6 bedroom detached house for saleTranwell Woods, Morpeth, Northumberland
Pillared entrance | Spectacular sense of arrival into marbled staircase and reception hall | Living room | Dining room | Day room
Spectacular open plan living kitchen with exquisite fitted kitchen | Utility room | Wine cellar | Cloakroom
Leisure wing including beautiful pool surrounded by marble columns with bar | Gym mezzanine | Sauna | Steam room | Staircase linking to principal bedroom suite
Cinema room with fixed screen and projector and surround sound above the integral oversized three car garage
Six bedrooms | Six astonishingly different bathroom suites including self contained apartment.
It has to be said that there is nothing ordinary about The Birches is a spectacular house in every respect, possibly the most striking and opulent house available in the market place in Northumberland for some time. It is a substantial, handsome and spacious house. At about 16,500 sq ft (1,533 m2) the property provides free flowing and beautifully proportioned reception rooms set around an astonishing marble staircase and reception hall. The centre point or hub within this house is as modern living requires; a fabulous open plan living kitchen in which day to day family life and informal entertaining can occur.
The Birches is not all about ordinary life. This is a flagship property built and designed to impress those who expect immaculate presentation and best quality of everything.
The builder, designer and developer has put together and extraordinary package at The Birches which enables extreme comfort and convenience all rolled up into an extremely stylish and enviable house.
In addition to the convenience and comfort of the highest quality and specification modern day appliances and technology, The Birches provides the space and proportions that are key to impressing those who are the most difficult to impress.
There are three principal reception rooms, each with high ceiling heights, and a view of the landscaped gardens. The depth of the skirting, character in ceiling cornices or weight and width of doors all make the quality of the product clear.
The dining room has an extremely striking Travertine marble fireplace and surround which weight is six tons! The stone skirting, door architraves and convenient connection to the kitchen make this room extremely special.
The open plan kitchen provides optimum space for family life, informal dining, entertainment and enjoyment of the garden fire and the doors in the southern elevation.
The kitchen area itself is exquisitely finished with a central, almost pulpit-like or horseshoe-shaped island unit which enables series cooking to be done sociably. The polished limestone surface is set with various integrated units including aTepan gas wok burner and coal steak griddle. There are also a steam oven, combi microwave and fitted fridge. Within the American walnut wall units (also beneath polished limestone surface) is an eight hob, catering style Britannia gas oven cooker with electric ovens beneath. Other integrated units and appliances include a USA style fridge, coffee machine with fridge below it and dishwasher. There is also an instant hot water tap.
The utility room is discreetly yet conveniently located and houses plumbing and fittings for all conventional utility room appliances.
The wine cellar is close, just off the hall and there are three specifically fitted wine cooling units to ensure uniformity of temperature.
The day room will be used differently by different demographics of buyer. It might suit a young couple well as a playroom or perhaps a more intimate reception room. It is connected to the leisure wing by a pair of double doors.
The leisure wing is clearly one of the key attributes and striking elements to The Birches. The centrepiece is of course the beautiful swimming pool, but is made by the polished marble floor, polished marble pillars, balustrade, deeps skirting and architraving. The air conditioned poolroom is without a question one of the reasons to buy The Birches, but so too is the view from within it. Importantly, detailed costing analysis has been done. To run the pool at a constant temperature of 28 degrees, and the air temperature of 30 degrees, the cost (at the time of printing) is £10.45 per day. A cloakroom, steam room, sauna and a spa round off this particular element of the property.
The cinema room is another important feature, but may be used by families for different reasons. There is a fixed screen and projector. The cinema is located over the garage in order to ensure minimal disturbance, even at the highest of volumes.
The garage, what is traditionally secondary accommodation, has been finished in order to house the smartest of vehicles with a polished black granite tiled floor, deep skirting board like the rest of the house and two oversized paneled up and over and insulated remote operated doors.
