Thorneycroft is situated on an impressive tree-lined street overlooking the Pavilion Gardens in the centre of Buxton. Buxton is a lovely town on the edge of the Peak District National Park. The area has been settled since Roman times when warm springs which emerged near the River Wye drew their interest and baths were built around the source. The springs have always been significant to the town, generating income through the years as a spa. In the late 1700’s the 5th Duke of Devonshire started the construction of the Crescent, a magnificent building adjacent to St Ann’s well. In the 1800’s a set of thermal baths were developed on the site. The arrival of the railway in the 1860’s heralded Buxton’s golden age and Buxton Opera House and the Pavilion Gardens were constructed. Thorneycroft was one of a number of fashionable town houses that were built in this period. Throughout the year Buxton hosts the annual Opera Festival, the Arts Festival, the Milary Tattoo, Gilbert and Sullivan and numerous carnivals and smaller festivals. The town is supported by an excellent range of shops, centred around a shopping arcade built over the culverted River Wye, and there is a £30m project to re-open the spa and The Cresecent. Buxton is in close proximity to Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Lyme Park, and the ‘Blue John’ Mines. Truly at the heart of the Peak National Park. Buxton is well placed for access to the cities of Manchester and Sheffield and transport links provide access to the M1 and M6 motorways. There is a train station in Buxton, and a direct trainline to London departs from Macclesfield station. here is a good selection of schools in the area, including Lady Manners School in Bakewell. Independent schools include St Anselm’s Preparatory School in Bakewell and The King’s School in Macclesfield. The town is also home to a campus of Derby University.
Thorneycroft is a tall and handsome house of gently rusticated stone construction under slate roofs with projecting gables and stone finials. Relief is offered by sash fenestration with a number of stained glass and leaded lights. The property has two significant square bays and elsewhere attractive curved pediments with freezes. An entrance portico of three stone arches is a particularly fine feature. It appears to have been adapted in the 1920’s with the introduction of attractive stained glass with a fruit tree motif to form an enclosed entrance vestibule. There are other examples of art deco stained glass which would suggest that the property was carefully remodelled in the 1920’s. horneycroft has recently been extensively refurbished and remodelled with extraordinary care and attention to detail. Original features have been restored and enhanced and other rooms have been combined and bathrooms formed to ensure the house is very much in tune with modern family life. In addition to the main accommodation in the house, there is an integrated lower ground floor apartment and two independent cottages. Please note that the vendor is open to selling the house without the cottages if these are not required by the purchaser.
From the drive, steps lead up to the enclosed portico before allowing access into an impressive full height reception hall with galleried landings to the two floors above. The leaded and stained lights are a delight and the staircase has finely carved newel posts and balustrade and also painted wood panelling. There is a pretty corner fireplace with a display cabinet over. The hall allows access through to three fine reception rooms and to the kitchen. The drawing room is a delightful room with two square bay windows with restored carved wood pelmets and a restored parquet floor. There is a wonderful Edwardian Carrara marble chimney piece with an attractive acanthus leaf and bell flowers freeze and with miniature marble Tuscan columns and a colour matched marble hearth. The dining room, as with the drawing room, is a dual aspect room with elegant coving and pelmets and stone chimney piece with a gas fire and polished wooden flooring.
The sitting room has polished wood flooring and an Edwardian style chimney piece with fluted pillars and box moulding and deep granite hearth.
From the hall, steps lead to the kitchen which was comprehensively fitted by Osborne of Ilkeston including an island which has a stunning granite top. There is a good complement of built in appliances, together with a gas Aga with electric companion. The kitchen floor is of very large natural slate slabs and there is space for a large dining table. Beyond the kitchen there is a useful study area and wc. A passageway leads outside.
Thorneycroft has accommodation over three main floors, however each floor is split level. There are seven bedrooms and each bedroom has an en suite bathroom. The bedrooms on the first floor are particularly notable, generously proportioned and beautifully finished. The master bedroom is complete with a dressing room as well as its en suite bathroom. There is a large billiard room on the second floor with a superb arched window with stained glass suggesting the room’s primary use. This room is currently utilised as a library and music room and also has a discreet butler’s pantry and interesting exposed ceiling timbers
The Lower Ground Floor Flat
Near the kitchen a door leads down to a lower ground floor flat which has a good living room with a well-appointed kitchen off, a bedroom and a bathroom. This apartment can also be accessed from an exterior staircase.
The Cottage has a lovely character with a number of stained glass windows. The living room has herringbone parquet flooring, whilst the dining room has a terracotta tiled floor. A rear hall with a cloakroom off allows access to a small garden terrace and a well-appointed kitchen with granite work surface and a good complement of quality built in appliances.An oak staircase leads to a lovely bedroom and a bathroom.
The Coach House
Adjoining The Cottage, the Coach House has a kitchen with a flagstone floor, granite work surfaces and timber clad walls, which would indicate this was a former tack room. Beyond the kitchen, the living room has an oak floor and a very pretty corner fireplace. The living room leads through to a bedroom with an en suite and there is a bathroom and bedroom on the first floor.
Adjacent to the Coach House there a useful store room that may be suitable to garage a small car.
Both cottages provide a healthy income as holiday lets, but can be omitted from the sale of the property if they are not required by the purchaser.
Gardens and grounds
From Burlington Road a tarmacadam driveway leads past a pair of substantial stone piers and past low stone retaining walls to a generous gravel parking and turning area. There are lovely views of the Pavilion Gardens from the stepped east lawn through the deep border. The border has a fine display of rhododendron, lilac, laburnum, tall copper beeches, a lovely flowering cherry and a selection of fruit trees. The lawns continue around to the south of the property and there are further mature beech, sycamore and yew trees. A stone flagged terrace has been shaped around the house providing a lovely al fresco dining area. There is a further terrace at the head of the garden with a curved stone wall with an integrated bench seat. A tall stone wall, divides the gardens from the parking area and cottages. An arched doorway with a lovely wrought iron gate connects the two areas. The cottages are approached over a cobbled drive.
A very fine house of grand proportions overlooking the Pavilion Gardens in the centre of Buxton. The property includes a one bedroom apartment and two separate cottages.
- Beautifully presented with fine architectural features and high quality fittings
- Has recently been extensively refurbished and remodelled with attention to detail
- Accommodation over three floors, superb breakfast kitchen by Osborne of Ilkeston
- Impressive full height reception hall, 3 well appointed reception rooms, study
- Master bedroom with dressing room and en suite, 6 further en suite bedrooms
- Library/former billiard room of 27'6 x 20'1, self-contained one bedroom apartment
- Two bedroom Coach House, one bedroom cottage. The vendor would be prepared to retain these cottages if they are not required
- Generous gravel parking and turning area, front lawned garden with a fine display of shrubs and trees
- Further lawned area to the side with stone flagged terraces and a selection of trees and shrubs