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The Old Church


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Alton, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Newly Listed
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 3
Pets 0
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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, 02/12/2018
    The very best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in. Absolutely perfect in every way

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/11/2018
    Such a lovely cottage, everything was perfect down to the last detail. The treat tray was amazing & everywhere was immaculate. Will definitely be staying again. 10/10

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/09/2018
    The Old Church is a beautifully presented, well equipped property. The hosts have thought of everything and the furnishings and equipment are of a very high standard. The hosts were really helpful prior to and during our visit and there was a very nice welcome try a waiting for us upon arrival. There are lots of places to visit nearby and plenty of places to eat not too far away. Would thoroughly recommend a stay at the Old Church.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/09/2018
    Excellent facilities, great location, lovely views, finished to a high standard. We will be back.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Many thanks for your review - it is much appreciated. We very much hope you will join us again; it was a pleasure to meet you both.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 03/08/2018
    Absolutely stunning property - extremely comfortable and very well equipped. Everything was scrupulously clean. Great base to explore Derbyshire and the Peak District or just sit back and relax watching the cows go by. The welcome tray was lovely and we would love to return for a longer stay in the future.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your very kind review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your week in Derbyshire; there is certainly plenty to see. It was a pleasure to have your family stay with us and it’s lovely to hear that the property met your expectations.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/07/2018
    A delightful cottage in lovely countryside surroundings, couldn't be better.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you very much - it was a pleasure to have you stay at The Old Church. I hope that we will see you both again soon.

  • 10

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

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Many thanks - it was a pleasure to have you all stay with us whilst celebrating in the area; we are very pleased you enjoyed your weekend, thank you very much.

  • 10

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

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Many thanks - that is very kind of you. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Old Church; it was a pleasure to have you both. Take care and hopefully you will visit us again soon.

  • 10

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

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Many thanks; it was our pleasure to welcome you to Derbyshire, thank you for your lovely review. We hope to see you again.

  • 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.

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