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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Hopton Hall Hopton Matlock Derbyshire

Guide Price £4,250,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Outstanding Grade II Hall
  • Wonderful Gardens & Grounds
  • Period Holiday Complex
  • Indoor Pool
  • Barn & Stabling

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Situation

Hopton Hall lies on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District with southerly views to Carsington Water.
Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield are all within easy commuting distance and the larger national centres of Birmingham and Manchester also lie nearby with good access.
East Midlands , Birmingham and Manchester Airports are all within striking distance of the property. The M1 is some 12 miles to the east. The M6 is 35 miles to the west.
Set against the outstanding open countryside of the Peak District, leisure facilities abound in the area including those provided at nearby Carsington Water. Regionally the High Peak Trail lies to the north of the village.



Description

HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE
Listed Grade II, Hopton Hall was in the ownership of the Gell Family from the 15th Century until the late 20th Century. Anthony Gell was granted arms in 1575 and it was he who built the house. Hopton was refashioned in the late 18th Century by Sir John Gell, MP, who also created the lovely bowed ribbon wall to the northern edge of the now wonderfully restored walled garden with a crinkle-crankle wall and an unusual 30ft high summer house.
The main hall boasts many fine historical features including an entrance vestibule surmounted by the Gell Coat of Arms.
Some of the final alterations were carried out in the early Twentieth Century and included the building of two stone pavilions of an arts and crafts interpretation of Peak District Jacobean either side of the entrance. Both are square in section with pyramidal roofs with the one to the east being two storey and the other three storey.
There are finely detailed external elevations with prominent bays and a notable segmental pediment crown in the main south facing elevation.
Situated to the west of the main house is a period stable block currently devised as a holiday cottage complex around a central courtyard area.
GENERAL
Hopton's main Hall cottage complex and gardens have been extensively improved and renovated by the current owners. The restoration of the walled garden and impressive landscaping work has allowed the grounds to be open to the public particularly for the snow drop season and over some of the summer months.
Combined with income from the holiday cottage lets, a substantial annual income stream has been created (further details available). There is substantial scope to further enhance the income or to return the house and grounds to fully private use.
The Hall and Cottages could be suitable for alternative uses subject to planning and listed building approvals.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Hopton Hall is a glorious country house considerably improved by the current owners who have undertaken works to the main house, cottage complex and gardens.
The flexibility of the current layout and Estate allows considerable enhancement of the current income stream or for the Estate to be returned to a private family residence.
The adjoining sporting rights extend to approximately 325 acres including some 20 acres of owned woodland and enhance the overall quality of the Estate.
There is an impressive approach to the house with a separate driveway off to the cottage complex.
The formal reception rooms are set off a magnificent panelled reception hallway, itself approached through an impressive entrance vestibule.
The drawing room is particularly noted as having an early 19th Century copy of Elizabethan plasterwork to the ceiling.
There are several finely carved 18th Century fireplaces with marble surrounds.
The large dining room, again with shuttered windows and open views also boasts an elegant chimney piece and two fine built in bookcases.
The current owners have created a superb living family kitchen with an electric Aga and a range of modern units. There is also a stone chimney piece and generous dining and sitting areas. This leads on to a private rear vestibule with utility and preparation room, separate cloakroom and useful storage area over.
The magnificent panelled reception area gives access to a hallway from which there is a spacious panelled study and billiards room. Off this hallway are cloakrooms and the laundry.
A rear hallway leads to a second good sized fully fitted dining kitchen with an oil fired Aga. Two further reception rooms; all presently used in part to provide catering for the times when the grounds are open to the public. Extensive cellarage.
On the first floor of the Hall, access from the fine galleried landing leads to the seven principal bedrooms. The larger bedrooms have views across the grounds to Carsington Water and open countryside. There are three bathrooms to this section of the first floor.
The north wing offers a further six bedrooms and three bathrooms, two of which are ensuite plus a historic period panelled room reputed to be one of the oldest in the house. This section is ideal as a staff flat with secondary staircase access from the ground floor. The staircase also rises to the second floor where there are a further ten rooms, all well laid out and with good head room above.