The first floor is reached by the amazing staircase. It is built of marble. This includes not only the treads by also the spindles, newel posts and handrail. It arrives and splits into a spacious galleried landing around more polished marble spindles and handrail. There is a beautiful chandelier.
The first floor accommodation comprises five bedrooms, each with its own strikingly different en suite bathroom and built in wardrobes. The master bedroom suite is, as would be expected, extremely special. The bedroom area is vast and measures 9.3m x 7.1m. It faces south over the garden with a beautiful view, has every high specification or technological apparatus you could dream of and a bathroom suite to match. The bathroom measures 8.1m x 6.2m (max). Every element of the principal bathroom suite is remarkable; it has been photographed and is shown in the brochure text, but really must be seen to be believed. There is a dressing room, also with south facing windows and range of fitted American walnut wardrobes.
An American walnut paneled study area provides an area for discreet retreat and there are four more bedrooms each with its own striking characteristics and memorable features. The guest room has probably the most striking bathroom facilities which is a shower built out of a pretty rose thread marble which is built to the same design as archaeologists have discovered in what were believed to be the villas of high standing Roman citizens.
The second floor has a self contained apartment which has maximum measurements of 17m x 14.5m. In period houses it is usual to find secondary quality accommodation on the second floor. The apartment has been created to matching specification of the rest of the house and will be found suitable by people for a multitude of uses whether it is to house a dependant relative (be they elderly (or lucky teenager). The space includes a living room area, kitchen with various integrated appliances like the kitchen of the main house, but with an oversized breakfast bar and another bathroom, the type of which you will have only seen at The Birches. A bedroom and study area round off the flat which includes some fantastic polished marble pillars.
The Birches is a pace setting house in every respect. It has been over specified in terms of insulation, with double glazed sliding sash windows throughout, the house is entirely of beam and block construction with under floor (wet) heating on ground, first and second floor accommodation. This includes the cinema and it is an entirely zoneable system which enables parts of the house to be isolated if required. There is an intelligent lighting system, programmable via internet or mobile phone connections.
There is an extremely sophisticated security system including cameras. Buyers will appreciate that limited detail is to be provided at this stage, but more information can be issued to genuine buyers on request.
Each bathroom has a television and each bedroom has a TV point. To each of these locations are two aerials and two Cat5 points.
There is an Opus sound distribution system throughout the house which includes the leisure wing and all the principal rooms within the house, including the principal bedroom suite on the first floor.
There is a central vacuuming system built into the property.
A wired-in fire detection system has been installed within The Birches to a specification above and beyond what is required by building regulations. The system is connected whereby if a single smoke detector is activated the fire alarm sounds in the whole house. There are smoke detectors located within the electrics and boiler rooms, garage, cinema, utility and in the ground floor kitchen there is a heat detector.
Tranwell Woods has become firmly established as one of the region's more luxurious residential areas with its selection of fine houses in extensive grounds set amongst the surrounding mature woodland.
Despite the rural setting, Tranwell Woods remains very accessible with a good range of shops, schools and other amenities available in Morpeth approximately three miles to the north east. Newcastle lies approximately 12½ miles to the south and is usually accessed via the nearby A1 trunk road.
There are direct rail links to London Kings Cross available from Morpeth and Newcastle International Airport is approximately 9 miles to the south.
The Birches is approached through the landmark gates over a granite cobble drive and turning area which culminates in front of the house and gives direct access to the garage wing. The property is fenced entirely providing a secure and pleasant environment for children and pets to enjoy without the possibility of escape. There have been a variety of semi-mature fruit trees planted within the garden and the remaining land and garden is laid to lawn which is interspersed by the various beautiful mature hardwood and softwood trees which give Tranwell Woods its name and its reputation for a tranquil and beautiful setting.
Immediately abutting the southern elevation of the house is a granite cobble terrace providing an excellent place for alfresco eating and entertaining in the summer months.
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