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Mansion Cottage, Hunstanworth, Near Blanchland, County Durham

A Grade II Listed cottage set in a picturesque village with planning permission to extend

Accommodation in Brief
Hall | Sitting Room | Dining Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Larder | Bathroom | Bedroom with En-Suite WC | Two Further Double Bedrooms

Garden | Store

The Property

Mansion Cottage is a Grade II Listed property that sits in a central position in the hamlet of Hunstanworth in the Derwent Valley and within the designated North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In 1863 the Reverend Daniel Capper ordered the hamlet of Hunstanworth to be razed to the ground and rebuilt, as a ‘model village’ for the lead mining community, to the design of the Gothic Revival architect Samuel Sanders Teulon. His work at Hunstanworth has been considered important enough to protect it with Conservation Area status and all the buildings are Listed (the Church is Grade II*). The area offers peace and tranquility in a picturesque rural setting. Mansion Cottage has been renovated by the current owner yet retains an abundance of period character and charm and also benefits from planning permission for a two-storey extension to the rear.

The front door opens into an entrance hall which gives access to the two reception rooms and has stairs to the first floor. The sitting room has a window offering views of the front garden, an original stone inglenook with wood-burning stove, shelved alcoves, original flagstone floor and a useful under stairs storage cupboard. A door leads through to the kitchen/breakfast room which is fitted with a range of units, single sink and drainer and integrated fridge, has spaces for a cooker and dishwasher and a door to a traditional shelved larder that is also plumbed for a washing machine. Off the kitchen there is a rear hall which gives access to the bathroom and has a door to the back garden. The contemporary bathroom, which has twin gothic-style windows and wood floor, is fitted with a bath with shower over, wash hand basin set on a vanity unit, bespoke oak wall cupboard and WC. To the other side of the hall there is a dual aspect dining room with windows to the front and side, both of which are fitted with bespoke oak shutters. This second reception room benefits from under floor heating and could equally be used as a snug, study or downstairs bedroom.

The stairs, which are flooded with light from a window to the side, lead up to the first floor landing and three double bedrooms, all of which have painted floor boards. One of the bedrooms has elevated views of the rear garden and woodland beyond and an en-suite with wash hand basin and WC. There is a further double bedroom with views of the rear garden while the third bedroom benefits from a fitted cupboard and a window to the front offering open rural views. There is access to the loft via a loft hatch with pull-down ladder; the loft space is insulated and boarded and has a Velux window, power and light.

Planning Permission

Planning permission (3/2009/0121) is in place for a two-storey rear extension which would both extend the kitchen and create a garden room on the ground floor and extend one of the bedrooms and provide a shower room on the first floor. The ground works for this extension are in place.


A pedestrian gate and gravelled path leads through the lawned front garden to the front door. To the front of the house there is a flagstone terrace and barbecue area offering an ideal space for outdoor entertaining and to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and glorious views. To the side the former vegetable garden offers ample opportunity for the keen gardener. The path leads round to the back garden which offers further lawned garden and a decked terrace adjacent to the house (over the foundations for the proposed rear extension). There is an integral store which houses the oil-fired combi boiler. The boundary is a combination of stone wall and hedging.

Local Information

Hunstanworth is a small hamlet in picturesque countryside on the County Durham/Northumberland border. It is situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is a haven for wildlife and the beautiful surroundings include an extensive network of local walks and other country pursuits, including windsurfing and sailing on Derwent Reservoir. Nearby Blanchland is an historic village which is occasionally used as a period setting for films, owing to its traditional and unspoilt situation. The village provides excellent local amenities including a shop, post office, tea room, village hall and the recently re-opened Lord Crewe Arms which recently won the Pub category of the Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British Hotels. Hexham offers a wider range of local services including a number of supermarkets, a good selection of shops and a regular farmers’ market, professional services, a leisure/sports centre, an independent cinema, busy theatre and hospital. The charming village of Corbridge offers a range of artisan shops, a renowned delicatessen and a selection of eateries. Both Newcastle and Durham city centres are within easy reach and provide further comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.

For schooling there are Primary Schools in Rookhope, Whitley Chapel and Slaley, with Middle Schools in Corbridge, Hexham and Stanhope, while senior schooling is available in Hexham and Stanhope. In addition Mowden Hall Preparatory School, near Corbridge, provides private education from nursery up to 13 years and there are a number of private day schools in Newcastle and Durham.

For the commuter the A69 is a short drive away and provides easy access to Newcastle International Airport and city centre, Carlisle and onward access to the A1 and M6. The rail station at Hexham provides regular cross country services to both Newcastle and Carlisle, which in turn link to main line services to major UK cities north and south. There is also a bus service from Hunstanworth to Consett.

Approximate Mileages

Blanchland 1.4 miles | Edmunbyers 5.9 miles | Stanhope 8.9 miles | Hexham 11.7 miles | Corbridge 12.6 miles | Durham City Centre 25.4 miles | Newcastle City Centre 26.0 miles | Newcastle International Airport 26.5 miles

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