On the face of it, this architect-designed four-bedroom house in Darley Dale, Matlock, Derbyshire is interesting from the outside, perhaps nothing more. But go inside and you’ll find a house that’s still trapped in the 1970s.
Not just an architect design, this is a house designed for the architect’s own family, located in three quarters of an acre of land in a seemingly peaceful corner of the Peak District. The design takes advantage of those views and the light, with all rooms south-facing.
Head up the ‘in and out driveway’ and past the attached ‘porte-cochere’ to access the property, which opens with a reception hall with cloakroom/WC, a sitting room with vaulted ceiling and sliding folding doors leading to the double storey dining room/conservatory with spiral staircase and floor to ceiling windows (not to mention views over the Derwent Valley).
There’s also a fitted kitchen with a range of built in appliances, a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC, then a staircase that leads to the lower ground floor, where there is a games/hobby room, laundry room and three further bedrooms and shower room/WC. That three quarters of the acre of land also contains natural woodland, a patio, sun terrace and potting shed/greenhouse.
But that’s only half the story. The fittings and decoration of this place is straight out of a mid to late ’70s design book. Which is probably when the house dates from. The kitchen is almost a museum piece. See the images (and others on the listing) for a feel of that and if you like it, £649,999 is the asking price.