Accommodation in Brief
Entrance Hall | Drawing Room | Dining Room | Study | Kitchen | Utility Room/WC | Glass House | Cloakroom/WC | Five Bedrooms (One with En-suite Bathroom) | Family Bathroom | Loft Room/Sixth Bedroom | Cellar
Gardens | Parking | Garage
The Old Vicarage is a former vicarage, later divided into two houses, with a rich history dating back to the 1600’s and deserving of its Grade II listed status. It is reputed that some parts of the house, including the cellar, may date back as far as the 12th century. The house was partly refurbished in 1762 by Thomas Dockwray who was the vicar of the nearby church and additions were carried out in 1847 by famed North East architect, John Dobson. It is of a traditional construction with dressed stone and ashlar dressings under a graduated Welsh slate roof and ornate apex and pilaster door surrounds, the rear of which bears the inscription ‘Ædes Hasce Labentes Refecit Tho. Dockwray MDCCLXII’. As one would expect in a property of this age, the rooms are all spacious with high ceilings, Georgian sash windows, solid timber panelled doors, decorative timber door moulding and high skirting boards. The Old Vicarage is in a peaceful spot on the west side of the village nestled into a beautifully maintained garden plot.
The property is entered via the lobby which in turn opens to a spacious entrance hall with stripped wooden flooring and a feature fireplace with multi-fuel stove. There are three receptions rooms including a formal dining room with a sunken brick arch fireplace, and a grand drawing room which still boasts decorative plaster framed frieze panels, cornices, tapestry and dado rails as well as an open fire place with an intricate Rococo mantelpiece. Double French doors open into the large glasshouse which wraps around two elevations of the property and is a fabulous space in which to relax and entertain as there is access out to the rear garden. The kitchen is of generous proportions, with a range of cabinets and is currently used for everyday dining. A twin plate, twin oven oil fired AGA occupies a feature curved stone fireplace recess. A large and very useful utility room/laundry is off the side of the kitchen where there is also a WC and further storage. Before heading up to the stairs the ground floor accommodation is completed by a study, which historically was the main reception hall for the house, with built in oak bookcases and cupboards on either side of a feature fireplace. There is also a further cloakroom/WC.
A shallow and wide return staircase rises to the first floor landing where two large double bedrooms are each entered up their own small stoop of stairs. These two bedrooms, plus a further large double bedroom to the rear, all have wonderful garden views. Two further bedroom are located towards the front of the property; one of these benefits from the use of a Jack & Jill bathroom whilst a main family bathroom serves all other rooms. A concealed staircase leads to a loft room on the second floor which would be ideal as a games room, hobby room, bedroom or various other uses.
The property also has the benefit of a spacious vaulted cellar with stone racks for wine and beer barrels, and a flag stone floor, all refurbished by John Dobson. A winding staircase and inner walkway are accessed from the ground floor hallway.
To the front of the property is a generous gravelled driveway from the road which opens into an area substantial enough to park several vehicles. There is also a separate garage. The rear of the property boasts a wonderfully well maintained south facing garden which is mainly laid to lawn with planted borders of shrubs and hedges and several mature trees throughout. A gravelled patio area provides a relaxing area in which to take in the sun.
Stamfordham is an attractive Northumberland village situated perfectly for both the peaceful countryside and easy commuter access. For outdoor enthusiasts there are a wealth of opportunities. Hadrian’s Wall, Wallington Hall and Kielder Water and Forest Park are also nearby so the property is well-located for walking, cycling and horse riding. Stamfordham itself and nearby Matfen offer a range of local amenities including village shop and tea room, public houses, doctors surgery, cricket clubs and village halls, together with Matfen Hall with its golf courses, swimming pool and spa and award winning restaurant. The nearby village of Corbridge, the market town of Hexham and Ponteland provide a wider range of retail, educational and professional services. Newcastle is also within easy reach and provides comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.
For schooling, there is a first school in Stamfordham, while Corbridge also offers popular first and middle schools and Hexham offers a wide choice of schooling for all ages. Mowden Hall Preparatory School is close by providing private education from nursery up to 13 years and there is a wide choice of private day schools in Newcastle.
For the commuter both the A69 and B6318 Military Road provide good access to Newcastle Airport and City Centre, Carlisle and onward access to the A1 and M6. There is easy access to Newcastle via Callerton Parkway Metro station. Newcastle rail station in turn links to other major UK cities north and south.
Ponteland 6.5 miles | Corbridge 9.1 miles | Hexham 13.8 miles | Newcastle International Airport 7.9 miles | Newcastle City Centre 14.8 miles
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