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Country escapes for locked-down house-hunters

Locked-down house-hunters have been dreaming of a life in the countryside, according to Rightmove, which has reported a spike in searches for properties in remote locations.

But you don’t need to head to Scottish Highlands, Dorset or Wales – all in the top 10 search locations – to find a haven of peace and tranquillity; SDL Auctions Graham Penny has two Derbyshire properties which fit the bill perfectly.

Mill Farm, 18 Wood Lane in Horsley Woodhouse is a former farmhouse reached by a sweeping driveway and sitting on a plot of around a third of an acre surrounded by open countryside.

The three bedroomed detached house, which has a *guide price of £250,000+, is crying out for a new owner to give it a fresh lease of life.

With large rooms providing space and light, the property has an entrance hall, full-length lounge, dining kitchen with utility room/WC on the ground floor, with three bedrooms and a family bathroom upstairs. Outside the large garden is mainly lawned, with parking for several vehicles and plenty of space for an extension, subject to planning permission.

The property sits between Horsley Lodge Golf Club and the Rose and Crown at Morley, with easy access to the A608 to Heanor and Derby, and the A609 to Ilkeston. Horsley Woodhouse village has two grocery stores, including a Co-op, a medical practice with pharmacy, a café, fish and chip shop and a real ale pub.

Robert Stone, head of auctions East Midlands, said: “This is a fabulous property which remains largely untouched, providing the perfect blank canvas for a new owner to create a stunning family home in a beautiful corner of the Derbyshire countryside, without sacrificing the convenience of nearby amenities.”

And if you prefer an older cottage with views over the Derwent Valley, look no further than 46 Hackney Road in Matlock.

The charming stone-built property currently has two bedrooms but has planning permission for a two-storey side extension to create an integral garage at ground floor level and an extra bedroom in a contemporary designed first-floor extension with terrace

The property has off-road parking, elevated tiered gardens with far-reaching countryside views but is just a few minutes’ drive from the shops and amenities of Matlock town centre. It has a guide price of £210,000+.

Robert said: “As the weeks of lockdown turn into months, people are clearly craving some space around them, with countryside properties with gardens becoming more in demand. This Matlock cottage is surrounded by fields with incredible countryside views, yet just a few minutes from the town. It offers the best of both worlds and nobody could object to being locked down here.

“Both of these properties show that you don’t have to head into the middle of nowhere to get the green space you dream of; you can find it right here in Derbyshire and at an affordable price, too.”

Mill Farm, 18 Wood Lane in Horsley Woodhouse and 46 Hackney Road in Matlock are among the properties due to be sold in SDL Auctions’ national property auction on Thursday 28th May, which will be conducted by managing director and auctioneer Andrew Parker from the company’s auction studio and broadcast live over the internet.

Bids can be placed remotely by proxy, by telephone and on the internet. To register for remote bidding, please click here or call the team on 01332 242 880.