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- Dining kitchen, with adjoining family room & orangery
- Sitting room, study & reception hallway/library area
- Master bedroom with dressing area, en suite & balcony
- 4 further bedrooms, en suite, family shower & bathroom
- One-bedroom cottage accommodation
- Two timber garages, kennels, utility room
- Modern steel barn providing excellent garaging
- Timber stable range, manège & paddock land
- Gardens, orchard, two ponds, breeze house & paddocks
- Solar panels, heat pump, solar tubes, & heat storage.
The Wormsley sits in a superb, elevated position with fantastic, far reaching rural views and is situated about 700 metres south of the sought-after village of Shirley. A comprehensive network of footpaths and bridleways are easily accessible including public access through delightful areas of Shirley Park and Osmaston Park. Shirley village has a renowned village pub and restaurant, The Saracen’s Head, as well as St Michael’s Church. A wide range of facilities are available in the attractive market town of Ashbourne, less than 7 miles away, whilst Derby is also within easy reach. From Ashbourne the southern boundary of the Peak District National Park is less than three miles away. This area provides endless leisure opportunities including walking, climbing and horse riding. Nearby Carsington Water provides fishing and sailing. Shirley is also well placed for visiting Alton Towers, Buxton, Chatsworth and several National Trust properties.
Shirley is well located for access to a number of major conurbations and transport links providing fast connections throughout the Midlands and beyond. The M1, M6 and A50 are within easy reach as is East Midlands Airport. Mainline rail services provide a fast connection from Derby Station into London St Pancras in about 90 minutes. There are a number of renowned schools in the area including Denstone College, Abbotsholme, Repton School, Repton Prep, Derby High School, Derby Grammar School and Osmaston Primary School.
The Wormsley comprises a charming attached former farmhouse, dating back in parts to the 18th Century, but having been renovated and extended to offer modern living with a contemporary layout. The spacious and well-presented accommodation is over two floors, extending to approximately 2,811 sq ft (gross internal area GIA), and benefits from underfloor heating throughout and excellent connection to the property’s generous grounds. Externally the attractive façade of the home is finished with render and tile hung elevations, with a grand canopied portico supporting a spacious balcony off the master suite on the western elevation.
Complimenting the house are a fantastic range of facilities, including The Old Hay Barn (a one bedroom annexe), timber garage ranges, a kennel, utility room, traditional brick barn, modern steel frame barn providing garaging and a timber lodge offering a variety of uses. There are equestrian facilities comprising an excellent timber stable range with three boxes and a tack room, a 40m x 20m manège (approx.) and paddock land extending to circa 3.68 acres, whilst the gardens and ground extend to about 7.99 acres in all. The property benefits from having solar panels, renewable heating systems, hot water storage systems which provide cost savings.
The Wormsley sits in a most impressive and picturesque position in Derbyshire countryside, and the range of facilities it offers will appeal to a broad range of buyers.
Two pairs of automated gates provide access onto a tree lined driveway leading to a turning circle and parking area with ample space to park a number of vehicles adjoining the house. A wide front door set below a portico provides a formal entrance into a reception hallway, with underfloor heating beneath a yellow Dijon stone floor and with a stained-glass window providing daylight to the staircase. There is access to a guest cloakroom off the hall, and a spacious formal sitting room which is dual aspect with French doors on the southern elevation opening onto a patio area from which excellent views can be enjoyed. The room benefits from an engineered oak floor, a Bolsover stone fireplace and a multi fuel stove which provides heating to the room but also has a back boiler to provide heat to the underfloor heating system. Steps lead up from the reception hall into ‘The Library’ where there is access to a study, a rear entrance hall area with side door to the courtyard.
The charming open plan kitchen is fitted with bespoke pippy oak wall and floor cabinetry set below granite worktops, with a central island with attached kitchen table offering seating. There are two Belfast sinks, a Rangemaster cooker and integrated appliances to include a dishwasher, Miele coffee machine with milk steamer and American style fridge-freezer with water dispenser (appliances available by separate negotiation). French doors open into the kitchen garden, and internal oak double doors can be opened into a family room to provide a greater open plan feel, which in turn opens into a wonderful adjoining orangery with French doors to the garden and a roof light. Double doors open from the family room into a home office fitted with bespoke Strachan fitted furniture. There is a useful utility room which can be accessed externally.
From the hall, a turned oak staircase rises to the first floor and leads to a most impressive master suite with dressing area, a well-appointed three-piece en suite bathroom with marble tiles and underfloor heating. There are dual aspect windows, and a glazed door opening onto a spacious balcony takes in the most wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. There are a further four bedrooms to the first floor, one with en suite, and one being ideal as a guest suite with a very well appointed four piece bathroom adjoining, with walk in shower. There is also a family shower room.
The Old Hay Barn
The Old Hay Barn offers excellent ancillary accommodation, attached to but separate from the main home. A wooden front door opens into a spacious hall with oak stairs rising to the first floor. There is a ground floor bedroom with Strachan murphy bed providing flexibility, and French doors opening out to the courtyard, plus a bathroom with shower over bath. The first floor has a galleried landing leading into a reception room with exposed timbers. There is a kitchen with integrated appliances including a fridge, AEG oven, and electric hob. The Old Hay Barn has its own balcony and adjoining garden area including a pond.
The Wormsley is entered via two pairs of automated gates which open onto a tree-lined driveway which runs to the house; a spur also leads to the stables and outbuildings via a further pair of automated gates. There are a mix of garden areas including formal and informal areas, an orchard, and ponds. To the south, a pretty kitchen garden can be accessed from the principal reception rooms and leads to a productive vegetable garden with raised beds and a greenhouse, and an outlook over the property’s paddock land. To the west of the house, the gardens are mostly laid to lawn providing a safe playing area, with a breeze house and connections for an exercise pool or a hot tub.
Equestrian facilities and buildings
The Wormsley is complimented by an excellent range of outbuildings and equestrian facilities. The equestrian facilities comprise a timber stable range with three loose boxes, with automatic drinkers, and a tack room and an adjoining yard area. Adjoining this is an excellent manège designed and built by Charles Britton, approximately 40m x 20m, with a rubber and sand surface, underdrainage, and a viewing platform. There is paddock land extending to about 3.68 acres and the property benefits its own bridal path leading to beautiful rides or walks.
Beyond the equestrian facilities, in the north-western corner of the property, and accessed by the second driveway, a range of buildings are set around a courtyard. An excellent steel framed barn with insulated wall and roof sheeting is accessed via a pair of automated roller shutter doors; it extends to about 12m x 7 m and provides excellent domestic garaging. The barn houses a hot water storage tank (further details below). There is a fast-charging point for electric vehicles.
A timber lodge provides tandem garaging/storage, and a section of a steel barn provides further storage or workshop area.
Solar Panels and heating systems
The property benefits from solar panels providing a 10 KWh generation system which wasregistered on November 2011 to receive a feed in tariff (FIT) payment for 25 years. We are informed by the vendors that the system on average feeds circa 10,000 KWh of electricity into the grid per annum, and that the combination of the FIT for this electricity (we are told between £5,000 and £6,000 per annum) and the annual cost saving from electricity generated by the panels being used at the property more than covers the cost of heating the property.
The solar panels power a heating unit and a heat pump and are supplemented by 90 solar tubes, a multi fuel stove with a back boiler which feeds two buffer tanks, one 966 litre tank in the house, and a 1,500 litre tank in the garage barn. These store heat for use by the house’s underfloor heating system and hot water system.
The Old Hay Barn is heated from the same system.