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3 bedroom cottage for sale

Greenhill, Wirksworth

Sold STC £350,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Georgian, 3 storey stone built cottage
  • Stunning views
  • Completely refurbished
  • Lovely mix of contemporary and cottage style throughout
  • Superb Scandi-style kitchen
  • Contemporary bathroom suite
  • Double glazed and rewired
  • Replumbed with new Worcester gas combi boiler
  • Sunny walled garden with terrace and spectacular views
  • Further garden available - please ask

Full description

A picture postcard cottage! A lovingly refurbished three bedroom,18th Century detached stone cottage in a delightfully sunny position in the heart of The Puzzle Gardens' conservation area. With stunning views across the town and beyond into the Ecclesbourne Valley from both the house and, rear garden.

Where Is Wirksworth? - Approximately 14 miles from Derby, 23 from Nottingham and 27 from Sheffield makes Wirksworth popular for commuters but still remains a truly lived-in town. The M1 and A38 are about 20 minutes by car and the national hub stations of Chesterfield and Derby are within half an hour's drive. Matlock is just 4 miles away with a large Sainsburys and M&S food hall. Ashbourne is a mere 20 minutes by car and also has a Waitrose.

Viewings - Please contact Jacqueline Ashmore, Associate Director (Homes of Distinction) direct on 07531 663393 - available 7 days a week, to arrange a viewing.

Please note that the EPC for this property will be published shortly.

Overview - You can be forgiven for thinking you have wandered into a Cornish fishing village but this is the maze of winding lanes that connect Greenhill and The Dale in the historic Derbyshire town of Wirksworth. Known affectionately as The Puzzle Gardens, you're in the town's conservation area and at its heart lies Puzzle Garden Cottage, an 18th Century limestone cottage, enjoying a sunny position which ensures the most incredible light in both the house and garden. Formerly two cottages and built over three floors, this home is fully refurbished to an extremely high standard. Overlooking a prehistoric limestone reef to the west, with views of Wirksworth rooftops and the glorious Amber Valley beyond, this is a rare find indeed!

Painted wooden floors and deep curved reveals to the doors and windows and tongue and groove panelling, Puzzle Garden Cottage marries traditional English cottage features with sleek Scandinavian lines and colours in a style the owners have coined as 'Scandish'.

The Ground Floor: - Winding pathways lead to the pretty front of this cottage where raised beds provide space for a splash of colour, A sturdy stable door is the main entrance into the home, leading directly into the stylish kitchen. White, handless units with light Rubberwood worktops set the tone for the whole house - light, bright and modern but within a backdrop of curved door and window reveals, exposed beams and wooden floors. White column style radiators run throughout the property. A range of understairs cupboards, a deep '1812' sink, integrated AEG oven and gas hob, integrated washing machine and dishwasher and a tall cupboard designed to accommodate a fridge/freezer all fit neatly into the cleverly designed space. There is enough room for a dining table to seat four.

The stairs are deliberately open to continue the airy feel of this home - accentuating the sense of light and space. A single step leads down into the sitting room. This is a beautiful room with the painted wide wooden boards which run throughout most of the cottage, a sealed doorway providing potential cupboard space and two further deep alcoves. A large picture window overlooks the long-since closed and now beautifully overgrown Dale Quarry - known locally as 'The Big Hole'. There is an integrated tongue and groove style TV cupboard which also houses meters and the fuse board. To the left is an original Derbyshire stone fireplace with a contemporary woodburner and large stone hearth (the latter was found in the old floor of the property).

The First Floor: - The landing leads from the left into a spacious and contemporary bathroom. The square 'P' shaped bath incorporates thermostatic valves controlling the rain shower, hand held shower hose and overflow bath-fill system. White metro style tiles surround the lovely window a perfect frame for the stunning view beyond. A floating basin with waterfall tap and back to the wall lavatory are set against tongue and groove panelling, which also provides a spacious shelf. There is a hand-built airing cupboard with open shelving to the left. The rear-facing window overlooks the garden with a beautiful exposed feature beam above.

To the right of the staircase access to the rear garden is provided by a pair of half-glazed French doors.

The landing extends in two directions across the rear of the property, giving access to the master-bedroom at one end and bedroom three at the other. Both have private inner foyers and their own staircase to the second floor.

Opposite the French doors, bedroom two is another good-sized carpeted double bedroom, currently used as an office with a large desk positioned to take in the fabulous westerly views.

The Second Floor: - Accessed from a private staircase on the first floor, the master bedroom is another light and bright dual aspect room - one of the window sills would make the perfect window seat. There is a pearl coloured carpet, the usual curved reveals, column radiators and an wooden balustrade.

Bedroom three - again accessed via its own private staircase - is almost a mirror-image of the master but with painted boards - currently set up as a lovely twin room with views extending to Gorsey Bank to the east.

