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Frosterley House, Front Street, Frosterley, County Durham

A magnificently renovated Grade II listed property in beautiful landscaped gardens

Accommodation in Brief
Entrance Hall | Drawing Room | Sitting Room | Kitchen | Dining Room | Study/Bedroom | Downstairs Shower Room | Laundry Room | Master Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room | Guest Bedroom with En-Suite WC | Two Further Bedrooms | Family Bathroom | Attic Room

Gardens | Parking

The Property

Frosterley House is a handsome Grade II listed detached property set in mature landscaped gardens. The property has been recently and expertly renovated to a truly exceptional degree and in thoughtful keeping with local heritage. This achievement has been recognized by the award of a Highly Commended Certificate at the Durham County Council Environment Awards for 2018 in the Craftsmanship category; an outstanding reflection on every aspect of the renovation and the local tradesmen involved.

As the principal residence in Frosterley village, the property was built in Georgian style during the early years of the Victorian era (c1840). Following the completion of the recent renovation, the property offers generously-proportioned and flexible accommodation with tastefully designed interiors combining contemporary and period features throughout.

The high ceilings with ornate plaster work, period fireplaces, panelled doors and sash windows with working shutters are in keeping with the Victorian era and enhance the beauty of this bright and generously-proportioned home. The front door opens into the welcoming entrance hall with an attractive period staircase leading up to the first floor. To one side of the hall there is a bright, dual-aspect drawing room while to the other side there is a sitting room. Both reception rooms overlook the front garden and are beautifully decorated, featuring period fireplaces with cast iron inserts fitted with gas fires. The drawing room has an attractive stained glass window to the side.

The entrance hall leads into the beautifully presented kitchen, which in turn opens into the connecting dining room. With views over the rear garden, the kitchen provides a stunning heart of the home and is fitted with an extensive range of cream units with granite work surfaces, a 1½ bowl under-mounted sink, integrated dishwasher and space for a range-style cooker and fridge freezer. This warm and welcoming space also benefits from a large central island unit. The dining room has been finished to a high standard and provides a great space for everyday use as well as more formal dining. This third reception room features a wood burning stove, fitted cream units and has windows overlooking both the rear courtyard and front garden together. A door offers access to the courtyard and gardens. A rear hall, which has double doors to the garden, leads to a downstairs bedroom/study with views over the rear garden. A useful downstairs shower room with contemporary fixtures and fittings completes the ground floor accommodation.

A window on the half-landing floods the reception hall and first floor landing with natural light and offers elevated views of the rear garden and paddock beyond. A laundry room is conveniently located off the half-landing with plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer.The impressive master bedroom benefits from a spacious and luxuriously appointed en-suite shower room fitted with a large walk-in shower, wash hand basin set on a vanity unit and WC together with fitted cabinetry. There are three further double bedrooms all of which are south facing, generously-proportioned, beautifully decorated and have windows with working shutters. The guest bedroom has an original Victorian fireplace, with an en-suite WC with wash hand basin. The remaining bedrooms are served by a spacious, dual-aspect bathroom fitted with a freestanding ball and claw foot roll top bath, separate corner shower cubicle, wash hand basin and WC. This bathroom also has a useful storage cupboard and a charming window seat offering garden views. A further staircase leads to a spacious room set in the eaves, which has exposed beams, a roof light, and offers a flexible space which could be used as a study or playroom.

Externally

Frosterley House has a gravelled drive and parking incorporating four parking spaces to the eastern side of the front of the house and double gates lead into the front garden with a gravelled path leading to the front door. A further pedestrian gate from the pavement also leads to the front door and the garden path gives access to the walled rear garden. The gardens benefit from exterior lighting and include a number of notable features including a well and a Grade II listed stone dog kennel.

The front garden is mainly laid to lawn with low-maintenance gravelled area with shrubs and mature trees. An impressive carriage archway leads to further parking area for three cars and a turning area. A gate from the courtyard leads to the back door and the main formal garden to the rear of the house. The private and beautifully-manicured rear garden has stone boundary walls and is mainly laid to lawn with a number of decked, paved and gravelled areas to sit and enjoy the secluded setting or for outdoor entertaining.

To the eastern courtyard boundary there is a further useful range of single-storey buildings. The old wash house which has been used as an office, has power and light, retains the original fireplace and has timber ceiling, rendered walls and painted concrete floor. There is also a potting/tool shed and small garage with double doors and lighting. In addition there is a stone building with pot store and original two-seater ‘netty’.

Local Information

Frosterley is a popular village located on the banks of the River Wear amidst the glorious North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The surrounding rural area is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts with a network of public footpaths, ideal for walking and cycling, from which to enjoy the stunning scenery and many sites of historic and geological interest, including the famous Frosterley Marble and Frosterley Station is on the heritage Weardale Railway. Frosterley offers a good range of everyday amenities including a Co-Op/newsagent/Post Office, village hall, two traditional village pubs and an excellent fish and chip shop. The charming market towns of Stanhope and Wolsingham are equidistant from Frosterley and both provide a good range of everyday facilities including doctors and dentist surgeries, chemist, independent grocers and other local businesses. The annual Wolsingham Agricultural Show on the first weekend in September, which was established in 1763, is one of the oldest shows in the country; Stanhope also have an annual show. Nearby Bishop Auckland provides further professional, retail and recreational services. While Durham and Newcastle city centres, which are also within easy reach, provide comprehensive cultural, educational and shopping facilities.

For schooling the village offers a good primary school while secondary schooling is available at Wolsingham School & Community College. Further private schools are available in nearby Barnard Castle, Durham and Newcastle. The local senior school has an excellent range of sports and fitness facilities available for the local community.

For the commuter Frosterley is conveniently located for access to the major regional centres of Durham and Newcastle, and from here links to all areas of the UK can be found by rail. Newcastle International Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport are both within easy reach.

Approximate Mileages

Stanhope 2.3 miles | Wolsingham 2.7 miles | Bishop Auckland 13.1 miles| Durham City Centre 17.2 miles| Hexham 21.9 miles| Alston 22.6 miles| Darlington 24.8 miles | Newcastle City Centre 26.2 miles| Newcastle International Airport 31.6 miles

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