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The Farmhouse, West Marlish, Morpeth, Northumberland

A country house with open rural views, extensive gardens and stables, in around 5 acres

Accommodation in Brief
Porch | Reception Hall | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Dining Room | Drawing Room | Music Room | Rear Hall | Office | Cloakroom/WC/Utility| Four Bedrooms | Guest Bedroom with En-Suite | Bathroom | Cloakroom/WC | Games Room | Study

Large Garage | Stable Block | Garden and Paddocks

The Property

The Farmhouse is a substantial early 19th century stone-built country house and sits in an elevated position within the picturesque Wansbeck Valley with fabulous open rural views. The property, which offers privacy but not isolation is located on the eastern boundary of a well-presented development of Listed Georgian barns and sits within delightful well-maintained gardens and paddock land of about 5.0 acres. The house offers flexible living accommodation with a host of period features including dado and picture rails, fireplaces, sash windows, working shutters and original exposed beams on the second floor. The principal rooms are south facing with far-reaching views over the Wansbeck Valley towards Bolam as far as Shaftoe Crags.

The front door opens into a part-glazed porch which encloses the original stone steps and panelled half-glazed door to the hall. The porch has wide stone sills and offers a sitting area from which to enjoy elevated southerly views over the walled garden and Wansbeck Valley beyond. The welcoming reception hall has a high ceiling, cornicing and a delft rack together with a coats cupboard and doors to the two main south-facing reception rooms, both of which have the same glorious views to the south, and to a rear lobby that leads to the kitchen/breakfast room and dining room. The drawing room has a feature open fire with stone surround and hearth and a fitted cupboard to one alcove; a further storage cupboard on the party wall to the dining room could easily be removed to create an access door. The music room has a period marble fireplace fitted with a wood-burning stove, base cupboards with bookshelves above are fitted to both alcoves. The kitchen/breakfast room looks on to the rear courtyard and is fitted with an extensive range of bespoke cream painted units, 1½ bowl stainless steel sink and drainer, integrated dishwasher and spaces for a range-style cooker and fridge/freezer with ample space for a table for everyday dining. The dining room is at the rear of the house, has a fireplace fitted with multi-fuel stove and a secondary staircase to the first floor. The rear hall is currently used as a boot room, has doors to the outside and to the courtyard, with access to a cloakroom, with wash hand basin, WC and plumbing for a washing machine, and also to a useful office. There are architect’s plans showing how this area and the entrance porch/sunroom could be modified.

Stairs from the reception hall lead up to the first floor landing which is flooded with natural light from a window on the half-landing. The bedroom accommodation is extremely flexible, with three bright and spacious double bedrooms and a further pretty single bedroom, all of which have feature fireplaces and some have window seats. The master bedroom and two further bedrooms enjoy elevated views over the front garden and paddocks. The remaining double bedroom benefits from a storage cupboard to one alcove and views to the north over the courtyard and towards the stables. The bedrooms on this floor are served by a bathroom which is fitted with a bath with shower over, wash hand basin in a vanity unit and a tank/airing cupboard. There is an adjacent separate cloakroom with wash hand basin and WC; this cloakroom could easily form an en-suite for the master bedroom.

The stairs from the main landing continue up to the second floor which has been converted from the attic space and provides characterful rooms with exposed beams, solid wood flooring and extensive eaves storage. There is a generous guest bedroom which has Velux roof lights offering far-reaching panoramic rural views towards Shaftoe Crags and benefits from an en-suite with double-ended bath, separate corner shower, wash hand basin and WC. Also on this floor is a further large flexible space currently used as a games room and study, both with Velux roof lights. The games room and study could form an additional bedroom with en-suite bathroom if desired.


A gated entrance leads to a gravelled drive that sweeps around a central bed, with parking beside the house together with further parking beside the stables and garage. The drive continues as a full turning circle around the garage and stable block and further parking to the rear and double gates back to the entrance drive.

The substantial detached garage (9.63m x 6.64m) which has an up-and-over door, power supply shared with the stables, side door and window, offers garaging for several cars or could provide excellent workshop/storage space or converted to additional stables if required. The adjacent bespoke stable block, built by The Stable Company, has been built recently to a high specification on a concrete raft foundation. There are two loose boxes (12’ x 12’), tack room (6’ x 12’) and feed store/garage (12’ x 18’) with double access doors.

The gardens, which lie mainly to the east, south and west of the house, include various ‘rooms’ with a combination of dry stone wall, hedge and fenced boundaries. The walled front garden includes a paved terrace adjacent to the house sheltered by mature shrubs and trees, with a generous lawn surrounded by herbaceous borders offering privacy. Steps from the walled garden lead to a lower lawned orchard with gated access to a further lawned side garden.

The paddock land, which is divided into three enclosures linked by field gates, has mains water and is well-fenced, with a shelter belt of maturing trees to the western boundary. In all the garden and grounds amount to around 5.0 acres.

The Farmhouse is an ideal equestrian property being located within close proximity to the highly-regarded Angerton Steads Training Arena and Cross Country Course, and many other riding establishments. It is in the Morpeth Hunt and Pony Club area and there is an extensive network of bridle paths in the vicinity.

Local Information

The Farmhouse at West Marlish is situated in a picturesque rural location just a short distance from the traditional, pretty hamlet of Hartburn. The 11th century St Andrews Church is reported to have been used by the Knights Templar. Hartburn Glebe, just to the north of the village, is currently in the care of the Woodland Trust and provides a woodland walk which follows the Hart Burn for a short distance and provides for a rich variety of wildlife including red squirrels, badgers and otters. There is also a Grade II Listed grotto linked to the river. The Designated Conservation Areas of Cambo and Middleton are close by, and The Ox Inn in Middleton is a delightful, historic village pub. Nearby Scots Gap offers excellent local amenities with a village shop, petrol station and garage together with the renowned Robson & Cowan country store. Belsay, which is also very accessible, offers an award-winning shop and Post Office. The market towns of Morpeth, Rothbury and Alnwick offer further shopping facilities, a range of restaurants, bars, professional, health and leisure facilities. The popular and historic village of Ponteland offers newsagents, grocery stores, pubs, critically-acclaimed restaurants and bistros, boutiques and other local businesses. There are a comprehensive range of professional services and hospitals as well as cultural, recreational and shopping facilities in Newcastle.

For schooling there are excellent first schools at Cambo and Belsay, while middle and secondary schools are available in Morpeth served by a school bus. In addition there are a number of private schools in Newcastle.

For the commuter the A1, A68 and A696 are extremely accessible, providing excellent transport links. Morpeth has a station which offers main line services to major UK cities north and south and Newcastle International Airport is within in easy reach.

Approximate Mileages

Hartburn 1.4 miles | Scots Gap 3.7 miles | Belsay 5.9 miles | A1 8.1 miles | Morpeth 8.4 miles | Newcastle International Airport 13.5 miles | Newcastle City Centre 21.0 miles | Hexham 21.7 miles | Alnwick 24.0 miles

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