It is not uncommon for a period home to list a high ceiling among it many attributes when trying to entice buyers who appreciate a character feature.

But it is not hard to imagine potential buyer walking into the reception room of this apartment at Bretby Hall in Bretby, Derbyshire, and saying “now this is a high ceiling”.

The fact that there is only one reception room does not mean there has been any compromise on space.

For at 24ft 1ins by 46ft 9ins, it easily accommodates furniture that could fill several sitting/living rooms, a dining room and a music room.

The apartment is known as The Lord Chesterfield Suite after the former owners of this landmark house. Grade II* listed Bretby Hall was originally the home of the Earls of Chesterfield.

The present hall was built for the fifth earl in around 1812 to a design by Sir Jeffry Wyatville.

It was passed down through the family until it came into the hands of the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, who famously discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun along with Howard Carter, of Highclere Castle (now recognised by TV viewers as Downton Abbey) near Newbury.

He broke up the estate during the First World War and by the 1920s the main estate was sold to a local industrialist by the name of Mr J D Wragg.

He then sold it to Derbyshire County Council who ran it as an orthopaedic hospital until the 1990s when a developer converted it into its present form of 32 luxury apartments and suites.

The Lord Chesterfield Suite is on the ground floor and offers just under 3,000 sq ft of accommodation.

It is L-shaped and the corner of the apartment goes into one of the Hall’s imposing towers, leaving some of the rooms with unusual curved walls.

The apartment is entered through tall, part glazed, double doors with shutters which open into the elegant reception hall with high ceiling and tiled floor.

A set of double doors leads into the stunning drawing room. To one end are three arches with beautiful plasterwork and attractive supporting pillars. There is more ornate plasterwork around each of the three main windows and doors.

The fireplace is fitted with a log burning stove and there are French doors opening to the south-facing terrace.

Lord Chesterfield Suite, Bretby Hall, Bretby, Derbyshire
Lord Chesterfield Suite, Bretby Hall, Bretby, Derbyshire
 

A kitchen and study have been created within the eastern circular tower.

The former is a wonderfully light room with two huge windows. It has been fitted with an extensive range of base and wall cupboards along with a matching island unit. Appliances include a Rangemaster Toledo oven with a gas hob and electric ovens, integrated fridge and separate freezer, Bosch dishwasher, Bosch washing machine and Hotpoint tumble dryer.

The study is adjacent to the kitchen and is also very light due to its large window.

An inner hallway off the main reception hall leads to the bedroom quarters.

The master bedroom has storage and an en suite shower room. The other two bedrooms have fitted furniture. They are served by a bathroom with bath, toilet and sink.

Bretby Hall sits amid beautiful parkland. It is approached via a long driveway passing lakes and trees.

There are two parking spaces for the owners of The Lord Chesterfield Suite within the inner courtyard. Immediately adjoining the south side of the suite is a stone flagged terrace which provides a superb vantage point from which to enjoy the views over the communal grounds and parkland.

The property is to be sold freehold. There is a management company in place and a service charge is payable to cover items of annual expenditure which includes communal decoration and maintenance, gardening and a contribution to a sinking fund.

The Hall is set in glorious countryside just to the east of Burton-upon-Trent, on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border.

Burton-upon-Trent, Derby, Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Leicester are all within easy reach as are major roads and motorways. It is also only 33 miles from Birmingham. The delightful villages of Repton and Melbourne are close by.

The area offers an excellent range of highly regarded schools.

Guide price: £475,000. Agent: Fisher German on 10530 412821.