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Brackenwood House, Duffield Bank, Makeney Road, Duffield, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 0QU
6 Bedroomed Detached House

Key Features

  • Ecclesbourne School Catchment
  • LPG Gas central heating
  • Much fascinating original internal detail
  • Ground Floor - Veranda porch of Colonial style; Vestibule; Guest cloakroom / ground floor bathroom; Large reception hall with feature staircase; Drawing room; Large dining room; Study; Second s
  • First Floor - Six bedroom; Family bathroom; Two en-suites
  • Basement Accommodation (previously used as staff quarters) including large utility room; Two store rooms/ workshops; Former lounge; Former Snooker room
  • Outside - Most impressive long sweeping drive approach; Delightful secluded principal area of garden;
  • Stables; Extensive woodland
  • Site Area 8.89 acres


- A fine individual late Victorian country residence occupying a magnificent elevated position commanding breathtaking views over the Derwent Valley with the village of Duffield nestling in the distance.

Brackenwood House is of most impressive appearance constructed of stone with the elevations relieved by gables, oriel bays, rendering and a charming colonial style veranda. The property was designed to take full advantage of the superb westerly views which really must be seen to be fully appreciated.

The property is approached by a very long impressive sweeping tarmacadamed entrance driveway bordered by fine trees and particular attention is drawn to the abundance of mature Rhododendrons. The drive proceeds through two sets of gates, one of this on remote controls, and culminates in a car parking and turning area in front of the house, also providing access to the three car garage facilities. There is an additional secondary drive to the rear providing access to the stable facilities. The grounds form a delightful complement to the property, the principal area of which thoughtfully landscaped and laid out with lawns, well stocked borders and beds and being particularly well sheltered. There are extensive sun terraces, again taking full advantage of the views, and further raised areas of garden. The delightful woodland contains a most interesting and varied selection of mature trees and also includes a large brick built general store, readily converted to form either ancillary accommodation or workshop / garage facilities subject to any necessary additional local authority approval.

The property has in recent years been most thoughtfully and sympathetically extended and now provides very versatile family accommodation laid out over two floors plus the additional basement rooms. The has the benefit of LPG gas central heating and the accommodation briefly includes a large reception hall, drawing room, dining room, second sitting room with library off, study, superb bespoke fitted breakfast kitchen, six bedrooms, two bathrooms and two en-suites. The basement accommodation provides a variety of rooms which formally provided staffing quarters and is ideal to provide for a separate flat for a member of staff or house keeper. The site area extends to some 8.89 acresPlease Note - There is a possibility of a very valuable building plot comprised within the grounds, where there is a separate detached outbuilding and this would be subject to planning enquiries and approval.


- The property enjoys a superb secluded location in one of the most exclusive and sought after positions within the Derby area. It is situated approximately half a mile from the centre of Duffield, which provides a varied selection of shops and amenities. Recreational facilities in Duffield include tennis, squash and golf. More extensive facilities are available in the City of Derby approximately 5 miles to the south. There is also a local train station from Duffield to Derby with a further service from Derby to London St Pancras of approximately 95 minutes. Derbys Outer Ring Road provides convenient access to major trunk roads including the A38, A50 and A50 serving the M1, M42 and M6 making the area highly accessible. East Midlands International Airport provides daily flights to Europe.

There are a number of excellent preparatory and private schools in the area including Repton School and Derby High School. Brackenwood House is within the catchment area for the noted Ecclesbourne School. Motor sport can be found at Donington Race Circuit. Flying at East Midlands International Airport. Sailing at Carsington and Foremark Reservoirs. Golf at the Chevin Golf Club in Duffield and Kedleston Golf Club. The famous market town of Ashbourne lies some 10 miles to the west, at the foot of the Peak District National Park, which is Britains oldest national park and provides some stunning and beautiful scenery including Dovedale and Mam Tor. A further point of note is the fact that the Derwent Valley is one of the few World Heritage Sites.


- Sweeping entrance steps with stone pillars and stone walling giving way to a block paved area and a Colonial style veranda porch with light oak entrance door to:


Original walnut recessed base cupboard and umbrella rack with coat hanging over.Please Note: Attention is drawn to the original solid pine internal doors.


