Beautifully situated on the edge of Duffield on Wirksworth Road, The Kirkstyles is a very special family home approached via a sweeping driveway leading through its delightful grounds and gardens.
Duffield town centre is approximately 1 mile away and offers a very good range of everyday facilities whilst a wider range of amenities 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 (London St Pancras in 1hr 37mins) 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.
The Kirkstyles is a wonderful family home, displaying particularly handsome and varied architecture. The property blends a traditional,
symmetrical Georgian house of stone construction together with a range of brick outbuildings and then with extensive late Victorian additions of
mellow red brick and with upper gables displaying hung tiles and Tudor revival timber framing. The Victorian additions include a tower with a
crenelated parapet, and a hipped roof surmounted by a tall weathervane. The property is under tile and slate roofs and the various periods
combine to present a house of great stature.
The property is finished to an exceptional standard with beautifully proportioned rooms ideally laid out for family occupation and entertaining. There is an excellent kitchen/family room, formal and informal reception rooms and a lovely orangery. When the property was restored, great care was taken to preserve and enhance the original features whilst creating a house that takes full advantage of home
technology and the needs of modern family life. There is very attractive plasterwork, some excellent fireplaces, splendid carpentry and polished timber floors, the replacement windows are finished with antiqued glass.
The house is presented with a high specification of home automation covering audio / visual and lighting. The house has been future proofed with Cat 6 installation throughout. A high specification Sonos system provides audio distribution to many rooms and outdoor areas of the house; of particular note is the installation of a stealth speaker system in one of the sitting rooms, this providing true cinema 7.2 surround sound experience. The Lutron lighting within the property is of an exceptionally high standard and provides numerous lighting scenes that can be controlled via in wall I-pad docks or mobile devices; these also control the Sonos audio system within the property.
The grounds and gardens make a wonderful setting for the house. There are formal and informal structures and planting schemes, wonderfully mature trees and shrubs, paddocks and fields. The house is approached via a long driveway which leads to a parking and turning area and then onto the rear courtyard and a secondary drive.
Approached from the south, a panelled door with a fan light and canopy over opens into the reception hall, with a sitting room to the west and an orangery to the east. The sitting room has a grand limestone chimney piece with an inset fire basket, oak flooring and windows on two elevations. This room is complete with 3D television and a stealth
speaker system. The orangery is a beautifully relaxing room having ceramic tiled floor and concertina doors on both the south and east
elevations, providing seamless access to the grounds and lovely views over the gardens and to the countryside beyond.
Beyond the orangery, the dining room has a lovely square bay with glazed French doors opening onto a terrace and the lawns. There is an open chimney piece with a carved timber mantle and granite hearth. North of the dining room, the drawing room has been formed from the Georgian part of the house. The room has matching bolection moulded limestone chimney pieces with cast iron arch insets on both the north and south sides of the room. There are two lovely projecting bay windows with glazed French doors leading out to the terrace and gardens. The bays flank what would have been the front door to the original house.
Extending to the west, the extensive breakfast kitchen/family room is fitted with an excellent range of floor and wall cupboards, together with a central island, all with granite work surfaces. There is a good complement of built-in appliances including a coffee machine, microwave and dishwasher and the kitchen is complete with a gas fired Aga with a companion plus a large American style fridge and freezer. The kitchen area has a double height vaulted ceiling. There are dining and seating areas within the kitchen and doors lead out to a delightful courtyard herb garden to one side and a sheltered seating terrace to the other.
There are four bedrooms on the first floor together with a large open plan study with full height oak framed windows which overlooks the vaulted area over the kitchen. The master bedroom has a lovely
combination fireplace with over-mantel and is complete with a very attractive contemporary bathroom and a dressing room. Steps lead up to a large roof terrace providing expansive views to the south. Two other bedrooms on this floor are complete with attractive contemporary ensuite bathrooms, and one has a walk-in wardrobe. The fourth bedroom is currently used as a play room.
A further flight of stairs leads up to two further bedrooms, one is currently used as a sitting room, the other bedroom has two walk-in wardrobes
and a generously proportioned contemporary bathroom. A further flight of steps leads up to the tower room.
West of the house, the attached cottage offers comfortable accommodation over two floors. On the ground floor there is a dining kitchen and a sitting room, together with a further sitting room, or ground floor bedroom. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, one having fitted wardrobes.
There is a very good range of domestic outbuildings of red brick under slate roofs. The buildings provide extensive storage, workshops, and garaging, there is a tool shed and a lean-to glass house. The garaging includes a 4 bay open fronted timer framed building. Part of the buildings
have been converted to provide a gym.
Gardens and grounds
The Kirkstyles stands in very special grounds and gardens which make a delightful setting for this special house. There are some wonderful trees,
including a magnificent oak, mature cherry, lime, birch and a spectacular blue cedar.
From Wirksworth Road, wrought iron gates on stone piers surmounted by spherical finials lead onto a tarmacadam driveway which sweeps past well maintained lawns and established shrubbery borders with rhododendron and silver birch underplanted with choice herbaceous plants. The main lawn is divided by a stone wall into two levels, the upper lawn is contained by a high brick walls on the northern boundary, the lower level includes a former grass tennis court. There are seating terraces adjacent to the house.
Just south of the house, a knot garden makes a delightful feature and wisteria clings elegantly to an extended timber pergola which leads out to the paddocks. Beyond the house, the drive continues past the outbuildings and eventually to the second vehicular access. There is a small paddock and a lovely semi-formal wild flower garden, leading
though to a kitchen garden and then to the courtyard herb garden beside the kitchen.
The gardens and grounds extend in all to about 12.2 acres (4.93ha)
House For SaleThe Kirkstyles, Wirksworth Road, Duffield, Belper, Derbyshire
Guide price £2,200,000 Sold
An exceptional period house with a rare specification in a superb location with over 12 acres.
- 3 fine reception rooms
- Orangery with splendid views
- Study with glazed gallery
- Superb kitchen/family room, Utility room
- 5/6 bedrooms, roof terrace, 4 bath/shower rooms
- High specification home automation installation
- Garaging, Gym, Cellar
- 2/3 bedroom cottage
- Excellent range of domestic outbuildings
- Gardens and paddocks extending in all to about 12.2 acres