5 bedroom detached house
Main Road, Whatstandwell, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4
  • Five Bedroom Detached Home
  • Picturesque Canalside Location
  • Three Reception Rooms plus Workshop
  • Set over Three Floors
  • Steeped in National History
  • Over 3,000 sq ft of Accommodation
  • Canal-side Gardens to Rear
  • Off Street Parking
  • Much Extended and Improved
  • World Heritage Location

We are delighted to introduce this locally iconic property at the foot of Main Road in the historic village of Whatstandwell, Matlock, Derbyshire. Over the years this stunning home has served as the main village shop, tea rooms and even reading rooms. Seated beautifully next to the Cromford Canal, and the bridge famously said to be frequented by Florence Nightingale, it is easy to understand why this attractive property has played a prominent role in the village community.

The property has been much improved and extended by the current owners into a superb five-bedroom home. They have opened up the whole of the lower ground floor into further accommodation and added bedrooms to the rear, making this an incredibly well-sized detached property. The home benefits from parking to the front and side with canal-side gardens to the rear.

Boasting over 3,000 sq ft of functional living accommodation this exceptionally picturesque property will be in demand from all types of buyers as it would make an incredible family home or an equally exquisite holiday haven. A viewing comes very strongly recommended.


The property enjoys a large open plan dining kitchen with plenty of modern units, ample work surfaces and contemporary features. There is generous dining space, stylish décor and cloak cupboard.

To the rear, and extending almost the full width of the property, is a simply stunning sitting room. This room extends over nine metres, with four large windows to the rear aspect offering lovely views over the canal and open fire. This is a truly impressive room that comfortably accommodates the current owners’ four-piece suite, a variety of side tables / units and dresser with room to spare for the grand piano.

Also on the ground floor there is a well-appointed dual aspect lounge/study, featuring fireplace with log burner. There is also a convenient cloakroom neatly set under the stairs.

The front section of the first floor contains three bedrooms a family bathroom and a shower room. To the rear of the property there is a large second bedroom and master suite with ensuite shower room.

This amazing lower floor has been converted and modernised from the old cellar block and has immense potential for a variety of uses. Mirroring the sitting room above, there is a large and most impressive Games Room / Gym with underfloor heating and electric blinds. Large windows running the length of the room overlook the gardens. There is also a well-appointed utility room with W/C leading through to another versatile room, currently in use as a workshop. With its separate entrances the lower ground floor has the potential for conversion into a standalone annex.

Vendor's Insight

“As soon as we saw this house, with its unique position by the water and beautiful aspect, we fell in love with it, ” say the current owners of this detached Victorian canal side property, “though the house may look modest from the front, there is a moment of magic upon walking around to the rear garden, when one realises how extensive the property really is. This truly is a hidden gem of a house.”

“Having bought the house in a semi-derelict condition, we have since renovated and extended what was an old village shop into a spacious family home, ” the owners continue. “We have completely renovated the house, as well as putting a lot of love and care into the décor to create our ideal living environment. The addition of an extra two bedrooms has provided us with plenty of space to bring up our family here. We have a large extended family, so have deliberately kept the rooms open and clear to enable us to host parties with plenty of space for guests to mingle and stay over if they wished. The games room downstairs provides a place for the younger members of the family to spend time away from the adults, too.” The outdoor space is another fine feature of the property, with mature gardens leading down to the canal. “As well as wooden pergolas and a central fountain water feature, we have a beautiful old Yew tree along with fruit trees and bushes” say the owners.

The situation of the property has much to offer, too. “The village of Whatstandwell sits in a picturesque and thickly wooded section of the Derwent Valley, ” say the owners, “it has an active social calendar with events as diverse as an annual beer festival, fireworks night and a craft fair. ().

We have everything we need within a mile, including convenience store, butchers and a bakery, as well as a well-regarded local primary school. We are 2 minutes’ walk from Whatstandwell station for trains to Derby, the latter connecting in turn to the national rail network.”

“Having enjoyed the idyllic canal side setting for 20 years, it is the space and location that we shall miss most. The house benefits from an enviable position in a thriving little community, with the countryside on your doorstep. You can step outside and walk for miles in beautiful countryside without a thought for taking the car”

“The stunning kitchen is the heart of the house for us, being the first room you enter when you step through the front door. It is a fabulous room, ideal for everyday family life and entertaining alike.”

“Set in the unesco Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the village is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and enjoys close proximity to Chatsworth House and the Peak District for stunning walking, running, and cycling routes.”

“We have hosted countless family gatherings here, with aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews all seated at one long table to share a meal together. On one occasion, we had 26 people for dinner, with everyone able to comfortably sit and eat in the large open plan rooms.”.

* These comments are the personal views of the current owners and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.


The property has a gravelled parking area to the front and side, providing off street parking for three or four vehicles. The rear access to the side overlooks the canal and leads to the beautiful mature gardens wherein great care has been taken by the current owners to create a variety of seating areas with lovely views over the canal, complete with fruit and vegetable patches, flower beds and shrubs. The garden also boasts a stone built out-house currently used as log/garden store and a large greenhouse with integral shed adjacent the fruit and vegetable garden.


Located in an ideal position just off the A6 between Matlock and Derby, and only a couple of minutes’ walk from Whatstandwell Train station with links to Derby and onto London within 2 ½ hours. Main Road is famously known to have been frequented by Florence Nightingale walking from the Train Station to her home in nearby Lea Hurst. This beautiful Derbyshire village is steeped in English history and most earnestly deserves its World Heritage status.


All mains services connected with the exception of gas.

Local Authority

Amber Valley District Council

Viewing Arrangements

Strictly via the vendors sole agents Fine & Country.

Opening Times

Monday to Friday9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
Sunday By appointment only

Agent's Notes

All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given and that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure.

This property is marketed by:

Fine & Country - Derby
11 Mallard Way, Pride Park
01332 494289
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