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Former chapel makes a heavenly home

A former chapel converted into a spacious home will offer a heavenly opportunity for an investor or private buyer when it goes under the hammer at SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s next Derby auction.

The three bedroomed detached property, 33 Water Lane, South Normanton, Alfreton, which has a *guide price of £110,000+, has character features including a large vaulted ceiling and open staircase within a modern open-plan layout which features a living area, kitchen and dining room. Stairs lead to the master bedroom, inner hallway, playroom/study, utility room and guest cloakroom. Off the living space are two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The light and spacious main bedroom is at the front of the property and has a luxury en suite shower room.

Robert Stone, head of auctions East Midlands at SDL Auctions Graham Penny, said: “This is a real stand-out property in our Derby auction. It is rare to see a property of this style and character, and we expect it to generate a lot of interest.”

The former chapel is featured in the latest catalogue from SDL Auctions Graham Penny, which features 68 lots of all types, including 56 which will be sold at Pride Park Stadium, Derby, on Thursday 25 July, and a further 12 properties which are being sold by online auction.

Among the residential lots are a wide variety of houses, flats and bungalows, including a charming period property which offers the perfect countryside escape.

Renovation has begun on Rockmount, Ashbourne Road, Blackbrook, Belper, which has mostly sealed unit uPVC double glazing and an atmospheric heat pump system, but some upgrades are still required.

Set back from the road in an idyllic countryside setting with beautiful views, the charming single-storey cottage is L-shaped and comprises a lounge with cast iron multi-burner and vaulted ceiling, well-appointed breakfast kitchen room with built in appliances, uPVC double-glazed conservatory, quality fitted shower room, a study/occasional guest bedroom with access through to a second double-glazed conservatory and two bedrooms.

Outside is a long private driveway shared with a neighbouring property, a single timber framed garage, well-established gardens and a small private woodland with views over to Belper. There are also parcels of land which may lend themselves to car standing space, subject to planning permission. Its guide price is £180,000+.

Another renovation opportunity can be found in a quiet cul-de-sac close to Ripley town centre, where Rhoslan, 22 Lime Avenue, has the potential to be converted into self-contained flats, subject to planning permission.

With a guide price of £75,000+, the detached property features two reception rooms, a kitchen, utility room and bathroom on the ground floor, and three double bedrooms, a bathroom and further kitchen on the first floor.

Over on the opposite side of the city, a two bedroomed detached bungalow provides the opportunity to add space and value in the popular village of Ockbrook.

Set on a deep plot, the well-maintained 5 Pares Way, Ockbrook, has planning permission for a single-storey extension at the front, providing a third bedroom and significantly increasing the accommodation.

Currently the bungalow comprises an L-shaped entrance hallway, lounge through diner, breakfast kitchen room, two bedrooms and a refitted shower room with separate WC.

Once extended, it would comprise a porch, passaged hallway, full-width open-plan kitchen diner, utility room, generous sitting room, master bedroom with en suite shower room, two further bedrooms and a guest cloakroom. Outside there is a single detached garage and a good-sized enclosed garden.

Robert said: “This is already a great bungalow but the proposed extension would turn it into a fabulous property, with a thoughtfully designed, bright open-plan layout.”

The properties – alongside a variety of apartments, terraced, semi-detached and detached houses – are due to be sold at Pride Park Stadium, Derby, on Thursday 25 July, at the fourth Derby auction of the year held by SDL Auctions Graham Penny, the East Midlands’ largest and most successful property auctioneer.

Robert added: “There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ auction property, as these examples illustrate. We have all kinds of homes, commercial properties and parcels of land going under the hammer, offering opportunities for investors, developers and private buyers alike.”

To see all the lots, or for information on bidding by telephone, online or by proxy, please click here.