An outstanding Grade II Hall (with wonderful gardens and grounds) An established period holiday complex, it really is a glorious country house.
Hopton Hall is a magnificent Grade II listed property set within an idyllic part of Derbyshire which is steeped in history. The estate has been sumptuously re-appointed to a high standard and specification by its current owners over many years. It now comprises a magnificent and comfortable family home with the advantage of a thriving holiday complex business. It is indeed a rare opportunity for the discerning purchaser. The extensive accommodation has retained much of its charm and character with many period features throughout due to its listing and has recently benefitted from a substantial upgrade to the heating system, utilising the facilities of a very economical biomass system.
Listed Grade II, Hopton Hall was in the ownership of the Gell Family from the 15th Century until the late 20th Century. Anthony Gell was granted arms in 1575 and it was he who built the house. Hopton Hall was refashioned in the late 18th Century by Sir John Gell MP who also created the charming Crinkle-Crankle wall. This ribbon wall lies on the northern edge to the beautifully restored walled garden with an unusual 30ft high summer house. The main hall boasts many fine historical features including an entrance vestibule surmounted by the Gell Coat of Arms. Some of the final alterations were carried out in the early Twentieth Century and included the building of two stone pavilions of an arts and crafts interpretation of Peak District Jacobean on either side of the entrance. Both are square in section with pyramidal roofs with the one to the east being two storey and the other three storey.
There are finely detailed external elevations with prominent bays and a notable segmental pediment crown in the main south facing elevation. Situated to the west of the main house is a period stable block currently devised as a holiday cottage complex around a central courtyard area.
The extensive accommodation has retained much of its charm and character with many period features throughout due to its listing and has recently benefitted from a substantial upgrade to the heating system, utilising the facilities of a very economical biomass system.
It is a glorious country house, which has a very impressive approach along the gravelled driveway with gated entrance. The entrance of the property has a magnificent panel reception hallway with superb oak staircase. The drawing room is particularly noted as having an early 19th century copy of Elizabethan plasterwork to the ceiling and a superb fireplace. A formal dining room, again with original window shutters has glorious views over the estate. There is a large snooker room and a separate study for home working. The sumptuously appointed living kitchen is fitted with quality units and an Electric Aga. There is a rear vestibule/ utility room with first floor office accommodation above.
There are a range of cloakroom facilities and a very useful laundry used to support the holiday cottage business. The ancillary accommodation to the ground floor provides a large working kitchen for catering facilities for the Snowdrop Walk, a Tea Room and a pub (for private use only, not available to the public). There are also additional storage facilities.
To the first floor there are extensive bedrooms and particular attention is drawn to the principal bedroom, which has magnificent handcrafted, fitted wardrobes together with a superb period en suite bathroom painstakingly appointed to the highest standard. In addition, above the principal bedroom is a gymnasium/sitting room and a en suite and dressing room. There are extensive bedrooms throughout the first floor, many having luxury quality re-appointed en suite facilities. To the second floor there are a range of rooms including bathroom or en suite facilities, bedrooms and storage rooms.
The flexibility of the current layout and Estate allows considerable enhancement of the current income stream or for the Estate to be returned to a private family residence. The estate consists of approx 35 acres of hall grounds, parkland and paddocks, 20 acres of woodland plus sporting rights over an additional 325 acres.
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When I first visited Hopton Hall it really felt like a home, although certainly grand the rooms felt comfortable and warm. One of my favourite parts of the garden is the magnificent crinkle crankle walled garden.Clare Bingham