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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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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 Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • 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
  • Unique Cottages
    Unique Cottages

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/07/2018
    Wonderfull clean and well equipped place but difficult to find

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/06/2018
    The scores say it all

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    Beautiful cottage in relaxing setting excellent hospitality from owners made to feel very welcome with welcome pack.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/05/2018
    We had a fantastic weekend in the Old Church celebrating our honeymoon, not only is it set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside inside it is finished to a very high standard. The kitchen is fully fitted including a washing machine. The owners left a lovely welcome tray and other little touches like toiletries in the bathroom and on-suites which really make you feel welcome. There are a number of walks around the surrounding area and it is well suited to exploring the Peak District and it's towns/villages. We would definitely stay here again for at least a week this time!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for such a lovely review, it is much appreciated. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and very much hope you come back again soon to explore a bit more of Derbyshire and the Peak District. Take care.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/05/2018
    absolutely fabulous in every detail thank you so much we will be back

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you, it’s great to know you enjoyed your stay with us; it was our pleasure, thank you. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to Derbyshire soon, thank you again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/04/2018
    Beautiful cottage in lovely location. All the little extras were well received. Owners were friendly & helpful.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you, it was a real pleasure to have you both stay with us, we are so pleased you enjoyed it. We look forward to welcoming you back next year, thank you for your review, it is much appreciated.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/04/2018
    It was a wonderful cottage a real home from home with all the home comforts . You need a car as it is in the middle of nowhere with a few pub restaurants in a short drive but that is part of its charm . We will go again as there are so many places to visit and see and the cottage is a great base to see it all .

    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 found it relaxing. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to see more of Derbyshire. Take care.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/04/2018
    Fantastic place.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you so much, we very much appreciate your review and hope to welcome you back to Alton again soon, many thanks.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/03/2018
    The Old Church was the perfect place to stay. It had everything you could need and more and was to a very high standard. In a beautiful location with lots to see and do in the local area. We were only staying for 3 nights but could easily return for many more. Very deserving of the comments in the guest book, I cannot recommend highly enough.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you, we really appreciate your review. It was great to have you with us over Easter and we very much hope you might stay with us again, thank you, take care.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/03/2018
    We spent a lovely weekend at the old church. Having stayed at many different properties over the past few years, this one has been the best. This is a fantastic property which has all the feel of a luxury home. The weather was not kind to us but although freezing outside we were very cosy inside. We're already looking to book for a short break in spring next year.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you, it was a real pleasure to welcome your group to Derbyshire and I’m so pleased you enjoyed your stay despite the weather. We very much hope to see you next spring, thank you for your review, it’s much appreciated.

  • 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.

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