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Bowser Hill Farm and Cottages, Bowsers Hole, Near Hedley on the Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne

A superb equestrian property with two cottages and sensational views

Accommodation in Brief
Bowser Hill Farmhouse
Entrance Porch | Entrance Hall | Kitchen/Dining/Sitting Room | Drawing Room | Study | Utility Room | Cloakroom/WC | Master Bedroom Suite | Bedroom with En-Suite | Two Further Bedrooms | Bathroom

High Pastures Cottage
Sitting Room | Kitchen | Hall | Two Bedrooms | Bathroom

Hillside Cottage
Sitting Room | Kitchen | Hall | Two Bedrooms | Bathroom

Garden | Two Garages | Stables | Manège | Paddocks

The Property

Bowser Hill Farm and Cottages are situated amidst glorious open countryside in an elevated position on the northern side of the Derwent Valley and just to the east of Hedley on the Hill. The traditional, double-fronted stone farmhouse has been extended and updated by the current owners and, combined with the two cottages and equestrian facilities, offers a lifestyle property with the opportunity to receive an income from existing cottages. The farmhouse combines period features with a contemporary extension all set in a delightful rural setting yet within easy access of regional centres. The paddock land is divided into four enclosures and amounts to around 5.5 acres including the stable yard and manège; in all the gardens and paddock land amount to around 6.2 acres. The property is sold with the benefit of planning permission to further extend the house to provide additional accommodation together with extensive garaging and new stable yard.

Bowser Hill Farmhouse

A stone entrance porch with fully-glazed entrance door leads into a bright hallway that gives access to all the reception rooms and has wood flooring. To one side of the hall is a triple-aspect kitchen/dining/sitting room which offers a stunning contemporary everyday living space with fabulous far-reaching views over the Derwent Valley and fully-glazed French doors that lead out to the terrace. The kitchen area is fitted with a comprehensive range of cream units including a large island with granite work surface, 1½ bowl sink and drainer, space for a range-style cooker, integrated dishwasher, fridge, two freezers and a drinks fridge. There is ample space for a large dining table and chairs together with a further large sitting area for everyday living. To the other side of the hall there is a more formal drawing room with a feature cast iron fireplace with electric fire. The drawing room enjoys the same far-reaching southerly views over the garden, fields and valley beyond and could equally be used as a formal dining room if required. There is a second reception room, currently used as a study, which offers versatile space and has windows to the side and rear. To the rear of the house there is a large utility room which is fitted with a range of units which is plumbed for a washing machine and has space for a tumble drier and has a door to outside. Off the utility room there is a cloakroom fitted with a wash hand basin and WC.

Stairs lead up from the hall to the first floor, where there is a generous landing which is flooded with natural light from a window at the top of the stairs. The master bedroom suite comprises a spacious bedroom with south-facing window offering elevated views of the garden and beyond together with an en-suite bathroom and dressing room. The dual aspect en-suite is fitted with a double-ended bath, walk-in shower cubicle, wash hand basin set on a vanity unit and WC. The adjoining dressing room, which has fitted hanging rails, has a window to the rear and would provide a charming nursery if needed. There is a further double bedroom with views to the front which has an en-suite shower room fitted with a shower, wash hand basin and WC. There are two further double bedrooms, one of which has an original painted cast iron fireplace, with views to the rear towards the cottages and open countryside behind. These bedrooms are served by a spacious bathroom fitted with a bath, separate shower, wash hand basin, bidet, WC and cupboard housing the hot water cylinder.

High Pastures Cottage

High Pastures Cottage has a charming sitting room with an arched picture window overlooking the front and a cast iron wood-burning stove set in a recessed fireplace. This reception room offers ample space for a dining table and chairs. To the rear there is a bright kitchen which has original ceiling beams, windows to the side and rear and a further skylight. The kitchen is fitted with a range of units, single sink and drainer, electric hob and oven and is plumbed for a washing machine and houses the boiler. There is a rear hall which has a door to the rear gravelled courtyard garden, a useful storage cupboard and stairs to the first floor. The stairs, which have a window to the rear offering open rural views, lead up to a landing which has a storage cupboard. There are two bedrooms, one double and one twin, both of which have exposed beams and trusses and skylight windows. The bathroom is fitted with a bath with shower over, wash hand basin and WC.

