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 2022

We live on a quiet street with good neighbours. We are a corner plot so our front garden has a visibility concrete strip going through it which is pointless.

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We like the design, that’s why we chose it. It’s spacious and detached on a quiet street with no through road. I would hate to be on the main route in to the estate. The building management has been very poor.

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Ensure you have everything in writing from millers and take lots of photos on the walk round.

What is the best feature of your home:

It’s OUR home and we will continue to develop it to make it our own.

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We’ve been happy with the build although had a few snags

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Review Date Jul 2022

The nearest shop is a convenience coop on a neighbouring estate 5 mins drive away – nothing really within walking distance.
There are a few pubs/restaurants within walking distance – especially now hackwood farm has expanded to also be a restaurant.
I don’t think there is a particularly close bus stop – I image you’d need to walk towards mickleover, we’ve always taken a taxi into town if we don’t want to drive – about £10 fare.
Parking availability is good – most properties have drives for 1-2 cars plus a garage and on street parking also available.
There is a primary school at the entrance to the estate which is very useful if you have kids, however it is a nightmare getting in or out of the estate at pickup/dropoff times due to all the cars trying to park close to the school. It would be helpful if a system were set up or parents not asked to park on the estate.

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We love our Stainsby, the hall and landing are very open and bright and all bedrooms of reasonable size.
We’ve been happy with the build although had a few snags, easier stuff seems to get fixed within a few weeks of raising however when contractors are involved it has taken longer/still waiting.

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I was expecting all the walls to be white but they are actually a pale yellow. I would have preferred white

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Open and bright hallway/landing or the visual appeal of the externals

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Beautiful, warm and homely.

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Review Date Jul 2022

Houses are a nice distance apart which makes the estate look less cramped than other local housing estates. Looking forward to the Hackwood farm development to be completed.

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Lovely property we had a few teething issues with toilets and showers which needed to be fixed a few times. Not a fan of the shared drive or basic garage construction. Due to pandemic resource availability seemed to be a problem for millers and their sub contracting team. Now we are out of our time and resolving the issues ourselves. The design is lovely and exactly what we were looking for.

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How long it would of taken to finish the garden ie level and grass before we could let the kids out.

What is the best feature of your home:

The hallway which joins all the of the living spaces together.

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Make sure you think about the developer you want

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Review Date Jul 2022

No shops, no GP, park has only just opened. Road quality is poor, full of mud. No transport links.
Hackwood farm is quality but that was there before housing was built. No problems with people living here or the council. Just the developers

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Things they promise don’t add up.
Soon learn build quality is not as good as you expected
Cut corners with some items and fittings.
Also only as good as the fitter, electrician, labourer who does the work. Seems like the work experience did most of it.

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Land quality re drainage
Road closures nearby
School parking situation – twice a day it’s dangerous

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Looks smart from the outside and we have made it look nice. Quite economical with heating.

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