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Grandest house in Hilton is up for grabs

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

By Matthew Cobb

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A FOUR hundred year old, six bedroom house in South Derbyshire has been put up for sale.

Dating back to the Elizabethan era, Wakelyn Old Hall is believed to have been built in 1573 and is on the market for £595,000.

The Grade II listed building has two staircases and four reception rooms and comes with grounds. The house is said to combine a subtle blend of old and new characteristics.

It is thought the house was originally built for John Wakelyn of Hilton, who is recorded to have paid tax on six hearths in 1664 – the greatest number of hearths in any house in the village.

It was almost forgotten about for many years, as hedges grew around the building, but the current owner has painstakingly restored the house to its former glory, leaving the original framework untouched.

Robert Stone, branch director and valuer at Graham Penny Estates, told the Mail: "It's not every day that you see a house of this size or age come on the market, probably only once every 10 years or so, but it's definitely something different."

Although any potential new owners are limited on what changes they can make to the property, Mr Stone said the opportunity to make internal alterations should be welcome news to buyers.

"A new owner would be able to decorate the rooms how they see fit, however the current owner has gone to some length to restore the house to its former glory," he added.

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