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Riber, Matlock, DE4 5JU

Added on 30/10/2020
Sally Botham Estates, Matlock

Key features

  • Stunning Grade II* listed HISTORIC MANOR HOUSE
  • Five bedrooms
  • A wealth of ORIGINAL FEATURES including a tower staircase
  • Outbuilding that could be converted subject to necessary consents
  • Parts of the house dating from 1633 and earlier
  • Gated off-road parking

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

A magnificent Grade II* Listed Derbyshire manor house, situated in the rural hamlet of Riber on the outskirts of Matlock. This superb stone-built property has a date stone of 1633, bearing the initials GWNW. Parts of the house are believed to be of an earlier date possibly 15th century. The substantial and well proportioned property sits beneath a traditional roof with capped and finialled gables and decorative chimneys. There are stone mullioned and transom windows with a hood string course to the projecting elevation and to the rear of the property is a noteworthy staircase tower. Internally there are a wealth of original features including superb oak panelling, beamed ceilings, original plasterwork and flagged floors.

The accommodation offers five bedrooms including a spacious attic dormitory, a tower attic room, guest en-suite bathroom and a master en-suite/family bathroom, reception hallway, dining room, dining kitchen with pantry off, a superb oak panelled drawing room, study, orangery and garden room. There are delightful landscaped gardens to front and rear, driveway providing off-road parking and a stone outbuilding providing an open carport, solid fuel stores, with a large workshop over.
Riber is a small hamlet of historic stone-built houses located in an idyllic rural setting to the south of Matlock, on the outskirts of the town, where there are excellent amenities. Notable properties include Riber Hall (a former hotel), The Manor House and Riber Castle which was built c1860 by the industrialist John Smedley who was responsible for the hydropathic movement which brought wealth and rapid expansion to Matlock. Riber is conveniently situated for the Peak District National Park and the towns of Matlock and Alfreton. Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby are within commuting distance.

Entering the property via a pair of gothic arch-topped oak entrance doors, which open to an entrance way from where a broad three-quarter glazed door opens to:

RECEPTION HALLWAY 15'5" X 9'0" (4.70m x 2.74m)
Having original oak panelled to the walls, exposed polished pine floorboards with an inset matwell, elegant cornice to the ceiling with a centre ceiling rose and plaster rose motifs to each corner of the ceiling. There is a telephone point and central heating radiator. Exposed dressed stone door openings lead to the staircase and:

INNER LOBBY 7'1" X 3'10" (2.16m x 1.17m)
Having quarry tiles to the floor, oak panelling to the walls and an early panelled door with thumb latch opening to:

DRAWING ROOM 19'8" X 18'2" (5.99m x 5.53)
A splendid oak panelled room with front aspect twelve-light mullioned and transom windows enjoying superb views over the gardens and surrounding open countryside towards Crich Stand. There is a further side aspect mullioned window overlooking the gardens. The room has exposed beams to the ceiling with a pair of substantial centre beams. The superb oak panelling has a frieze of stylised oak leaves, believed to commemorate the escape of Charles II from The Roundheads, when he hid in the Boscobel oak tree after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The frieze was possibly carved around 1660, when he assumed the crown. There is a superb fire opening with a dressed decorative stone surround housing an open dog basket set beneath a canopy. The finials to the fire dogs are in the form of stylised oak leaves and acorns matching the frieze. The room is illuminated by wall and centre light points and there are central heating radiators.

From the inner lobby, an oak panelled door opens to:

GROUND FLOOR LAVATORY 8'3" X 3'0" & 5'1" X 3'2" (2.51m x 0.91m & 1.55m x 0.97m)
An L-shaped room set beneath the stone staircase, having a side aspect window with obscured glass, terrazzo tiles with inset polished marble pieces to the floor and suite with low level flush WC and a wall-hung wash hand basin.

From the inner lobby, a further oak panelled door with thumb latch opens to:

STUDY 11'11" X 8'3" (3.63m x 2.51m)
Having rear aspect windows set within exposed stone mullions overlooking the enclosed rear gardens. The room has a good range of fitted bookshelves, column-style central heating radiator and polished exposed pine floorboards. A pair of half-glazed doors open to:

ORANGERY 42'0" X 9'7" widening to 15'3" (12.79m x 2.92m widening to 4.65m)
An L-shaped room, being constructed in timber with floor-length single glazed panels and a polycarbonate roof. The orangery overlooks the gardens to the front of the property and the open countryside that surrounds the area. The room has stone flags to the floor, two gothic arched panelled doors opening onto the rear gardens and a raised pond with a lion mask water feature. The room is illuminated by wall lamp points.

