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Hollies House, Riding Mill, Northumberland

A substantial detached country house with pasture and woodland amounting to around 9.1 acres

Accommodation in Brief
Porch | Entrance Hall | Drawing Room | Dining Room | Garden Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Pantry and Store | Utility/Wet Room | Rear Hall | Cellar | Five First Floor Bedrooms | Bathroom | Two Further Bedrooms | En-Suite Bathroom

Private Drive and Parking | Double Garage and Workshop | Gardens | Swimming Pool | Paddocks and Woodland | Around 9.1 Acres

The Property

Hollies House offers a substantial country house which sits amidst its own garden and paddock land in the popular Tyne Valley and close to the village of Riding Mill. The house, which dates back to the early 1900s, offers well-proportioned and versatile accommodation with an abundance of period features including panelled doors, picture rails and cornicing, sash windows and parquet flooring. The property further benefits from gardens and paddock land; in all amounting to around 9.1 acres.

Hollies House

An attractive portico over the front door and original oak double doors open into a porch where a half-glazed door with glazed side panels lead into a welcoming entrance hall. The principal reception rooms are positioned to either side of the hall and enjoy views over the front and side gardens. The generous, dual aspect drawing room has an Adams-style fireplace with open fire and a bay window to the front with fitted window seating, together with a picture window to the side offering far-reaching views over the garden, paddocks and beyond. To the other side of the hall, the dining room offers a stunning formal entertaining space with a bay window to the front. Two open arches lead from the dining room to the garden room which has a multi-fuel stove, fitted window seats, double doors leading out to the terrace, swimming pool and garden, and offers an informal sitting room from which to enjoy the garden throughout the year. The kitchen/breakfast room is located to the rear of the house and is fitted with a range of units, sink and drainer, has space for a range-style cooker, is plumbed for a dishwasher and offers ample space for a table and chairs for everyday dining. A utility/wet room is accessed from the rear hall and is fitted with a Belfast sink, shower, wash hand basin and WC and is plumbed for a washing machine. A traditional shelved pantry and store room are also accessed off the rear hall which has a door to outside. A cellar, which includes an old nuclear raid shelter with a submarine door, offers excellent storage and houses the boiler.

A charming period staircase, with window on the half-landing, leads up to the first floor which has two shelved linen cupboards and a further staircase leading up to the second floor. There are five bedrooms on the first floor, all of which enjoy glorious elevated views over the garden, land and open countryside beyond. All of the bedrooms have built-in storage cupboards, several have original fireplaces and two have the benefit of wash hand basins. The bedrooms are served by a spacious bathroom fitted with a bath with shower over, wash hand basin and WC; an en-suite could be created if desired. The stairs continue from the first floor landing up to the second floor where there are two further double bedrooms, both with characterful painted beams. One of the bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom and separate walk-in storage room with an attractive fireplace; this room also has access to a further large storage space.


Hollies House is approached along a private, tree-lined drive that leads to a parking area at the front of the house with an attractive rockery and lawned garden. The drive continues to the rear where there is further parking and a detached double garage and workshop. The garage has an electric up-and-over door and benefits from power and light. The generous garden wraps around the house and is mainly laid to lawn with boundary hedging and mature trees. To the rear there is a paved terrace, accessed from the garden room, with swimming pool. Steps from the terrace lead up to a further lawned garden which offers privacy and shelter to the pool area. The terrace offers an ideal area for outdoor entertaining or just to sit and enjoy the peaceful setting.

The grounds surround the house and include a combination of pasture and woodland. The pasture land is divided into a number of paddocks which are well fenced and amount to around 9.1 acres. The mature beech and oak woodland lies to the western boundary and runs down to Dipton Burn. This area is a haven for wildlife and provides an excellent shelter belt.


1: The paddock to the south of Hollies House driveway, hatched green on the plan, is let on an Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancy providing the tenant with security of tenure; this paddock which amounts to around 2.7 acres is let for agricultural purposes only at a rent of £100 per annum.

2: The remaining paddock land is currently let by way of a Common Law Tenancy for grazing by horses and ponies.

Local Information

Riding Mill is a popular commuter village in the Tyne Valley. The village offers a good range of local amenities including a public house, two active village halls, churches for various denominations, an extensive selection of clubs and societies including a tennis club and a twice-weekly village café. The nearby historic village of Corbridge offers day-to-day amenities with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, inns, doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries, community services and a garage, while nearby Matfen Hall, Close House and Slaley Hall offer excellent leisure facilities. The attractive, bustling market town of Hexham offers a full range of amenities with larger supermarkets, a good range of shops including independent delicatessen, butcher, baker, greengrocer and bimonthly farmers’ market, professional services, leisure/sports centre, cinema, theatre and a hospital. Newcastle city centre is also within easy reach and provides comprehensive cultural, professional, recreational and shopping facilities.

For schooling, there is a First School in Riding Mill, an excellent Middle School in Corbridge and senior schooling is offered in Hexham. There are also excellent private schools in the vicinity with Mowden Hall Preparatory School just outside Corbridge that provides education from nursery up to 13 years and a choice of day schools in Newcastle.

For the commuter, the A69 provides excellent road links east and west to Newcastle and Carlisle, with onward access to the A1 and M6. The rail station in Riding Mill provides regular cross country services to Newcastle and Carlisle, where connecting main line services are available to major UK cities north and south. Newcastle International Airport is also within easy reach.

Approximate Mileages

Riding Mill Station 2.2 miles | Corbridge 3.5 miles | Hexham 6.2 miles | Newcastle International Airport 16.9 miles | Newcastle City Centre 18.6 miles



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