Having a white suite including a vanity unit set into a roll edged marble effect surround, tiled splashback with under cupboards and drawers. Panelled bath also with tiled surround and electric shower over. Low suite WC. Central heating radiator. Moulded dado rail and cornice. Original leaded windows to front and side.

RECEPTION HALL  -  4.25m x 4.22m (13'11" x 13'10")

Forming an additional reception room, the measurements the depth of part of the feature panelled staircase to the first floor off and this area also incorporating a window seat and the second measurement taken into an attractive period fireplace with interior tiling, display mantle and panelled surround together with adjacent gas point. Recessed display. Delph china rail. Coved moulded cornice. Wall mounted telephone control for the halfway entrance gates on the driveway. Feature panelled and leaded stained glass door to the lower level basement accommodation area. Wide panelled square archway to:

DRAWING ROOM  -  5.94m x 4.68m (19'6" x 15'4")

A charming room having the benefit of a double aspect with windows to the south and westerly elevations, the latter incorporating twin double glazed French windows to a terrace taking full advantage of the magnificent views over the countryside of the Derwent Valley with the village of Duffield nestling in the distance. The second measurement was taken into a very wide recess incorporating the central fireplace with open fire grate and original polished pine surround incorporating a display mantle. Moulded cornice. Delph china rails. Moulded dado rail. TV aerial point.

SPACIOUS DINING ROOM  -  7.79m x 5.06m plus 2.50m x 2.17m (25'7" x 16'7" pl

Overall measurements. This is a further very interesting room part split level and containing some fascinating original detail, which really must be seen to be appreciated, comprising the fireplace surround in polished walnut incorporating cupboards, drawers, recessed panelled displays, Doric columns and screen to the raised area, again panelled and incorporating a leaded stained glass feature depicting a scene believed to be from the 17th Century and created by Gascoynes of Nottingham in 1902. The fireplace itself has a marble surround, matching raised hearth and living flame coal Calor gas fire. Moulded cornice. Windows to the westerly elevation, part of which has a double aspect, part double glazed and again taking full advantage of the superb views.

STUDY  -  2.84m x 2.83m (9'4" x 9'3")

Maximum dimensions. Exposed stone work. Window providing fine views.

SECOND SITTING ROOM  -  6.78m x 4.29m (22'3" x 14'1")

With a LIBRARY AREA measuring 2.46m x 2.38m (8'1" x 7'10"). The measurements also include the short staircase with attractive balustrade from the dining room. Fireplace having original pitched pine surround, display mantle, original tiled hearth and gas burning log effect stove. TV point. Double glazed windows overlooking the garden. The LIBARARY AREA includes an excellent range of book cases, which are included.


Maximum dimensions and featuring cream finished door and drawer fronts complemented by extensive polished granite preparation surfaces, particularly in the recessed area with long return and having a feature tiled surround, inset one and a half bowl sink unit with mixer tap, range of under cupboards, drawers, display shelving, wine rack and integrated dishwasher. Adjacent wide recess incorporating a Rangemaster oven range incorporating two electric double ovens, grill, pan warming drawer and five place Calor gas hob with adjacent ceramic hob and attractive Rangemaster canopy over incorporating a variable speed extractor with electric light. Tall cupboards including a larder unit, integrated fridge freezer and microwave / conventional oven, again with cupboards over and beneath. Range of eye level cupboards including china display cabinets with glass doors, glass shelving, plate rack and display shelving. Moulded cornice. Extensive recessed ceiling lighting. The island unit provides an extensive brekfast table plus under cupboards, drawers and further shelving. Floor tiling matching the surround having the benefit of under floor heating. Wall mounted electric burning coal effect fire. TV aerial point suitable for a wall mounted TV. This room has the benefit of a double aspect with double glazed windows to the northerly and twin French windows to the westerly elevation providing access to the sun terrace and also providing fine views.


With secondary staircase to the first floor off having a feature balustrade with polished pine handrails. Staircase to the lower level sitting room / library with matching balustrade and useful built-in cloaks cupboard.


With feature tiled floor opening onto the laundry / utility room. Panelled and glazed door to the garden.

