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Lowes House, Lowes Lane, Swarkestone, Derby, Derbyshire

Guide price £1,150,000 Sold

A fabulous Grade II Listed, three storey country house with detached 2 bedroom annexe, oak garage range and paddock land situated in a lovely rural position with south-facing views.

  • 2 well proportioned reception rooms
  • Bespoke kitchen with Aga
  • Garden room with bi-fold doors to two sides
  • Master bedroom with en suite shower room
  • 2 further double bedrooms, one en suite
  • Jack and Jill bathroom
  • 3 second floor rooms and Jacuzzi bathroom
  • 2 bedroom annexe with garden area
  • L-shaped garage range with workshop and space for about 10 vehicles
  • Gardens and grounds, including wild carp lake and paddock. About 2.11 acres in all

Lowes House is situated on the edge of the small village of Swarkestone, 5 miles south of Derby. A designated conservation area steeped in history, Swarkestone is most renowned for its causeway over the River Trent flood plain, but was also the most southerly point reached by the advance guard of Bonnie Prince Charles' army on their march to London in 1745.

The village has cricket, sailing, shooting and fishing clubs, together with many delightful walking and cycling routes. Swarkestone Nursery holds many craft, gift and food and drink fairs throughout the year and has a popular restaurant. The Crewe and Harpur public house on the edge of Swarkestone bridge is a popular public house. Local facilities can be found in nearby Chellaston, which has a number of local shops and public houses, with a wider range of facilities about 5 miles away in Derby city centre. Primary schools are available in Barrow on Trent and Chellaston, which feed to the renowned Chellaston Academy secondary school. Private schooling in the area includes Foremarke Hall Preparatory School, Repton School, Derby High School, Derby Grammar School and Ockbrook School.

Swarkestone is well placed for access to the A50, which provides links to the A38, M1 and M6 motorways and the major Midlands cities of Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham. The A42 is in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, about 10 miles away. Rail links and East Midlands Airport are also within easy reach.

Lowes Farm was originally built as racing stables by Sir Harry Harpur in 1777 as part of the Harpur Crewe estate. An exercise course was laid out nearby and races were held on Sinfin Moor. It is believed that in the 1800's the farm buildings were converted into a house in which to entertain wealthy race-goers who came to enjoy the horse racing. The farm has been further divided into a number of individual homes and Lowes House is a beautifully presented property which the vendors have improved significantly in recent years. The well proportioned accommodation is arranged over three floors and blends traditional features, such as sash windows, decorative cornicing, free-standing period style radiators and part panelled walls, alongside contemporary additions, the bathrooms being such examples. The main house is complemented by a detached former garage building which provides self-contained ancillary accommodation, together with a garage/gym area, and an impressive oak-framed, L-shaped garage block, all sitting within gardens and grounds of about xxx acres. The property enjoys fabulous south-facing views over the surrounding countryside.

A panelled door, with plain overlight under a stone lintel, opens into an entrance hall which has an attractive high gloss black and white chequered floor and half-panelled walls which continue up the stairs alongside the period staircase. Doors lead through to two generous reception rooms which overlook the gardens at the front. The drawing room is a delightful room with an Adam style fireplace housing a Chesneys log burning stove. The chequered flooring from the hallway continues through to the dining room which has a cast iron fireplace with granite hearth and a doorway leading through to an inner hallway with WC and laundry room. A door leads from the dining room into the kitchen which is fitted with a range of bespoke rustic wooden units surmounted by granite work surfaces which incorporate a housing for a large American style fridge and an electric four-oven Aga set within an exposed brick alcove with lighting. Integrated appliances include De Dietrich electric oven and a dishwasher. The rustic tone of the wood and brickwork is replicated in the multicolour riven slate flooring. Adjoining the kitchen is a lovely garden room with full pitched ceiling and which has exposed brick walling, riven slate flooring and bi-fold doors to two sides, making this ideal for entertaining. A corner brick fireplace with wood burning stove completes this room. The vendors have obtained Listed Planning Consent for the removal of the internal wall between the kitchen and the garden room to form one larger single room (Planning Ref: 9/2016/0808).

From the entrance hall, stairs rise to the first floor galleried landing, which has a window overlooking the front gardens and the wonderful views beyond. The master bedroom has two double built-in wardrobes and a fully tiled luxury en suite with shower cubicle and his and hers wash hand basins with shelving below. There are two further en suite bedrooms, one en-suite being a Jack and Jill bathroom which can also be accessed from the hallway.

Stairs lead from the landing to the second floor which has three separate rooms, one of which is used as a study/games area, a bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and WC, and a further storage room; all having exposed roof timbers.

Annexe range
Adjacent to Lowes house is a superb detached two storey building which has been converted in part to create a spacious self-contained annexe. On the ground floor there is large L-shaped garage area (measuring 34’7” x 32’ max), which is currently used as a gym, but is suitable for a variety of uses, subject to any necessary consents. Double oak doors lead through to an open plan living room/dining room and fully equipped kitchen area with dishwasher, electric double oven, hob, fridge freezer and washing machine. An inner hallway with useful storage cupboard has stairs up to the first floor, which is an open plan area and incorporates four separate seating/sleeping areas, divided by exposed roof timbers and having Velux skylights. There is a bedroom area with built-in dressing table, a bathrroom, separate guest bedroom and a store cupboard.

French doors lead out from the kitchen to a wide timber decked patio with a sunken pool and steps down to a lawned area bordered at the bottom by an attractive brick wall and steps down to the gravelled driveway.

Garage range
At the end of the driveway there is an impressive L-shaped, oak framed garage range which has two double garages with electric roller doors, one having an attached workshop with extensive storage space above, internet connection, and a separate storage shed. Adjoining the workshop is an open-fronted, four-bay garage, all having lighting and power.

Grounds and gardens
Lowes House is accessed via a long gravelled driveway off Lowes Lane, which continues to the front of the property and rejoins the main drive at the front. There is ample car standing space between the house and the annexe block and further extensive space for several vehicles adjacent to the oak garage block and paddock. At the front of the house there is a wide lawn area which has a centre bed of flowering shrubs and outdoor lighting pillars along the edging. The gardens are very well maintained and are well stocked with an abundance of shrubs and trees and a charming ornamental bridge over a small pond. There is a fabulous lake to the south of the driveway, with water feature and central wildlife island. The gardens and ground are exceptionally well maintained and include a paddock area of approximately 0.80 acres.

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