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Rock House, Church Lane, Newton Solney, Burton on Trent, Derbyshire

Guide price £1,850,000

A substantial house occupying an impressive, elevated position on the banks of the River Trent, offering fabulous views.

  • Large reception hallway with oak wall panelling and wide staircase
  • 3 well-proportioned reception rooms
  • Impressive garden room with fabulous views over the River Trent
  • L-shaped breakfast kitchen with Aga, and adjoining breakfast room. Guest cloakroom and study
  • Large games room, laundry room, walk-in pantry, and stores - offering potential for conversion to further ancillary accommodation if required (subject to consents)
  • Master suite with dressing room and en suite
  • 4 further bedrooms, 2 en suite
  • One bedroom apartment with open plan living/dining kitchen
  • Large cellar with wine racking. Triple open fronted garaging and outdoor stores
  • Splendid gardens and grounds extending to about 2.55 acres. Fabulous views over the River Trent

Rock House is situated in an enviable elevated position on the banks of the River Trent, on the edge of the picturesque village of Newton Solney. Being situated on a bend in the river, the property commands breathtaking views both up and down the river and across meadow land. This delightful conservation village can trace its history back to the 10th Century. The village itself offers a very good range of amenities including a school, a 12th Century church, a village hall, a recreational field, two pubs and a hotel with conference facilities. The village has been voted best kept village in Derbyshire on a number of occasions.

The historical village of Repton is just over a mile away and offers an excellent range of amenities and a useful range of shops. Repton is home to one of Britain's oldest and finest public schools, founded in 1557. In addition, other notable schools in the area are Foremarke Hall Preparatory School, Denstone College, Derby Grammar School and Derby High school.

Road communication links in the area are excellent with Birmingham, Leicester, Derby and Nottingham all within commuting distance. Rail links and East Midlands Airport are also within easy reach.

Rock House is believed to have been constructed in the latter half of the 18th Century on the site of the original Rock Tower, a possible remnant of the medieval hall at Newton, which was used by the then owners, the Everys, to arrive in Newton Solney by boat for parties and dancing. In the early 1870's Rock House was re-built as a 'conventional mid-Victorian villa'. The layout is such that the designer has taken advantage of the position of the sun, in that the morning room faces east, the drawing room faces south and the dining room to the west. A two-storey canted bay overlooking the River Trent has attractive crenellations, which continue along the flanking walls on either side. Behind this north-west facing crenellated façade is a substantial L-shaped brick residence with a south-west facing verandah, outbuildings and garaging, set amidst wonderful landscaped gardens and grounds, which extend to include the river frontage and part of the River Trent itself. In all the property extends to about 2.55 acres.

Rock House is a fascinating property which has wonderful high ceilings with highly decorative cornicing and tall bay windows to the principle rooms. A heavily studded timber front door flanked by stone mullioned and leaded stained glass windows, opens in to a front vestibule with stone floor and oak panelling. The oak panelling continue through to a large reception hall which several archways and doors leading off to all principle rooms and a wide staircase rising to the first floor.

The morning room, as its name suggests, has a tall bay window to the front which brings in the morning sun. There is a wonderful open fireplace with marble hearth and surround and fitted cupboards with book shelves on either side. A magnificent drawing room and equally impressive dining room are situated at the rear of the house, both having large bay windows with fabulous views over the River Trent and open fireplaces with marble surrounds. In the drawing room there are window seats within the bay from where to enjoy the view. A full height bay incorporates French doors which open out on to the verandah. The kitchen is L-shaped and has a good range of fitted medium oak cupboards and drawers surmounted by granite work surfaces; appliances include four oven gas Aga, electric halogen hob and dishwasher. A wall opening looks through to the garden room which is accessed via a breakfast room off the kitchen. The garden room is a fantastic feature of the house. This impressive cantilevered room enjoys spectacular views over the River Trent. This addition to the house was made in around 2007 and has a thermostat controlled roof ventilation system, Rain Guard rain sensors and travertine flooring with underfloor heating.

Also off the entrance hall is a guest cloakroom with separate WC and linen cupboard, a sitting room/study and a large laundry room. A rear hallway with quarry tiled floor provides access to a spacious games room, a walk-in pantry and a wood store. A door from the games room leads to a further corridor which has a wash room, boiler room and door into the garage. This section of the accommodation has flexibility to be used in a variety of ways and would be suitable for conversion to additional ancillary accommodation if required and subject to the necessary consents. A further hallway has an external door leading through to the garage and stairs to an excellent self-contained apartment, which has a generous open plan living room/kitchen with ample cupboard space and a central island unit with breakfast bar. Integrated appliances include an AEG double oven, dishwasher and fridge freezer. This room has fabulous views over the River Trent. There is a large double bedroom with fireplace and built-in wardrobes, a contemporary style shower room with remote controlled shower and Villeroy & Boch vanity sink, and a separate WC.

There is access off the entrance hall to a substantial cellar which includes a number of chambers, some of which have vaulted brick ceiling and extensive wine racking providing excellent wine cellarage.

A superb wide oak panelled staircase rises to the first floor landing which has a lovely stained glass sky light. The extensive master suite comprises a dual aspect bedroom, measuring 28’1” x 14’0”, which looks out over the front and side gardens, a dressing room which has fitted wardrobes along the length of the room and a contemporary style en suite bathroom which has a separate shower cubicle. There is a lovely guest bedroom which has a bay window with views over the River Trent to the rear, French cherry wood fitted wardrobes, an en suite bathroom and small dressing room. There are three further well-proportioned bedrooms, a family bathroom and a box room which would be useful as a linen room or further dressing room.

Grounds and gardens
The property is accessed via private driveway off Church Lane which leads to a gated, wide gravelled forecourt with extensive car standing space, a brick built three-bay car port with tongue and groove clad ceiling and a coal store. A gravelled pathway leads around the front garden which has a wide lawn, and through wooded areas which have a wide selection of mature shrubs and specimen trees including blue cedar, sweet chestnut, holly, poplars and a marvellous display of rhododendrons. On the south western side of the house there is a fine Victorian verandah with stone steps leading down to a sunken dining terrace. The path continues around to the front of the property to an elevated seating terrace. On the lower ground level a gravelled path leads to steps down to the river's edge. The boundary of the property extends to the midline of the river. On the north-eastern side of the house there is an enclosed brick paved yard with brick outbuildings including a log store, tool shed and double timber gates opening out to the front of the property.

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