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7 bedroom detached house for sale
Houghton le Spring, Tyne And Wear
Herrington Hill House is a handsome detached house with plenty of style and period characteristics. Dating back to approximately 1838, it is believed it was built as a hunting lodge which has been sympathetically updated in recent years.
Upon arrival it is clear to see the property was not built as a yeoman farmhouse it is a stylish and substantial former hunting lodge. In the middle of the house is an attractive staircase with magnificent arched window lighting the stairs and inner hall. All of the rooms on the ground floor have notable ceiling heights which add significantly to the impressive nature of the accommodation. Three formal reception rooms are arranged off the inner hall in typical late Georgian style.
Unlike typical Georgian houses however, Herrington Hill has been catapulted into the 21st century with the inclusion various 21st century comforts and conveniences. For instance, there is a high tech (Lutron) lighting system with associated hard wired music (Imerge) system in seven zones throughout the house.
The superb kitchen, lounge and dining area will appeal to most. The kitchen area retains its country house feel with a three oven electric Aga and is set off against the attractive contemporary style kitchen units. There is an extensive lounge and home entertainment area, around a focal fireplace, and the dining area beyond is ideal for informal entertaining. French doors open onto an extensive south west facing patio. A spiral staircase rises out of this room for convenient and direct access to the principal bedroom suite.
Each of the formal reception rooms has notably high ceilings, a feature fireplace and views. The formal lounge has a particularly grand fireplace and the formal dining room also has a splendid fireplace and original serving hatch. The sun room, with direct access onto the patio area has superb views extending across the grounds into the distance.
In addition to the formal accommodation and open plan living space that the kitchen area provides, there are two cloakrooms and a good sized utility room.
On the first floor the principal suite has twin en suite bathrooms and dressing rooms. There is a large family bathroom and 3 further bedrooms (2 en suite). High ceilings feature throughout and each room is a significant size.
The second floor has a guest suite, three bedrooms, a sitting room, bathroom and a kitchen. It makes ideal accommodation for guests or a dependant relative.
Herrington Hill House is superbly located in an elevated position with significant ease of access to amenities, facilities and transport links.
The property is close to Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland, all of which offer comprehensive range of shopping and leisure opportunities. In addition, the renowned Metro Centre at Gateshead is within easy reach.
The convenience of the A1 and A19 allow commutability to Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and even the financial centres of West Yorkshire. Intercity rail services are available at Newcastle and Durham offering direct services to Edinburgh to the north and London Kings Cross to the south. Newcastle International Airport is about 21 miles.
The coast is within 5 miles and the rolling hills and valleys of Weardale are within easy striking distance. There are a wealth of golf courses nearby including Ramside Hall.
The approach to Herrington Hill House is via a long private tarmacadam driveway through fields to the crest of the hill. Herrington Hill House is positioned within fine mature woodland.
The driveway culminates at a set of electric remote operated gates giving access to the expansive gravel roundabout and parking area complimented by external lighting. The detached oak framed double garage building is accessed from the driveway.
The pretty garden is a compelling attribute to Herrington Hill House. Due to the location of the property one of the key elements of this garden is the seclusion and privacy it is afforded.
The expansive lawned area to the west of the house is interspersed with various mature sycamore, holly and fruit trees, which have the benefit of night time illumination. Immediately abutting the house on the western side is a stone flagged sun terrace, with exterior sound system, ideal for outside entertaining and al fresco dining.
The traditional stable block with two loose boxes is now used for storage with two garages and has potential for conversion (subject to planning). Detailed plans are available via separate negotiation.
Further 18 acres of land available by separate negotiation.
Within 800m of the entrance there is a further 18 acres of mixed woodland and grazing which is newly fenced and serviced by water. It is suitable for a variety of uses including shooting and livestock.
There is currently a grant paid to the vendors (about £1,000 p.a.) by Natural England which will continue until 2017. There are various (non-onerous) obligations the vendor has to fulfill in order to qualify for this grant. There is a grade II listed pill box on the land and the land is registered as a site of special scientific interest.