The Old Rectory
A striking Georgian former rectory with substantial outbuilding offering a unique development opportunity in a glorious private setting
- Striking Period Rectory
- Grade II Listed
- Excellent Renovation Opportunity
- Substantial Stone-Built Outbuilding
- Breathtaking Views
- Glorious Rural Surroundings
- Extensive Gardens & Grounds
- Around 11.39 Acres in All
Accommodation in Brief
Vestibule | Hall | Sitting Room | Dining Room | Snug | Study | Kitchen | Utility Room | Pantry | Ground Floor WC | Four First Floor Bedrooms | Family Bathroom | Shower Room | Two Second Floor Bedrooms | Cellar
Substantial Stone-Built Outbuilding | Stone-Built Boiler Room & Store | Attached Store | Driveway & Parking | Extensive Gardens & Grounds | Around 11.39 Acres in All
The Old Rectory is a striking stone-built property in a stunning private setting with spectacular panoramic countryside views. The Grade II Listed property occupies an elevated position with sweeping gardens and grounds stretching down to the North Tyne River and extending in all to around 11.39 acres. The house offers a unique opportunity to renovate and update to create a wonderful rural hideaway with spacious and flexible accommodation and a wealth of charm and character. A substantial stone-built former coach house and stables offers further potential. Nestled in the heart of the glorious Northumberland National Park, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Old Rectory is located on the outskirts of the peaceful village of Falstone and within easy reach of local amenities.
The Old Rectory was built circa 1818 by the noted English architect H. H. Seward for the Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital. The ashlar construction with Lakeland slate roof is a beautiful example of his work and the internal accommodation features lovely high ceilings and spacious rooms typical of the period. The kitchen extension is built in smaller ashlar stone then the main house. Stone steps lead up to the central stone entrance vestibule with onwards access to the hall. The two principal reception rooms, the sitting room and dining room, sit to the front elevation to make the most of the remarkable outlook over the grounds to the wonderful landscape beyond. To the rear is a cosy snug and a study, ideal for working from home. The expansive kitchen is bright and welcoming with a dual aspect and a grand stone inglenook. The kitchen is served by a useful utility room and a walk-in pantry.
There are four bedrooms on the first floor, all good size doubles offering the flexibility for a variety of configurations. The views from the front bedrooms are particularly eye-catching. The bedrooms are served by a family bathroom and a separate shower room. There are two further bedrooms on the second floor which are again of impressive size. A cellar divided into two rooms provides an abundance of storage space.
The property is in need of renovation throughout and offers an incredible opportunity for interested parties to develop their dream home with a personal stamp on every aspect.
The gardens and grounds of The Old Rectory are a key attraction for the property. Extending in all to around 11.39 acres, the grounds fall away gently down to the North Tyne River to the south with the line of the former Border Counties Railway passing between the upper and lower grounds. The Old Rectory has fishing rights on the river. Mature woodland to the north and west creates a peaceful and sheltered haven. The driveway passes through the woodland before opening up at the front of the property. The thoughtful position of the house within the grounds makes the absolute most of the outlook and scenery.
To the east of the main house is a fabulous stone-built outbuilding which was formerly a coach house and stables. The coach house and stables are also thought to date to circa 1818, constructed from rubbel stone and Lakeland slate and is also Grade II Listed. The outbuilding currently provides a number of store rooms. Separate staircases lead up to stores at either end of the building, with the central area accessed via an arched carriage entrance. The building could offer a host of development opportunities, subject to securing the necessary consents. There is also a separate stone-built boiler room and pellet store tucked behind the main house.
Falstone is a small village in the North Tyne Valley which is within both the designated Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and the beautiful Northumberland National Park. The area is a haven for wildlife much of which can be enjoyed from the gardens and grounds. The surrounding countryside offers excellent walks and cycling. Kielder Water and Forest Park which provides a multitude of water-based activities, the award-winning Kielder Observatory, Kielder Skyspace and sculpture trail, mountain biking and a multi-purpose track for running and cycling is very accessible. Falstone has a tearoom and post office and there are two excellent local inns, The Black Cock in Falstone and The Pheasant in Stannersburn, with The Hollybush at Greenhaugh also nearby. Tarset also has an active arts community while the thriving village of Bellingham provides useful everyday amenities and Hexham is the main town for shopping, with several supermarkets including Waitrose, and a fabulous Farmers Market. Both Tesco and Asda deliver to Falstone providing great convenience. Hexham also provides a wide range of local retail, educational and professional services together with a hospital and an excellent 18-hole golf course. The eclectic range of boutiques, cafés and restaurants in Corbridge are also very accessible. Newcastle is within easy reach and provides further comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.
For schooling, there is an excellent first school in Greenhaugh, while Bellingham offers a nursery school together with first and middle schools. Senior schools are available in Hexham and Haydon Bridge with several private day schools in Newcastle.
For the commuter the A68 and A69 provide excellent access to Newcastle in the east and Carlisle in the west, and onward access to the A1 and M6. The railway station at Hexham provides regular cross-country services to both Newcastle and Carlisle, which in turn link to main line services to other major UK cities north and south. Alternatively, a pleasant drive leads to Tweedbank Station where the car can be parked before taking the train to Edinburgh, or even the overnight train to London. Newcastle International Airport is also within easy reach.
Falstone Village Centre 0.5 miles | Bellingham 9.5 miles | Hexham 25.2 miles | Corbridge 27.0 miles | Newcastle International Airport 39.2 miles | Jedburgh 39.3 miles | Newcastle City Centre 41.7 miles
Mains electricity and water. Private drainage to septic tank. Wood pellet boiler central heating. Calor Gas cylinders for Falcon cooker.
Wayleaves, Easements & Rights of Way
The property is being sold subject to all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way, whether or not specified within the sales particulars.
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