7 bedroom detached house for saleDurham, Co Durham
Guide Price £1,300,000
- 3 Reception rooms, playroom
- Billiards room, Conservatory
- Domestic offices
- 7 Bedrooms
- 7 Bathrooms
- Landscaped gardens, cobbled courtyard
- Traditional stores, stables
- 2-Bedroom housekeeper's cottage
- Pleasure grounds, walled garden, tennis court
- Greenhouses, outbuildings for covered parking
The central reception and staircase hall lies at the heart of Quarry Hill with a beautifully proportioned drawing room on the southern elevation with superb views of the garden. There is a pretty dining room convenient to the kitchen. The sitting room and study face west over the walled garden and a recently refurbished garden room opens out into the walled garden.
The kitchen is fitted with a well built range of hardwood units and has an oil fired Aga. The pantries and domestic offices on the ground floor will be appreciated by those looking for a spacious country house.
There is a billiard room, a flower room and wine store in addition to various other useful stores including a bathroom which would enable the next owner to create a self-contained flat if required (subject to necessary planning and listed building consents). There is a Linn hi-fi system in the house enabling music to be heard in the drawing room, sitting room, and in the principal bedroom upstairs.
The Housekeeper's Cottage and Quarry Hill are angled together around a delightful cobbled courtyard. This cottage provides excellent ancillary accommodation providing two bedrooms, a comfortable sitting room and a dining kitchen (both as pictured opposite). The ceiling heights in the Housekeeper's Cottage are surprisingly generous. Outside there is a pretty area of garden that goes with the Housekeeper's Cottage.
Quarry Hill is one of very few Elizabethan manor houses in the north east. It is an interesting and beautiful period country house set in an extremely pretty location benefiting from a high degree of privacy. It used to form part of the Brancepeth Castle Estate and was built as the dower house to the estate and was occupied by the Agent or Factor to the estate before the current owner's family acquired it. It has never been sold on the open market.
Quarry Hill is listed grade II* as being of significant historical and architectural merit. It has some striking features including mullioned-and-transomed windows with carved "hoodmoulds", coped gables and steep pitched rooves with ball finials. The stone slate roof is described in the listing as having "heavy adzed upper crucks." The house has been the subject of a continual and rolling maintenance programme during the c.40 years that the current owners have occupied it which is why it is so well preserved and presented today.
Quarry Hill is a substantial and beautiful house located on the northern edge of the picturesque conservation village of Brancepeth beyond a pretty avenue of trees.
Given the standing and scale of the property it is faintly surprising that it is not more visible from any road or point of public access. However, this key element of high privacy is a most compelling attribute to the property.
Brancepeth village is a most charming and pretty estate village with Brancepeth Castle and church as a centre point and focus in addition to the popular golf course. It has a quintessentially English and rural feel to the property despite the extremely convenient distance to the nearby city of Durham. The other financial and industrial centres of the north east are also within easy range; given the network of arterial regional roads these places can be reached without really even the need to consider the time of travel. The main line train station is within 5 miles and on the same side of the city as Brancepeth.
There are three first class independent schools of regional acclaim in Durham.
The garden and pleasure grounds have been beautifully maintained by the vendors and are undoubtedly a key element and part of the enjoyment of Quarry Hill. The cobbled
courtyard formed by the former stables and now housekeeper's cottage, is an extremely endearing feature. The walled garden is a productive kitchen garden and there are various "rooms" created by clipped yew hedges. There are various lawns, one of which is large and flat enough to take a substantial marquee. There is an extensive partly walled kitchen garden producing amongst the normal fruit, quinces, medlars and kiwis.
Arranged to the west of the housekeeper's wing are further lawns, outbuildings and greenhouses.
Large scale outbuildings and a general purpose agricultural buildings are found on the northern periphery of this cluster of buildings, helpfully accessed by a rear drive providing either covered storage and parking facilities or perhaps equestrian uses.
Some or all of these buildings may form the "footprint" upon which to acquire an outline planning consent for improvement or even change of use to office and or cottage.
The tennis court is conveniently located within the garden, but discreetly positioned.
In all the property extends to about 3.7 acres.
Further land is available by separate negotiations.
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