Castle Drive, DE45
Note: This property is in the Lady Manners School catchment area, on the east side of the river, and a 5 minute walk to the town centre.
Bordered by attractive landscaped gardens, the splendid block-paved driveway easily accommodates 4 vehicles aligned 2x2. Allows pedestrian and vehicle access to the single-car garage (with modern electric power Consumer Unit, lighting, mains power, and full size workbench, with ample shelves/cabinets built-in), and to the
Over natural-stone step, the handsome natural-wood double-glazed front door with sidelight panel opens to generous cathedral-roof porch, with uPVC sealed-unit double-glazed (uPVC-SUDG) window with top-opening vent. 6-hook coat rack; vinyl flooring. Ample space for storage, pushchair, etc. Electrical double socket for table lamp and/or front-garden lighting (5 amp); attractive pendant ceiling light; light switch for external lights onto driveway. Solid oak bevelled-glass door leading to
Carpeted hall with wall light, radiator, open to solid original mahogany stairs to first floor. Double-gang mains electricity socket. Solid mahogany French doors with bevelled glass lead to the
Spacious fully carpeted room with large uPVC-SUDG windows viewing front garden, vertical blinds; with full length radiator under. Working solid-fuel fireplace is available for use if desired, or a solid-fuel wood-burner could be installed (if desired, gas supply also located here could be re-connected); original deep-red mahogany mantle, stripped of varnish. Second double-panel radiator located near the fully enclosed staircase, with storage area under. Terrestrial-digital aerial point; Sky dual-cable point; BT/Openreach telephone point located in areas under stairs. There are 6 double-gang mains power sockets, 2 at 800mm above floor level on south wall, 2 at 400mm up and 2 at 100mm up. Lights on ceiling (5 bulbs) and two side walls (uplights). White painted hardwood door with bevelled glass leads to
This roomy space joins with the Kitchen via a squared archway, providing an inviting, airy and well-lit place for cooking, eating and socialising. Some of the kitchen units extend into the Dining Room, evoking a blended-but separate feel and function to these two rooms. Units located here include light-cream painted solid oak wall and floor units (2 x 600mm), with worktop of solid clear-varnished butcher-block oak (1.5 M long), and a fully integrated Hotpoint fridge freezer. The Dining Room leads both to the Kitchen, via the archway, and to the extremely versatile 4th Bedroom/Office/Study/GardenRoom via a glass-panelled door (the common ‘wall’ with the Garden Room consists of the original external windows, floor to ceiling). Radiator is double-walled, 700 mm wide. Three double-gang electrical sockets; decorative 5-bulb ceiling lamp.
Full range of solid oak kitchen units painted in light-cream, including one glass-fronted wall unit; worktops of light-marbled-patterned laminate. Useful breakfast bar of solid butcher-block oak (550 mm x 600mm) as in the worktop in the Dining Room. Kitchen is fully ceramic tiled, in what are believed to be the original 1970 tiles. Bosch appliances include fully integrated electric double oven, gas hob, integrated extractor fan with light, and dishwasher. Stainless steel double-bowl sink with drainer surface, with Franke large goose-neck tap. Lighting is combination of opaque white ceiling fixture and a fixture of 3 spotlights. Mains power is supplied by five 15-amp double-gang sockets, and one single gang socket, plus a separate 30-amp socket for the ovens. Active landline telephone located in Kitchen. An original ‘Yacht Glass’ glazed door leads to the
Utility-Laundry Room / Bathroom / Shower / Boiler / Hotwater Tank
This very useful multi-functional room serves many purposes, as seen by the heading. Shower (with humidistat extractor fan and dedicated ceiling light) behind an attractive louvered door combines with the toilet and hand basin to form a full bathroom, especially useful on the ground floor, with external access. The condensing dryer is conveniently positioned above the Bosch washing machine, both concealed by a matching louvered door. Wall-mounted Ideal ‘Logic + System24’ gas-fired condensing boiler (2015) stands above the 200 litre ‘Main’ brand insulated hot water tank, which can be heated by the central heating gas boiler or by electricity (immersion) from the mains electricity supply or the solar photo-voltaic panels. Note: All radiators are fitted with individual thermostatic control valves. Utility Room, with uPVC-SUDG window to patio, is supplied with 4 double-gang electric sockets; ceiling lights in shower, main room, in toilet, and wall light to the patio, all safely switched. Toilet room is newly installed, including cistern with soft-close seat, hand basin over cabinet, bath towel radiator; hand towel rail; window to patio; also contains the inverter for the 6 solar PV panels located on the ground floor extension (Garden Room).
Storage areas include: 2 cabinets; 5 shelves for shoes/other; 6-Hook coat rack. Doors include: solid oak fire door to garage; solid oak door to toilet; 2 louvered doors; Yacht Glass door to Kitchen; external part-glazed door to patio. Floor covering is vinyl. Ceiling is composed of 50mm high density foam plasterboard under 18mm plywood (original ceiling). North and west walls are also insulated with 50mm high density foam insulation board. Doors from here lead to the Garage, the Kitchen and the Patio.
