The Old School House is a truly stunning family home, with spectacular views of the River Derwent and tremendous, spacious rooms on all four floors.
We are sure you will share the thrill we felt as you settle down with a drink and peruse the photographs, virtual tour and description - it's sure to be very popular, so please do get in touch if you'd like to set up a viewing.
Built in 1853, the home has been skilfully converted into a 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom house and also features open and covered terraces overlooking the River Derwent, the riverbank and verdant cliffs beyond. There is a very large family kitchen, two huge reception rooms and light flooding in from all angles, accentuating the white painted walls throughout. There is a home office and two parking spaces too.
The home is situated between the historic villages of Cromford and Matlock Bath, within easy walking distance of both. The market towns of Matlock, Wirksworth, Belper, Bakewell and Buxton are nearby - as are the High Peak Trail, Carsington Water and all the delights of the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales.
This former school house is a prominent, well-renowned building located between the villages of Cromford and Matlock Bath. On arrival, moving along the entrance walkway you immediately get a sense of the stunning views as you look down to the River Derwent and across to the lush, leafy riverbank and gorge. To the left is an iron gate and steps down to the river terrace below and iron railings and decorative lights as you approach the main entrance door
Enter via double oak chapel-style doors to the entrance porch. The doors have ornate, decorative handles, door knocker and letterbox and are set in a beautiful stone arch.
Like the rest of the home, the walls are painted a crisp white. There is a tiled floor, radiator and plenty of space for coat hooks and to kick off dirty boots after a walk in the local area.
Stepping through a glazed timber door onto oak flooring, you are into the vast expanse of the family kitchen. Two large stone mullion windows on the left face east towards the gorge over the River Derwent far below and another double window to the right means that the room is flooded with light from all angles. Throughout the home, all of the windows set into the deep stone mullions have additional sliding glazing panels, to offer better heat and sound insulation.
The family kitchen has very high ceilings and steps up to one of the mezzanine bedrooms above.
You can see from the photographs that there is ample space for a large dining table and there are four well-positioned ceiling light fittings above. Moving in from the porch, there is a storage area on the left including space for a fridge-freezer, a wide stone-and-brick hearth and radiator. The kitchen area has multiple shaker-style cabinets including some glazed display cabinets.
A Rangemaster Classic 90 stove sits proudly in the middle of the kitchen and includes an oven, grill, warming oven and five-ring hob, together with a Rangemaster extractor over. Set within the solid oak worktops is a double ceramic Belfast sink with chrome mixer taps, a wide window sill and extra open storage cabinet to the right.
The hallway has doors to the family kitchen, bathroom, Bedroom 3 and opens out to the home office and stairs up to Mezzanine Bedroom 2
The bathroom has a laminate floor and is tiled to half-height with patterned blue wallpaper above. A high quality ceramic WC and pedestal sink complement the bath, which has a rainforest shower over and glass shower screen. There is a ceiling light, two wall lights and extractor fan.
This roomy double bedroom has a wooden floor and stone mullion window with double-glazing panel and beautiful fitted wooden shutters. There is a radiator and high ceiling with light fitting.
The ground floor hallway opens out to create a splendid home office space. It is bright and airy, benefitting from the wide, tall windows to the right. There are plenty of power points, a radiator, ceiling light and fitted window shutters.
From the family kitchen, ascend the white-painted wooden stairs with wooden balustrade to a breathtaking room. This bedroom has a white painted timber floor and solid timber trusses. Light floods into the room through the eight(!) Velux windows and an original vertical stone mullion window. Open the Velux windows for spectacular views of the gorge and cliffs opposite and the River Derwent below. You can also study the columns of the original school building to the right. There are three radiators, a beautiful light fitting, two wall lights and plenty of space for the bed and furniture.
This bedroom is accessed via the home office and has a very similar layout to Bedroom One. White painted timber floors and walls, allied to three Velux windows, make this another bright open room. The large roof truss is painted a nice contrasting grey colour and there is a wall light and three radiators, with plenty of room for a bed and bedroom furniture.