Dimensions: - Dining kitchen - 10' 11" x 10' 8"
Sitting room - 10' 11" x 10' 10"
Bedroom 2 (first floor) - 9' x 11' 11"
Bathroom - 10' 11" x 5' 8"
Master (second floor) - 11' 3" x 10' 10"
Bedroom 3 (second floor) - 11' 1" x 11' 1"

Outside - To the front there is a fabulous little terrace, surrounded by a low stone wall immediately outside the property, which provides a great spot for evening drinks as it faces due-west.

The rear garden can either be accessed from one of the two pathways which pass the property or immediately from the first floor via the French doors. The space usually draws a 'wow' from visitors as the view is absolutely stunning - with mature trees on the hillside of the The Dale below, the magnificent Amber Valley beyond and the historic rooftops of Wirksworth. With a lawn, raised beds, a large stone-wall to the rear and and two terraces (one of which is private and large enough to accommodate a small cabin) designed to provide space to reflect and relax, this is a truly lovely unique space in this historic and picturesque area of the town.

Wirksworth - A Little History: - If Puzzle Garden Cottage could speak, we would be entranced by the tales it could tell. Built c.1780 in a bustling market town dating back to Roman times, the house is not unusual in that it was originally two properties, probably built and owned by quarry workers (we think it was converted into one cottage about 80 years ago). Wirksworth entered a decline following the introduction of a mechanised stone crusher in what is now a long since closed quarry and the local population - many of whom had lived and worked here for generations - reluctantly abandoned their homes to the layer of dust that enveloped the area. However, our cottage stayed in the same hands for almost a hundred years. Once the quarrying declined many of the historic buildings in this ancient part of Wirksworth were mercifully saved and restored in the early 1980s by the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust. Since then, the town and its properties have both become something of a magnet for artists, nature and culture lovers alike. The town is now filled with life and a love of art, nature and music. The numerous clubs, societies and activities in Wirksworth admirably reflect the passions of the townsfolk whilst community life in The Dale and Greenhill is envied far and wide. The Puzzle Gardens is definitely a strong exemplar of the strength of community.

More About Wirksworth - Wirksworth is one of the oldest towns in Derbyshire and is a popular location for exploration of the Peak District. The historic St Marys church, encircled by a cathedral style walk is Anglo-Saxon in origin, dating from the mid 7th Century. It is Grade I listed and is host to a number of events each year, including performance art and functioning as a gallery during the Wirksworth Festival. Edward I granted permission to hold markets in 1306, sealing the towns future and ensuring that markets have been held throughout the subsequent 700 or so years. The town has many fine Georgian and a smattering of much older eg Elizabethan, buildings, whilst much of old Wirksworth is hidden away in picturesque alleys and craftsmens yards. The reason for the splendour of many of the buildings is Wirksworth's historical trade, initially in lead, as mined by the Romans and subsequently in stone quarrying which ceased in the 1980s. Wirksworth is rumoured to be the ancient Roman town of Lutudarum, and although there is speculation as to the whereabouts of this, the older residents tell tales of Roman roads and finds which leave them in little doubt as to the town's origins.

The town is now a bustling local centre. It has a range of small independent shops, an increasing number of antique shops, several notable public houses, a pizzeria, a bistro, deli and several tea rooms. The town population of approximately 5000 is very culturally active. An eclectic range and number of events run throughout the year with the new Star Disc (a representation in granite of the Northern Constellation), on a hill in Stoney Wood, hosting many events throughout the year. There is a traditional well dressing in Whit week, and every September there occurs the unusual ceremony of 'Clypping', in which the church is encircled by the congregations joined hands. Wirksworth has a well established, nationally and internationally renowned Arts Festival, which takes place over a fortnight in September.

The Festival includes all forms of Art, with the market square and town centre the centre for music, dance and street performance while many of the houses around the village play host to different forms of artistic expression. Tours and tour maps can be bought in the local shops during the festival.

The latest addition to the town is the Northern Lights, an independent cinema and tapas bar which is also host to occasional theatre and other events.

The country houses of Chatsworth, Haddon, Hardwick, Bolsover, Kedleston and Tissington are all within easy reach and the opportunities afforded by outdoor pursuits in the Peak Park and nearby Carsington Water are endless.

Directions To Puzzle Garden Cottage: - From our Wirksworth Office: Turn left outside our office in the Market Place, taking an immediate left onto Dale End. Bear left again up The Dale and and continue to the parking bays on The Dale. Look out for our sign just before the little childrens' play park and continue up the pathway to the right. You will see our cottage approximately 50 metres up the hill.

Disclaimer: All measurements in these details are approximate. None of the fixed appliances or services have been tested and no warranty can be given to their condition. The deeds have not been inspected by the writers of these details. These particulars are produced in good faith with the approval of the vendor but they should not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact and they do not constitute any part of an offer or contract.

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