- Unique Country Home
- Views Across Staunton Harold Reservoir
- Stunning Location
- Close To Excellent Schools
- Character Living Space
- 4 Bedrooms (2 En Suite)
- Early Viewing Advised
- Energy Rating E
Calke Lodge represents a ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY to acquire a UNIQUE COUNTRY RESIDENCE that abuts Staunton Harold Reservoir. Enjoying FABULOUS VIEWS in a stunning setting it offers around 3000sq.ft of character living space comprising 3 reception rooms, breakfast kitchen and 4 bedrooms.
Calke Lodge is a detached residence of considerable charm and character, occupying a unique location surrounded by Calke Abbey parkland and immediately overlooking Staunton Harold reservoir.
Formally a lodge to the Abbey, Calke Lodge was rumoured to have been built for the family chauffeur in the early 20th Century. Sympathetically extended and modernised over the years with traditional materials, the property now boasts an exceptional family home.
Approached via a long, semi-private driveway, Calke Lodge is a perfect rural retreat yet conveniently positioned for commuting to the principle centres of population and business, including Derby (8 miles), Nottingham (20 miles) and Birmingham (30 miles) approximately. In addition, East Midlands Airport lies some 6 miles away. Nearby Ticknall offers a range of amenities a village store, café and pubs. Melbourne, a few miles in the opposite direction has additional facilities, post office, doctor's surgery and primary school.
Calke Lodge is also ideally situated to access a number of well-respected private schools including Foremarke Preparatory School, Repton School, Derby High School, Abbotsholme and Denstone Schools.
A large attractive oak glazed porch leads to the front door of this exceptional property and an electronic keypad provides access to a spacious inner hall/snug with multi fuel stove. The excellent proportions of the two main reception rooms, 7.9m x 6.8m and 8.7m x 6m, afford flexible and multi-use. Leading off from the snug down stone steps, the first reception room has windows to three sides. There is a desk and work area upon entering the room, a curved feature brick wall, central fireplace and generous sitting area beyond.
The inner hallway has solid timber doors opening to reveal a fabulous family reception room. Steps lead down to a beautifully crafted oak floor which is perfectly complemented by the beamed ceiling, inglenook fireplace and stunning Italian mosaic feature compass in the large bay window. Effortlessly zoned into areas for relaxing in front of the fire, dining area, bar and entertaining space or sitting in the bay window admiring views over the lake. French doors lead directly out into the garden.
The breakfast kitchen has an extensive range of limed effect base and wall mounted cabinets running along three walls with complementary composite counter tops. A central island provides further storage and breakfast bar area. There is natural stone tiling to the floors, fitted seating area, beams to the ceiling and sliding double glazed patio doors accessing the rear stone flagged terrace which makes a perfect place for morning coffee.
Completing the ground floor living space is a generously proportioned laundry room with LPG gas fired central heating boiler within, fitted double cabinets providing plentiful storage and the usual appliance spaces. The boot room/guest cloakroom provides a perfect spot to hang coats etc following an afternoon walk and also has a pedestal wash hand basin and wc.
Arranged on the first floor you will find four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The split-level master bedroom suite has a walk-in wardrobe, and lovely luxury en suite shower room with double corner vanity unit with inset wash hand basins, wc, bidet, double width multi-jet shower, ladder style radiator and attractive tiling to the walls. Like many of the rooms this master bedroom has a triple aspect with views over the reservoir and patio doors leading out onto a semi-circular balcony which is the perfect place to enjoy the sun and views beyond.
Bedroom two is full of character with its exposed beams and pitched ceiling, it has lovely field views from its windows alongside a dressing area with fitted wardrobes and full en suite bathroom comprising a panelled bath with shower above, glazed shower screen, wc and vanity unit with inset wash hand basin. Bedroom three is a double bedroom with a beautiful view. French double doors open to reveal a decked balcony with glazed sides and enjoys a far-reaching view along the length of Staunton Harold Reservoir.
Last but not least is bedroom four which has a skylight to the fore and two sets of fitted wardrobes, single in size it could be utilised as a dressing room or study.
The final room on the first floor is the luxury bathroom, this delightful room has full height tiling to the walls with half height feature mosaic tiling, large two person steam shower with multi-jets, feature marble sided bath, wc and a contemporary glass and stainless steel wash bowl with storage beneath. A tall Velux window allows views over the reservoir. Due to the layout of the property on the first floor this bathroom could be utilised as an en suite bathroom to bedroom three if required.
The multi fuel stove in the oak lounge provides secondary water heating. The property also benefits from solar thermal water heating and in addition has a 4kw solar panel system producing electricity which is sold back to the grid. This currently generates approximately £1300 per year and the scheme has a further 13 years to run.
Approached via a beautiful tree lined driveway bordered by post and rail fencing, the property has a number of ornamental borders providing an interesting selection of plants, shrubs and mature trees. Delightful gardens surround the property being mainly lawned with hedge and stone wall surround. A York stone paved pathway around the front of the house and patio at the back of the kitchen provides the ideal space for entertaining outdoors. A cobbled pathway leads to a further circular cobbled patio in the centre of the garden. From here the cobbled path extends to the edge of the garden, where twin wrought iron gates and steps provide access down to the lake.
There is plentiful parking and turning areas plus a timber framed double garage with electric door, light and power. In addition, a four bay open front barn (constructed of Derbyshire stone surmounted by a pitched roof of Staffordshire blue tiles and cast iron stanchions to the front) provides additional parking and may be suitable for conversion into additional accommodation, subject to necessary consents. Adjacent to the barn is another area of hard standing, leading to a gate through which there is a small grassed field/garden overlooking the lake.
In summary we would strongly recommend an early viewing to avoid disappointment. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a property in such a location. It offers plenty of potential for further extension subject to planning permissions for conversion of the barn and is truly a delightful family home.
Agents Note: We understand from the vendor that the main section of the access track including the drive down to the reservoir passing between the property is owned by Severn Trent Water and over which they have right of way. The vendor does have right of way over and responsibility for maintenance to the top of this drive, whilst the responsibility for the remainder lies with Severn Trent Water and Derbyshire County Council (initial road to the bridge). We would advise any prospective purchasers to seek further clarification from their legal representative.
Tenure: Freehold but purchasers are advised to satisfy themselves as to tenure and the covenants affecting the property via their legal representative.
Services: Mains water and electricity are believed to be connected to the property. There is a septic tank and LPG central heating. Water is from the mains but supplied via private supply pipes for which there is a maintenance obligation. We would advise any prospective purchasers to seek further clarification from their legal representative to satisfy themselves as to their suitability.
Useful Websites: www.environment-agency.co.uk; www.southderbyshire.gov.uk/our-services/planning-and-building-control
Our Ref: JGA/200319 / JGB/14519
To book a viewing of this detached country home in Ticknall contact John German Estate Agents in Ashby-de-la-Zouch
"To Lizzie, Thank you so much for encouraging me to view a house I wasn't entirely convinced on. It was exactly what I was looking for and I am delighted that it is now mine! "