A rare opportunity to purchase a truly unique historic family home built in 1667 and occupied by the current owners for the last 32 years. Possibly the first in the area and beautifully preserved, Northwood House offers a balanced blend of modern living and carefully retained 17th Century features.
Internally this lovely family home comprises 4 BEDROOMS and family bathroom to the first floor and on the ground floor, an entrance hall, 2 RECEPTION ROOMS, Kitchen and WALK-IN PANTRY with flagged floors and original stone thralls. There are many ORIGINAL FEATURES around the property from a MAGNIFICENT STONE FIREPLACE in the Sitting Room to exposed, dressed stone walls, flag stone floors (currently carpeted) and original doors to cupboards.
Outside there is a LANDSCAPED REAR GARDEN, a range of OUTBUILDINGS, single detached GARAGE and additional driveway parking for 2 vehicles. Views to the rear overlook the Derwent Valley and the unspoiled countryside of the Peak National Park. The property is situated on a quiet, single -track side road off Northwood Lane with little through traffic.
The area has many local pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes with nearby convenience store/newsagent, butcher, delicatessen, hairdresser, takeaway, restaurant, post office, chemist, the Two Dales Medical Centre and the Whitworth Cottage Hospital. The Matlock ARC Leisure facility with swimming pool and gym facilities is just over 2 miles away. A Sainsbury's supermarket is only 3 miles away in Matlock and a branch of Marks & Spencer’s Food Hall opened in 2016.
The property is within the catchment area of well regarded Primary and Secondary schools, notably Lady Manners and Highfields schools, with a school bus service from the bottom of Northwood Lane.
The main oak beams are exposed but the ceiling is under-drawn, so further oak beams could be exposed, if required. The property is mainly stone flagged on the ground floor (currently carpeted).
Through a single opening door into an enclosed porch with tiled floor and windows with glazed Georgian French Doors through to the:
Sitting Room, 4m x 3.8m (13' x 12'5" approx.):
In the well proportioned family lounge there is a large, feature fireplace with a log burning stove, a prominent stone lintel and exposed stonework with a hand carved corner cupboard, believed to be original 17th century, a beamed ceiling and double sash window with stone sill to the front elevation. The fireplace has a dated and framed plaque commemorating the date of build, which will stay with the property.
Dining Room, 3.7m x 3.5m (12'1" x 11'6" approx.):
With an open fire and built-in "Salt" cupboard to the right hand side, beamed ceiling.
With Feature dressed stone wall, and access to the Kitchen and Walk-in Store/Larder and staircase to the first floor, with staircase window half way.
Kitchen, 2.9m x 2.9m (10'11" x 10'11" approx.):
The beamed breakfast kitchen has the benefit of an under-stairs storage area with what is believed to be an original 17th century plank door, and a studded door with box lock to the rear flagged patio. This is a lovely cottage kitchen with double opening window overlooking the rear garden, single drainer stainless steel sink with chrome mixer tap and base units, side work surface with plumbing for an automatic washing machine under, gas cooker point within a feature chimney breast and a wall cupboard housing the gas central heating boiler with fridge under.
Walk-in Store/Larder 3.7m x 1.8m (12'1" x 3'3" approx.):
A magnificent walk-in pantry with mullioned window, a stone salting bench and stone thralls with antique pine shelving.
First Floor: With original oak staircase and window.
The polished wooden staircase leads to a galleried landing around an exposed stone column, which supports heavy oak beams. An ancient, glazed, mullioned window provide views of the Derwent Valley and beyond.
Master Bedroom, 4m x 3.8m (13' x 12'5" approx.):
A large master bedroom and a further three bedrooms, benefitting from high ceilings, unusual in 17th century properties.
Bedroom 2, 3.7m x 2m (12'1" x 6'6" approx.):
With feature double sash window.
Bedroom 3, 2.8m x 2.2m (9'2" x 7'2" approx.):
With window to the side elevation a delightful third bedroom in size and proportion.
Bedroom 4, 2.9m x 2.9m (9'6" x 9'6" approx.):
To the right of the landing is a small bedroom with a covered oak beam, low level mullioned window and exposed oak plank flooring, many of which are believed original. It is currently used as an office.
Comprising two rooms, the first housing the high level w/c with window and the second housing the pedestal wash basin and cast iron roll top bath with chrome taps over. Oak flooring.
Approaching the front of Northwood House, a date stone 1667 can be seen above the porch entrance. To either side of the porch, a pleasant sitting area may be enjoyed, and to the right hand side of the house a further private landscaped area also with seating ideal for alfresco dining. There are stone mullioned wooden sash windows to the front of property with stone mullioned windows to the rear and side.
To the rear of the house is an old stone flagged patio, believed to be the remainder of a former buttery, with a covered log store and a separate utility room, which leads to a pretty and private rear cottage garden with a stone former pigsty and a stone garden tools outhouse. In the upper garden can be found the remains of a large, old cider press and a working whetstone. To the rear of the garden is a single detached garage and chipping driveway, providing parking for three vehicles in all.
Contact Emoov or Text 07596 368760 for viewing.
From Matlock, Crown Square, take the A6 north to Darley Dale. Just beyond The Grouse Inn, turn right into Whitworth Road. Follow Whitworth Road and continue until the road begins to descend into Northwood Lane. As the road descends, the road forks, take the left hand fork and Northwood House can be seen at the first turn to the right.
Alternatively, from Bakewell, take the A6 towards Matlock and on the outskirts of Darley Dale take the first left just past the Darley Dale sign onto Northwood Lane. Follow the road nearly to the top and just before the road narrows the property will be seen off the main thoroughfare set back on the left hand side.