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The Old Vicarage, Greenhead, Northumberland/Cumbria Border

A Victorian former vicarage with gardens, woodland and log cabin annex

Accommodation in Brief
Porch | Entrance Hall | Drawing Room | Study | Sitting Room | Kitchen | Breakfast Room | Utility Room | Cloakroom/WC | Office | Master Bedroom with Dressing Room | Five Further Bedrooms | Two Bathrooms | Shower Room | Cellar

Boiler Room | Store | Gardener’s WC | Log Cabin Annex | Stable Block | Garden and Woodland

The Property

The Old Vicarage is a magnificent late-Victorian, detached house which was originally built by the Blenkinsopp Estate and sits amidst beautiful gardens and woodland. Greenhead lies just outside the Northumberland National Park in the heart of Roman Wall country with The Pennine Way, the UK’s first National Trail, passing through the village. The Old Vicarage retains many original features including ornate cornicing, picture rails, fireplaces and panelled doors. The house provides flexible accommodation and has a useful cellar together with a fabulous log cabin entertaining space and timber stables.

Stone steps lead up to a veranda and the front door which opens into an entrance porch. The entrance hall gives access to the main reception rooms and has an attractive, original staircase to the upper floor. The spacious drawing room has a bay window with views over the garden and marble fire surround with cast iron insert with LPG gas fire. To the other side of the hall is a study which also has an original fireplace with LPG gas fire. The dual aspect sitting room which has windows to the front and side and an original open fireplace, could also be used as a formal dining room as it links through to the kitchen and breakfast room. The kitchen, which has a window overlooking the side garden, is fitted with a range of units, electric range-style cooker, Belfast sink, is plumbed for a dishwasher and has a door to the outside. The adjacent large breakfast room provides ample space for a table and chairs and has an LPG gas stove in an inglenook, Belfast sink and two large sash windows to the side. A door from the breakfast room leads into a small office, fitted with floor to ceiling period-style pine cupboards which provide excellent storage, which leads back to the entrance hall. There is a useful utility room/pantry to the rear of the property which is fitted with a range of units and 1½ bowl sink and drainer. Also on this floor is a cloakroom and separate WC, large storage cupboard off the hall and access to the cellar from the passage between the sitting room and breakfast room. The cellar has potential for use as a games room, or for storage with ample head height. There is also a back stair which would have originally been the servant’s staircase to the maid’s quarters.

The stairs lead up to a bright and spacious landing, both of which have attractive inlaid carpet, which is flooded with natural light from windows on the half landing. The master bedroom has a window overlooking the front garden and countryside beyond, an original fireplace with gas stove, fitted bedside cabinets and dressing table and a dressing room with a range of fitted wardrobes. There is an adjacent bathroom which is fitted with a freestanding ball and claw foot roll top bath, wash hand basin, bidet and WC. This bathroom could easily be converted into an en-suite for the master bedroom if required. There are five further bedrooms, most of which have fireplaces and fitted wardrobes, which have use of a bathroom and shower room. The bathroom is fitted with a bath with shower over, wash hand basin and WC, has half-panelled walls and tiling. There is a shower room fitted with a shower cubicle, wash hand basin and WC.


The Old Vicarage is approached from the road across a white railed bridge over Tipalt Burn up a private drive to a parking and turning area at the front of the house. The domestic outbuildings to the rear of the house include a gardener’s WC, log/coal store and laundry/boiler room; the latter houses the wood boiler system.

The gardens, which surround the property, are well maintained and partially surrounded by mature hedging and woodland giving privacy. The main garden is mainly laid to lawn, with mature shrubs together with a productive vegetable garden of raised beds. The surrounding woodland which comprises mixed hardwoods and is a haven for wildlife. There is also ruins of an old farm steading within the woodland, benefitting from a separate access. In all, the gardens, grounds and woodland extend to approximately 6 acres.

The timber stable block comprises two loose boxes and a tack room together with a fenced yard.

A bespoke log cabin is situated in a position to fully appreciate the tranquility of the garden at all times of the year. The cabin has a green ‘living’ roof, fitted kitchen units, living/dining area with log-burning stove together with a shower room with steam shower, wash hand basin and WC and a separate infrared sauna. Glazed doors from the cabin open onto a large terrace ideal for outdoor entertaining.

Local Information

Greenhead village lies just outside the Northumberland National Park and close to Hadrian’s Wall ideally situated to enjoy many attractions and activities as well as the wonderful surrounding countryside of Cumbria and Northumberland. The village offers a primary school, tea room, a hotel, Saint Cuthberts Church, a village hall and the old Methodist Chapel is now a youth hostel. Nearby Haltwhistle is a popular and thriving town situated between Carlisle and Newcastle. The town offers an excellent range of amenities with supermarkets, a good selection of shops, leisure centre and outdoor swimming pool, primary and secondary schooling, professional services and a new hospital which has just opened. The beautiful surrounding area is Hadrian’s Wall country and the town itself is believed to be the centre of Great Britain. More comprehensive services including larger supermarkets, schooling, a larger hospital, a further range of shops and eateries are available in nearby Hexham. Both Newcastle and Carlisle provide comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.

For the commuter the property is well-located for transport links to regional centres with the Military Road which runs through the village and connects to the main A69 which provides good access to Newcastle Airport and City Centre, Carlisle and onward access to the M6 and A1. Haltwhistle and Brampton both have a railway station which provide regular links to both Newcastle and Carlisle, which in turn link to other main line services to major UK cities north and south.

Approximate Mileages

Greenhead 0.2 miles | Haltwhistle 3.4 miles | M6 J43 16.3 miles | Carlisle 18.4 miles | Hexham 19.0 miles| Newcastle International Airport 37.8 miles | Newcastle City Centre 40.2 miles

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