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Portland House, Holywood, Wolsingham, County Durham

A fabulous mansion with opulent interior and breathtaking views

Accommodation in Brief
Reception Hall | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Drawing Room | Dining Room | Study | Hall | Cloakroom | WC | Cupboard | Utility Room | Lobby | Swimming Pool Complex | Master Bedroom Suite | Guest Bedroom Suite | Three Further Bedrooms with En-Suites | Office | Gym | Kitchen/Dining Room | Bathroom | Bar/Cinema Room

Landscaped Garden | Triple Garage | BBQ House

The Property

Portland House is a magnificent, detached mansion house situated in an elevated position on the outskirts of the pretty market town of Wolsingham with stunning, far-reaching southerly views across the Wear Valley. The property, built in 1993, forms part of the exclusive and highly-desirable Holywood development. The house has been totally remodelled by the current owners and combines traditional architectural features with high-quality, contemporary fixtures and fittings and comforts of modern-day living including integrated sound system, under floor heating and swimming pool complex.

The front door opens to a fabulous reception hall which has travertine flooring and continues into the kitchen/breakfast room and utility areas. An impressive, feature staircase leads from the hall up to the first floor dividing and forming a gallery at the first floor landing. The main reception rooms and bedrooms above are all located to fully appreciate the southerly views. The bespoke kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with an extensive range of cream and wood fronted units, including two islands with granite work surfaces, undermounted 1½ bowl sink, integrated induction hob, double oven, steam oven, microwave, dishwasher and space for a fridge/freezer. The kitchen also benefits from a glass breakfast bar, further built in dining area and French doors set within a large bay window. To one side of the kitchen is a spacious 35′ drawing room with feature contemporary fire egg, bay window to the front and French doors to the side terrace. The equally spacious formal dining room located to the other side of the kitchen has a log burning stove. Both these reception rooms also have double doors leading to the hall. The study or everyday sitting room, with windows to the side and bay window giving views over the rear courtyard, has feature panelling, fireplace with painted mantle and cast iron arched insert with gas fire and is fitted with a range of bespoke bookcases and low level storage cupboards. Also on the ground floor there is a further hall off which there is a cloakroom, separate WC and storage cupboard, together with a large utility room with extensive range of units, sink and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. A small lobby, with back door to the courtyard and stairs up to the bar/cinema room, bathroom and kitchen, leads to the triple garage; one of the garages is currently used as a further utility area.

To the first floor the fabulous galleried landing leads to five spacious bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities. The sumptuous master bedroom suite has a dressing room with fitted wardrobes and dressing table, a luxurious en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi sanitary ware, double entry walk-in shower, twin wash hand basins and WC, while the bedroom has full height windows offering staggering southerly views of the valley. There are two further double bedrooms with stunning southerly views, both of which are fitted with a range of fitted furniture and benefit from en-suite bathrooms which have baths, separate shower cubicles, wash hand basins and WCs. There are two further double bedrooms with views over the rear courtyard and woodland beyond; one has a range of fitted wardrobes, an en-suite shower room and walk-in wardrobe while the other has an en-suite shower room and doors which lead to a spacious sitting room. A hidden door leads to the office which is fitted with a comprehensive range of cupboards and filing drawers. A further staircase off the landing leads to a second floor room which is currently used as a gym.

The swimming pool complex is situated to the side of the house with a 11mswimming pool and floor to ceiling windows offering superb views together with French doors which lead out to a Loggia and terrace. There is ample space at either end of the pool for loungers while to the rear there is a steam room, shower room, store, as well as plant room.


Portland House is approached through a stone-pillared entrance with two sets of electric gates and intercom system. The block-paved drive leads to the rear of the property where there is a turning and parking area with space for several cars beside the garage.

The house is surrounded by landscaped gardens which offer privacy and seclusion, while paved and decked terraces provide areas to fully appreciate the stunning views to the south. The grounds, which includes lawned areas with mature beds and woodland to the rear, has feature lighting, an attractive ‘rain chain’ water feature and pergola. The loggia which has decked flooring, pizza oven and space for a gas BBQ, provides a fabulous outdoor entertaining space; while the BBQ lodge offers the opportunity to have a barbecue whatever the weather and at any time of year. Baal Hill Wood is to the rear of the house, this is an ancient woodland which was owned by the bishops of Durham in the 14th Century but is now owned by Durham Wildlife Trust; there is direct access from the garden into the woodland.

The triple garage has electric doors and windows to the rear; one of the garages is currently used as a garage room and is fitted with a range of units with single sink and drainer.

Local Information

Wolsingham is a charming Dales market town situated by the River Wear on the edge of the unspoilt North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The surrounding rural area is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and the stunning surrounding scenery is linked by a network of public footpaths, ideal for walking and cycling. The small market town remains much as it did hundreds of years ago and the annual Wolsingham Agricultural Show on the first weekend in September, which was established in 1763, is one of the oldest shows in the country.

Wolsingham provides a good range of everyday facilities including doctors and dentist surgeries, chemist, independent grocers and other local businesses. For schooling the village offers Wolsingham Primary School and Wolsingham School & Community College. 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. Nearby Consett and Bishop Auckland provide further professional, retail and recreational services. While Durham and Newcastle city centres, which are also within easy reach, provide comprehensive cultural, educational and shopping facilities.

For the commuter Wolsingham 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

Wolsingham Village Centre 0.9 miles | Bishop Auckland 10.8 miles | Durham City Centre 14.3 miles | Newcastle City Centre 23.3 miles | Newcastle International Airport 28.7 miles

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