Little Mallards and Lane End Cottage Ashleyhay, Wirksworth DE4 4AH

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A wonderful opportunity to acquire a small Country Estate with two houses set in the midst of their own grounds amounting to 12.59 acres (5.09 ha). The property is located in a peaceful secluded area of countryside with breathtaking views.

Little Mallards and Land End Cottage, Ashleyhay Wirksworth, Derbyshire. DE4 4AH
A wonderful opportunity to acquire a small Country Estate with two houses set in the midst of their own grounds amounting to 12.59 Acres (5.09 ha)

The property is beautifully located in a peaceful secluded area of countryside with breathtaking views.

The opportunities to create a genuinely special place to live are abundant.

Both houses are of period character with Little Mallards set in outstanding gardens and Lane End Cottage, a Grade II Listed Property, has an adjoining barn.

It is rare to find such a property that offers immediate charm and usability yet potential to offer very much more.

The land includes 8.5 Acres (3.439 ha) of pastureland, an attractive woodland of 1.3 acres (0.526 ha) and nearly 2 Acres (0.809 ha) of rewilding land.

All enquiries to Ashbourne Office 01335 342201

Little Mallards is a charming slightly eccentric old house which although perfectly habitable does lend itself to some reconfiguration and updating.
Its formally designed gardens are an outstanding feature and have been laid out in a series of rooms interlinked with grass paths and stone steps. There is an enormous variety of plants including shrubs and trees with the various different sections creating a patchwork of intrigue and discovery.

Immediately to the front of the house is a stone terrace with views over the garden and valley below. From the terrace, paths lead off to different areas of the gardens which include some large lawned areas fringed with trees and shrubs, with more intimate areas planted with specimen plants. There are two small ponds, a vegetable garden, a greenhouse and a second greenhouse containing vines.

The outbuildings include a stone garden store, a studio, with its own electricity supply, formerly used as an artist’s studio but suitable for other uses and a kiln room which contains two operational pottery kilns. NB: The Kiln Room has its own specialist electricity supply. There is also a single concrete sectional panel garage and parking area.

Lane End Cottage has an attractive front garden with cobbled stone path, a lawned area to the front and a secluded lawned area to the side. Immediately behind the cottage is an old orchard with a dilapidated timber field store.

Adjoining the cottage is a stone barn with hayloft above and further stable and tack room.

We understand that this is the first time the property has been on the market for over 70 years.

Suitable for family wishing to have multi generational occupancy, holiday letting, business and agricultural/equestrian use.

The property is approximately 2 miles south of Wirksworth and 14 miles north of Derby

From the centre of Wirksworth take the B5023 heading south towards Idridgehay and just over half a mile after leaving Wirksworth there is a small lane on the left (Storer Lane). Follow this until you reach the junction with a small grass triangle and bear left, continuing up the hill. The property is down a track on the right (it is the first property) just before a sharp left turn into Taylor’s Lane and you will see a bicycle at the end of the driveway.

Little Mallards
This is a period house built of stone with a tiled roof and approached by the private lane.

The usual entrance is via a

Conservatory 11' 7'' x 10' 11'' (3.53m x 3.34m)
Built of timber construction over a dwarf brick wall with quarry tiled floor and spectacular views over the gardens and valley beyond. Door from the Conservatory into

Sitting Room 12' 2'' x 12' 4'' (3.7m x 3.76m)
Which also has quarry tiled floors, windows to side, rear and the garden. It features a stone fireplace with a wood burner, beamed ceiling, stone mullion window, radiator. Stairs to first floor. Door to Kitchen.

Breakfast Kitchen 13' 9'' x 12' 6'' (4.2m x 3.8m)
Having a quarry tiled floor, two windows to the garden and a Smallbone of Devizes fitted kitchen including a Belfast sink with folding down drainer, electric hob and electric oven. Dish washer. Window seat. Understairs cupboard.

Pantry Off
With window and stone slabbed shelving. Radiator. Lovely old timber plank doors.

Door from Kitchen to Inner Lobby with closed off door to garden and steps up to

Dining Room 16' 11'' x 10' 0'' (5.16m x 3.04m)
Quarry tiled floor, stone fireplace with gas fired stove, French windows to garden, window to driveway, exposed beams, radiator. From the Dining Room is a door to

Downstairs Shower Room
Comprising double shower tray, wc, basin, heated towel rail, window to driveway, built in shelving, extractor fan.

From the Dining Room is an archway through to the

Reception Room 11' 4'' x 10' 2'' (3.46m x 3.11m)
With stone fireplace, kitchen sink and plumbing for washing machine. Window to garden, glazed door to garden, radiator, beamed ceiling. Stairs to first floor.

Workshop 10' 7'' x 10' 10'' (3.23m x 3.29m)
Accessed from the Dining Room with window to gardens. Belfast sink and door to garden.

Stairs from the Reception Room lead up to a Half Landing with

With bath, WC, basin, shower over the bath, hot water cylinder in large cupboard, window to garden.

Continue from the half landing to the

Rear Landing

Bedroom One 14' 4'' x 9' 9'' (4.36m x 2.96m)
With window to garden and fabulous views. Fireplace.

Bedroom Two 10' 7'' x 17' 2'' (3.23m x 5.24m)
Window to garden, radiator. Fireplace. Further door to

Bedroom Three/Dressing Room 5' 10'' x 8' 11'' (1.79m x 2.72m)
Window to garden. Radiator. Built in cupboard. Door to

Bedroom Four 13' 10'' x 11' 9'' (4.21m x 3.58m)
Having radiator, window to garden.

