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5 bedroom detached house for sale
Lanchester, Durham, County Durham
Woodlea Manor occupies a prominent position facing south and east over delightful rolling countryside.
Woodlea Manor is a recently constructed house with the more recent parts being completed in 2007. Clever use of reclaimed materials through the construction process has allowed the property to retain period charm and style despite its relative immaturity. The property has been built with great care and attention to detail in order to provide extensive and free-flowing accommodation, together with a classy appearance. It has been built to exacting modern standards thereby providing creature comforts and conveniences for 21st Century living. Whilst the house has been built to allow for grand scale entertaining, it still allows for comfortable informal family occupation.
Woodlea Manor is entered via an impressive pillared portico in a most impressive and formal reception hall with grand staircase leading to the first floor. Off the central reception hall lie the principal reception rooms. Double doors enter into the drawing room with intricate cornice work and fine open fireplace. An archway leads to the garden room with double doors onto the south facing patio area and garden. The dining room and sitting room are divided by a chimney breast, in which is a multi-fuel burning stove used by both rooms. Both of these rooms have intricate cornice work and the fireplace forms a fine focal point.
The breakfast kitchen is fitted with a magnificent ange of kitchen units, all beneath polished granite work surfaces and centred upon an island unit. Various integrated appliances include a Rangemaster 6 oven grill with electric oven, Electrolux dishwasher, plumbing and power for a USA style fridge. The kitchen has an attractive tiled floor which is practical and runs through into the utility room, also with a range of similar high quality fitted units and plumbing for appliances. The cloakroom is close to the back door with a WC and shower.
For many the centrepiece of Woodlea Manor will be the leisure wing and games room. Being the most recently concluded element of the property it comprises an illuminated and heated swimming pool (9.2m x 3.9m) which has been set into a beautiful ceramic tiled floor with wide margins to allow for loungers and a gym area. The high gloss ceiling and surround sound add to the ambience, whilst 3 sets of French doors lead to the garden. There are 2 wet room and WC changing rooms, a plant room and solarium.
The games room has an engineered oak floor and is large enough for a full sized billiards table. There is a granite topped mahogany bar and WC.
The first floor accommodation is arranged off a well lit galleried landing and approached by the impressive staircase out of the reception hall.
There are 5 bedrooms and 4 bathroom facilities on the first floor. Each of the bedrooms is a large room as the creator of this house chose specifically to opt for fewer but
larger rooms rather than a high quantity of smaller rooms.
The principal bedroom has the benefit of an appealing balcony, a dressing area with fitted wardrobe furniture and an en-suite bathroom. The guest room also has a balcony, fitted wardrobe furniture and an en-suite shower room. There are two other bedrooms with en-suite facilities are similar in proportions. The modern house bathroom is fitted with a large air bath within a tiled surround.
Our client has recently submitted planning permission for a change of use of the outbuildings to an annex which can be used in conjunction with Woodlea Manor. A planning permission is expected to be granted in early March 2011. The annex will provide useful extra accommodation for dependents or staff and may attract those looking for an additional income stream.
Woodlea Manor is situated in a pretty and rural location; convenient distance from Lanchester, a popular village with useful every-day facilities including schooling, grocery shopping and banking. There are a few good restaurants
and a farm shop.
The A68 is approximately 2 miles giving excellent access both north and south, opening-up the motorway network and giving access to the A69, a useful dual-carriageway trunk road servicing the Tyne Valley.
The cathedral city of Durham offers a wider range of facilities including acclaimed schools and university and is situated approximately 10½ miles to the east.
The convenience of the location to Newcastle upon Tyne and the other principal financial centres of the North East are of significant importance, whilst allowing the occupants of
Woodlea Manor every opportunity to enjoy rural living in significant style.
The grounds are entered by electrically operated handsome cast iron gates mounted on appealing stone piers. The broad block paved driveway sweeps past the front of the house to a large paved yard to the north and rear of the house providing extensive further parking and turning area. The paving area surrounds the terrace and around the house to the west of the garden room and leisure wing.
Stone walling surrounds the property allowing a good degree of safety and enclosability which will appeal to those with young children and possibly pets. The landscaped gardens are laid mostly to lawn but have been planted with various beds and borders.
The outbuildings are in the northeast corner of the grounds and are of a substantial nature. They are built of stone cavity wall construction and styled in a traditional manner similar to Woodlea Manor, in stone beneath a slate roof. The ground floor incorporates a sizeable garage (12.5m x 6.6m) with a notably high ceiling and double doors to either end of the southern elevation. The adjoining stable and covered bay has an open side measuring approximately 5.6m x 12.4m. Over the garage is a bed-sit annexe with a bathroom at one end.
Whilst the use of these buildings must clearly be for stables and garaging it is understood that the design and layout has been constructed with care to enable easy conversion to create further living accommodation in the future. Our client has recently submitted planning permission for a change of use of the outbuildings to an annex which can be used in conjunction with Woodlea Manor. A planning permission is expected to be granted in early March 2011. The annex will provide useful extra accommodation for dependents or staff and may attract those looking for an additional income stream.
There are various other useful stores within the grounds and some well built kennels.