Derbyshire

Derbyshire is a beautiful county in the East Midlands of England. The county is home to many different towns and villages to explore, including Sheffield, Chesterfield and Derby. It’s also home to some great universities, such as Chesterfield College and Derby University.

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Best places to live in Derbyshire

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Chatsworth Bridge

Where is Derbyshire?

Derbyshire is located in the East Midlands of England, bordering Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. The county has a population of over one million people and covers an area of just over two thousand square kilometres.

Areas in Derbyshire

Derbyshire is a large county, spanning both the Peak District and the Midlands. The main population centres are in the north of the county around Derby and Chesterfield, and in the south around Matlock and Buxton.

There are also several smaller towns scattered throughout Derbyshire.

The Peak District National Park is situated in the northwest of Derbyshire and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in England. Other areas of interest include:

Chesterfield – A historic market town in the north of the county, Chesterfield is home to a large outdoor market and an annual Chesterfield Music Festival. It is also known for its Crooked Spire, a church tower that leans sharply to the north.

Derbyshire Dales – A picturesque area of rolling hills and limestone caves in the south of Derbyshire. The Derbyshire Dales are popular with hikers and mountain bikers.

The twisted spire in Chesterfield

Bolsover – A small town boasting the Bolsover Castle, which is one of the most popular castles in England for visitors who want a taste of history.

Derby – A city and metropolitan borough in the east of Derbyshire, Derby is known for its links to the silk industry and is home to Derby County Football Club.

Dovedale – located in the Peak District, this area is known for its dramatic landscapes and limestone cliffs.

Matlock – A town situated in the Derbyshire Dales, Matlock is a popular destination for tourists who want to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling.

Matlock Bath – a picturesque village located on the banks of the River Derwent, Matlock Bath is well known for its Georgian architecture.

Chesterfield – The largest town in the county, Chesterfield is predominantly a commuter suburb of Sheffield and has plenty to offer visitors including an impressive Market Hall and Theatre Royal.

Universities in Derbyshire

Derbyshire is home to a number of universities, including

Chesterfield College – A large independent college with a focus on business, engineering and technology, Chesterfield College has a range of courses on offer at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Peaks district in Derbyshire

Derbyshire College – An independent college that is part of the BU Group, Derbyshire College delivers vocational training in many areas including business, catering and hairdressing to name but a few.

University of Derby – The University of Derby has over 20,000 students enrolled across its campuses located across Derbyshire and Staffordshire and offers courses in sports science, childcare studies and dentistry among others. 

Top Schools in Derbyshire

Derbyshire is home to an excellent selection of primary and secondary schools, including:

Brookfield School – An independent school for boys and girls aged from three to sixteen years old, located just outside Chesterfield, the Brookfield School is a co-educational day school.

Derby Grammar School – Derby Grammar was founded in 1994 but its roots go back to the early sixteenth century. The school is an academy for boys aged eleven to eighteen and occupies a twenty-acre site in Littleover near Derby city centre

King’s School – An independent day school for girls aged three to sixteen years old located on Uttoxeter Road in Derby, the King’s School is rated as outstanding by Ofstead.

Population of Derbyshire

Currently, there are approximately 700,000 people living in all areas that make up the county with a population density averaging 200 people per square kilometre.

 

Reviews in Derbyshire

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Review Date Jul 2024

Local shops need Improving as they aren’t very inviting, virtually all the new build residential travel to Chesterfield/ Sheffield for variety ,and choice. Open spaces are none existent but there are plenty if you’re prepared to travel.
There are no transport links on the development, the streets are reasonably quiet except for large builder’s vehicles during the week due to on going construction work , there is no parking for visitors , bin collection is good, there is anti social behaviour in Bolsover.

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The design of the house is good, fixtures and fittings are of a good standard but poorly fitted and in general require attention after moving in , as everything appears to have been installed on the hurry up .
In general the brickwork is dirty and untidy due to different crews and mortar being used . Gardens are clay and builders rubble covered by turf which eventually struggles or die .Plants at the front of the properties tend to suffer the same .
Property Management is none existent.
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Should have really questioned the site plan scale / spent more time walking around the development and looking at the proximity of houses/ asked questions on specific time scales for completion of roads and footpaths and not accept verbal possibly time scales from sales staff. Ask for a firm completion date of your phase .

What is the best feature of your home:

Large family and kitchen space
Large main bedroom

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It’s a good Accomodation in a good location

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Review Date Jun 2024

This location is one of the best because it’s close to the town , the clubs , nice corner shops that run till 4 am in the morning .

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It’s got an amazing Lounge , it’s got good security with locks on each floor as well .
Though the kitchens in the apartments need a window rather than just aircons.
The elevators are good but could be better .
Mail box needs to be more secure in the building

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The fact that the kitchen didn’t have windows and doesn’t feel very ventilated

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They’ve been swift in attention to issues like fire alarms among other things

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Facilities are really good but can sometimes be difficult to get in touch with estate agent

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Review Date Jun 2024

Sometimes it can get noisy living in the city centre but the building is very secure and parking is secure

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Facilities are really good but can sometimes be difficult to get in touch with estate agent, took me over a week to get a response a few times.

Estate agent I use is based in Manchester so there isn’t a branch I can go into which makes it hard if you want face to face communication

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Response times from estate agent and how hot the flats get… difficult to keep them cool especially in summer even with windows open

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It takes a while to get a response through email and phone lines can be difficult

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The area is quite close to all the necessary conveniences and the city centre

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Review Date Jun 2024

The area is quite close to all the necessary conveniences and the city centre. The parking is not sufficient for all the residents but there are a few paid parking facilities near by. Lidl is the closest supermarket (4 mins walk) while Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Iceland are all within 10-15 mins walking distance.

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The rooms are all ensuite and are very spacious. However the kitchen does not have sufficient ventilation and has often triggered fire alarms when someone cooks something slightly smoky. The building management is quite good, there is adequate garbage disposal facility and the maintenance team is responsive most of the time.

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The security of the place, while it has improved a lot could be slightly better.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I have had a few issues relating to the electricity meter and my rent account. The team was quite responsive in both the cases.

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