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Taylor-Smith House, Colepike Hall, Lanchester, DURHAM


Property Description

Key features

  • * 4 Double Bedrooms
  • * Countryside Location
  • * Part of a converted Hall
  • * Ground Source Heating - Environmentally Friendly!
  • * 15/20mins commute to Durham
  • * 30/45mins commute to Newcastle

Full description

With an abundance of period charm, and dating back to the early 1800s - we are delighted to introduce you to, Number 2, Colepike Hall, Which is the front conversion of this stunning hall.
Listed as Grade II back in 1967 as a "House with wall attached. Early C19
and additions dated 1856" this property offers architectural delights throughout.

Property ref: 121_782_2097935

A Piece of History.... 
1777-1790 After the death of her husband. Mary Eleanor left her children in the care of governesses, and went to her London house. Because of her wealth and position, she was quickly surrounded by so-called admirers. She became involved with a man called Gray and was expecting a child by him. At this point in her life, a former Irish Lieutenant named Andrew Robinson Stoney came on the scene. He had been married to a Burnopfield lady named Hannah Newton who had died at Colepike Hall, Lanchester, where she and Stoney had lived. It was common knowledge that her death had been due to Stoney’s ill treatment of her. Eventually, after a series of underhand maneuvers, Stoney tricked the unfortunate Countess into marriage. He too, had to assume the name of Bowes and he became notorious as 'Stoney Bowes.' The story of this marriage is well documented and a detailed account of it is to be found in Ralph Arnold's "The Unhappy Countess", (Constable 1957).

Oak flooring throughout. Low level w.c & pedestal hand wash basin with chrome mixer tap. Half wood panelling to wall and extractor fan.

Kitchen / Diner 
3.96m x 3.96m (13' 8" x 13' 8" ) Room measured at maximum points.
Located to the rear with access directly out to the rear courtyard. Handmade Cherry wood wall and floor units with contrasting granite work surfaces & cream splash back tiles to wall.

Restored sash window with the original oak shutters, and views into the courtyard, fitted window seat.

Integrated appliances include; Oven, Hob & Extractor, Fridge & Dishwasher. Single stainless steel sink unit with matching mixer tap.
Natural Limestone tiled flooring throughout. Finished off with an added luxury of underfloor heating.

Vendor currently has a free-standing Beech dresser which may be available to buy via separate negotiation.

Access through to Utility.

Utility Room 
Housing Ground source heat exchanger and back up Oil boiler. Plumbing for washer/dryer. Limestone tiled flooring throughout.
Rear access through to Courtyard.

Reception Three / Potential Bedroom 5 
3.96m x 2.13m (13' 10" x 7' 1") Room measured at maximum points.
Located to the rear of the Hall with views over the court yard. Currently used as a formal study, but with the benefit of a built-in fold-away bed - ideal for unexpected guests. Additional glazing to lower sash window. One radiator.

Access gained from under stairs cupboard.
Stone staircase leads you down to this hidden cellar, ideal for further space and requiring further enhancement to add more useful space to this property.


Master Bedroom Suite 
4.88m x 5.49m (16' 4" x 18' 10") Room measured at maximum points.

Master suite enjoying southerly views across the Browney Valley countryside beyond.

Master room boasting an original fire surround, and characterful wood flooring throughout. Two restored sash windows. Two radiators. High ceilings with coving. Over-bed light switches to lamps.

Access through to En Suite.

En-suite Shower & Dressing Room 
En-suite located from Master Bedroom.
Comprising of; Shower cubicle, Victorian pedestal washbasin and low level w.c.
Tiled to half walls with coir matting carpet. Frosted secondary glazed window to rear courtyard providing natural light.
Storage cupboard which current vendor has maximised with shelves and hanging rails.

Bedroom Two / Potential Reception Three 
5.49m x 4.88m (18' 2" x 16' 4" ) Room measured at maximum points.

Currently used as a bedroom suite but easily able to be transformed into a First Floor family room providing splendid countryside views.
Original fireplace, two original sash windows towards the front aspect keep the tradition of the Hall in this room.
Coir matting carpet and two radiators.

