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East Stonefolds, Simonburn, Hexham, Northumberland

A handsome Grade II Listed Northumbrian farmhouse in a simply stunning location

Accommodation in Brief
Entrance Hallway | Sitting Room | Dining Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Larder | Downstairs WC | Rear Porch/Boot Room | Four Bedrooms | Family Bathroom

Garden | Parking | Stables | Barn | Byre | Walled Fruit and Vegetable Garden

The Property
East Stonefolds is a Grade II listed traditional Northumbrian stone-built farmhouse with outbuildings, situated in the Northumberland National Park amidst glorious rolling countryside. It sits in an enviable position with uninterrupted panoramic views of one of the finest stretches of Hadrian’s Wall and overlooks Greenlee Lough National Nature Reserve. The property is a 17th century update of an original shieling and retains many period features, such as flagstone flooring, traditional wooden doors and period fireplaces. It has wooden side sliding windows with Everest secondary glazing. The property benefits from adjoining stables with a hayloft over, together with a linked byre, both of which offer real potential for conversion to create holiday accommodation and provide an income stream, subject to the usual planning consents. In addition, there is a magnificent open sided barn which can provide covered vehicle parking.

To the front of the property, a half glazed wooden door opens to an entrance hall with stone flooring and stairs to the first floor. The hall gives access to all the downstairs accommodation. The sitting room has an open fire with stone surround and hearth, built in shelving to the alcoves and enjoys fabulous views to the front of the property. The dining room, also to the front of the property, has flag stone flooring, an inglenook fireplace which houses a multi-fuel burner, along with wooden door cupboard to the alcove.

The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a range of units, double stainless-steel sink and drainer, along with an AGA and flag stone flooring. There is a window with window seat overlooking the rear garden and fields beyond and room for a table and chairs. Off the kitchen there is a useful porch/boot room giving access to the outside space and the rear outbuildings. The downstairs WC and good-sized larder/cool room, with deep shelving on three sides, completes the downstairs accommodation.

To the first floor there are four good sized bedrooms; two to the front elevation and two to the rear.  All bedrooms enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Three have period fireplaces and one also benefits from a dressing room. The bedrooms are served by a family bathroom to the rear of the property, fitted with a bath with shower over, wash-hand basin and WC, along with a cupboard which houses the water tank.

Externally
East Stonefolds is approached along a Forestry Commission road which leads to a parking and turning area to the side of the house. The property, which is south facing, has a dry-stone wall boundary to the front and side, along with fencing to the rear. The garden lies to the front and side of the property, is mainly laid to lawn, with mature shrubs and trees and perennial plantings; there is also a productive walled fruit and vegetable garden. There are stunning open rural views towards Sewingshields, Kings Crag, and Queens Crag along with views over Greenlee Lough. To the far horizon is Hadrian’s Wall; and Housesteads Roman Fort is two miles away via the popular Pennine Way long distance footpath. Wark Forest to the north is part of the Northumberland Dark Sky area.

The steading buildings, all with slate tiled roofing, currently offer two stables with additional loft space; a byre, pig sty, hay barn, and additional stores. They offer enormous potential for conversion subject to the necessary planning consents.

Local Information
The charming hamlet of Simonburn offers a church, village shop and tea room while the nearby village of Wark, on the west bank of the River North Tyne, has a traditional village green and provides a range of day-to-day amenities with a Post Office/village shop, farm shop, local inns, GP surgery, village hall and sports facilities. The surrounding Northumbrian countryside offers excellent walking and cycling together with Hadrian’s Wall and the facilities of Kielder Water close by. The market towns of Bellingham and Hexham provide a wider range of retail and professional services together with a cinema, theatre and hospital. Newcastle and Carlisle are within easy reach and provide further comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.

For schooling, there is a First School in Wark, Bellingham offers a Nursery School together with First and Middle Schools while senior schools are available in Hexham and Haydon Bridge. In addition, Mowden Hall Preparatory School is situated just outside Corbridge and provides private education from nursery up to 13 years and there are several private day schools in Newcastle.

For the commuter, the A68 and A69 provide excellent access to Newcastle in the east and Carlisle in the west and onward access to the A1 and M6 respectively. The railway station at Hexham provides regular cross-country services to both Newcastle and Carlisle, which in turn link to main line services to other major UK cities north and south. Newcastle International Airport is also within easy reach.

Approximate mileages
Simonburn 8.64 miles | Wark 10.4 miles | Bellingham 16.5 miles | Hexham 17.3 miles | Corbridge 19.8 miles | Newcastle International Airport 32.2 miles | Newcastle City Centre 34.6 miles

Services
Electricity supplied by petrol generator (national grid within ½ mile); LPG Aga for hot water; multifuel stove for central heating to radiators; private water supply from spring; septic tank for drainage; BT telephone line.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We strongly advise the use of a 4×4/SUV to visit the property. Finest Properties and the seller accept no responsibility for damage to vehicles en-route to the property.

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