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Grove House, Shotley Grove Road, Shotley Bridge, County Durham

A stunning Grade II Listed Georgian house in an elevated position with extensive gardens running down to the River Derwent

Accommodation in Brief
Entrance Hall | Drawing Room | Dining Room | Study | Sitting Room/Snug | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Utility Room, Prep Room and Pantry | Cloakroom/WC | Rear Hall | Master Bedroom with Dressing Room | Guest Bedroom Suite | Two Further First Floor Double Bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower Room | Two Attic Bedrooms

Garage | Gardens | Summerhouse | Garden Store | Hen House

Please note this property is not detached

The Property

Grove House, which dates back to 1826, is a stunning Grade II Listed house located on Shotley Grove Road one of the oldest streets in Shotley Bridge and within the Conservation Area. The house was built for the paper manufacturer and mill owner Joseph Annandale and is set in an elevated position and orientated to fully appreciate the garden views. Built on the original mill site there are the remains of the Low Mill in the gardens of Grove House. At its peak in the nineteenth century the Shotley Grove Paper Mill was one of the largest in England. Today, however, little remains of the mills. In its place there are glorious extensive gardens that run down to the River Derwent. Today the house offers bright and spacious accommodation, with views of the gardens from the main reception rooms and bedrooms, and retains an abundance of period features including original floor boards, sash windows many with original panelled working shutters, panelled doors with fluted architraves and block corners, ornate cornicing and fireplaces and is referenced in Nikolaus Pevsner’s Buildings of England.

The original panelled front door, with feature glazed fanlight above, opens into a welcoming hallway which has original oak parquet flooring and gives access to the main reception rooms. The drawing room and dining room both offer fabulous formal entertaining spaces with wonderful views over the gardens; there are bowed projections to both rooms with curved French doors in the drawing room projection. There is an ornate, original wood mantelpiece (possibly Robert Adam) with Wedgewood corner medallions in the drawing room, together with parquet flooring with inlaid rug, moulded stucco panelling and cornicing with a vine decoration. The spacious kitchen/breakfast room also enjoys garden views and has practical tiled flooring which continues through to the rear hall and ancillary rooms. Also off the hall is a study which overlooks the courtyard and is ideal for those who may wish to work from home, and a large cloakroom/WC with barrel ceiling. The dual aspect kitchen is fitted with a range of painted units, twin bowl sink and drainer, four oven gas AGA, separate gas hob, space for a fridge and plumbing for a dishwasher. A door from the kitchen leads to a rear hall which gives access to the everyday sitting room/snug, various ancillary rooms and has a door out to the parking area and garden. The snug, which also has garden views, provides a charming everyday sitting room with cast iron fireplace fitted with a multi-fuel stove and has a built-in cupboard with display shelving above. The ancillary rooms include a utility room with plumbing for a washing machine, preparation area with large stainless steel sink and a door to the courtyard, and a traditional pantry with original cupboards.

A period wooden staircase with rounded handrail and painted plain spindles leads up to a half landing where a secondary staircase leads to a guest suite and the main stair continues to the first and second floors. The impressive dual aspect master bedroom has a striking original ornate mantelpiece, stripped wood flooring, wash hand basin and an adjoining dressing room fitted with a comprehensive range of fitted wardrobes. There are two further generous, dual aspect double bedrooms on the first floor both with stripped wood flooring, one of which has fitted wardrobes and wash hand basin while the other has an original fireplace and charming window seats with cupboards underneath. Off the landing there is a well-fitted bathroom with double-ended ball and claw foot freestanding bath, wash hand basin and WC together with a separate shower room with a double entry shower, wash hand basin and WC. The guest suite includes a generous double bedroom that enjoys delightful garden views and is served by a spacious shower room with walk-in shower, wash hand basin and WC. There are useful linen cupboards in the shower room together with a further box room off the guest bedroom landing. Stairs from the first floor landing continue up to the second floor which is flooded with light from a skylight over the top landing. There are two further double bedrooms that would have been the original maids’ rooms, one of which retains an original cast iron fireplace.


Grove House is approached along a gravelled drive through a gated entrance that leads to a generous turning and parking area with ample space for several cars. The detached stone garage with up-and-over door and separate side door, benefits from light, power and water. A flagstone path leads from the parking area to both the rear and front doors.

The gardens are a particular feature of this property and extend to around 3.85 acres, with an expanse of lawn that is tiered and runs down to the River Derwent; the owners of Grove House enjoy fishing rights on the river. Adjacent to the house there is a flagstone terrace with a further terraced area in front of the summerhouse. The terracesoffer delightful areas to sit and enjoy the private gardens. A traditional, productive walled garden is located to the southern boundary with paths around beds with apple and plum trees together with red and black currents, raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries and a herb garden. For the keen gardener there is also a greenhouse. On the lower lawn there is a large garden store and a hen house. Steps from the lawn lead down the bank side to a charming riverbank where there are areas to sit and enjoy the peaceful and secluded setting. A woodland walk follows the river and offers a haven for wildlife and has an abundance of bulbs in the spring. There is a further small orchard beside the garage that includes established apple, plum, pear and cherry trees.

Local Information

Shotley Bridge is a popular and appealing village, set in the Derwent Valley on the borders of County Durham and Northumberland and a convenient location for commuting to regional centres. Shotley Grove Road combines privacy and a rural feel with all the conveniences of being on the edge of the village. Shotley Bridge offers a range of local amenities including a post office, shops, restaurant and public houses. Nearby Consett offers several supermarkets, larger stores and professional services. While Durham and Newcastle are also within easy reach and provide comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.

For schooling there are a number of primary schools within easy reach, while secondary schooling is offered in Consett. In addition Mowden Hall Preparatory School, just outside Corbridge, provides private education from nursery up to 13 years and there are several private day schools in Newcastle and Durham.

For commuters there is an excellent road network that links to the A1, A68 and A69 providing easy access to Newcastle and Durham City Centres. Newcastle International Airport is also very accessible. Newcastle and Durham offer main line rail services to major UK cities north and south.

Approximate Mileages

Corbridge 14.0 miles | Gateshead 13.3 miles | Durham 14.3 miles | Newcastle City Centre 14.8 miles | Hexham 16.4 miles | Newcastle International Airport 17.0 miles

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