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3 bedroom semi-detached house for sale
Front Street, Wolsingham, Bishop Auckland, County Durham
Riversleigh House has evolved over centuries and the current owners have undertaken painstaking renovation and refurbishment. Having recently been extended the current vendors have added a study at ground floor and at first floor there has been an en-suite and dressing room added to the property. Durham City Council awarded the renovation of this property with a commendation award.
From Front Street you enter the hallway, with newly fitted reclaimed pitch pine flooring prevalent throughout, ornate plasterwork and box sash windows the hall is light and airy. The homely hallway leads to a formal living room with impressive high ceilings and ornate cornicing. Large windows look out to the street with wooden shutters and a door to the rear leads to the rear garden. The wooden flooring and cast iron radiators provide a traditional feel to the room. The main feature of the room is the imposing sandstone fireplace with log burner.
The study is located off the living room and has decorative paneled wood, plantation shutters and a large built in bookcase. The room has excellent views out across the garden and captures the sun for the majority of the day.
Conveniently located off the hallway, the utility room with exposed beams and high ceilings, offers built in storage and a Belfast sink with plumbing for a washing machine and space for fridges and freezers. The original flagstones provide a rustic feel.
The cloakroom is located close to the front door and continues the theme of the original flagstones. With a feature wood burning stove, imposing dressed stone fireplace, built-in bookcases and exposed wooden flooring the breakfast room adjoins the kitchen and acts as an extension to the good sized kitchen. Offering the ideal space to cook and entertain, the kitchen is the hub of the house. Situated in a recent extension, the units are beech and oak with oak and granite worktops. French doors lead to the garden, ideal for the summer months and under floor heating is installed beneath the flagstones for the winter months. The ornate wooden banister is a fine example of the quality finish and attention to detail the vendors have given to the renovation.
The staircase leads to first floor where a landing provides access to the three bedrooms and family bathroom.
The master bedroom is situated to the rear of the property and has wooden shutters across the south facing window. The recent extension, which is sited above the study, provides the master bedroom with a dressing area and en-suite beyond. Incorporating a luxury double shower cubicle with dual shower heads and an equally impressive wash basin the en-suite is an unrivalled asset to the master suite.
The family bathroom has a high ceiling incorporating a roof light and exposed wooden beams. Fitted with cast iron bath and separate shower the bathroom provides modern comforts whilst retaining a traditional feel.
Bedroom 2 is a good sized room with integrated storage, ornate cornicing at ceiling height and a quaint window seat with a south facing window.
A 3rd bedroom is currently used as a nursery and offers integrated storage.
The guest annexe, above the garage, on the southern boundary is accessed via stone steps to first floor and leads into a kitchen/living room with granite worktop, beech cupboards and solid oak flooring.
It makes good use of the space and allows the owners to entertain and host guests whilst providing them their own private space. The living room leads to a bedroom with integrated storage and ensuite bathroom with large double shower cubicle. Fitted with gas central heating, electrics and drainage, this would offer the ideal space to continue as a guest suite or be used as a games room, studio or for a dependant relative.
At ground floor there is as double garage with sliding door accessed from The Causeway. This is serviced with heating, electrics and mains water.
Situated in the centre of the small market town of Wolsingham, Riversleigh Hous is an impressive yet subtle property with enclosed walled garden to the rear.
There are a range of local shops and the town offers a variety of amenities including a library, post office, banks, public houses including the Black Bull Inn, leisure facilities, a dentist and doctor’s surgery.
With good links and easy access to the commercial hubs of Tyneside and Durham, Riversleigh House is also well situated for access to both the A68 and the A1 to travel further a field.
Schooling is well catered for with a range of primary schools nearby including Wolsingham Primary located in the town. Barnard Castle School is located to the south and Durham School to the north.
Wolsingham is known as the “Gateway to Weardale”, it is situated in the North Pennines and offers a range of walks along the many public footpaths. Tunstall Reservoir offers a variety of activities including a private fishing club, cycle routes and wildlife.
Located to the rear of the property, the south facing garden offers a hive of activity with a lawned area, raised vegetable beds and a small timber pond. The large tree house in the centre of the garden caters for the younger generation whilst mature conifers provide an element of shade to the garden. A patio area directly outside the property provides suitable outdoor entertaining space and leads to the kitchen.