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26th September 2018

Countryside Dreams

Rural living is a dream for many people and here at Redbrik, we’re often spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing countryside properties on our books. Properties in the Peak District and the rural reaches of Sheffield attract buyers from far and wide looking for the country lifestyle.

It’s not hard to see why properties in the northern end of the Peak District hold such appeal. For the price of a two-bedroom apartment in Islington, London, you could have a five- bedroom detached period home set in more than three acres of land, such as Watergrove House near Foolow, currently marketed with Redbrik at £795,000. In addition, the area remains relatively accessible with the M1 on the doorstep and great rail links to London from Derby and Chesterfield.

With more people being able to work remotely from the office, a move to a rural location could be a great way to escape the rat race however broadband speed in remote locations has traditionally been an issue. However, Digital Derbyshire, a £34m partnership led by Derbyshire County Council and BT, is aiming to offer 98% of homes and businesses in Derbyshire faster broadband via fibre optic cable by the end of 2018.

Once work is finished, you’ll need a few options for socialising. Surprisingly, rural areas can be quite a hive of activity with a packed calendar of events. The Peak District has a wealth of stunning stately homes, most of which offer a variety of events including contemporary art shows, horse trials, cookery lessons and family fun days. In addition, popular events such as the achingly trendy Eroica vintage cycling festival in Bakewell and the many artisan food and drink events in the area should keep your social life buzzing.

If you’re sold on the idea of country living, then take a look at these gems currently on the market with Redbrik.

  • Birley Farm is just six miles from Chesterfield but exists in splendid isolation with sweeping views of Linacre Reservoir. The four-bedroom property is set on a private road and offers a library, open fires, tennis court and ten acres of grounds including a small lake. There are extensive outbuildings that, subject to planning consents, could be renovated to provide holiday cottages or buildings for commercial use. It is priced at £1.5 million.

  • Watergrove House, near Foolow, is a picture-perfect Grade II listed Georgian detached home set a short drive from the historic villages of Eyam and Tideswell. It offers five double bedrooms, a wine cellar, tennis court and various outbuildings all set in 3.9 acres of landscaped grounds. It is currently on the market for £795,000.

  • If you’re not quite ready for the full country experience, then this four-bedroom barn conversion in Totley is perfectly placed just minutes from a bus route into Sheffield yet on the edge of the Peak moors. It offers a modern open plan kitchen/diner, a garden, ample car parking and is located close to a well regarded primary school. It is currently on the market for £550,000.