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A wonderful Grade II * listed period village house set in approximately 8 acres.
A fine, well-presented Grade II* listed Arts and Crafts family house in a quiet situation on the edge of the village and set in approximately 8 acres.
House - Derbyshire
An excellent family house with large, spacious rooms featuring a wealth of original period features. The house is approached of the road up a gravel driveway with lawns either side, leading to a gateway to the front of the house and an area of parking for several vehicles. An inner courtyard, which is laid to stone setts, gives access to a large garage and then to the rear driveway.
Ground floor: A large gothic style front door opens into a generous hallway with parquet effect tiled floor. To the left is a good sized study/office with built-in desk and good cupboards. The staircase hall has a wide wood staircase rising to the first floor with an impressive stained glass window featuring the nursery rhyme “who killed Cock Robin” to the half landing. Off the hall is a cloakroom with wc and hand basin. The drawing room is of excellent proportions and has an oak floor, a stone fireplace with and ornate relief above set into an inglenook, a door leads out to the rear garden. The library/dining room is a vast, dual aspect room with oak floor, a pair of bay windows, an original corner fireplace with marble and Mandale stone slips, extensive fitted display bookcases with cupboards below and a door to the garden. Sitting room to the front of the house with corner fireplace, door to the dining room and a further door into a lovely west facing conservatory overlooking the croquet lawn. Inner hall with steps down to an excellent wine cellar and store room. Kitchen/breakfast room with a range of wall and base units and granite worktops incorporating 1 ½ bowl sink unit with etched drainer in the worktop. There is a two oven oil fired Aga, a Neff Oven with three burner gas hob and extractor fan over and a pair of Fisher and Paykel dishwashers. A decent dining area and door to a terrace to the rear. A further inner hall has a door out to a courtyard, a large walk-in pantry cupboard at the end and to the left a good sized boot room which links into the annexe. To the right is a laundry room with plumbing for two pairs of washing machines and dryers, good work surfaces incorporating large sink unit and full length storage cupboards. Door to rear lobby/utility and back door, long pantry/workshop off and cloakroom with wc and hand basin beyond that.
First floor: Spacious landing with access to a huge boarded loft area. Main bedroom overlooking the rear garden, pretty, original corner fireplace door to en suite bathroom with tiled floor, bath with shower over and shower screen, wc, bidet, hand basin and heated towel rail. Walk-in dressing room with fitted hanging space. Adjacent to one side is a further good double bedroom with en suite shower room, this could be combined with the main bedroom to create an exceptional suite. Large dressing room/ bedroom, with fitted hand basin and fireplace, overlooking the side garden. Double bedroom with an en suite shower room and another with an en suite bathroom with roll top bath. Inner landing leads to two doors opening into a good games room with two fireplaces, overlooking the rear garden. Further double bedroom with cavernous en suite shower room with large walk-in shower, wc, hand basin, heated towel rail and fitted cupboards.
Annexe: to the ground floor is a separate access to the courtyard and kitchen garden. Sitting room with brick fireplace. Kitchen with fitted units, sink unit and plumbing for a washing machine Twin bedroom off with en suite shower room. To the first floor is a good sized double bedroom with fitted cupboard and an adjacent bathroom with bath, wc and hand basin.
Outside: accessed from the front drive is a pretty stone flagged courtyard with coal/log store and original water pump connected to a cavernous, brick lined, water store. To the west side of the house is a lovely croquet lawn flanked by mature borders planted with a variety of mature plants and shrubs. A stone arch opens onto the rear garden with a stone terrace to the back of the house then an area of lawn flanked by playing card design box hedging. Steps lead up to a pleached hornbeam walk-way leading to further pretty, lawned areas of the garden with a mature shrubbery and rose garden. Further steps to the orchard with a summer house and capped off well. The orchard and rear garden adjacent to the house have integrated sound systems enabling music or radio to the palyed there. There are many fine, mature trees throughout the garden including, beech, copper beech, magnolia, lime and many more. A further stone archway from the orchard leads to a wonderful wild flower meadow with paths mown through it. Adjacent to the garden wall is a good sized vegetable plot and further fruit trees. There is a greenhouse and a substantial wooden machine shed.
The inner courtyard gives access to a large double garage, with electric doors, storage above and further store rooms and a separate brick built outbuilding with plumbing and wc facilities.
Note: Our clients also own the bungalow known as The Haven (hatched blue on our plan) within the grounds, this is available by separate negotiation. We also understand there is also the possibility of acquiring The Gables (hatched red on our plan).
Main house: Entrance hall; staircase hall; drawing room; library/dining room; sitting room; study; two cloakrooms; kitchen/breakfast room; conservatory; laundry room; boot room; long pantry; master bedroom, bathroom and dressing room; dressing room/bedroom six; four further double bedrooms; bathroom (en suite); three shower rooms (en suite); large games room.
Annexe: sitting room; kitchen; two bedrooms; bathroom; shower room (en suite).
Wine cellar and store; boiler house; coal/log store; large double garage; extensive parking; greenhouse; timber machine shed; further storage; beautiful gardens; stone terrace; croquet lawn.
Leawood Hall is situated on the edge of the village with wonderful views over open countryside yet within a few minutes drive of Cromford Station with its links to Derby and then London from 1 hour 23 minutes. It is on the edge of the Peak District National Park with all the wonderful opportunities for outdoor activities. There is also good access to the national motorway network.
Lea Wood is possibly the earliest and certainly one of the finest domestic manifestation of the Arts and Crafts movement in Derbyshire. Indeed the original plans sit in the V and A museum on London. It was built 1874-76 for William and Mary Walker by W Eden Nesfield and Norman Shaw, two eminent architects and close associates of William Morris and the Rosetti’s. the intertwined initial of William and Mary Walker are to be found on a plaque at the front of the house and in a window in the drawing room.
William Walkers father had bought the land for the house from Peter Nightingale, father of Florence. Mr Walker senior had been a successful local manufacturer of hats, especially military headgear used in the Crimean war. Later the Walker family sold the house to Harold Futvoye Lea, brother in law of John Marston Smedley, owner of the eponymous factory at Lea Bridge.
Leawood Hall is built in coarse ashlar of Ashover Grit and is of two storeys. The interior is well planned and decorated with Queen Anne revival stucco, light oak panelling and some flamboyant chimney pieces.
The grounds and gardens are of independent historic and artistic interest and are featured in the book ‘Historic Gardens of Derbyshire’. They were landscaped by William Barron, a local designer responsible for Elvaston Castle and other well known gardens in the region. The Leawood garden however also features input from the father of Eden Nesfield, William Andrew Nesfield, responsible for the layout of large parts of Kew Gardens and Regents Park in London.
- 6+ bed
- 6+ bath
- 2 Parking Spaces
- 2 No. of Garages