Shardlow is situated 7 miles south east of Derby in South Derbyshire and was once a considerable inland port on the River Trent. Shardlow and Stourbridge are the only two inland ports
which still exist largely intact in Britain. Shardlow is a village of two parts; to the west is the old village, predating the canal and to the east is the inland port, a new settlement created by the construction of the Trent and Mersey Canal, opened in 1777. Shardlow's impressive collection of warehouses and boat owners' houses, of which this is a fine example, with the waterway as a backbone, give it a distinct character and a strong sense of purpose. In years gone by Fly boats left Shardlow for Derby, Nottingham, Hull, Lincoln, Liverpool and Manchester. The area has been designated a Conservation Area due to its many historic buildings and presents a most pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. The canal and river have been extensively re-developed for leisure use and Shardlow Marina provides extensive facilities for boating enthusiasts and visitors alike, together with many local countryside and canal walks. There is a local primary school rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted, Post Office with shop, and restaurants/public houses and amenities in the village, along with excellent road links with the A50, A6, A42
and M1 motorway. The cities of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham and East Midlands Airport are also easily accessible.
A charming Grade II Listed dwelling having been rejuvenated in recent years to offer considerable accommodations over three floors, extending to approximately 5741 sq.ft. The property has had a varied past, being used as a hotel, a school and for
commercial purposes, but has now been brought back to its roots as a fine Regency family home. Particular points of characterful interest include the stunning reception entrance with Hopton fossilized stone floor extending up the staircase and, within the drawing room, it is believed that the ceiling mouldings were hand painted by Italian prisoners of war. Further original features have been exposed where possible, to include fireplaces, sash windows with shutters and stripped wooden flooring. Some pieces of the original crown glass windows also remain. Scope exists to utilise the accommodations further, either to generate an additional income through creating self-contained
residential/commercial uses (subject to the necessary consents) or indeed for a dependent relative or teenager. The property is positioned within a low maintenance plot which enjoys good
degrees of privacy from the walled gardens and allows ample vehicular hardstanding. With a south westerly aspect to the front and taking in the most delightful views over the River Trent toward countryside beyond.
An open sided, pillared front entrance with canopy balcony roof (accessed at first floor level) opens into the stunning reception hallway via glazed double doors having leaded detail. The Hopton
stone floor flows to rooms off and up the impressive return staircase which has a wrought iron balustrade. Natural light floods the area from a feature tall window to the rear, which sets the tone for the remainder of the property. Character features are evident from the outset, with ceiling mouldings and roses, together with deep carved architraves to most doors. The sitting room takes in a south westerly aspect through the bay window
and houses a Hopton marble open grate fireplace. The dining kitchen is traditionally presented, with fixed and freestanding furniture (some of which is available by separate negotiation) and offers a superb area to entertain with exposed wooden flooring. A door opens to a rear landing with spiral stairs to the lower ground floor and guest wc and bedroom five off. The remainder of the ground floor comprises a fitted utility with wc and a fabulous dual aspect drawing room with marble open grate fireplace and ceiling mouldings believed to have been hand painted by Italian prisoners of war. At first floor level is a spacious galleried landing giving access to three spacious bedrooms which are serviced by a wellappointed shower room (which can also be accessed from the master en-suite). In addition, there is a master bedroom taking in a south westerly aspect over the River Trent and having a fourpiece en-suite bathroom, with traditional white fitments. A door
allows access to steps rising to the spacious loft, currently being utilised for storage purposes.
The lower ground floor can be accessed either internally via the spiral stairs or independently from the various external doors. An area currently being used as a home gym, with barrel vaulted ceiling, allows access to the conservatory, being of dwarf wall and glazed construction and taking in a north easterly aspect. A further door off the gym opens into the large family room which leads to an inner hallway, with fitted kitchenette off and his/her toilets (the lower ground floor was previously used for commercial purposes). There is a good-sized study and intriguing workshop accessed via a former Derby prison door, with painted mural, believed to have been created by a former inmate. To the head of the inner hallway is the games rooms which has a dual aspect and offers a variety of uses and allows access to the cellar store with barrel brick detail and giving access to the front.
The front of the property is accessed via decorative twin wrought iron gates, with winged walls having similar wrought iron topped detail. Beyond is a low maintenance approach, with curved steps to the pillared front entrance. Access to the rear can be gained by a flagged path, which opens to a large tarmac parking area and patio seating. The listed walled boundaries are continued from the front, broken by swing open sage green gates for vehicular access. Good degrees of privacy is enjoyed via mature tree canopies and a charming sheltered patio allows complete privacy with laurel hedge screen. Beyond is a useful outdoor store/workshop which sits beneath the adjoining mill and has light and power. Off-lying from the property and accessed off London Road is a small area of scrub, that could, subject to the necessary consents house a garage or provide additional parking.
House For SaleBroughton House, 141, London Road, Shardlow, Derby, Derbyshire DE72
Guide price £795,000
A most individual Grade II Listed Georgian/Regency residence, with fascinating character features, set within the heart of Shardlow on the banks of the River Trent.
- A charming Grade II Listed dwelling having been rejuvenated in recent years
- Offering considerable accommodations over three floors extending to approximately 5741 sq ft
- Reception hallway, sitting room and drawing room
- Dining kitchen
- Gymnasium room, conservatory and family room
- Kitchenette, his/her toilets, study, workshop and games room
- Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, four further bedrooms and a shower room
- Gardens and parking, outdoor storage and stunning river bank views