Bedroom Four En Suite Bathroom
Including bath, shower over, wc and basin, radiator.

Stairs down to second Landing having radiator

Bedroom Five 12' 5'' x 12' 3'' (3.78m x 3.74m)
Window to garden. Small fireplace, radiator, loft access.

Little Mallards has a most interesting garden laid out in a series of areas. Some larger lawns are interspersed with more intimate areas of well chosen shrubs, trees and plants creating a sense of  discovery as you walk through the gardens. There are also two fields next to Little Mallards.

The previous owner was a keen gardener and designed and planted the grounds with attention.   A choice of garden paths lead past two attractive ornamental ponds , various differing sections of garden to the vegetable garden. Adjoining this are two greenhouses and a stone storage building. From the bottom lawn, which is edged with mature trees, a field gate opens to one of the fields.

Immediately to the front of the house is a secluded stone flagged terrace ideal for outside dining. It has outstanding views over the garden and the valley beyond.  To the side is the studio and kiln room.
Behind the studio is a single garage with a parking space beside accessed from the driveway.

Lane End Cottage
A Grade II Listed detached property, stone built with tiled roof,

The accommodation comprises:

Glazed Entrance Porch
with pitched roof and door to

Kitchen/Dining Room 15' 6'' x 15' 3'' (4.73m x 4.65m)
NB: This room reduces from 4.65m to 3.82m

With antique range. Cooker point, appliance space, kitchen sink and drainer, worktops and eye level cupboards. Windows to front and side. Painted beam ceiling. Radiator. From the Kitchen are stairs to First Floor and door to Sitting Room.

Door to

Boot Room /Pantry
With external door and window to side. Oil fired boiler.

Sitting Room 12' 4'' x 15' 6'' (3.75m x 4.72m)
Having wood burner with stone lintel on a stone hearth fireplace. Window to front with views. Stone mullion window to rear. Stone benches and dining table. Painted beamed ceiling. Radiator. Understair storage cupboard.

Door to

Walk in Store Room
With roof light

Stairs to Landing with radiator and exposed beams. Access to all first floor rooms.

Bedroom One 12' 4'' x 16' 7'' (3.77m x 5.05m)
Exposed wall beams, window to front with fabulous views, radiator.

Bedroom Two 9' 5'' x 16' 6'' (2.87m x 5.02m)
Open brick fireplace, high level storage cupboard, window with views, radiator.

Window to front again with fabulous views. Stone lintel, wc, basin, bath with electric shower over, exposed wall beams, airing cupboard with hot water cylinder and slatted shelving. Radiator.

Attached to Lane End Cottage is an adjoining Barn (4.93m x 3.99m) with cattle standings and hayloft above, stable door access from the front.

A brick/stone built Tack Room/Store (3.3m x 2.15m). Further Store/Stable (3.06m x 4.55m)

The small attractive front garden has a stone wall and stone flagged forecourt with parking for two cars and stone cobbled path to the front of the cottage with lawn area and gate to the track. There are then steps up to a further garden area with wooden shed and lawned area and from there another path to a small paddock/old orchard including old timber field shelter and five bar gate to the field. Central heating oil tank.

The Land
The houses are set within the land with one field adjoining Little Mallards and accessed from the five barred gate from the lane, the remainder of the land lies behind Lane End Cottage sloping up to a high point on the hill with breathtaking views over miles of countryside.

The land is enclosed by dry stone walls and hedging and the fields benefit from mains water troughs.

The woodland amounts to 1.3 acres (0.526 ha) Acres and is well established with a mixed species of trees including Sycamore, Oak, Birch, Wild Cherry, Silver Birch, Ash, and some immediate income could be obtained from thinning the woodland subject to a Forestry Commission licence.

General Remarks

Tenure and Possession
The property is sold Freehold with vacant possession.

Mains electricity and water are connected. There is private drainage with two septic tanks, each serving its own property and oil fired central heating in both houses. We believe that high speed fibre broadband is available nearby.

Fixture and Fittings
Only those fixtures and fittings referred to in the sale particulars are included in the purchase price.

Strictly by appointment through the Ashbourne Office of the sole agents on 01335 342201, or e-mail:

Local Authority, Council Tax Band and EPC
Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Ripley, DE5 3BT.
T: 01773 570222

Council Tax Band
Little Mallards G Lane End Cottage D

Energy Performance Information
Little Mallards E Lane End Cottage F

Rights of Way, Wayleaves and Easements
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, easements and wayleaves whether or not defined in these particulars. We understand that a public footpath runs along the driveway and a second footpath runs along the edge of the top field. An access to the field at the end of the green lane is reserved to the farmer.

Timber, Sporting Rights and Mineral Rights
These are believed to be in hand and any value is included within the sale.

Basic Payment Scheme
Please note that we believe the land to be registered with the Rural Payments Agency and entitlements may be available by separate negotiation

Vendors Solicitors
Ms S Plant, Messrs Lovedays, 6 St John’s Street, Wirksworth, Derbyshire,

T: 01629 822515

Method of Sale
Method of Sale

Please note all areas are based on computer Promap plans.

Money Laundering Regulations
Please note that all purchasers must provide two forms of identification to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations 2017.  This means that a passport or driving licence together with a utility bill for proof of address.

Agents Note
Bagshaws LLP have made every reasonable effort to ensure these details offer an accurate and fair description of the property but give notice that all measurements, distances and areas referred to are approximate and based on information available at the time of printing. These details are for guidance only and do not constitute part of the contract for sale. Bagshaws LLP and their employees are not authorised to give any warranties or representations in relation to the sale.