From the reception hallway, a panelled door opens to:

GARDEN ROOM 20'9" X 8'6" (6.32m x 2.59m)
Having rear aspect windows and a pair of French-style glazed doors opening onto the gardens. The room has black and white tiles to the floor, laid in a chequerboard pattern, with an inset matwell. There are feature exposed stone walls, a borrowed light window to the dining room, wall lamp points and a door opening to the pantry.

From the reception hallway, a further oak door opens to:

DINING ROOM 15'7" X 15'1" (4.75m x 4.60m)
Having front aspect windows set within exposed stone mullions overlooking the gardens and the open countryside beyond. The room has an inglenook with a heavy exposed oak beam and a fireplace with a decorative Adam style surround with a stone insert housing a cast iron open grate. To either side of the chimneybreast are arched display niches with storage cupboards beneath. The room has heavy exposed beams to the ceiling, central heating radiator and television aerial point. There are quarry tiles to the floor.

An oak door opens to:

HALLWAY 6'1" X 3'7" (1.85m x 1.09m)
With a front aspect window, ceramic tiled floor and a door leading to:

DINING KITCHEN 15'7" X 13'2" (4.75m x 4.01m)
With front aspect windows set within exposed stone mullions overlooking the driveway and a further side aspect window flooding the room with natural light. There are ceramic tiles to the floor, an exposed rustic beam to the ceiling and a range of kitchen units with cupboards set beneath a worksurface with a tiled splashback, double drainer sink, dresser-style unit with glass-fronted display cupboards and storage cupboards beneath. There is space and connection for an automatic washing machine and space for a fridge. Set within a fire opening is a gas-fired Aga with twin-lidded hotplates and double ovens. The Aga provides a cooking facility and provides hot water to the property.

From the kitchen, a door opens to:

PANTRY 7'6" X 6'4" (2.28m x 1.93m)
With rear aspect casement windows overlooking the gardens, ceramic tiles to the floor, tiled cold shelf and fitted storage shelving. A door opens back to the garden room.

From the kitchen, a further door opens to:

REAR ENTRANCE LOBBY 7'4" X 5'9" (2.23m x 1.75m)
Having a half-glazed entrance door opening onto the driveway to the side of the property. There is coat hanging space, ceramic tiles to the floor and sited within the room is the Worcester gas-fired boiler, which provides central heating to the property.

From the reception hallway, a door opening leads to the staircase tower, having exposed stone walls, rear aspect leaded and stone mullioned windows and a stone staircase with quarter landings rises to the first floor, where an exposed stone door surround with original hinge pins leads to:

FIRST FLOOR LANDING 33'5" X 4'1" & 6'10" X 4'0" (10.18m x 1.24m & 2.08m x 1.22m)
A T-shaped landing having polished exposed pine floorboards, rear aspect windows overlooking the gardens, a feature dressed door surround with its original hinge pins and latch keeper. From the landing a hardwood batten door with thumb latch opens to:

BEDROOM ONE 18'2" X 17'10" (5.53m x 5.43m)
Having front aspect twelve-light transom window set within exposed stone mullions enjoying superb far-reaching views over the wooded hills and open countryside. There is a further side aspect mullioned window flooding the room with natural light. There are exposed beams to the ceiling, central heating radiators, telephone point and television aerial point. A hardwood batten door with thumb latch opens to:

EN SUITE/FAMILY BATHROOM 11'3" X 9'5" (3.43m x 2.87m)
With front aspect stone mullioned windows, suite with panelled bath, pedestal wash hand basin and close coupled WC. There is a tiled shower cubicle with a mixer shower. A further batten door with thumb latch opens back to the landing.

BEDROOM TWO 15'9" X 12'10" (4.80m x 3.91m)
Having front aspect mullioned windows enjoying similar views to bedroom one and a further side aspect window. The room has a central heating radiator, exposed pine floorboards and a pedestal wash hand basin. A door opens to a storage cupboard with hanging rail. A pine batten door with thumb latch opens to:

EN SUITE BATHROOM 12'6" X 7'10" (3.81m x 2.39m) maximum measurements
Having a side aspect window, suite with panelled bath and low level flush WC. Doors open to a linen cupboard with fitted shelving.

