5 bedroom detached house for saleAnick, Hexham, Northumberland
Guide Price £725,000
River View is a handsome and appealing period property built in the Northumbrian vernacular from rubble stone beneath a slate roof. The pretty multi-pane windows in the southern elevation add to the aesthetic charm of the house with an offset porch as an attractive focal point.
The original house is believed to date from about 1700. It has been the subject of an extensive and sympathetic modernisation and extension programme of works which has entirely transformed this property from being a moderate farmhouse into a highly desirable country house providing comfortable family accommodation with an optimum quantity of formal and informal reception rooms.
Pivotal within the accommodation provided by River View is the kitchen. The kitchen is within the extension created by the vendors in 2003. It is likely to be one of the key reasons the next owner decides to live at the property. It is a light and airy room with a stone flagged floor and a two oven gas fired Aga set within an interesting stone surround and niche. Doors to the courtyard and decking on the east side provide additional amenity and comfort.
The drawing room, rather unusually, has a pretty fireplace at each end of the room, a high ceiling and shuttered multi-pane south facing windows. A connecting door leads through to the library. When closed, the connecting door acts as a bookcase. The library has beautiful oak bookcases, shuttered multi-pane south facing windows and a large open fire which makes this room so comfortable, especially in the winter. The dining hall is below the galleried landing and provides space for formal dining and entertaining. There is a back door, boot room and cloakroom off the dining hall. The utility room is conveniently placed at the heart of the house.
The first floor accommodation is arranged in a much improved layout since the 2003 extension was added. The principal bedroom suite has a high ceiling, two east facing windows and a bank of fitted timber wardrobe cupboards providing hanging and shelving space. The door to the en suite is neatly concealed in the fitted cupboards. It is luxuriously appointed with tiled walls and floor and recently fitted bathroom furniture. The landing area is referred to by the vendors as the ‘communal office’. A single bedroom close to the master suite may be used as a separate dressing room. The remaining bedrooms are south facing, each with superb views.
The house bathroom has access from the landing and also from the middle bedroom. The guest bedroom has a useful mezzanine area providing space for another bed or perhaps a work area for a college student and an en-suite shower room with fully tiled walls and floors, underfloor heating and recently installed bathroom fittings.
Anick is a pretty hamlet which occupies an elevated setting looking south and east across the Tyne Valley. It comprises an attractive cluster of period houses and the increasingly popular eatery The Rat.
River View occupies a commanding position in the village with spellbinding views over the Tyne Valley to the Dipton Woods and naturally enough, the River Tyne.
The increasingly popular and attractive village of Corbridge is close at hand (2 miles) with various everyday facilities available including a delicatessen, banks, a church, various popular pubs, restaurants and boutique shops. Hexham is a popular and handsome market town which provides a more extensive range of educational, retail and leisure facilities. There is a large Waitrose supermarket in Hexham (amongst others) and the sports and leisure facilities are excellent.
Communication links with the property are superb with a choice of stations in either Hexham or Corbridge (free parking) and the A69 dual carriageway provides quick access to Newcastle to the east and Carlisle to the west.
There are first class schools in the area with Beaufront First School close by and excellent schools in Corbridge and Hexham. Mowden Hall Prep School is convenient, just east of Corbridge.
The extensive gardens of River View comprise three ‘rooms’ each with spellbinding views. A sun terrace abuts the southern elevation and rolls into a principal lawned area bordered by well stocked beds. The boundaries are formed by mature hedges which afford a good deal of privacy and shelter without obliterating the view. At a slightly lower level, divided by a pretty ornamental pond are two further “rooms”, each laid out making full use of the southerly aspect and spectacular view.
A decking terrace links front to rear on the eastern elevation providing a first class area for al fresco breakfast. On the western side of the house accessed out of the kitchen and rear hall is a charming stone flagged courtyard.
The detached double garage building is accessed immediate from the private driveway. The garage is capable of taking two substantial cars in addition to a workshop area. The roof spaces are currently used for storage and would (subject to necessary consents) provide for various other uses given the skylights. There is also a stone and slate wood and coal store.
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