From a first floor side landing there is also access via a strong room door to the storage rooms contained on two floors within the front stone tower.
All reception rooms and principle bedrooms have fine southerly views.
OUTSIDE
Cottage Complex/Stable Block
There are currently five lovely renovated and well fitted self-contained cottages each fully centrally heated and offering individual accommodation, many bedrooms with ensuite bath or shower rooms and some fine individual architectural features.
There are private gardens/courtyards to some of the cottages and four are set around a lovely original cobbled courtyard which gives access to an indoor swimming pool and range of period storage buildings including some of the earlier stables which remain and could be further converted.
Gardener's Cottage sleeps 8 and offers two twin rooms on the ground floor with a spacious shared bathroom. Large double with ensuite shower room. On the first floor is a further large double with full ensuite bathroom, sitting room and dining kitchen. There are lovely private gardens.
Butler's Quarters sleeps 8 with a dining kitchen, sitting room and shower room on the ground floor. Upstairs are two single, two double rooms and a twin room with two bathrooms and an ensuite show room. It enjoys a private garden.
The Granary sleeps 14 (6 ensuite bedrooms) with a dining room for 22 off a fully fitted kitchen. Lovely sitting room with brick fireplace with exposed brick and stonework. There are a twin and double room, both with ensuite shower rooms. On the first floor there is a double room and twin bunk room with a full Jack and Jill bathroom and further landing to a double room and large twin room both with ensuite shower rooms and on the second floor a large double room again with ensuite.
The Dovecote sleeps 4 and has a ground floor dining kitchen, double and separate twin room, separate bathroom and attractive sitting room.
Hopton Close sleeps 8 and is currently occupied by the Estate Manager but could provide additional holiday accommodation. It also links to the main house. There is a lovely private garden. Side porch, sitting room, dining room, inner hall, fitted kitchen, bathroom and wc. There are four bedrooms on the first floor one with ensuite bathroom and a separate shower room.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Hopton Hall stands in magnificent mature gardens and grounds with a split driveway to the main Hall and cottage area. A huge amount of work has been undertaken by the current owners to restore the gardens and the snowdrop walk is renowned within the region and brings in considerable visitor numbers as do the main gardens over the summer months.
The walled garden has been restored by the owners with its lovely crinkle-crankle wall and unusual high summer house and now beautiful stocked terrace areas with fine views across the Estate.
Water features, careful garden design and planting have created a number of different areas and vistas to be enjoyed within the grounds.
The side driveway leads on through the snowdrop and woodland area down to a large hard surfaced area with a modern steel framed barn split into sections, ­housing five modern boxes. There is also a double timber box with tack room.
There are sporting rights over land to the north of Hopton which rises up across the lane from the Hall and extending to some 325 acres or thereabouts. Significant areas of woodland are owned freehold and allow for some interesting and varied shooting across a wide range of terrain.
TENURE
Freehold.
LISTING
Hopton is listed Grade II.
SERVICES
Mains electricity, water and drainage.
LOCAL AUTHORITY
Derbyshire Dales District Council, Town Hall, Bank Road, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NN Tel: 01629 761100.
Fixtures and Fittings
Only those items described in these particulars are included in the sale and the Vendor can give no warrant of serviceability. The right is reserved to remove all other items within the Hall and grounds not specifically described prior to the completion of the sale.
VAT
The position with regards to vat is reserved at all times and interested parties are advised to seek independent advise in relation to this matter
VIEWING
Strictly by appointment with Joint Sole Selling Agents Savills and Scargill Mann.



Accommodation

Reception Hall - 3 Principal Reception Rooms - Study - Living Kitchen - Cloakrooms Laundry - Second Kitchen - Cellar - 2 Further Reception Rooms
7 Bedrooms - 3 Bathrooms
North Wing 6 Bedrooms - 3 Bathrooms
10 Second Floor Rooms
Cottage Complex - 5 Period Properties - (up to 42 Beds) - Private Courtyard setting Indoor pool
Stunning restored mature gardens - Renowned annual snowdrop walks and summer garden (open to public) - Magnificent restored walled garden - Modern barn 5 internal boxes - Large surfaced yard.
Parkland, paddocks and land extending to approx 25 acres or thereabouts.
Sporting rights over adjoining farmland and woods approx 325 acres including 20 acres of owned woodland.



Directions

Directions from the East and the A6
Turn at Cromford, take the B5036 and then the B5035 following the signs to Carsington Water. Before reaching Carsington Village turn right towards Hopton following the signposts and the Hall will be seen on the left hand side.

Directions from the South and Ashbourne

Proceed north and bear right onto the B5053 towards Matlock, through Kniveton and thence to Carsington and Hopton Village.


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02 June 2010

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