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Quarndon Hill, 76, The Common, Quarndon, Derby, Derbyshire

Guide price £1,950,000 Sold

A very special family home, sitting in a fabulous location on the edge of the sought-after village of Quarndon.

  • Reception hall, 3 grand reception rooms
  • Breakfast kitchen and utility
  • 6 bedrooms, 4 bath/shower rooms
  • Attic rooms and cellar
  • An independent 2 bedroom cottage
  • Two integrated flats
  • Badminton court
  • Outbuildings, extensive garaging, storage and boiler house
  • Delightful mature gardens and grounds
  • Extending in all to about 3.18 acres

Quarndon Hill sits in a very special location at the southern edge of the sought-after village of Quarndon. The village is prized for combining a country village feel with easy access into Derby and other major The village has a popular public house/restaurant, The Joiners Arms, and also a primary school, church, cricket club, and Queenies Tea Room. Quarndon is within the catchment area of the highly regarded Ecclesbourne School which is located in the neighbouring village of Duffield. A wider range of amenities and services can also be found in Duffield. Quarndon has a rural quality. It is situated near to the National Trust owned Kedleston Park, and the attractive adjoining countryside to the west runs towards the southern boundary of the Peak District National Park.

A number of major roads including the A6, A38, A50 and M1 are accessible. The mainline railway station in Derby is just 4.8 miles away and East Midlands Airport is approximately 18 miles distant. Kedleston Park Golf Club is less than two miles away with Carsington Water approximately 10 miles to the north-west, offering sailing and fishing. The Peak District is a world class destination, stretching from the dramatic moorland and breath-taking landscapes of Britain’s first National Park to the expansive woodland 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.

Quarndon Hill is a hugely impressive property that presents as a substantial late Victorian House with Tudor influences. The property actually dates from the early 1700s and was known as Hill Cottage. The original cottage is still evidenced by the stone work on the west elevation. Extensive remodelling took place in the Victorian and Edwardian periods to create a hugely impressive property of great character. By 1905, the residential elements of Quarndon Hill were broadly established and since then this substantial country house has been owned by just two families. The property is reported to be of both Quarndon brick and Butterley brick beneath tiled roofs. The projecting bays show timber framing with infill in the Tudor vernacular. A significant change to the property was carried out just after the War, when the badminton court was constructed.

Internally, this grandly proportioned house shows a plethora of delightful architectural features with heavy mahogany doors and a carved mahogany principal staircase which is under a full height vaulted ceiling with a glorious stained-glass window. There are wonderful plaster mouldings, some very impressive chimney pieces and stripped and polished floors. The principal reception rooms and bedrooms have open views over the gardens and to the countryside beyond and are flooded with natural light. The main accommodation extends over two floors but with good attic rooms and a cellar. This beautifully proportioned house is perfectly suited to family life and entertaining.

From the main entrance flanked by stone pillars, the front door leads into the reception hall which has doors to the drawing room, sitting room and dining room. All are very impressive formal rooms, with high ceilings, polished timber floors and tall windows. Each room has a complementary but individual character.

The panelled morning room has deep windows looking south over the gardens and an attractive fireplace which is integrated into the timber panelling. The ceiling shows intricate mouldings. The drawing room, situated on the south east corner of the house is flooded with natural light from a deep bay window. It shows lovely plaster mouldings and an impressive Adams style chimney piece with fluted pillars, gesso mouldings and over mantle. The grandly proportioned dining room orientated to the east, has a splendid mahogany chimney piece, built in cupboards with bookcases and a wonderful view over the gardens. In the breakfast kitchen is a range of base and wall units, Belfast sink, French doors opening to the gardens, and a further door leading into the boot room. Close to the kitchen is a well-equipped laundry room. From the laundry room there is access through to a lobby, which has a door leading outside. The two integrated flats, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor, are accessed from this lobby. The staircase serving the flat also provides a secondary staircase to the first floor of the house. The grand principal staircase leads to the first floor and six spacious double bedrooms (two interconnecting) as well as four bathrooms. The master bedroom can utilise one of the bedrooms as a dressing room and connects to a bathroom to form an impressive master suite. There is a en suite bathroom in the guest room. There are useful storage rooms in the attic which historically provided accommodation for house staff.

Additional accommodation
Gardener’s Cottage (78 The Common) This cottage offers accommodation extending to 1,110 sq. ft including a kitchen and sitting room on the ground floor with two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.

The Flat
The flat is an integrated apartment on the first floor offering accommodation extending to 884 sq. ft with a kitchen, a bathroom, 1 bedroom and a generous sitting room with great views to the west.

The Groom’s Room
The Groom’s Room is a ground floor studio flat offering accommodation extending to 317 sq. ft with a kitchen/bedroom and shower room. This accommodation could also be incorporated into the main house.

Gardens and grounds
The gardens and grounds at Quarndon Hill are a delight. Stone gate pillars flank the entrance to the property and lead up a gravel driveway to a large parking and turning area. Beyond the parking area, there are inviting pathways connecting different areas of the gardens and passing through mature woodland shrubbery borders that show a wonderful display of rhododendron, camellia, azalea and pieris, underplanted with a varied display of hellebores. A range of choice conifers and wonderful mature trees provide structure and shade. Lawns extend away from the house to the south and east, a ha-ha manages a level change in the east lawn and beyond it, and sweeping to the northern boundary, is a delightful mature woodland. There is a lovely timber framed summer house on the east lawn believed to have once stood in the grounds of Babbington House.

The property also benefits from additional stores and a traditional brick building providing extensive storage and garaging.

Badminton Court
An impressive indoor badminton court which has a striped and polished sprung floor.

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