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Clifton House, Clifton, Ashbourne

Guide price £700,000 Sold

A superb Grade II Listed semi-detached house in the sought-after village of Clifton.

  • Entrance porch
  • Reception hallway with parquet flooring
  • Large drawing room
  • Impressive full height library/games room
  • Breakfast kitchen with Aga
  • Utility room, shower room and garden room
  • 2 - 3 first floor bedrooms, two en suite
  • 4 second floor bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette
  • Enclosed rear gardens, two garages and a workshop
  • Driveway with parking space

Clifton House is situated at the centre of the sought-after village of Clifton. Clifton is a picturesque village nestling amidst some lovely countryside on the southern tip of the Peak District National Park. The village offers a popular pub, a highly regarded primary school, church and cricket club. The popular market town of Ashbourne is only 1.5 miles away and is considered to be one of Derbyshire’s finest market towns combining an excellent selection of high quality, independent shops and general facilities coupled with splendid architecture.

Clifton is within easy reach of the Peak District National Park and the whole area presents wonderful opportunities for outdoor leisure pursuits. There are hundreds of miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes and Carsington Water has a popular sailing club. The area is well known for its historic estates and stately homes including Chatsworth, Tissington Hall, Sudbury Hall, Hardwick Hall and Kedleston Hall. There are excellent communication links via the A515, A38, A52 and A50 roads which are a short drive away and provide fast connections to numerous regional centres including Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. East Midlands Airport, Birmingham International Airport and mainline rail services from Derby are also within easy reach. There are a number of renowned schools locally including Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Ashbourne Academy, Abbottsholme School, Repton School, Abbots Bromley, Repton Prep, Denstone College and Derby Grammar.

Clifton House is a handsome period house which offers a great range of accommodation over three floors. Originally built as a single house with its adjoining neighbour, the property is Grade II Listed for its special architectural or historic interest. It is understood that the property underwent a full renovation programme in the early 1990’s to incorporate a number of en suite bath/shower rooms, a delightful garden room and two detached garages/workshops. Many of the original features have been retained and add to the appeal of the property, such as sash windows, high ceilings and cornicing, wide doors with attractive surrounds and French windows at the front with striking lattice work and pilaster framework around them. There is secondary double glazing throughout. Of particular interest is the wood panelled library on the north-west elevation, believed to have been built by the rector in around 1900 to be used as a village reading room, but could be used for a number of purposes such as a games/snooker room, office, gym. This is a lovely light house with well-proportioned accommodation which offers a number of opportunities for further development if required and subject to receiving the necessary consents.

An attractive doorway with Tuscan columned porch and half glazed door with stained glass side lights opens into an inner porch with parquet flooring and a further half glazed door leading into the reception hallway which has a tall central archway, doors leading off to the drawing room and kitchen and a wide staircase rising to the first and second floors.

The spacious drawing room which sits at the front of the house and has a wonderful walk-in bay with three tall sash windows and panelling underneath, bringing lots of light into the room. At the far end is an open fireplace with a wooden Adam style surround and tiled inlay and hearth. Adjacent to the fireplace is an attractive display of built-in cupboards with display shelving above and a tall multi-pane window overlooking the front garden. The ceiling has stepped coving and a wide covered beam divides the room into potentially two separate areas. A wide panelled display alcove at the back of the room provides the potential to knock through to the inner hallway and kitchen to create a much larger open plan living kitchen if required and subject to any consents.

Off the drawing room is a most impressive full height library/study. This room is believed to have been added in around 1900 by the village rector for use as a village reading or meeting room. There are wood panelled walls on all four sides with ornate carved borders and incorporating a fireplace with tiled inserts and an attractive tiled hearth and back panel housing a wood burning stove. Built into the panelling above the fireplace is a wide mirror. Wonderful wooden roof trusses span the room and a large high sash window brings in light from the front of the house. Again, this room has potential to create further space by adding a mezzanine floor if required and subject to any necessary consents.

From the entrance hall an inner hall leads through to the breakfast kitchen which has a good range of pine units incorporating a gas fired Aga and companion with a bespoke tiled splashback depicting a charming farmyard scene. There is a separate built-in electric oven, a four-ring gas hob and a microwave. A large multi-pane window with a fitted corner seat overlooks the rear garden. Adjacent to the kitchen is a rear entrance with a door out to the gardens, a useful utility room and a door through to a generous garden room, which has a glazed roof and double doors out to the rear gardens. This room leads back through to the library. Also on the ground floor is a shower room and a storeroom with a door out to the rear and steps down to the cellar.

Stairs from the entrance hall rise to a half-landing with WC and a large window with stained glass panels overlooking the rear garden. Continuing to the first floor, which has a superb principal suite comprising a bedroom with French windows opening onto a balcony over the front canted bay, having iron railings. Off the bedroom is a dressing room with built-in cupboards and an en suite bathroom. The guest bedroom is a lovely light room with a walk-in square bay to the rear and an archway through to an en suite bathroom with built-in dressing table and drawers. There is a third bedroom/study on this floor and a range of store cupboards and airing cupboard.

Rising to the second floor, the half landing has a window with stained panels overlooking the rear and a useful store cupboard which houses the gas fired boiler serving the second floor. On this floor there are three double bedrooms, two having built-in wardrobes and a sink unit, and a single bedroom. An inner hallway leads to two bathrooms and a kitchenette with sink, cooker and cupboards. This floor would be suitable for providing semi-independent accommodation or guest suite if required.

At the front of Clifton House a low brick wall with stone copings and iron railings skirts the property. A path leads up to the notable columned porch and front door, along the side of which is a small enclosed lawn with hedging and herbaceous plants. At the side of the property a private driveway with iron double gates provides parking space for several vehicles. This leads to a detached brick-built outbuilding which comprises two generous garages with remote controlled roller doors and storage space above and a useful workshop/gardener’s store. A gate within a brick wall leads through to the rear garden, being fully enclosed and mainly laid to lawn, with herbaceous borders and beds and a pathway with steps down to a small paved patio area.

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