When you think of a Grade II fixer-upper you would usually picture a barn or church, but every so often we get treated to something more unique. The ‘Old Nick’ is a former prison that has been reinvented as a family home, and it has just gone on the market for £500,000.
Opening in Belper as Derbyshire’s very first prison in 1848, the Old Nick still holds many of its original features. The living room windows remain barred, and bare stone and brick can be seen throughout.
Sitting just across the road from Belper’s River Gardens and the Belper Mill World Heritage Site, history simply permeates the entire property.
Indeed, the future owner will have a lot of fun letting guests know that their bar is actually a former cell, or that their storage room was once used for storing guns! The study even retains one of the original iron jailhouse doors.
One of the most striking features of the property is definitely the exercise yard turned garden, which comes complete with a beautiful flagstone patio.
The former prison offers an impressive five double bedrooms, two with ensuite bathrooms. The future owner can enjoy a cosy ‘snug’ with its own log burner, in addition to four reception rooms and even a private music room leading out into the courtyard.
Light and airy decor is used throughout the Old Nick, which helps to complement and highlight the property’s original features. While some will definitely be put off by the prison decor, a real effort has been made to make the former jail seem homely. You might not have expected a barred window to be lined either side with red drapes!
As well as the main building, the Old Nick also comes with a separate annexe. This ‘holiday cottage’ features an open plan kitchen-living room and its own double bedroom, as well as a separate patio area.
While the Old Nick might lack the universal charm of other converted listed buildings, it remains a highly desirable family home, and its unique quirks are sure to raise a great deal of interest.
“It would appeal to many buyers or investors who may see it as an opportunity to provide rental accommodation or even convert it to a boutique hotel,” Your Move told the Daily Mail.
“The separate annexe across the courtyard adds to the appeal as does the fact that it has such good transport links, with the central train station nearby as well as the highly popular Peak District within easy reach.
With the property containing many original – and often quirky – features, it really is a unique property and one which is already attracting significant interest.”
Philip knows the most frustrating aspect of a home improvement job is not knowing anything about it! In the news, Phil is always on the look out for properties that inspire. He’s a fan of modern properties, with a particular soft spot for skyscrapers.