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The Gin Gan, Highfield Farm, Whittonstall, Northumberland

A substantial conversion with a host of period features and ancillary accommodation

Accommodation in Brief
The Gin Gan
Kitchen | Dining Room | Gin Gan | Bedroom | Bathroom | Study/Single Bedroom | Store Room | Boiler Room | Master Bedroom | Bathroom | Dining Hall | Laundry Room

Stable Flat
Entrance Hall | Utility Room/WC | Sitting Room/Kitchen | Bathroom | Two Bedrooms

Orchard Flat
Hallway | Sitting Room | Kitchen | Bathroom | Three Bedrooms | Further Room currently used as a Kitchen | Shower Room | WC

Covered Outdoor Storage Area | Carport | Garage | Workshop | Storage Room | Parking Area

Front Garden | Two Parking Areas | Rear Garden | Summer House | Pond | Two Sheds

The Property

The Gin Gan, together with Stable Flat and Orchard Flat, is a conversion of stone farm buildings formerly belonging to Highfield Farm near Whittonstall. Tucked away in a secluded, private location, The Gin Gan is a truly unique property connected to, but separate from, Stable Flat and Orchard Flat, all of which could very easily be converted into a single property. Alternatively the two flats could remain separate, offering a variety of potential uses such as long-term or holiday rentals. The Gin Gan and the attached accommodation retain many period features such as original beams, stone walls, concealed cupboards, deep windows, original fireplaces and wooden doors. The property has ornate front gardens and a private, enclosed rear garden with fruit trees, a summerhouse with terrace and an attractive garden pond with bridge over. A large amount of land and woodland is available by separate negotiation, providing the opportunity to create an excellent equestrian property.

The Gin Gan

The Gin Gan forms the main dwelling of the property and is named after the magnificent Gin Gan room. With its original beams, stone walls, original brick and terracotta-tiled floors and huge multifuel fire, this room is the heart of the property creating a fabulous entertaining space with a warm and cosy feel. The kitchen has traditional rustic touches such as a Belfast sink, wooden worktops and plate racks along with space for modern appliances such as a dishwasher, cooker and fridge. Opening from the kitchen is the elegant and spacious dining room which features a red, 4-oven, 2-hob, electric Aga.

Further accommodation downstairs includes a guest bedroom with character bathroom next door with roll top bath, shower cubicle, wash hand basin set into vanity unit and WC. In addition there is a study/single bedroom, useful storeroom and boiler room at the end of a long corridor. A useful laundry room positioned next to the kitchen with plumbing for a washing machine and space for a dryer and fridge freezer completes the ground floor accommodation.

The first floor accommodation includes a bathroom with bath and shower over, bidet, wash hand basin set into a vanity unit and a WC. There is also a characterful master bedroom which has views over the front garden and the Gin Gan: a particular feature of interest is the wardrobe concealed behind mirrored panelling. A door from this bedroom opens into a stunning and completely unexpected dining hall with beams, rafters, white stone walls and a fabulous fireplace with fire basket at the far end. A staircase from this room leads back down to the dining room below or out via double doors and an external staircase to the rear garden.

Stable Flat

Stable Flat can either be accessed via double doors at the rear of the property or via an entrance hall at the front of the property. Downstairs there is a utility room with WC, Belfast sink and plumbing for a washing machine and space for a dryer. A staircase leads up from the hallway to the upper floor where there is a bright sitting room with double aspect windows, a working fireplace and an open plan kitchen in one corner. The kitchen has a range of base and wall units and a one and a half bowl sink: there is space for a cooker, a dishwasher and a fridge. Next door is a family bathroom containing a bath with shower over, a wash hand basin, WC and heated towel rail. Two bedrooms, both with fitted wardrobes, complete the upstairs accommodation.

Orchard Flat

A door from the rear garden opens into a terracotta-tiled hallway/cloakroom, off which there is a kitchen with a sink, space for a fridge/freezer, a cooker and a dishwasher; there is existing plumbing for a washing machine. Adjoining is a bedroom with panelled wall, built-in cupboards and view over the front garden. There is a fully tiled bathroom with three-piece suite next door. At the end of the hallway is a large sitting room with dual aspect windows and an oil-fired stove which also provides the central heating. There are two further bedrooms leading off this space, one of which is being used as a store room. A further room, currently fitted out with a number of kitchen cabinets, can be accessed either from the third bedroom or from an external door. A wet room and a WC with wash hand basin lead off from this space.

Attached to this room are a number of rooms which could be converted either into further living space or used for storage purposes. Currently comprising a storage room, a double carport, a garage and a workshop with a further room leading off from this space.


The property has shared access from the road around the side of the property and the front garden which leads to a parking area at the front of the buildings and to a further parking area at the side of the property. There is a private, enclosed rear garden with a grassy area and several fruit trees. This attractive and inviting space includes an attractive summerhouse with terrace for enjoying the sunny weather and a pond with water feature and decorative bridge over. In addition, there is a covered storage area containing one of the oil tanks for the property; there are also 2 useful sheds.

Local Information

The Gin Gan is set amidst glorious open countryside a short distance from Whittonstall, a small village which nestles on the southern edge of Northumberland and has a primary school and traditional village pub. The surrounding area is ideal for the outdoor enthusiast with sailing, fishing and other watersports at Derwent Reservoir and championship golf course and spa facilities at Slaley Hall. The attractive village of Shotley Bridge, on the River Derwent, is also nearby and offers a range of local amenities including shops, restaurants and a public house. Both Corbridge and Hexham are within easy reach and offer a further selection of services including artisan shops, delicatessens, supermarkets, restaurants, doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries, a hospital, sports facilities and a range of professional services. Newcastle and Durham city centres are not far away and provide comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.

For schooling, there are First Schools in Whittonstall and Ebchester, while secondary schooling is offered at Prudhoe Community High School with further schools available in Corbridge and Hexham. In addition, Mowden Hall Preparatory School is situated just outside Corbridge and provides private education from nursery up to 13 years. There are several private day schools in Newcastle and Durham.

For the commuter the A68 and A69 give excellent access to Newcastle to the east and Carlisle to the west. There is a railway station in Stocksfield which provides services to Newcastle and Carlisle where connecting main line rail services are available to major UK cities north and south. Newcastle International Airport is also easily accessible.

Approximate Mileages

Whittonstall 1.5 miles | Shotley Bridge 3.1 miles | Stocksfield Station 5 miles | Durham Station 17.4 miles | Corbridge 10.6 miles | Hexham 12.9 miles | Newcastle City Centre 16.6 miles | Newcastle International Airport 18.8 miles

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