4th Bedroom / Garden Room / Office-Study
This versatile extension, with cathedral roof (insulated with 50mm high density plaster board) built behind the Dining Room in 1998 has been used as for all the functions shown in the heading. Being bounded by the rear garden on two sides, it is an attractive location for any use. With its many windows and patio doors (all uPVC-SUDG) it provides excellent light to the dining room as well as for the room itself. Flooring is vinyl (6 inches of rigid foam insulation under concrete screed). Useful storage shelf on house wall. Three ceiling lights, individually controlled (separate 5 amp isolation switch controls them all); 5 double-gang electrical sockets. Also light switches for external lights on patio and garden. 1.4 M long radiator. Two BT/Openreach telephone lines (currently inactive) have sockets here. Fully glazed wooden door leads to the Dining Room. uPVC-SUDG French doors leads to the rear garden patio.
Generous, carpeted landing reached by stairs from Reception Hall, with solid oak handrail, leading to solid oak banister. Useful full length shelved storage cabinet behind white door opens onto landing. Large double-hinged uPVC-SUDG window with extensive views over neighbouring rear gardens, and hills beyond. Double-gang mains power socket. Extension of BT phone line available on landing. Access to boarded loft via pull-down integral loft ladder via ceiling hatch. Note: loft is boarded down the centre, with insulation under the boards, offering useful, accessible storage; otherwise covered in regulation batts of loft insulation to required specifications. Loft also holds the inverter for 10 of the 16 solar PV panels.
The Bathroom and Bedrooms 1 through 3 are reached through the four solid oak doors, as follows.
Superb new Ideal Standard bathroom suite in white, with shower over bath tub; basin and close-coupled toilet integrated with Schreiber cabinet, artisan trimmed in solid oak. Soft-close doors and toilet seat/cover. Walls tiled floor-to-ceiling with beautiful high quality ceramic tiles installed to professional standards. Extractor fan; large uPVC-SUDG obscured-glass window with partial top vent, and decorative roller-blind. Small radiator; vinyl flooring; ceiling light with external switch on landing. North-facing wall was covered in 50mm high density foam and 12mm ply before tiling.
Bedroom 1 – Master Bedroom
Spacious bedroom with two large double-door floor-to-ceiling built-in wardrobes on east wall; ample space for dressing table, bureaus and bedside units. Splendid views to west over Bakewell and hills beyond. 5 double-gang sockets, 3 raised to 800mm above floor on either side of bed space on south wall, and also on wall by dressing table. Ceiling light near west wall. Access to telephone point extension. Carpeted; 1.5M radiator.
Double bedroom with large uPVC-SUDG window with side and top vent opening, overlooking rear garden and trees beyond, facing east. Features an enclosed louvered-door cabinet containing hand basin, with light, mirror and storage rack; useful storage in louvered-door cabinet below, and solid door cabinet above. Built-in wardrobe to side of the basincabinets module. Ceiling light; 4 double-gang power sockets, 2 of which raised to 800mm from floor, near bedsides. Telephone point extension. Carpeted; 1.2M radiator.
Single Bedroom; able to take single bed and a full-size cot. 1M wide uPVC-SUDG window facing west, with radiator under. Built-in wardrobe, and space for full-height shelving unit. Two double-gang power sockets, raised to 800mm; carpeted.
Solar Photo-Voltaic Panels: 4kW of panels were installed in Feb 2012 (6 on east-facing roof of the Garden Room/BR-4, and 10 on the main roof, facing south). The timing of this installation allowed for the highest level of Feed-in-Tariff (FiT’s) to be paid, currently 50.67 pence/kWhour. This has provided an income of approx. £1,200 per annum Tax-Free, and has 18 more years to run. Additionally, of course, much of your daily electricity costs can be saved by judicious use of household appliances as sunny times. All that is required are quarterly readings submitted online; payments are made direct to your bank account.
EPC Rating adjustment: The EPC was done in June 2014. Since that time a number of energy-usage related improvements have been carried out, to include:
- the internal insulating of two north-facing walls (Utility/Shower room, and main Bathroom) with 2"/50mm thick high density foam, then covered by 12mm plywood; use of LED lightbulbs throughout the house. These changes would certainly suffice to raise the 91 rating in the EPC to at least 92 or above, which puts the house in the A Rating band. Additionally, as stated on the certificate, "microgeneration", as in the existing 4.0 kW of Solar PV panels, is (very surprisngly) not included in assessing the Energy Performance of a house structure. Therefore, the existing Solar PV panels are a beneficial addition to the "A" Rating of the EPC.
Front Garden: Combination of a range of mostly evergreen shrubs, one medium size tree, bulbs & perennials, and a small lawn, nicely contoured by a curved brick wall topped in sandstone slates, alongside the handsome block-paved driveway.
Rear Garden: Large well stocked garden skilfully landscaped with patios at top & bottom, providing colour and texture year round, including an Egremont Russet apple tree (50 apples in 2018). Herb garden by main patio. Gated dry storage shed, for garden tools/equipment, and the municipal recycling bins. Mains water tap outside Utility Room, and rain water captured from 12’ x 8’ out-building/summerhouse/home-office at bottom of garden. Attractive gazebo, boarded on north, east and west sides, providing a calm shelter on breezy days, and as a sun-trap, being south-facing. Greenhouse (tomatoes, cucumbers), and fruitcage for soft fruit. Rear Garden is on east side of house, so whole length of garden faces south, providing sunny and shady areas in this very attractive garden planned for year round enjoyment.
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From the horse's mouth
It's a perfect 'house & garden' combination - versatile accommodation at a high standard, splendid gardens, excellent energy efficiency, great views - and in a National Park!
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