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Parson Byers Farm, Stanhope, County Durham

A beautifully-restored period farmhouse with extensive garaging, traditional stone outbuilding and stunning elevated open views

Accommodation in Brief
Utility/Boot Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Dining Room | Sitting Room | Study | Downstairs Shower Room | Master Bedroom with En-Suite | Two Further Bedrooms | Bathroom

Garage Block with Rooms Above | Outbuildings | Garden and Grounds | Poultiggery

The Property

Parson Byers Farm sits in an elevated position on the edge of the popular and picturesque Dales village of Stanhope. The property has been extensively and sympathetically restored by the current owners with no expense spared. Period fireplaces and vaulted ceilings with exposed beams reveal the history of the property which dates back to the 1700s or early 1800s, though there is evidence of a dwelling on the site as far back as 1300. Today Parson Byers Farm provides generous and flexible accommodation with a harmonious blend of period features and contemporary fixtures and fittings.

A half-glazed front door opens into a fabulous sitting room which has views over the garden and open countryside beyond and a large inglenook fireplace fitted with a wood-burning stove. Off the sitting room there is a study with exposed stone wall with multi-fuel stove inset on a raised hearth; this room enjoys similar views to the sitting room and could equally be used as a reception room if required. To the other side of the sitting room there is a dual-aspect dining room which offers an ideal room for formal entertaining and has an inglenook fireplace with original bread oven with feature lighting. The kitchen/breakfast room, which is positioned to the rear of the house, is fitted with a comprehensive range of units, double sink and drainer, 3 oven total control electric AGA with additional module with conventional and fan ovens and ceramic hob, integrated dishwasher and space for an American-style fridge/freezer. The characterful kitchen has some exposed stonework, part-vaulted ceiling with skylights that flood the room with natural light, useful larder cupboard and a door out to a covered porch. Off the kitchen there is a generous utility room with a further range of units, Belfast sink, plumbing for a washing machine, useful storage cupboard and a door out to the terrace and rear parking area. Off the utility room there is a shower room with shower, wash hand basin and WC.

Stairs from the sitting room lead up to the delightful first floor landing which has exposed stonework and original beams. The master bedroom has a feature exposed stone fireplace fitted with a small multi-fuel stove, stunning vaulted ceiling and exposed A frame beams and benefits from fabulous far-reaching views over the lawned garden and open countryside beyond. The sumptuous en-suite has a wet room shower, wash hand basin, WC, under floor heating, a window to the garden and borrowed light from the landing. The second bedroom also has a characterful vaulted ceiling with feature lighting on the beams and an exposed stone fireplace with multi-fuel stove together with a built in cupboard. The third bedroom has a fireplace fitted with a multi-fuel stove, beamed ceiling and hatch with ladder that gives access to the loft. The bathroom is fitted with a freestanding ball and claw foot double-ended bath, wash hand basin set on a vanity unit and WC.

Externally

Parsons Byers Farm is accessed along a private drive with woodland to the eastern boundary that leads to a gated, gravelled parking and turning area and the garage block. There is exterior lighting on the drive and around the garage, together with hot and cold external water supply.

The extensive garaging provides a block of five garages all with double timber doors; one of the garages has a vaulted ceiling and workshop space behind. A further room is fitted with a small kitchen with sink and drainer set in a storage unit, WC cubicle and houses a water storage tank and filtration system. Above the garaging there is a landing area and two versatile rooms.

To the original front of the house there is a walled garden that is laid to lawn with interesting monkey puzzle and lilac trees. Steps and a pedestrian gate lead into this garden and to the covered porch which provides a delightful area to sit and take in the fabulous valley views and gives access to the side door into the kitchen. A further low maintenance gravelled garden offers a sheltered and private entertaining area, while to the rear there is a large paved terrace. Across the drive there is a walled apple orchard accessed through double timber gates to a gravelled parking area and detached stone store with double timber doors. There is a further expanse of lawn to the rear of the garaging.

There is a traditional poultiggery with surrounding walled garden, which would have housed pigs on the ground floor and hens above, and planning permission has been granted for conversion into an annex/holiday cottage (Ref. No: DM/16/03851/FPA). The vendors have had architect drawings prepared should this be of interest.

Local Information

Stanhope is a bustling market town in the heart of the Durham Dales, situated on the River Wear and surrounded by moorland of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The surrounding area is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and tourists alike with stunning surrounding scenery for moorland, fellside and riverside walks. The ford at Stanhope is a popular attraction where walkers can cross the River Wear using huge stepping stones and Stanhope is located on the popular C2C Cycle Route and is the terminus of the heritage Weardale Railway. Other tourist attractions include the 18th Century Stanhope Castle, a heated open air swimming pool, the famous fossil tree which is approximately 320 million years old and the Durham Dales Centre which hosts craft shops and an award-winning tea room and the popular annual Stanhope Agricultural Show. Also nearby is Derwent Reservoir for those interested in sailing and fishing. Stanhope provides a good range of day-to-day facilities including doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries, local supermarket, Post Office, art gallery and other local businesses. Nearby Consett and Bishop Auckland provide further professional, retail and recreational services. While Durham and Newcastle are also within easy reach.

For schooling, there is a primary school in Stanhope and secondary schooling is available at Wolsingham School & Community College which is nearby. 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.

For the commuter, Stanhope while being rural, 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

Stanhope 1.0 mile | Wolsingham 5.4 miles | Bishop Auckland 15.6 miles| Durham City Centre 19.7 miles| Hexham 20.5 miles| Newcastle City Centre 28.0 miles| Newcastle International Airport 31.2 miles

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