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Historic Country House, Wolsingham, County Durham

A magnificent Grade II Listed Hall with detached Coach House and private landscaped gardens

Accommodation in Brief
House
Reception Hall | Sitting Room | Drawing Room | Dining Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Laundry Room | Butler’s Pantry | Cloakroom | Two WCs | Store | Master Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, Dressing Room and Library | Guest Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom and Sitting Room | Two Further Bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower Room | Guest Annex with Bedroom, Dressing Room and En-Suite Bathroom

Coach House
Kitchen/Dining Room | Laundry/Larder | Cloakroom/WC | Sitting Room | Master Bedroom Suite | Bedroom | Shower Room | Sitting Room, Games/Cinema Room and Cloakroom/WC

Belvedere | Detached Garage and Store | Open-Bay Store | Swimming Pool | Landscaped Gardens & Woodland | Paddock

The Property

This delightful Grade II Listed Hall dates back to the 16th century and is noted on more than one occasion in Nikolaus Pevsner’s The Buildings of England: County Durham. The earliest parts of the hall were built as a hunting lodge for the Bishops of Durham, and later additions in the 18th and 19th centuries have created a spacious country house. The property has been sympathetically renovated to an extremely high standard by the current owners to provide spacious accommodation for those who enjoy traditional features with the comforts of modern day living. The original character of the property has been retained with panelled doors, fireplaces and exposed beams which are now combined with the comforts of sound systems and under floor heating. The house sits within private landscaped gardens where the Coach House has been converted to provide a stunning two-bedroom cottage. A detached indoor swimming pool has been built in complementary style and the original belvedere converted to a study to take advantage of the fabulous views. Durham County Council presented the vendor with an Environment Award for the restoration and conversion works. These awards reward great design, environmental guardianship and community spirit in County Durham.

The property, which is situated a short distance from Wolsingham village centre, is approached through a stone-pillared entrance with electric gates. A gravelled drive leads up to a large parking and turning area to the front of the property. Attractive curved stone steps lead up to the front door which opens into a reception hall. A fabulous sitting room with large picture window offering views of the rear garden, original beams, feature stone fireplace with wood-burning stove, stone floor with under floor heating and door to the garden, provides an everyday living room off which are the more formal reception rooms. The dual aspect drawing room has attractive period panelling while the magnificent dining room has two windows to the front with window seats, a bow window to the rear, a grand open fireplace with stone pillars and timber mantle, beamed ceiling and stripped wood floor with under floor heating and provides an exceptional room in which to entertain. The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a range of high-quality, maple units with a combination of maple and Kirkstone work surfaces, central island unit, stainless steel sink, four oven AIMS AGA and integrated hob, oven and dishwasher. The kitchen, which has windows to the front and over the courtyard to the side, has ample space for a table for everyday dining and has a door through to the ancillary laundry room with plumbing for washing machine and Butler’s pantry. Also on the ground floor there is a cloakroom and separate WC off the hall, together with a store, currently used as a wine store, and WC adjacent to the back door.

An impressive staircase leads up to a fabulous galleried landing which is flooded with light from the window on the half landing. The master bedroom suite provides a library, large dressing room and bedroom with glorious elevated garden views and en-suite bathroom. The guest suite, at the other end of the house, has a spacious sitting/dressing room, bedroom with French doors to the charming rear courtyard garden and a bay window to the front, together with a large en-suite bathroom. There are two further double bedrooms and a further bathroom and shower room in the main house. Attached to the house and accessed from the side courtyard there is a delightful annex which provides a double bedroom with dressing room and en-suite bathroom.

The original Coach House has been developed to provide a bright and spacious two bedroom cottage and further reception rooms. The cottage has a large kitchen/dining room with stairs up to the first floor. The kitchen is fitted with a range of fitted units, electric AGA, integrated hob and oven and has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. There is also a laundry/larder and separate WC on this floor. To the first floor there is a stunning sitting room with vaulted ceiling and multi-fuel stove which leads to two bedrooms, one of which has a dressing room and en-suite bathroom, and a separate shower room. The remaining ground floor of the Coach House provides a large games/cinema room, additional sitting room and cloakroom/WC. There is potential to create further living accommodation for the cottage or a separate annex in this area.

The original belvedere is currently used as a study and offers stunning views over the gardens. There is storage space below.

Externally

The property is situated in an elevated spot within large, beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds which provide privacy and seclusion yet within easy access to Wolsingham village. The house is approached through electric gates along a gravelled drive to a parking area with space for several cars.

The landscaped gardens surrounding the house have been designed as different ‘rooms’ which offer different areas to enjoy at various times of the day and year. There are large lawned areas with border planting and mature trees, the original walled garden now provides a productive orchard and vegetable garden with greenhouse and cold frames. There are two charming courtyard gardens with a combination of attractive cobbles and paving, border planting and water features. A tranquil Japanese garden to the side of the swimming pool provides a calm and reflective area. There is also a paved and secluded BBQ area which has been created from the old pig sty to the rear of the stone garage and store which offers open rural views. There are further open stores beside the walled garden which provide storage for gardening equipment and logs.

The swimming pool complex, which has been built in a complementary style, provides a 10m pool with shower/changing room and plant room together with an attractive terrace to the front.

There is an additional 7.9 acres of grass pasture to the side and front of the property, which is stock proof and has a water supply, and a small woodland area which amounts to around 1.2 acres.

Local Information

Wolsingham is a charming dales market town situated by the River Wear on the edge of the unspoilt North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The surrounding rural area is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and the stunning surrounding scenery is linked by a network of public footpaths, ideal for walking and cycling. The small market town remains much as it did hundreds of years ago and 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.

Wolsingham provides a good range of everyday facilities including doctors and dentist surgeries, chemist, independent grocers and other local businesses. For schooling the village offers Wolsingham Primary School and 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. Nearby Consett and Bishop Auckland provide 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 the commuter Wolsingham 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

Wolsingham 1.2 miles | Bishop Auckland 11.7 miles | Durham 15.8 miles | Newcastle City Centre 24.8 miles | Newcastle International Airport 30.2 miles

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