Bedroom Three / Balcony 
4.88m x 2.44m (16' 4" x 8' 9") Room measured at maximum points.

Double size third Bedroom complete with private balcony. Glazed Juliet doors lead you out onto a quaint stone balcony, once used to take breakfast and enjoy the morning sun.
Boasting fantastic views across the lawned gardens to the front of the Hall & towards the Countryside.
Carpeted throughout. One radiator.

Access onto Balcony.

Bedroom Four 
3.35m x 3.96m (11' 10" x 13' 10") Room measured at maximum points.

A fourth double bedroom, enjoying all the characterful features as they continue throughout the property.
Located to the rear with an original sash window providing views into the court yard.
One radiator. Carpeted throughout.

House Bathroom 
House Bathroom comprising; Victorian white paneled bath tub with folding shower screen, pedestal wash basin, and low level wc.
Half tiled to walls & coir matting throughout. Frosted secondary glazed window to rear courtyard providing natural light.
Cupboard providing further storage space.


South Facing Front Gardens 
Complete with topiary hedging, and a rookery the formal lawned gardens are extensive and designed and maintained to compliment the character of Colepike Hall 1 acre in total.

Garage Workshop 
Including separate walled gardens with workshop and garage.

Green Oak Dual Car Port 
Located to the entrance of the main drive there are a green oak car ports provide parking for up to four cars. With electric car charging ports.

B6296, Lanchester, Durham DH7 0RW

An ideal base in the village of Lanchester, North East England. Approximately 15 minutes drive from historic Durham City with its magnificent Norman Castle and Cathedral, now a World Heritage Site. The cities of Newcastle and Sunderland are also within an easy 20 miles travelling distance.

Viewing Arrangements 
All viewings are accompanied by the agent.

Court Yard 
Enclosed private stone court yard provided to the rear of the property, with patio area. Gated access to rockery garden, and path leading to further land.

Original Wood staircase commands your attention with an over-sized feature arch-shape back-drop window. Restored architrave to ceilings and feature ceiling Rose. The hall is carpeted throughout, and benefits from four radiators.

Cupboard with stairs down to original Wine Cellar, made up of two rooms and potential for further enhancement and restoration.

Access to principle lower floor rooms.

Main Reception 
5.49m x 4.88m (18' 8" x 16' 6" ) Room measured to maximum points.
Located to the front of the property with restored sash windows and original natural wood shutters. Magnificent views over the formal gardens with a southerly aspect.
Original marble feature fire surround housing a living flame gas fire set with a cast iron basket, two alcoves either side.
One double radiator & one single radiator. Carpeted throughout.

Solid wood door access leading to Kitchen/Dining area.

Reception Two 
5.18m x 4.88m (17' 11" x 16' 6") Room measured at maximum points.
Sash windows with shutters, overlooking front gardens. Original feature fire surround currently housing a free standing stove.
Original architrave and feature ceiling Rose retaining the character of this wonderful property.
One double radiator & one single radiator. Carpeted throughout.

With an abundance of period charm, and dating back to the early 1800s Colepike Hall was Grade II listed back in 1967.

"House with wall attached. Early C19 and additions dated 1856 on arch in wall at rear. Sandstone ashlar with plinth; roof of Lakeland slates. Symmetrical. 2 storeys, 14 bays, 3 at each end in full-height canted projections. Nosed steps up to Ionic porch, probably of 1856, with shields on plinths, and pierced stone parapet on cornice; half-glazed double door and patterned fanlight in paneled surround. Margined sashes in architraves, with first-floor sill band. Roof hipped over canted bays, with corniced ridge chimneys. High wall attached to left return contains keyed arch with date panel."

...Welcome to "Colepike Hall".

The main central part of this fine property, is now known as Taylor-Smith House. Offering spacious family accommodation of the grandest design but also benefits from the addition of a modern energy saving g...

The main Tuscan style entrance has retained the original double oak doors leading you into this grand residence with restored stained glass feature leaded light to top arch.

The original antique door bell creates an entrance and sample of what lies beyond.

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07 August 2015

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