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Low Woodside Farmhouse & Middle Low Woodside Barn, Lanchester, County Durham

A rare opportunity to acquire two versatile properties, a Grade II Listed farmhouse with additional attached Barn Conversion offering extensive, flexible accommodation with equestrian facilities and far-reaching views

Accommodation in Brief
Low Woodside Farmhouse
Entrance Hall | Drawing Room | Dining Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Sitting Room | Rear Hall | Utility Room | Cloakroom/WC | Cellar | Four Bedrooms | Bathroom

Middle Low Woodside Barn
Entrance Hall | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Snug | Sitting Room | Dining Room | Master Bedroom Suite | Cloakroom/WC | Utility Room | Two Further Bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower Room | Flat: Office, Study and Kitchen

Gardens and Paddocks | Tennis Court | Stable Block | Further Outbuildings | Around 32.5 Acres

The Properties

Low Woodside Farmhouse is a stunning Grade II Listed farmhouse which dates back to around 1590 and Middle Low Woodside Barn is a spacious home that was converted from the attached former cow byre and hemmels in 2001. Together the two properties, which are on separate land Registry Titles, provide spacious and flexible accommodation. There is further potential to create an additional annex/flat within Middle Low Woodside Barn from the existing office space, if required and subject to any necessary planning consents. The properties sit in a delightful rural location and enjoy excellent equestrian facilities with access to a network of country lanes, through own fields, suitable for riding out and exercise. There is easy access to excellent local amenities in the historic village of Lanchester and the route of Dere Street Roman road runs through the grounds. In all the properties sit in grounds amounting to around 32.5 acres.

Low Woodside Farmhouse

Low Woodside Farmhouse is a charming Grade II Listed farmhouse which retains an abundance of period features including an original and historically-notable timber draw bar front door locking system, panelled doors, inglenook fireplace, exposed beams, sash windows and beautifully-restored working shutters. The front door opens into an entrance hall with fabulous period staircase leading up to the first floor. The two formal reception rooms are located to the front of the house and include a drawing room which has a fireplace originating from Bedlington Rectory, while the generous and characterful dining room has exposed ceiling beams and an inglenook fireplace with wood-burning stove; both reception rooms enjoy views over the front garden with attractive turning circle. To the rear of the house there is a spacious kitchen/breakfast room, a cosy everyday sitting room and a utility room. The kitchen is fitted with a range of oak units, 1½ bowl sink and drainer, four-oven oil-fired AGA, an integrated fridge and is plumbed for a dishwasher. Original stone steps lead down to the dual-aspect sitting room which retains the original bacon curing hooks in the ceiling and has a wood-burning stove. The rear hall and utility room give access to both the garden and the attached Middle Low Woodside Barn, respectively. A useful cloakroom/WC with access to a small cellar completes the ground floor accommodation.

To the first floor there is a spacious bathroom on the half-landing which is fitted with a bath, separate shower, wash hand basin, bidet and WC. The stairs continue to the main landing where there are two generous double bedrooms to the front of the house, both of which benefit from wash hand basins and fitted wardrobes. There are two further bedrooms to the rear of the house which have characterful sloping ceilings and enjoy views of the rear garden and open countryside beyond.

Middle Low Woodside Barn

Middle Low Woodside Barn is a stunning, sympathetic farm buildings conversion offering spacious and flexible accommodation with the potential to create a further self-contained annex/flat in the existing offices suitable for a number of uses, if required. The property combines a number of original features such as exposed stonework and hemmel arches with floor-to-ceiling glazing combined with contemporary slate flooring and wood and tensile wire stairs. Glazed double doors with additional glazed side panels, all set in an original hemmel arch, open into an entrance hall. The spacious kitchen/breakfast room, which enjoys views over the herb garden to the rear, is fitted with a range of oak units with wood work surfaces, two-oven AGA, double Belfast sink, integrated dishwasher and fridge. There is ample space for a table for everyday day dining while the adjacent dining room offers an atmospheric room for formal entertaining. Off the kitchen there is an everyday snug with Jøtul multi-fuel stove and glazed hemmel arch offering garden views. The fabulous triple-aspect sitting room also has a glazed arch together with exposed stone walling, a vaulted ceiling, multi-fuel stove, French doors out to the garden and a galleried mezzanine library/reading area.

