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Grey Gables, Old Quarrington, Durham

A beautifully-presented former vicarage offering extensive equestrian facilities, garden and land of around 8.9 acres, within easy reach of Durham

Accommodation in Brief
Porch | Reception Hall | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Study | Drawing Room | Sitting Room | Dining Room | Laundry Room | Boot Room | Cloakroom/WC | Master Bedroom with Dressing Room | Five Further Bedrooms | Two Bathrooms

Garage/Workshop with WC | Store | Stable Block | Further Stables/Stores | Floodlit Manège | Horse Walker | Open Pole Barn | Garden | Paddocks | In All Around 8.9 Acres

The Property

Grey Gables is a beautifully-presented former vicarage which offers a substantial home combined with excellent equestrian facilities. The property, which has been modernised and sympathetically updated over recent years, provides beautifully-proportioned rooms with an abundance of period features including picture rails, cornicing, marble fireplaces, working window shutters and period doors which have been retained and are now combined with contemporary fixtures and fittings. Grey Gables sits in an elevated position, enjoys far-reaching views over open countryside, and benefits from enclosed garden and grounds. The excellent equestrian facilities include a good range of stables, further outbuildings, floodlit manège, horse walker and paddock land in two parcels; in all amounting to around 8.9 acres. The property offers a charming rural home within easy reach of all the amenities of Durham and other surrounding centres.

Attractive stone steps at the front of the house lead up to double doors with glazed transom window above that open into an entrance porch where an inner door with glazed side panels leads into the welcoming reception hall. The three principal reception rooms are accessed from the hall, together with the kitchen/breakfast room and downstairs cloakroom/WC. To one side of the hall, glazed double doors open into a spacious dual-aspect drawing room with windows to the front and side fitted with working shutters and a marble fireplace with electric fire. To the other side of the hall there is an everyday sitting room with Bang & Olufsen surround sound, cinema screen and projector, bespoke contemporary cabinets and a contemporary electric fire. The sound system is also linked through to the master bedroom, dressing room and bathroom and is available in the kitchen using alternative speakers. The dining room is positioned to the rear of the house and offers a charming space for formal entertaining and benefits from a fireplace with cast iron insert and decorative tiles (currently not in use). The fabulous kitchen/breakfast room forms the heart of the home and provides a generous working kitchen area, ample space for a table and chairs for everyday dining together with informal seating if required. This area is currently used as a study area. The kitchen is fitted with a range of cream painted units with wood work surfaces, Belfast sink, four-oven AIMS AGA, integrated dishwasher and two drawer fridge. Off the kitchen, a rear hall gives access to various ancillary rooms including a laundry room and a boot/utility room with boiler room off and a door to the rear.

Stairs from the hall lead up to a bright and spacious first floor landing and continue up to the second floor. The dual-aspect master bedroom benefits from magnificent elevated views over the garden, equestrian facilities and countryside beyond, together with a dressing room fitted with extensive hanging rails, shelving and drawers. There are two further double bedrooms on this floor both with windows overlooking the garden. These bedrooms are served by a fabulous large bathroom fitted with a freestanding double-ended bath, large shower cubicle, twin wash hand basins set in a vanity unit with a mirror above with touch-control lighting and WC. To the second floor there is a landing fitted with a good range of storage cupboards, three further double bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom with double-ended bath, separate shower cubicle, twin wash hand basins and WC.

Planning Permission:

4/13/00445/FPA Single storey rear extension and erection of detached garage with annexe above. Approved 9 Sep 2013


Grey Gables is approached through impressive wrought iron gates set in a stone pillared entrance which lead to a gravelled drive. The drive passes through the lawned garden to a gravelled parking and turning area at the front and side of the house, with ample space for a number of cars.

The main garden is south facing and mainly laid to lawn with substantial mature trees. There are further lawned garden areas to both sides of the house. To the rear of the property there is a yard with access to the double garage/workshop which includes a WC. Gates lead from the garden to the rear of the property and the equestrian facilities.

The equestrian facilities include a substantial modern stable block, with power, light and water, provides eight loose boxes set around a central covered yard. A further Hodgson stable block is now used as general stores, a tack room and houses the biomass boiler, automatic feed hopper and hot water tank. An open pole barn with hardcore base provides a covered area for parking a horse box. A fenced floodlit manège (48m x 28m) with fibre, sand and rubber surface, and Monarch four-horse walker, offer facilities for exercising horses at all times of the year. The well-fenced paddock land, in two main parcels connected by an excellent access track, is currently divided into nine enclosures some of which have a water supply and amounts to around 6.6 acres. In all the gardens and grounds amount to around 8.9 acres. Grey Gables offers a manageable equestrian property that is located in an excellent position for quiet hacking on country roads and off-road tracks.

Local Information

Old Quarrington is a small hamlet situated between Bowburn and Quarrington Hill, known locally as Heugh Hall, which offers an ideal location for those wishing to enjoy the countryside yet be conveniently positioned for schools and all the amenities in Durham City Centre. Bowburn offers everyday facilities including convenience stores and medical centre while Durham is within easy reach and provides comprehensive cultural, recreational and shopping facilities.

For schooling, there is an infant school and primary school in Bowburn together with a number of other primary schools in nearby villages. Durham offers a wide choice of primary and secondary schools together with a choice of private day and boarding schools.

For the commuter, there are good road connections to Durham City Centre and also to the A1(M)which provides access north and south to Newcastle and Darlington. The rail station in Durham offers main line services to major UK cities north and south and Newcastle International Airport is also within easy reach.

Approximate Mileages

Bowburn 0.7 miles | A1(M) J61 0.8 miles | Durham City Centre 4.5 miles | Bishop Auckland 10.7 miles | Darlington 16.1 miles | Durham Tees Valley Airport 18.6 miles | Newcastle City Centre 19.9 miles | Newcastle International Airport 27.3 miles

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