This hallway has stairs up to the Ground Floor and stairs down to the River Terrace Floor. There is a large solid timber door (half-glazed) leading out to the front of the home and internal doors to Bedroom Four, the utility room and Reception Room One. Two of the hallway walls are panelled and there is a modern light fitting.
This beautiful, calming room is accessed through a solid timber door. It is carpeted and has a large stone mullion window with the ubiquitous double glazing screen. The room has a high ceiling with light fitting, radiator and ample room for bedroom furniture.
Whilst this is a splendid room, it's the views that really capture the imagination here. Credit to our photographer, Vanessa, who christened it "the loo with a view" - we like that! Enter through the glazed timber door onto a tiled floor. That view through the stone mullion window down to the River Derwent, riverbank, gorge and cliffs is simply stunning.
There is a ceramic WC and sink, a bath with chrome mixer tap, rainforest shower over and a glass screen. Surrounding the bath and shower are floor-to-ceiling tiles and the other walls are painted white. A vertical heated towel rail and ceiling light fitting complete this room.
This is a superb additional room. With space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer, it has a tiled floor. The worktop includes a stainless steel bowl sink with mixer tap and, above, there are six useful storage cupboards. The room has a ceiling light fitting.
Wow, Wow, Wow! We love this room. Enter from the hallway through a half-glazed timber door onto the oak floor. Currently used as a games room, there are painted walls and a stunning working fireplace with iron grate, stone hearth, surround and mantelpiece. Two large windows have a timber panelled surround. The smaller window has a window seat offering amazing views of the trees and lawns on the nearside river bank, the flowing river and cliffs opposite. The room has large skirting boards, ceiling coving, a ceiling rose around the light fitting and a radiator.
Descending from the Lower Ground Floor on the modern pine stairs, you alight onto the River Terrace Floor. The hallway has a pine floor with white painted walls. A beautiful stone archway encases double arched timber doors leading into Bedroom Five and you go down two steps to Reception Room Two. The hallway has open storage under the stairs, a ceiling light and smoke alarm.
What a beautiful sanctuary! Stepping onto plush carpet, there is a great view through glazed double doors to the covered terrace and the river, trees and cliffs beyond. You can imagine waking up to those views for an uplifting start to each day. With white painted walls, there is a feature fireplace with Dimplex coal-effect electric heater and a stone hearth, lintel and stone surround. From within the bedroom, you can see the stone arch around the doors through to the hallway and there is a radiator to the right. The door to the en-suite is a half-glazed timber door and has timber panelling to both sides.
Occupying what was previously the school boiler room, this is a truly wonderful modern bathroom. Quality ceramic flooring and high quality floor-to-ceiling travertine tiles contrast perfectly with the heritage radiator which directly feeds the heated towel rail in front of it. The large double shower has a glass screen. There is a WC, pedestal sink with vanity unit underneath, radiator, shaving light and ceiling spotlights. Double glazed windows look out to the river terrace outside.
The special rooms keep on coming! Formerly part of the playground, this enclosed room with barrel-shaped roof is now an ideal entertaining room. It opens out onto the covered and open river terraces outside. Exposed stone walls blend with floor-to-ceiling windows and three sets of double doors open onto those terraces.
Exposed steel girders and an iron pillar complement the electric (solid fuel-effect) fire, set on a hearth atop the pine floor. You can imagine this being a great cinema room and a very popular space throughout the year. Wall lights adorn the wall behind the fuel burner.
Sheltered from the sun or less balmy elements, the covered terrace is accessed from Bedroom Five and Reception Room Two. With archways leading to the open terrace and the external stairs up to the ground floor entrance, this is a perfect spot for outdoor dining.
A truly magical position to watch the river flow by and the abundant nature all around...and even the daredevils climbing the gorge rock face opposite! There is plenty of space for dining and outdoor furniture, for storing bicycles and other equipment. The views change through the seasons and the sound of birdsong and the river flow add to the idyllic setting.