This underground chamber may have been a hiding place for a priest at the time when Catholics were being persecuted.

Historic cottage in Peak District oozes olde-worlde charm with stone-flagged floors, exposed beams and underground ice house/priest hole

This beautiful cottage is believed to be one of the oldest buildings in Cromford, dating back to the 16th century in parts.

Monday, 20th September 2021, 10:42 am

The Old Cottage on The Hill, which is on the market for £500,000 with Grants of Derbyshire, may once have been an Anglican chapel. A painted mural of The Archangel Raphael in the reception room indicates that it may have been used as a prayer/meeting room.

Outside there is an underground ice house and/or priest hole; a hiding place for a priest during the period when Catholics were persecuted.

Rich in character with stone flagged floors, exposed beams and stone mullioned windows, the three-bedroom home is well presented and surrounded by mature gardens.

The kitchen has a traditional range of pine wall, base and drawer units, a multi-oven Aga providing gas central heating to the home and a Belfast sink.

One of the bedrooms is situated on the ground floor where there is also a guest wc. The family bathroom is on the first floor.

From the top of the garden there are superb views down to Cromford and the surrounding hills and countryside.

A driveway provides parking for several cars and leads to a double garage.

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