This delightful detached character cottage is situated on a private plot in the village of Denstone in close proximity of the highly thought of Denstone college and within easy reach of Uttoxeter, the market town of Ashbourne and the Peak District National Park. Ideal as a family home or holiday investment, the property has been extended and renovated by the current owners and maintains a perfect balance of character and contemporary features throughout. As well as stunning views across open countryside to the rear, the gardens are a particular feature of the property and are ideally suited for entertaining family or friends.
Accommodation - On entering Hillcrest you are greeted with access to both the sitting room and dining room, each having their own character and charm and both naturally light and airy. They both have their own fire places as their focal point, perfect for those cosy winter nights but also the sitting room has its own French doors so giving a natural flow to the front garden. Much of the property has been renovated by the current owners and this can be seen in the finish throughout. The kitchen/breakfast room has a charming country ambience with its granite work surfaces traditional wooden units. The breakfast area looks over the rear garden and onto the veranda and is accessed again via French doors, making this a perfect private seating area not only in the summer, but all year around by virtue of it being well sheltered. There is also a separate utility room and downstairs cloakroom.
The first floor is in keeping with the charm and character of the ground floor with the addition of a third bedroom and maintains a light and airy ambience throughout. There are two double bedrooms overlooking the front gardens with the third bedroom overlooking fields to the rear and all three are complimented by the modern family bathroom.
Vendor Interview - “It was the village location which first attracted us to our home here at Hillcrest,” say the current owners of this charming Staffordshire property. Hillcrest is situated in the sought after village of Denstone, which boasts its own primary school as well as the renowned Denstone College, and an award winning farm shop and pub restaurant. “The village has much to offer,” the owners continue, “from a bowling green to floodlit tennis courts, as well as the picturesque walking and cycling trials into Alton along the old railway line.”
Also within easy commuting distance are the Thomas Alleynes High School in Uttoxeter and Queen Elizabeth grammar school in Ashbourne. The location is ideal for access to the A50 with links to the M1 and M6, as well as being within easy distance of the East Midlands airport. The market towns of Uttoxeter and Ashbourne are nearby, as are Stafford and Derby. The National Trust property of Dimmingsdale is within easy reach, with both the gateway for the Peak District National Park and the resort of Alton Towers also within close proximity.
The house itself has been much improved by the current owners, including the extension to incorporate a third bedroom. “We also landscaped the gardens to provide seating areas to make the most of the early morning and midday sun,” say the owners, “we now often sit out on the veranda or patio for coffee or al fresco dining. In addition, we have built a car port and oak porch, greatly improving the look of the front of the property.” The house is well presented both inside and out, and offers the potential for further extension should the new owners wish.
“We love the veranda outside the kitchen where we drink coffee all year round. It feels like part of both the kitchen and garden, bringing the indoor and outdoor spaces together.”
“The south facing gardens and patio are bathed in sun all day, while the veranda where we enjoy our morning coffee gets the early rays.”
“We will miss ambience of the house and gardens, which have the feeling of being in the middle of a field with all the birds.”
“The kitchen flows easily into the dining room and veranda, offering plenty of possibility for entertaining family and friends.”
Outside - The gardens are a particular feature of this property as they sweep around on three sides giving privacy to the front, side and rear. Much of the gardens are lawned with a patio area situated in a perfect spot for sun worshippers. There is also a double, solid wood-built detached car port in keeping with the style of the property, as well as the drive giving further off road parking.
Location - Situated in the village of Denstone, positioned in North Staffordshire close to the Derbyshire border. The village lies within easy reach of the popular market towns of Ashbourne and Uttoxeter. As well as being in a quiet location, the village is in close proximity to the renowned Denstone College private school and the headquarters of JCB. There are easy trunk roads within a short distance which give access to Manchester, Birmingham and East Midlands Airport.
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Ground Floor: Hall Dining Room Sitting Room Kitchen W/C Utility Room Veranda First Floor: Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bathroom
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