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Sunnyside, 18 Merrybent, Darlington, County Durham

An imposing, individually-designed house with stunning interior situated within beautifully landscaped gardens

Accommodation in Brief
Entrance Hall | Sitting Room | Drawing Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Games Room | Conservatory | Utility Room | Shower Room | Master Bedroom with En-Suite | Guest Bedroom with En-Suite | Four Further Bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower Room

Studio | Two Summer Houses | Garage | Garden

The Property

Sunnyside is a well-designed, detached house built by the current owners in 2008 offering spacious and flexible accommodation set within landscaped gardens. The property has high-quality fixtures and fittings throughout including sash windows with granite window sills, solid oak doors, architraves and skirting boards together with a Nuvo sound system, under floor heating throughout the ground floor, indoor and outdoor lighting system and Swarovski crystal fittings.

The front door opens into a spacious, welcoming reception hall with solid oak floor, oak panelling and a bespoke oak carved staircase leading up to the first floor. To one side of the hall there is a bright and generous drawing room with bay window overlooking the front garden and oak cabinets on either side of the feature fireplace which has a granite heart. On the other side of the hall there is a less formal everyday sitting room which could also be used as dining room if required. Double doors from the hall lead into the stunning kitchen/breakfast room which has an extensive range of bespoke fitted units, including a substantial L-shaped island with breakfast bar and preparatory sink, all with granite work surfaces together with attractive ceramic tiled floor. The kitchen has a 1½ bowl sink and double drainer, electric range-style cooker, integrated Norcool corner fridge, microwave/oven, warming drawer, coffee machine and two wine coolers. French doors from the dining area of the kitchen lead out onto the paved terrace which provides a private al fresco entertaining. Off the kitchen there is a utility room with units housing the boiler, hot water tank and cupboard space for a washing machine together with doors to a downstairs shower room and to outside. Double doors from the kitchen lead into a large games room which has a range of bespoke fitted oak cabinets and solid oak flooring; further double doors into the conservatory which has fabulous views over the rear garden, limestone floor tiles and French doors onto the terrace. In all the ground floor of this well-designed house offers tremendous flexibility with several, generous reception rooms many with direct access to the landscaped gardens.

The stairs from the hall lead up to a galleried landing and four bedrooms, two of which have en-suite facilities, and a bathroom; a further staircase continues up to the second floor. Both the master bedroom and guest bedroom have windows overlooking the front garden, are fitted with an extensive range of high-quality fitted wardrobes and drawers and benefit from en-suite shower rooms. The other two double bedrooms on the first floor, which have windows giving views of the rear garden and open parkland beyond, also have a range of fitted wardrobes and have use of the luxurious bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, steam shower cubicle, wash hand basin and WC. The second floor has a spacious landing, which could be used as a reading or study area, and two large double bedrooms one with a range of fitted cupboards. These bedrooms are served by a impressive shower room with walk-in shower cubicle, wash hand basin and WC.


Sunnyside is approached through electric double gates to a block paved driveway which curves through the front garden to a parking area at the front of the house. The drive continues to the side of the house to a further parking area beside the old garage and through another set of electric gates to a substantial enclosed paved area offering additional parking and a detached storage building (approx 60′ x 30′) which has light and power.

The gardens have been beautifully landscaped to create various ‘rooms’. To the front the garden is mainly laid to lawn, with maturing borders, Yorkshire stone boundary walls and reclaimed lamp posts from York City Centre. To the rear there is a paved terrace area adjacent to the house, an enclosed, walled lawned garden with well-stocked border planting and paths leading to a stone summerhouse with hot tub and beyond to an enclosed play area and orchard. Beside the drive there is also a pond with stone boundary wall and pond house. Nearby there is beautiful open parkland and river walks along the River Tees.

The original double garage has been converted into a studio which is fitted with a range of kitchen units, single sink and drainer, ceramic hob and oven, space for a fridge freezer and plumbing for a washing machine. An AGA wood-burning stove provides and attractive feature and a window offers views of the rear garden.

Local Information

Merrybent is a small, highly-desirable linear village just a short distance from the market town of Darlington in County Durham, close to the Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, Cleveland Hills and the North York Moors. Darlington offers comprehensive shopping, recreational facilities and amenities and there are excellent schools, both private and state, for all age groups in the vicinity.

For the commuter the property is ideally situated with the nearby A1 which provides excellent links to major commercial centres of Sunderland, Newcastle and Edinburgh to the North and Leeds, York and London to the South. Darlington station is on the East Coast mainline with regular services to Newcastle, Edinburgh, York and London while Durham Tees Valley International Airport is nearby with Newcastle and Leeds Bradford Airports also within easy reach.

Approximate Mileages

Darlington Town Centre 3.0 miles | A1 J58 5.2 miles | Durham Tees Valley Airport 9.5 miles | Middlesbrough 19.5 miles | Durham 21.8 miles | Gateshead 35.9 miles | Newcastle City Centre 39.1 miles | York 55.7 miles miles

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