3 bedroom house for saleMarket Place, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
- Conversion of 18th century former silk mill
- Fantastic renovation to exacting standards
- Second floor open plan kitchen/diner/lounge
- Fitted kitchen with Neff integrated appliance
- Stunning views over village and dales
- Three bedrooms
- Two separate bathrooms
- Outside terrace area for entertaining
- Perfect holiday home or family home
This is a wonderful and sympathetic conversion of the Wirksworth Heritage Centre (once a silk mill) into a lovely spacious residential property completed to the highest standards. Situated over three floors the home is located on the centre of this popular market town and on the door step of the Peak District. The home has a ground floor master bedroom with bathroom & utility room. The first floor has two further bedrooms and a lovely contemporary bathroom suite whilst the main living space to the second floor maximises views and provides ample space with a high quality open plan fitted kitchen leading off the lounge area. The room is vaulted with exposed truss beam and the views from this floor are simply stunning overlooking the market town roof top and across to the Derbyshire Dales. A perfect and versatile home for families or for those looking for a second home in a fabulous location, close to the Peak District National Park.
Accommodation - On entering the home you have an immediate sense of the character of Silk Mill House. With some exposed beams there is a lovely glazed front entrance door and access to a useful store room. There is a well-appointed utility room with plumbing for washing machine and storage cupboards along with the electric boiler which fires the central heating and has a full height picture window.
The master bedroom is located on this floor, which is a spacious double room with original metal support and beam ceiling. The master bedroom is well served by the first of the contemporary bathrooms being a walk in shower room with WC, pedestal wash hand basin and a double walk in shower cubicle complete with a power shower.
To the first floor is the landing area with a door which gives access to the rear level where by there is a council owned car park. There are doors leading off to bedrooms 2 & 3 and the principle bathroom. Bedroom 2 is another good double bedroom which is light and airy due to its dual aspect, and the third bedroom is another nice room with window overlooking the front elevation. The principle bathroom is a gorgeous room. This features a freestanding slipper bath and a vanity wash hand basin with matching WC. There is a walk in shower and the room is finished with limestone tiled walls and a chrome ladder towel rail.
As you approach the staircase to the next floor you get the first glimpse of the exposed stone work to come. The open plan lounge/diner/kitchen is a joyous room with a vaulted ceiling flaunting exposed beam king truss work and complete with 4 Velux windows, flooding the room with light from one elevation, and with 4 Georgian style picture windows offering the most amazing views of the Market Town of Wirksworth and the hills and dales beyond. The room further features exposed stone work to the walls and incorporates a decorative stone range fireplace. This is open plan to the kitchen area which has a raised breakfast bar area and the kitchen offers a full range of contemporary storage cupboards housing an integrated fridge freezer and quality Neff appliances include the dishwasher, induction hob with matching extractor over, combination microwave and separate oven.
Outside - The home has an outside courtyard, large enough for some patio furniture and ideal for entertaining which is adjacent to the front door. There is vehicle access up to the front of the house, and to the right a raised paved area suitable for outside potted plants. This raised area has planning permission to be dropped to create an exclusive parking area if required.
Vendor Interview - “With a breath-taking contemporary interior contained within a historic shell, Silk Mill House is not only a beautiful building but also the ideal home,” say the current owners of this detached 3 bedroom former silk mill. “We had always loved this old building, so when we saw that the Wirksworth Heritage Centre which was formerly housed therein was relocating, we took the opportunity to convert it into a residential property.”
“We emptied the interior and began again to create a modern house within the original exterior,” the owners continue, “all the while being careful to retain the unique character of the building by keeping original features such as wooden ceiling beams and exposed stonework intact. The property, set over three floors, benefits from an upside down layout so that the everyday living accommodation is at the highest point of the house, proffering dramatic views over Wirksworth. The 3 bedrooms and all utilities are placed on the lower two floors, the reception rooms being on the top floor.”
The location of the property also has much to offer, Wirksworth being one of the oldest and most characterful towns in this area of the Peak District. Centred round a fine marketplace in which markets have been held since 1306, it has many beautiful heritage buildings amongst picture perfect alleyways and craftsmen's yards. The splendour of many of the buildings harks back to the town’s historical trade, it having been the southern centre of the Derbyshire lead industry and one of the most productive mining areas. “The property sits in the very centre of Wirksworth,” say the owners, “which is itself a conservation area.”
The town is now a small bustling local centre with a still active limestone quarry industry. The old market town boasts a variety of shops and pubs, of which the Hope and Anchor, the Red Lion and the Black's Head are the most popular among locals. The town’s vibrant social calendar includes historic ceremonies and arts festivals alike, September being the busiest month for events.
“The top floor, with its spacious reception rooms, boasts marvellous views over Wirksworth. Everyone who visits comes up the stairs and says, ‘Wow!’.”
Best thing about the grounds/local area
“An outside patio area serves as an extension to the interior accommodation on sunny days, when it provides the perfect space to enjoy a relaxed cup of tea or casual al fresco dining.”
“The house, with its industrial heritage and more recent history as a Heritage Centre, has never been occupied as a residential home, so is ready and waiting for new stories and memories to be lived out here!”
What they will miss most
“This is a truly unique property, which has been lovingly converted to create the perfect blend of old and modern, possessing both history and endless possibilities for contemporary family life.”
Location - The home is found located just off the Market Place in the centre of the market town of Wirksworth. With its imposing stone buildings and intricate network of narrow lanes, yards and alleys, Wirksworth is a magnet for lovers of industrial history and heritage. The alley leading to the home is reminiscent of Cornish seaside towns and the town is the perfect location for those looking to explore the Peak District and all its attractions.
The new Wirksworth Heritage Centre on St John's Street is benefiting from a £1.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to renovate and convert the building into an accessible space housing the town's museum collections and hosts a diverse programme of events, exhibitions and activities.
The imposing Church of St Mary boasts many interesting features, including a Saxon coffin lid, Norman font and fine carvings, and is linked with the ancient ceremony of 'Church Clypping' around its boundaries each September.
Annual local traditions range from Well Dressing in June to the annual Carnival and Arts Festival and Art & Architectural Trail each September. This is the time to experience the buzz of street theatre, music, fun family events and great food and drink.
The town is close to attractions such as Carsington Water with all its leisure facilities and is on route to Matlock and Matlock Bath for those travelling from Derby which is some 14 miles to the south. The nearest railway station is in nearby Cromford where there is the canal and more heritage trails. Crich Tramway Museum, Gullivers Kingdom, the Heights of Abraham, Chatsworth House and the gorgeous Bakewell are all within easy reach and the walks, leisure pursuits and country life found surrounding this location make this a perfect second home for folks wanting to spend time away from city life.
Services To The Property - Mains water, drainage and electric.
Local Authority - Derbyshire Dales District Council
Viewing Arrangements - Strictly via the vendor’s agents Fine & Country – Contact Lee Armstrong on 01332 973888 or 07496 710557
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