Manor Quarry stands in an elevated position on Duffield Bank and so benefits from superb far reaching views over the Ecclesbourne Valley and Duffield. The property is approached via a weeping driveway leading off a public highway, via a right of way. Duffield town centre is approximately 1 mile away and offers a very good range of everyday facilities whilst a wider range of facilities can be found in Derby and Nottingham. The area is well served with good road links including the A38(T), A50(T) and the M1. Derby offers a mainline railway station and East Midlands Airport is also within easy reach. The property is within the catchment area of the highly regarded Ecclesbourne School. Other schooling in the area includes Repton School, Derby Grammar School, Derby High School, Trent College, Ockbrook School, Denstone College and Abbotsholme School.
Manor Quarry is an extensive house which has been remodelled and extended by the current owners to create an exciting property designed to make the very most of the fantastic position. The generous accommodation extends to approximately 6,100 sq ft. including a guest suite which, in conjunction with an office and second kitchen below, offer scope to create a semi-independent annexe suitable for guest accommodation, dependent relative or let accommodation. A further detached property, The Folly, also presents further ancillary accommodation suitable for the same uses. Manor Quarry offers an excellent blend of very well presented accommodation, wonderful formal gardens, grazing land of approximately 2.24 acres and an extraordinary setting within a former quarry which also offers fantastic views. A fascinating cave within the grounds of Manor Quarry provides an historic link with Rolls-Royce during World War II.
A glazed door leads into a long reception hallway, flooded with natural light, with doors leading to key rooms. At the southern end of the house the formal drawing room of 23’4” x 16’10” has two sets of sliding doors opening to stone terraces, and a large picture window which provides great views to the west. Adjoining this room is the snug which benefits from an extensive range of fitted units and a bay window. The study has a range of fitted units and an adjoining wet room with WC. On the opposite side of the hallway is a brilliant open plan living/dining kitchen space which is a key feature of the house. The kitchen area includes a range of wall and floor mounted units and an island, surmounted with granite work surfaces and a seating area. In addition there is a gas AGA, a Miele induction hob, combi microwave, twin sinks and sliding doors leading to the terrace. A breakfast and seating area with a picture window providing great views to the west. Accessed off the kitchen is a pantry, a guest WC and boot store area. A doorway leads through to the garden room which provides an excellent spacious dining space with an outlook over the formal gardens; a utility cupboard is accessed from here. Double doors lead from the garden room into the office area which is a room of 26’11” x 17’10” with doors leading off to a kitchen, store room, shower room with WC, external door and stairs leading to the first floor guest suite. From the reception hallway an oak staircase leads to a broad landing with reception area (formerly a bedroom which could easily be turned back into another bedroom if so desired). The master bedroom of 16’5” x 15’ has a range of fitted storage and benefits from superb east, south and westerly views. A door leads through to a bathroom comprising a bath with overhead shower, WC, wash hand basin and bidet. A further door from this bathroom leads into an adjoining bedroom, however, this can be locked in order that this bathroom acts purely as an en suite to the master bedroom; alternatively the adjoining bedroom could act as a dressing room. A second bedroom suite offers an exciting layout with a sitting room area and doors leading to an en suite shower room with WC, and French doors leading to a roof terrace. Stairs lead from this sitting room area up to a mezzanine floor, with a supporting oak column and glazed balustrade, which acts as the bedroom area for this suite. A further first floor bedroom benefits from a range of fitted units, drawers and shelves. There is a further separate spacious family bathroom with shower, WC and wash hand basin on this level.
A second flight of stairs leading from the main landing rise to an extensive bedroom suite on the second floor. This includes an amazing bedroom area, study area and is open plan to a bathroom. This suite unsurprisingly benefits from great views and a set of French doors lead to a roof terrace. There is access on this level to the roof space for storage. The guest suite on the first floor accessed via the office/games room is an open plan living and bedroom area with an en suite bathroom with overhead shower. This provides great guest accommodation, or alternatively could be let with or without the office space and kitchen below.
Manor Quarry is approached via a sweeping driveway leading off a shared access road which connects with Duffield Bank. The house sits within approximately 6 acres of gardens and grounds providing a wonderful setting for the house. Formal gardens wrap around the house with areas laid to lawn, mature beds and a substantial rockery; attractive dry stone walling divides portions of this formal garden area. Plant species include beech, oak, sequoia and silver birch trees along with a Yucca palm tree and a great range of rhododendrons. Other species include azaleas from the Caerhays Estate in Cornwall, magnolias, acers, hydrangeas, and camellias.
Across the tarmac driveway and within a portion of the former quarry is a wonderful area of pathways, climbing and weaving through and around stone structures commissioned by the owners with a hint of mediaeval battlements to them, providing a unique garden area. A pathway leads deeper into the quarry with expansive sandstone faces rising some 80 feet that wrap about the tennis court which provide the setting like no other for a hard surface tennis court (by En-tout-cas), a summerhouse and viewing terrace.
To the north of the house and accessed via a flight of steps is The Folly, a stone and timber building which offers further accommodation including an open plan kitchen with sitting area, bedroom and en suite shower room. This building is ideal for letting in order to generate an income but would also provide useful ancillary accommodation to the main house for guests or family members or alternatively could work very well as a home office away from the house. Adjoining The Folly is a useful timber framed barn with concrete floor and part block walls. Electricity is connected to this building and it provides useful storage but could also be converted to provide stabling.
To the north of the barn and accessed off the house driveway, or via a secondary access leading from the north, is an area of approximately 0.95 acres which could be fenced in order to provide paddock land for equestrian or livestock uses, but alternatively could simply provide an area of extensive lawns to enjoy in addition to the formal gardens. Adjoining this area is a timber building providing storage. With the reinstatement of internal divisions this building would provide an excellent stable range which was its original use, comprising three loose boxes and a tack room. An impressive building by Passmores offers an extensive double garage area of 7.2 metres by 7.2 metres and is of a timber framed construction with clap board walling and a pantile roof. Beneath the garage and accessed from the rear is an undercroft providing further storage.
A further fascinating element of the property is a cave set within a sandstone face of the quarry. This is accessed via a doorway leading to a weaving passageway which ends in a single chamber set deep within the wall of the quarry. Derby is only five miles away and was one of the main production sites for Rolls Royce during the Second World War. Rolls Royce used a number of secret locations for development and storage of confidential information and this included Duffield Bank, Littleover Hall and Belper. It is reputed that this cave was used in order to provide a secret location for the storage of designed plans for the Spitfire aircraft. The cave is currently unused but could perhaps provide space for an extraordinary wine cellar.
House For SaleManor Quarry, Duffield Bank, Duffield, Belper, Derbyshire DE56
Offers in Excess of £1,850,000
An extraordinary property with far reaching views over the Ecclesbourne Valley and Duffield, and with fantastic gardens and grounds.
- 3 reception rooms, living/dining kitchen
- Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 5 further bedrooms, 2 with en suite bath/shower rooms
- Family bathroom and wet room
- Study, extensive office and games room
- Two roof terraces
- Potential for a self-contained guest suite with open plan bedroom and living area with en suite bathroom
- The Folly – a detached self-contained 1 bedroom property with kitchen and shower room
- A barn, and a large double garage with undercroft
- Potential stable range
- Extensive mature grounds of about 6 acres including formal gardens, paddock land and tennis court.