LAUNDRY / UTILITY ROOM  -  2.61m x 1.78m (8'7" x 5'10")

Matching flooring. U-shaped roll edged granite effect preparation surface with ceramic tiled surround, inset stainless steel sink unit / mixer tap, under cupboards and appliance spaces beneath including plumbing for an automatic washing machine, Double eye level cupboard. Vaillant LPG gas fired combi boiler. Feature panelled and glazed door to:


With white fittings including a former wash basin having a tiled surround and low suite WC. Matching flooring.



With double glazed window to the half landing area incorporating leaded stained glass quarter lights. Additional leaded stained glass window. Please Note: Attention is again drawn to the original three panel solid pine doors.

BEDROOM ONE  -  3.90m x 4.09m (12'10" x 13'5")

Situated off the half landing with original corner fireplace. Large ceiling trap door to the roof space which has the benefit of an electric light.

BEDROOM TWO  -  3.63m x 4.57m (11'11" x 15'0")

This room featuring a double glazed oriel bay windows to the south and westerly elevations. Built-in wardrobe with hanging rail and storage shelf.

BEDROOM THREE  -  3.77m x 3.45m (12'4" x 11'4")

Feature original corner fireplace with mantle and over mantle.

BEDROOM FOUR  -  4.43m x 3.49m (14'6" x 11'5")

Display recess. Delph china rail. Moulded cornice. Double glazed oriel bay window. Please Note: There is a personal door between bedrooms three and four.


Fitted to an exceptionally high standard having a white suite complemented by period styled half wall panelling, also complemented by solid hardwood flooring and including a double ended bath on claw and ball feet with central mixer tap incorporating a hand shower. Pedestal wash basin by Burlington with handrail and illuminated mirror over. Low suite WC. Large double shower with sliding shower door, tiled interior and stylish stainless steel shower incorporating hand shower and head shower. Central heating radiator incorporating a chromium plated heated towel rail. Double glazed oriel bay window.


Again fitted to a high standard with vanity unit incorporating a wash basin with under cupboards and drawers, low suite WC.

Archway from the main landing to an INNER HALL AREA and further archway to the SECONDARY LANDING featuring a balustrade to match the original staircase. Cylinder cupboard housing a high capacity pressurised domestic hot water cylinder with fitted electric immersion heater.

BEDROOM FIVE (GUEST BEDROOM)  -  3.37m x 2.88m (11'1" x 9'5")

The measurements plus an entrance lobby area and the depth of the excellent range of bedroom furniture by Creative Interiors of Derby comprising full doors, two curtained and glazed, with hanging rails and shelving. Matching dressing table with large mirror over. Double glazed window providing a further superb northerly views over the rolling countryside of the Derwent Valley.


Having white fittings including a shower with bow fronted incorporating twin sliding doors, chromium plated shower fitting with hand shower and head shower, wash basin set in a roll edged surround with tiled splashback, mixer tap, under cupboards and drawer plus display shelf. Low suite WC. Slate effect tiled floor with electric under floor heating. Chromium plated ladder style heated towel rail, dual fuel. The wall mirror with lighting over is included.

BEDROOM SIX (PRINCIPAL BEDROOM)  -  4.93m x 4.98m (16'2" x 16'4")

This room enjoying a double aspect with double glazed windows to the north and principal window to the westerly elevation again providing fine views. Built-in bedroom furniture comprises a four door wardrobe with hanging rails and shelving over plus additional display shelving. Extensive range of recessed ceiling lighting. Very large walk-in wardrobe with full hanging, double hanging and central shoe rack plus automatic lighting.


Fitted to a very high standard having floor tiling with under floor heating and including a superior white suite with panelled bath having limestone tiled surround and mixer tap. Roll edged granite effect preparation area with two matching individual wash basins by Roca having mixer tap and illuminated mirrors over plus central glass display shelving, further adjacent matching eye level cupboard with glass display shelf plus electric shaver point. Under cupboards and drawers beneath the wash basin and tiled shelf. Low suite WC. Double shower with tiled surrounds, sliding shower door and chromium plated shower fitting including hand shower and head shower. Recessed ceiling lighting.


