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Oakwell House and Brownside Cottage, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland

A substantial period house with two bedroom holiday cottage, home office and excellent equestrian facilities

Accommodation in Brief
Oakwell House
Entrance Hall | Sitting Room | Dining Room | Drawing Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Rear Hall | Cloakroom/WC | Utility Room | Master Bedroom Suite | Four Further Bedrooms | Cinema Room | Bathroom

Brownside Cottage
Hall | Kitchen | Sitting Room | Master Bedroom with En-Suite | Bedroom | Shower Room | Porch

Double Garage and Stores | Detached Office | Stables | Manège | Garden and Paddocks | Around 5.47 Acres

The Property

Oakwell House is a substantial Edwardian detached house in an elevated position above the village of Bardon Mill enjoying spectacular southerly views across the Tyne Valley. The property benefits from a separate holiday cottage, home office, double garage, extensive outbuildings, manège and paddock land. The main house has been extended by the current owners and offers generously-proportioned, flexible accommodation finished to a high standard with period features that are complemented by tasteful décor. Brownside Cottage offers two-bedroom, 5* holiday accommodation and provides an excellent business proposition or would be suitable for a variety of uses, such as accomodation for a dependent relative. In addition, the home office offers the potential to create another cottage, subject to securing the necessary consents.

Oakwell House

The original front door opens into an entrance hall which gives access to the principal receptions rooms and has stairs to the upper floors. To one side of the hall there is an everyday dual aspect sitting room which benefits from an open fire with marble surround and arched cast iron insert and glazed French doors out to the garden. To the other side of the hall there is a formal dining room which benefits from far-reaching views over the valley, has a fireplace with wood surround and tiled cast iron insert and calor gas fire. The dining room has oak flooring which continues into the stunning triple aspect drawing room which has a calor gas stove set in a stone surround. The drawing room offers a fabulous entertaining space from which to enjoy the views over the garden and open countryside beyond. Both the dining and sitting rooms have doors leading through to the rear hall where there is a back door/everyday entrance from the parking area. The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with an extensive range of units together with an island with dining table and granite work surfaces, 1½ bowl under-mounted sink, two-oven oil-fired AGA with AGA module with double electric oven and calor gas hob set in stone inglenook, integrated dishwasher and space for fridge and freezer. The kitchen is flooded with light from overhead Velux windows and has windows to the rear and glazed door out to the garden. Also off the rear hall is a downstairs cloakroom and a utility room which has a range of fitted units, 2½ bowl sink, is plumbed for a washing machine and houses the boiler.

To the first floor there is a spacious landing which gives access to the master bedroom suite, three further bedrooms and a bathroom. The dual-aspect master bedroom suite has elevated views over the garden and valley beyond and has a sumptuous en-suite with Jacuzzi bath, steam shower room, wash hand basin and WC together with a walk-in wardrobe. There are three further double bedrooms on the first floor, one of which has a built-in cupboard, another has a range of sliding door wardrobes and the third is currently used as a study. These bedrooms are served by a bathroom with bath with shower over, wash hand basin and WC. Stairs from the landing lead up to a second floor where there is a further bedroom, and the fantastic cinema room.

Brownside Cottage

The front door opens into a bright hallway. The kitchen which is fitted with a range of units, single sink and drainer, range style cooker, integrated dishwasher, fridge and washer dryer, has fabulous views and has a door out to a private garden. A door from the kitchen leads to the dual aspect sitting room which has an open fire and glazed French doors out to the garden. Off the hall there are two bedrooms, one of which has a vaulted ceiling with painted beams and benefits from an en-suite bathroom and generous storage cupboard. The second double bedroom, which enjoys garden views, is served by a shower room with electric shower, wash hand basin and WC.


Oakwell House and Brownside Cottage are approached through wrought iron electric gates that lead to a generous parking and turning area to the rear of the house. The drive continues to the double garage and beyond to the equestrian facilities, office and paddock. The double garage has electric roller doors, windows to either side, a pedestrian side door together with a rear storage/workshop area. Beyond the garage is a further store room and gym which could be converted to further garaging if required. The detached office provides excellent facilities for those wanting to work from home with a spacious ground floor office with mezzanine office above, together with a meeting room and separate WC.

Steps from the parking area lead down to a paved terrace and the rear/everyday access door to the house. The beautifully-tended gardens wrap around the house where the garden is mainly laid to lawn with mature border planting and a garden well. To the front of the house are the original wrought iron railings and entrance gate leading to the front door. A path continues around the house to a further side garden and terraced areas. To the rear of the cottage there is an enclosed lawned garden and a paved terrace with attractive border planting. Outside the office there is a decked seating area and wooden gazebo, both of which offer ideal areas for outdoor entertaining and to take in the fabulous views.

The equestrian facilities include a stable block with three loose boxes all with automatic water troughs and light. A tack room is located in the adjacent garage block. The manège (40m x 20m) is well-fenced, has a sand and plastic chip base and offers an area for all-weather exercise. The paddock land includes one paddock adjacent to the arena which amounts to around 1.44 acres and two further interconnecting paddocks approximately 0.4 miles north of the property which amount to around 4.0 acres. This land is well-fenced and includes a large storage shed. In all the house, cottage, gardens and paddock land amount to around 5.47 acres.

Local Information

The property sits in an elevated position above the popular Tyne Valley village of Bardon Mill, offering a peaceful environment and beautiful setting yet within easy reach of local amenities. Bardon Mill offers everyday amenities with a village store and tea room, pub, mobile post office and pottery. The Bardon Mill & Henshaw village hall is the UK’s first earth-sheltered village hall and offers a range of clubs and facilities for the active community. Nearby Haydon Bridge offers further facilities including a small supermarket while Haltwhistle offers supermarkets, a good selection of shops, leisure centre and outdoor swimming pool, primary and secondary schooling, professional services and a new hospital. Additional services including larger supermarkets, schooling, a larger hospital, a further range of shops and eateries are available in Hexham. Both Newcastle and Carlisle are easily accessible and provide further cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.

The beautiful surrounding area provides walks and other country pursuits with Hadrian’s Wall country and the Northumberland National Park nearby and the Hadrian’s Wall Cycleway from which to enjoy the spectacular countryside. The Lake District is also easy to reach.

For the commuter the A69 provides excellent access to Newcastle to the east and Carlisle to the west, with onward access to the A1 and M6 respectively. Newcastle International Airport is also easily accessible. The rail station at Bardon Mill provides regular cross country services, which in turn link to other main line services to major UK cities north and south. There is also a bus service to Carlisle and Newcastle which runs through the village.

Approximate Mileages

Bardon Mill 1.4 miles | Haltwhistle 4.1 miles | Hexham 12.4 miles | Corbridge 15.8 miles | Carlisle 25.3 miles | Newcastle International Airport 30.5 miles | Newcastle City Centre 32.8 miles

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