Crowtrees occupies an elevated position in a wonderful rural location. Approached via a long and very impressive principal driveway, the property is in a truly unspoiled position surrounded by rolling countryside, woodland and farmland.
The small village of Bradley is about 3 miles east of the historic market town of Ashbourne and is located amongst winding lanes amidst captivating countryside. Bradley is well positioned for easy access to the A52 which provides a quick link to Derby, about 10 miles to the east and also to the A38 and M1. To the west, Stoke on Trent and the M6 are about 25 miles away.
Derbyshire and the Peak District is a world class destination stretching from the dramatic moorland and breathtaking landscapes of Britain's first National Park to the ancient oaks of the National Forest in the South of the County. Derbyshire is renowned for being hugely diverse with a fascinating historical and cultural heritage. This beautiful region is home to some of the country's finest stately homes, enchanting market towns and picturesque villages.
There is a local primary school in Bradley and a good choice of preparatory schools within easy reach including Foremarke Hall. There are a number of independent secondary schools that are easily accessible, notably Denstone College, Repton School and Derby High School.
Crowtrees is a very fine country house in a private setting and with wonderful views over a captivating landscape. The property offers exceptional amenities for family living with secondary accommodation, impressive leisure facilities, delightful gardens, good outbuildings and for equestrian enthusiasts there is high quality stabling and a manège. The house and buildings sit very well within ring fenced grounds, a superb combination for quiet, private living and the enjoyment of country pursuits.
Listed Grade II for its architectural and historical importance, Crowtrees is believed to be the oldest property in Bradley and mentioned in The Domesday Book. The rear section of the house is the oldest and is understood to date from the mid-16th Century. The handsome front wing has strong Georgian architecture with the beautifully proportioned front elevation having fine fenestration, stone detailing and a classic raised front door.
In recent years considerable refurbishment has been undertaken with an exceptional attention to detail. The period character of the property has been maintained and enhanced whilst modern facilities have been developed to create an exceptional family home of a very high specification. The interiors of the house are worthy of particular note with splendid interior design at every turn with some exceptional materials and workmanship.
The accommodation of the main house is versatile and set over three floors together with a wine cellar. Within the front wing of the house the three main reception rooms radiate off the hall which features the principal oak staircase. The sitting room, dining room and family room display some fine features including boarded floors, exposed timbers and substantial fireplaces with wood burning stoves.
The grand kitchen is a later addition on the eastern end of the house and is of wonderful proportions having double height vaulted ceilings, an impressive stone fireplace, wonderful tiled floor and French doors to the gardens. The kitchen was designed and hand crafted by Osborne of Ilkeston, featuring extensive fitted furniture, 3 oven Aga and module, high quality appliances and a large central island with breakfast bar.
Another recent change to Crowtrees is the addition of the orangery, a relaxing garden room, open plan to the kitchen and flooded by natural light from a beautiful roof lantern and two pairs of French doors which open to the garden terraces. The ground floor accommodation is completed by a large utility room, cloakroom and the rear hall with secondary staircase whilst there is a brick vaulted wine cellar with cold slabs.
Two staircases rise to the first floor with connecting landings and an excellent layout. The large master bedroom has an exceptional ensuite bathroom with a freestanding copper bath as the focal point and complemented by two copper wash basins. There is a beautifully fitted dressing room by Osborne of Ilkeston and two further bedroom suites at first floor level. The principal staircase continues to the second floor where there are two further large bedrooms, both with ensuite shower rooms.
The two drives leading into Crowtrees arrive at a most attractive courtyard surrounded by traditional outbuildings of brick and tile construction. The buildings have been refurbished and converted
to produce versatile accommodation, storage and leisure facilities.
The apartment and leisure wing
In one corner of the courtyard, a self-contained apartment has been created with an entrance hall, a well fitted and large kitchen/dining room, two cloakrooms and a sitting room on the ground floor. Upstairs are two good sized bedrooms with some excellent exposed timbers and a shower room. Whilst being selfcontained, the cottage is easily integrated into the playroom/ cinema room to make a superb and versatile area ideal for entertaining. This large double storey area is currently used as snooker room and cinema and features an oak floor, exposed brickwork and high vaulted ceilings with substantial exposed trusses. The room is fully wired for a surround sound cinema system and the large cinema screen, speakers, projector and other hardware may be purchased by separate negotiation.
At the southern end of the barn is a gymnasium, a wet room, two changing rooms and a plant room. At first floor level above the gymnasium and approached by a twin flight stone staircase is a home office displaying some fine exposed timbers.
Garaging and stabling
Within the courtyard is a detached three car garage of brick and tile construction having remote control, electrically operated timber doors to the front. In an adjacent wing of the outbuildings is the stable block housing three loose boxes, tack room/feed store with hot and cold water and separate boiler room serving as a drying area. Planning permission for horse walker.
Gardens and grounds
Crowtrees has the benefit of two drives with a most impressive principal driveway being laid in recent years creating a most impressive approach from the south.
A wide, gated entrance flanked by stone pillars and estate railings leads to a long tarmacadam drive leading towards the house in the distance. This main drive meets the old drive just to the southwest of the house which is ideal for separate service access. A gateway leads through to the inner grounds where the drive is flanked by an expansive lawn and leads directly into an impressive courtyard. The house and outbuildings are set around this most attractive yard which has generous parking areas set around a central island.
Around the house are beautifully landscaped gardens and terrace areas set on a number of different levels with brick and stone walling, dwarf box hedging and raised beds planted with lavender. A number of sun terraces provide lovely seating areas and perfect locations for al fresco dining.
On the south side of the house facing the front elevation is a carefully planned formal garden. A large sunken lawn features ornamental shaped beds in the centre and corners with carefully clipped box hedges and delightful rose beds. Radiating from the formal garden further areas of lawn lead out to tall hedges with paddocks beyond.
The gardens lead up to the east side of the courtyard adjacent to the leisure wing of the outbuildings. Here there is a large paved terrace surrounding a fully tiled heated swimming pool. The pool features a roman end and a fully concealed electrically retractable safety cover. The terrace, which is surrounded by well-established hedges, also features an outdoor shower. A door into the barn leads to changing rooms, a wet room and the gymnasium.
The remainder of the grounds at Crowtrees are divided into numerous paddocks, many having either piped water or natural water provision. There is a manège, measuring approximately 40 m x 20 m, and a multi-purpose storage barn.
The area of Lot 1 extends to about 17.3 acres and is coloured blue on the plan within the brochure.
House For SaleCrowtrees, Pinfold Lane, Bradley, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6
Guide price £2,000,000
A beautifully presented country house with land and superb facilities in a wonderful rural position
- Handsome Grade II Listed house in a beautiful and private setting
- 3 reception rooms and orangery
- Exceptional kitchen, utility room, cloakroom, wine cellar
- 5 bedrooms, dressing room, 5 ensuite bath/shower rooms
- Self-contained 2 bedroom apartment
- Cinema, gymnasium and shower/changing rooms
- Heated outdoor swimming pool
- Triple garage, storage barn, stabling and tack room
- Delightful landscaped gardens, paddocks and manège
- Lot 1 - about 17.3 acres, Lot 2 - about 56.53 acres