This area, was in the past, used as an apartment for a member of staff and easily adapted and particularly suitable as accommodation for an elderly relative, au pair, teenager etc, comprising of twin doors to an ENTRANCE HALL with steps up to a door.

INNER HALL  -  4.06m x 4.15m (13'4" x 13'7")

The measurements include part of the staircase which continues to the principal accommodation above. Exposed stonework to the walls, fitted base cupboard with under cupboards and drawers. Central heating radiator.

UTILITY ROOM  -  3.94m x 2.80m (12'11" x 9'2")

Deep white glazed Belfast sink with tiled splashback and hot and cold water supply. Adjacent work surface / draining board with plumbing beneath for a washing machine. Roll edged work surfaces. Built-in second cylinder cupboard with insulated hot water cylinder. LPG gas fired boiler for the central heating. Central heating radiator. Lowered ceiling with lighting. (This area could form a kitchen to this ancillary accommodation if required).

INNER ROOM (STORE)  -  4.37m x 3.17m (14'4" x 10'5")

With fitted shelving and electric light. Door to

ROOM TWO (WORKSHOP)  -  3.89m x 2.13m (12'9" x 7'0")

Range of wall cupboards, shelving and work bench which are all included. Electric light.

LARGE RECEPTION ROOM  -  7.63m x 4.52m narrowing to 3.25m (25'0" x 14'10" n

Which has been used as a sitting room in the past. Two electric night storage heaters. TV aerial point. Exposed stonework to one wall. Original fireplace having a polished wood surround with raised hearth and over mantle incorporating a venetian styled archway with mirror.

FURTHER ROOM  -  6.48m x 4.22m (21'3" x 13'10")

Which was originally part of the basement accommodation and used as a snooker room but has been recently opened to the front with a view to converting to a garage / workshop. Electric night storage heater. Fluorescent lighting and power laid on. Wide square entrance with canopied area in the front and GARDENERS WC.


- The property is approached by a most impressive long sweeping entrance illuminated driveway gently rising amongst fine mature trees and culminating in a car parking and turning area via two sets of entrance gates the second of which has a remote control.OPEN FRONTED GARAGE 7.99m x 5.5m (26'3" x 18'1") suitable for three cars.The driveway extends to the side to the basement area, part of which is enclosed by railings and twin gates.

Delightful area of garden comprised within what was the former quarry including a neat lawn bordered by well stocked herbaceous borders and beds containing a most interesting varied selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Extensive paved terrace providing a well sheltered superb south westerly view over the grounds.SUMMER HOUSE

Particular attention is drawn, not only to the fine trees and woodland setting through which the sweeping drive enters, but also the most extensive selection of mature Rhododendrons, which again when in flower must be seen to be appreciated.

On the westerly side of the house there is a very extensive sun terrace, on varying levels, bordered by stone walling and providing the most magnificent views over the Derwent Valley. Central ornamental goldfish pond. Additional lawns separated by natural stone walling with steps, recessed viewing seat, with additional garden lighting.

It is believed that the secondary drive to the property is in the ownership of Brackenwood House and approached to the rear via a five bar entrance gate and giving way to a gravelled driveway providing additional car parking, turning and also access to STABLE BLOCKS comprising TWO STABLES with lighting laid on and external water supply.The gravelled driveway provides access to a drive created to provide access to all parts of the grounds which extend to 8.89 acres.

The woodland mainly comprises of ash, sycamore, oak, holly and pine.One area of the woodland, with the original quarry backdrop, has been generally cleared and lends itself to form a very valuable building plot, subject to formal application.At one side of this area there is a LARGE BRICK STORAGE BUILDING measuring overall 10.66m x 4.82m (35'0" x 15'10") with a mezzanine floor


- All fitted carpets are included.


- The approach from Derby is via the A6 Duffield Road heading northwards through Darley Abbey, Allestree and into open countryside. Proceed to the outskirts of Duffield turning right into Makeney Road and immediately having past over the River Derwent bear left into Duffield Bank. Continue and the drive entrance to Brackenwood House will eventually be located on the right hand side.


- Strictly by appointment through Scargill Mann & Co Derby Office 01332 207720 (SD April 2016)

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