprise
Cloakroom with wash hand basin and vanity unit and low flush wc. Red and black quarry tiled floor and radiator.
Former Waiting Room or Office/Sitting Room having central heating radiator and red and black quarry tiled floor. Side door giving on to flanking of exterior access to front and rear.
Former Dentist Surgery with two central heating radiators, Amtico tiled floor and windows to the rear and each side. Door off to
Storage Lobby having red and black quarry tiled floor, back staircase to first floor level and staircase down to
Extensive Cellarage There is an extremely useful and spacious five-roomed cellar, one room of which houses the central heating boiler.
NB It should be noted that there is a further single room cellar with external access from the rear courtyard area.
At First Floor Level a spacious Central Landing provides immediate access to Bedroom Two and Bedroom Three, the first floor Sitting Room and also to a staircase off the second floor level. An opening from this landing leads through to an Inner Landing off which are the Principal Bedroom Suite, Family Bathroom and there is also a further staircase off to the second floor level.
First Floor Sitting Room a most elegant, sunny, south facing room having marble fireplace with cast iron insert, tiled cheeks, two fitted matching bookcases with cupboards beneath, ceiling cornice, central heating radiator.
Master Bedroom Suite
Bedroom being of spacious proportions with a deep cant bay window to the front. This most elegant room has a cross-beamed tall ceiling with attractive cornice to all angles. Stone fireplace with cast iron insert and Hopton stone hearth. Oak boarded floor, connecting door to the Sitting Room, connecting hall to the inner landing and connecting door to
Dresssing Room having central heating radiator, cross-beamed and corniced ceiling and connecting door to inner landing. This room also has a connecting door to the back staircase to ground floor level and a further door off to
Walk-in Wardrobe having a window overlooking the rear courtyard and garden and potentially providing an en-suite bath or shower room.
NB It should be note that what if is described above as the Dressing Room could easily, given its proportions, form a fourth bedroom at first floor level.
Bedroom Two (principal guest bedroom) having a most attractive carved timber fireplace with cast iron insert with heavy exposed beamed and corniced ceiling, wide bay window to the front ceiling frieze. Central heating radiator. Door off to former powder room or wig room now providing a most useful box or storage room which could readily be utilised as an en suite facility if required. A further door from this bedroom leads to
Bedroom Three having stone fireplace with timber mantel. Central heating radiator, attractive arched window to the rear, inbuilt cupboards. NB The connecting door between this room and Bedroom Two would readily facilitate the use of this room as a dressing room or potential en suite bathroom to Bedroom Two.
Bathroom again of spacious proportions and having fitments in white comprising panelled bath, with over bath shower and shower screen, low flush wc and pedestal wash hand basin. Central heating radiator, heated towel rail, partly tiled walls.
At second floor level
Central Landing with inner landing off and fitted shelved cupboard.
Bedroom Five having a wide bay window to the front, stone fireplace with cast iron insert and timber mantel. Central heating radiator.
Bedroom Six having central heating radiator, stone fireplace with cast iron insert, timber mantel and shelved recess.
Bedroom Seven a very spacious bedroom with wide cant bay to the front, stone fireplace with cast iron insert, beamed ceiling, central heating radiator.
Bedroom Eight having central heating radiator, stone fireplace with cast iron insert.
Bathroom having fitments in white comprising panelled bath and wash hand basin. Heated towel rail. Separate low flush wc.
NB There is a second return staircase to the first floor level situated between Bedroom Eight and the Bathroom.
The Grey House occupies a very prominent position on Ashbourne’s primarily Georgian Church Street and is situated directly next door to the former Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School which was founded in 1585.
As befits a property of this stature The Grey House has the benefit of most delightful and spacious terraced gardens which extend from the rear of the house right up to Belle Vue Road.
An extremely private paved courtyard area immediately to the rear of the house at ground floor level has a set of stone steps which lead up to the remainder of the mature gardens which feature an enclosed grass tennis court, lawns and flower garden and there is also a productive vegetable garden area.
A particular feature are the two niches which are built into the high retaining wall and from where there are extensive views over the rooftops of Ashbourne and beyond.
In addition the property has the benefit of a useful and spacious garage access to which is gained off Belle Vue Road.
It is understood that all mains services are connected to the property.
FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
Other than those fixtures and fittings specifically referred to in these sales particulars no other fixtures and fittings are included in the sale.
For Council Tax purposes the property is in Derbyshire Dales District Council, Band G
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