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The Old Church

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Alton, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Newly Listed
Grade 4 Star rating
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Customers’ Choice Award 2018
Blending contemporary comfort and awash with character, this former church makes a wonderful base for a holiday.

The Old Church is a stunning, unique, detached property located in the delightful hamlet of Alton in rural Derbyshire. It has beautiful architectural features coupled with a spacious and classy interior, and the finish throughout is truly exceptional. The Old Church is situated in the heart of this pretty little hamlet on the outskirts of the village of Ashover, a previous winner of ‘Village of the Year’. It is just 6 miles from the very popular tourist town of Matlock and is perfectly placed for discovering everything the Peak District has to offer.
The property has been renovated to a very high standard throughout; great efforts have been made to preserve and accentuate its original features such as the glorious arched windows, exposed stonework and the ornate cast-iron radiators, as well as to ensure that contemporary comforts of the highest standard are also included.
The traditional oak kitchen has a coffee machine and breakfast bar area, often bathed in sunlight giving it a light and airy feel, stepping down through French doors into the exquisite dining room area. The large dining table, arched window, cosy window seats and oak flooring give the property a luxurious and welcoming feel, with views out into the countryside and into the village. The beautiful oak flooring extends through the reading nook in the entrance hall through into the living room, with its tasteful decoration and wood burner - perfect for evenings in. The sumptuous bedrooms upstairs have a fresh and relaxing feel, both with Smart TV’s and high quality en-suite bathrooms with luxury showers and underfloor heating. The indulgent downstairs bathroom boasts a striking freestanding bath and mood lighting, plus underfloor heating. There is parking for two to three vehicles and a delightful garden and seating area at the rear of the property overlooking the rolling countryside with views of Bolsover castle.
Alton is a peaceful rural hamlet, just a mile from Ashover, which itself has a selection of inns and village shops. There are several farm shops and eateries within 1-3 miles, and fishing ponds, a golf course and a riding school are all within 5 minutes’ drive. Chatsworth House is just a 15-minute trip, as are Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall, and the nearest town of Matlock is full of attractions and amenities: there is a beautiful park, the attractions of Matlock Bath and the Heights of Abraham (a hilltop park), as well as a popular golf course and antique shops. Bakewell, with its bustling farmers market, boutique shops and riverside activity, is just 20 minutes away, and is a perfect gateway to both the Dark Peak and White Peak areas that this stunning region is known for. If staying closer to home is more your intention, the property offers a selection of walks from the door, linking in to the huge network of footpaths around the Ashover Parish and beyond. The historic market town of Chesterfield, with its famous crooked spire, is just 6 miles away, and has many cycle paths along its canal, as well as plenty of rainy day activities. Slightly further afield you can find English Heritage’s Bolsover Castle which is full of intrigue and proud history, and which boasts a calendar brimming with events. Alternatively, you can try your hand at a variety of water sports at Carsington Reservoir. The Old Church offers everything you could need to enjoy the beautiful Peak District, and a very warm welcome awaits you at this idyllic retreat. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

3 steps to entrance.
Ground Floor:
Living room: With wood burner, 43" Freesat Smart TV, DVD player, iPod dock, Wii and oak floor.
Dining room: With 43" Freesat Smart TV, oak floor and French doors leading to...
Kitchen: With breakfast bar, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and coffee machine.
Utility room: With washer/dryer.
Bathroom: With free-standing slipper bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, Freesat TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request), Freesat TV and en suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating (underfloor in bathroom and shower rooms), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack. Lawned courtyard with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Romantic Collection
    Romantic Collection
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Newly Listed Property
    Newly Listed Property
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Church or Chapel
    Church or Chapel
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2018
    A short break to celebrate a friends birthday. As two of us were suffering from heavy colds we did little but lazed about and The Old Church was the ideal place to do it in, well equipped and cosily comfortable, just what was required. We did venture out for a couple of short walks close by which were very pleasant. I have stayed in many self-catering cottages over the years and this ranks very highly amongst them. Would not hesitate to recommend.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Many thanks for such a lovely review - we are very pleased you found the Old Church suitable for some rest and recuperation. We hope to welcome you again soon, take care.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/02/2018
    Fantastic place with every amenity you may need. Would have loved to have stayed there longer. We were sorry to leave.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for such a lovely review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you may return very soon.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/02/2018
    Jack and I had the most amazing week here at the Old Church, we didn't want to leave! Absolutely perfect from the cleanliness, to the decoration of the house, to the little touches the owners add to make sure you know they've thought of you. Already looking to book again it's been our favourite holiday so far and we've had so many! Thank you for the best stay it was truly wonderful.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you so much, we are so pleased you enjoyed your break, thank you for your lovely review. We would very much like to welcome you back to The Old Church when you are next looking for a chance to relax or see more of Derbyshire. Thank you again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/01/2018
    A wonderful weekend break, the Old Church is stunning. The owners have thought of everything you will find everything you need and more. The owners are friendly and very helpful.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you very much, it was an absolute pleasure to have you stay with us at The Old Church and I’m pleased you managed to relax. We very much hope to welcome you back soon, many thanks.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/12/2017
    We stayed over Christmas as it was perfect. The special touches made our stay. The owners were very responsive to our enquiries. This is the best place we have stayed in the UK.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you so much for your review, we thoroughly enjoyed having you as our guests over Christmas. We very much hope to see you again soon, take care.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 10/11/2017
    One of the best Cottage rentals we have had. The place was immaculate, definitely 5 star.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you so much for such a lovey review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. We would love to welcome you all back to Derbyshire whenever you fancy it.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 03/11/2017
    An absolute delight. The best cottage we have ever stayed in. Perfect in every way. Well done!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you so much, it was a real pleasure to have your group to stay, thank you. We are so pleased you enjoyed your break and would love to welcome you to Derbyshire again sometime soon. Take care.

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