Hillside Cottage

Hillside Cottage has a delightful sitting room with beamed ceiling, windows offering views to the front and rear, a fireplace with cast iron wood-burning stove and an under-stairs storage cupboard. This reception room offers ample space for a dining table and chairs. The kitchen, which has a window to the front, is fitted with a range of cream units, single sink and drainer, electric hob and oven and is plumbed for a washing machine and houses the boiler. A door from the sitting room leads to a rear hall which has a door to the gravelled courtyard garden and stairs to the first floor. A window on the staircase offers far-reaching countryside views to the north and the stairs lead up to a bright landing. There are two double bedrooms, one of which has a low level window to the front and a skylight while the other has two skylights and exposed ceiling beams. The bedrooms are served by a bathroom which is fitted with a bath with shower over, wash hand basin and WC.

Planning Permission

There is planning permission in place (Ref: DC/09/00975/FUL) which includes an extension at the side of the house to include garaging for 4 cars, timber framed stables, conversion of the existing garages into an additional 1 bedroom holiday cottage, construction of a new parking area and landscaping.


Bowser Hill Farm is approached through a gated entrance to a drive that leads past the manège to a gravelled parking area for several cars. The drive continues through a further gate into the original farm yard which gives access to the house, cottages and two single garages; there is further parking for the cottages and a generous turning area. Steps from the yard lead down to the house with a paved path that leads to the back door. The path continues to the eastern side of the house where there is a paved terrace with pergola over which provides an excellent place to enjoy the morning sun. There is a paved terrace which runs along the front of the house, accessed from the front door and kitchen, which offers fabulous views over the garden, paddock land and beyond over the Derwent Valley. Steps lead from the terrace down to the enclosed rear garden which is mainly laid to lawn with mature boundary planting.

There are two single garages attached to the cottages that have double timber doors and benefit from power, light and water. There is planning permission in place to convert these garages into a one bedroom holiday cottage.

The equestrian facilities include a stable block with three loose boxes, a pony box and a tack room together with an all-weather manège and paddock land which in all amounts to around 5.5 acres. There is a gated access to the paddocks beside the stables and a further gate provides access from the stables up to the yard. The paddock land, which is well fenced with good natural shelter for winter, is currently divided into four enclosures. The floodlit manège (30m x 40m), which has a sand and fibre base for use at all times of the year, has gates at both ends; at the western end there is a gravelled enclosed area with gate from the drive which provides a useful area for parking wagons. Bowser Hill Farm offers a manageable equestrian property that is located in an excellent position for quiet hacking on country roads and off-road tracks, situated in the heart of the Braes of Derwent Hunt country, with the added benefit of two cottages. In addition Chopwell Woods which holds regular events and rides throughout the year is nearby.

Local Information

Bowser Hill Farm is located on the borders of Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear amidst stunning open countryside. While in a rural position, the property is situated in an excellent position for access to local amenities and regional centres. For the outdoor enthusiasts there is excellent woodland walks with Milkwellburn Wood and Chopwell Woodland Park nearby; Chopwell Woods also welcomes riders and cyclists. There are numerous golf courses within easy reach, including Slaley Hall and Close House, and Hexham Racecourse is also nearby. Several surrounding villages, including Hedley on the Hill, Chopwell and Ebchester, offer local amenities including shops, post offices, pubs and restaurants. Further excellent facilities are available in Gateshead and Newcastle, both of which provide comprehensive shopping, professional and entertainment facilities.

For schooling, there is a First School in Whittonstall while secondary schooling is offered at Prudhoe Community High School.

For the commuter, there are excellent road links to Newcastle and other regional centres and Newcastle International Airport, Newcastle Rail Stations and the A1 are all extremely accessible. The rail station in Prudhoe provides excellent cross country services east and west to Newcastle and Carlisle, which in turn link to other main line services to major UK cities north and south.

Approximate Mileages

Hedley on the Hill 1.8 miles | Ebchester 3.2 miles | A1 8.7 miles | Newcastle City Centre 11.6 miles | Newcastle International Airport 14.1 miles | Durham City Centre 17.6 miles

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