BEDROOM THREE 11'5" X 11'3" (3.48m x 3.43m)
Again, having front aspect mullioned windows taking advantage of the superb views afforded by the property. The room has a pedestal wash hand basin with a glass splashback, central heating radiator, built-in wardrobe with hanging rails and a door opening to:

WALK-IN LINEN ROOM 6'1" X 3'5" (1.85m x 1.04m)
Having a front aspect window, slatted linen storage shelving and housing the hot water cylinder which is fitted with an immersion heater.

BEDROOM FOUR 13'8" X 10'3" (4.16m x 3.12m)
With dual aspect stone mullioned windows overlooking the gardens and the surrounding open countryside. There is early decorate moulding to parts of the ceiling and an early plaster relief panel depicting a squirrel and a cat. The room has a pedestal wash hand basin with matching glass splashback and a central heating radiator.

From the tower, the staircase continues through a gothic arch-topped studded door to the second floor, where a batten door with thumb latch opens to:

DORMITORY 29'1" X 18'3" (8.86m x 5.56m)
A delightfully spacious attic bedroom with a substantial roof truss and exposed purlins. Possibly, originally the servants' quarters, the room was originally divided into two to segregate the sexes. There are front and rear aspect stone mullioned windows enjoying the far-reaching views. When the original lime ash floor was replaced by the present exposed polished pine floor, two gentlemen's wigs were discovered secreted, possibly having been stolen by one of the servants.

From the staircase tower, tight winding stone steps rise through a trap door to:

TOWER ROOM 10'1" X 8'9" (3.07m x 2.67m)
Open to the apex of the ceiling with rear aspect mullioned windows overlooking the gardens.

The property is approached via a pair of wrought iron gates with oakleaf motifs and bearing two heraldic shield panels believed to be the arms of the Woolley family, one-time occupants of the property and possibly the family who modernised the house in 1633. The gates open to a gravelled driveway, which provides off-road parking, to the centre of which is a circular stone wall, beneath which is the original well. Beyond the gravelled driveway is a flagged parking area with a mature oak tree, where access is gained to the rear entrance door. To the side of the flagged area is a stone outbuilding incorporating:

OPEN-FRONTED CARPORT 18'0" X 16'3" (5.48m x 4.95m)

WOODSHED 10'1" X 6'0" (3.07m x 1.83m)

COAL STORE 10'1" x 5'11" (3.07m 1.80m)

And a batten door opening to a staircase, which rises to:

FIRST FLOOR WORKSHOP 17'11" X 15'5" (5.46m x 4.70m)
Built into the shape of the roof with exposed roof purlins and a gable end window. A panelled door opens to:

STOREROOM 11'11" X 12'5" (3.63m x 3.78m)
Again, with exposed roof purlins and a gable end window.

The building has power and lighting.

Lying to the front of the property is a good sized area of garden with a central lawn and raised borders well stocked with a good variety of ornamental shrubs, flowering plants and fine mature trees. To the rear of the property is a delightfully private garden with a good sized level lawn interspersed with mature ornamental trees, beyond which is an ornamental pond stocked with lilies with a backdrop of mature ornamental shrubs. There is small orchard area with apple trees and lying to the side of the lawned area is a lower lawn with sculptured borders stocked with a good variety of flowering plants from where steps rise to a circular flagged seating area protected by a semi-circular stone wall topped with ball finials. From the garden, a pair of gates lead to the road. Within the garden there is a timber garden shed 12'8" X 8'3" (3.86m x 2.51m).

All mains services are connected to the property.

COUNCIL TAX BAND (Correct at time of publication) ' '

Leaving Matlock along the A615 towards Alfreton upon reaching Tansley turn right just past the Gurkha Restaurant into Alders Lane sign posted Riber, follow the road around to the right and on to Riber, at the T junction turn right where (at the next junction) the property can be found facing you. 


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Riber, Matlock, DE4 5JU

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  • Matlock Bath Station0.9 miles
  • Matlock Station1.1 miles
  • Cromford Station1.1 miles
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