The master bedroom suite, which is situated on the ground floor, has French doors out to the garden and benefits from a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. Off the kitchen there is a useful utility room with fitted units, a Belfast sink, plumbing for a washing machine and the oil-fired boiler. There are two further double bedrooms located on the first floor, both with skylights, one of which benefits from a walk-in wardrobe. These bedrooms are served by a generous bathroom fitted with bath, separate shower, twin wash hand basins and WC.

To the front of the property there is a study, office and additional kitchen currently used for a home-based business which could be adapted to further bedroom/living accommodation or to form an independent annex including the adjacent entrance hall and shower room. There is also a spacious, fully-boarded loft space accessed via a loft ladder in the study which is the footprint of the study/office and kitchen and is insulated, also benefiting from light and power.


Low Woodside Farmhouse and Middle Low Woodside Barn are accessed along a driveway with landscaped woodland walks that lead past a duck pond to independent parking areas to the front of each property. To the front of Low Woodside Farmhouse there is an attractive turning circle planted with formal box hedging infilled with roses, while to the front of Middle Low Woodside Barn there is generous parking and yard with ample turning space for horseboxes/lorries. Stone steps lead down to a low-maintenance gravelled courtyard and the front door. The main garden areas lie to rear of the houses and are mainly laid to lawn with a number of flagstone terraces, par terre herb garden, mature planting, orchard, vegetable garden and hard tennis court.

The enclosed brick stable block comprises four stables, all with automatic drinkers, wash box/hay barn with double doors leading into the field to the rear and high-quality surround lighting and a spacious double-aspect tack room. The stable yard is enclosed by post and rail fencing and benefits from power, flood lights and water. The paddock land amounts to around 17.9 acres and is well fenced, watered and divided into a number of enclosures. The post and rail fenced manège (approximately 35m x 30m) has a sand base and provides a good riding arena. The amenity woodland provides a shelter belt to the west and the rich wildlife and biodiversity is supported by a small lake, stocked with trout, and young oak plantation, Milly’s Wood. Low Woodside Farmhouse and Middle Low Woodside Barn sit in garden and grounds amounting to around 32.5 acres.

Additional outbuildings include a Dutch barn, charming traditional pigsty, tool shed and tractor shed together with a pole barn in one of the fields.

Note: The neighbouring property has a right of access through the front paddock.

Local Information

The properties lie a short distance from the beautiful and popular village of Lanchester amidst lovely countryside and within easy commuting distance of Durham and Newcastle. The rail links now provide a service to London Kings Cross in less than 3 hours. Lanchester offers a full range of everyday facilities with shops, post office, restaurants and churches and has an active community with a number of events from summer festivals to Carols on the village green on Christmas Eve. The old railway line, now known as the Lanchester Valley Walk, runs between Consett and Durham where it links at each end with a further network of other disused railways and tracks is popular for walking and cycling. To the west is the attractive semi-rural village of Iveston and Consett, which offers a comprehensive range of shopping and recreational services while the historic Cathedral City of Durham, which is very accessible, provides comprehensive professional, cultural, educational and recreational facilities.

For schooling, Lanchester offers a choice of popular primary schools and an excellent secondary school. There are also a number of private schools available nearby in both Durham and Newcastle.

Low Woodside Farmhouse and Middle Low Woodside Barn are well located for road access to the regional centres of the north east and beyond. The A692 and A694 provide connection to Newcastle, the A1, Metro Centre in Gateshead and Newcastle International Airport. The A691 offers easy access to Durham where the rail station provides east coast mainline rail services with quick connection to both London Kings Cross, Edinburgh and beyond. In addition, the A68 provides access to Corbridge, Hexham and onwards to Carlisle in the west.

Approximate Mileages

Lanchester 1.7 miles | Durham City Centre 9.8 miles | A1 J62 12.2 miles | Newcastle City Centre 14.1 miles | Corbridge 16.0 miles | Newcastle International Airport 17.4 miles

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