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Accommodation in Brief
Reception Hall | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Dining Room | Sitting Room | Garden Room | Snug | Study | Utility Room | Cloakroom/WC| Master Bedroom with En-Suite | Four Further Bedrooms | Two En-Suites | Shower Room
Double Garage with Workshop | Greenhouse | Two Summerhouses | Garden and Woodland
Cartref, which was built in 1923, is a detached house situated in a central, private and secluded position within the popular village of Riding Mill. The property has been extended and improved over the years by the current owners and provides spacious and flexible accommodation. ‘Cartref’ means home in Welsh and the house combined with the stunning, mature garden and woodland offer a delightful home.
The original front entrance to the house is approached from the garden, with half-glazed double doors on the southern elevation that open into a reception hall that runs the depth of the house. The hall links to a porch with cloakroom/WC off and to the rear/everyday porticoed entrance door that is accessed from the drive. The hall, which gives access to the principal reception rooms, has stairs to the first floor and a useful under-stairs cupboard. To one side of the hall there is a generous sitting room with bay window offering views of the garden and a double-sided multi-fuel stove set in a central chimney. An informal garden room, which is accessed from both sides of the fireplace, also has a bay window to the southern elevation together with two sets of bifold doors and further glazed door all offering beautiful views of the garden and giving access to a paved terrace. To the other side of the hall there is a formal dining room that also enjoys views over the front garden through a bay window, has a gas fire set in a timber mantle and period picture rail and cornicing, and offers a delightful room for entertaining.
The kitchen/breakfast room is located to the rear and is fitted with an extensive range of wood units, 1½ bowl sink and drainer, hot water tap, space for a range-style cooker, integrated dishwasher, space for an American-style fridge/freezer and ample space for a table for everyday dining. Off the kitchen there is a utility room with a range of units, single sink and drainer, wall mounted boiler, plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble drier. Also on this floor are two further reception rooms, both of which are currently used as studies, but offer flexible space for use as required. The first snug/study is accessed from the hall, has a window to the drive and also has glazed double doors through to the sitting room and a door to the second study which has a window overlooking the garden and extensive book shelving.
An original staircase with wood handrail, newel post and spindles leads from the reception hall up to the first floor split level landing where there are three bedrooms with en-suites, two further bedrooms and a shower room. The main galleried landing is bathed with light from an attractive leaded window with period stained glass. The master bedroom has glorious elevated views of the garden through a bay window, has a range of limed wood fitted wardrobes, drawers and shelves and an en-suite shower room which has been recently refurbished with a white suite comprising corner shower cubicle, vanity basin with storage under, WC, tiled walls and Velux windows. There is a further double bedroom to the front which has a bay window offering similar garden views to the master bedroom and benefits from an attractively tiled en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle, wash hand basin and WC. To the rear an additional generous dual aspect double bedroom, with views of adjacent woodland and the garden, has an en-suite bathroom with a bath with shower over, wash hand basin, WC and dormer window overlooking the garden. There are two further double bedrooms, one accessed from the main landing which has an original fireplace with painted mantle and cast iron insert and another off the rear landing. These bedrooms are served by a recently refurbished, fully tiled shower room with walk-in shower, wash hand basin with vanity unit, WC and airing cupboard with further storage cupboards above.
The driveway entrance from Marchburn Lane leads to the rear of the property, where there is ample parking for a number of cars, and to the detached double garage. With an electric up-and-over door the garage (8.36m max x 5.22m) offers garaging and a spacious workshop/storage area to the rear, two windows to the side and door to the garden together with power, light and substantial eaves storage.
A pedestrian gate from Marchburn Lane opens into the front garden where a gravelled path leads to the original front door. The delightful gardens at Cartref offer peace and tranquility with Riding Mill Burn (the Marchburn) forming part of the boundary and woodland area offering privacy. Adjacent to the house there is a spacious flagstone terrace which offers an ideal al fresco entertaining area. A paths leads from the terrace to a timber summerhouse and a substantial professional greenhouse with extensive plant staging, light and water supply. The generous lawned garden is interspersed with beds, ha ha wall with mature flower and shrub borders and a further sunken par terre styled garden with mature herbaceous planting, gravelled paths and a further summerhouse ideally positioned for the evening sunshine. Steps lead from the lawn down to a beautiful woodland walk beside the stream, with an abundance of spring time snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells, and various places to sit and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. The garden and woodland extend to around 1.0 acre.
Riding Mill is a popular commuter village in the Tyne Valley. The village offers a good range of local amenities including a public house, two active village halls, churches for various denominations, an extensive selection of clubs and societies, a tennis club and a twice-weekly village café. The nearby historic village of Corbridge offers day-to-day amenities with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, inns, doctors’ and dentist surgeries, community services and a garage, while nearby Matfen Hall, Close House and Slaley Hall offer excellent leisure facilities. The attractive, bustling market town of Hexham offers a full range of amenities with larger supermarkets, a good range of shops including independent delicatessen, butcher, baker, greengrocer and bimonthly farmers’ market, professional services, leisure/sports centre, cinema, theatre and a hospital. Newcastle city centre is also within easy reach and provides comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.
For schooling there is a First School in the village, an excellent Middle School in Corbridge and senior schooling is offered in Hexham. There are also excellent private schools in the vicinity with Mowden Hall Preparatory School just outside Corbridge that provides education from nursery up to 13 years together with a selection of day schools in Newcastle.
For the commuter the A69 provides excellent access to Newcastle to the east and Carlisle to the west and onward access to the A1 and M6. The rail station in Riding Mill provides regular cross country services to Newcastle and Carlisle, where connecting main line services are available to major UK cities north and south. Newcastle International Airport is also within easy reach.
Corbridge 3.3 miles | Hexham 5.7 miles | Newcastle International Airport 15.0 miles | Newcastle City Centre 16.7 miles