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4 bedroom barn conversion for sale

St Cuthberts Square, Holy Island

Sold STC £399,950

Property Description

Key features

  • Fabulous Opportunity - Purchase Property on Holy Island with Sea & Castle Views - Four Bedrooms
  • A Lifestyle Change - a Holiday Let - or Potential to Create 2 Separate Apartments - Ideal Investment Opportunity
  • To include much sought after & Unique feature of an Upturned Boat on the Bay

Full description

Trading Places are privileged to offer this wonderfully restored granary barn conversion, built with stone from Lindisfarne Priory, wooden beams from the masts of old herring boats, exposed internal stone walls, period style wood clad ceilings and walls. Plans have also been drawn up to split the property into two separate units, both with fabulous views - an excellent investment opportunity - with holiday let potential. Living on Holy Island and waking up every morning to the ever changing, but always stunning, views of Lindisfarne Castle set against a back drop of the dramatic North Sea coast is something that most of us can only dream about. Briefly the property comprises; on the ground floor; Reception Room, Work/Play/Storage Room, Hallway, Two Double Bedrooms with Dressing Areas and Family Bathroom. On the first floor: Upstairs Split Level Living Room, Kitchen, Diner, Hallway, Porch with Fabulous Views, Two Double Bedrooms with Dressing Areas and Family Bathroom. The living room and dining have superb sea, Castle and Priory views and all the bedrooms overlook Lindisfarne Priory. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the lifestyle this property offers.
EPC Rating F

Holy Island - Holy Island is reached, when the tide is out, by crossing the causeway and step back in time to a small island detached from the outside world, lying just a few miles off the Northumberland coast. Holy Island with the iconic Lindisfarne Castle, carries a wealth of history within its tidal walls.

Lindisfarne Castle was built in 1550 around the time that Lindisfarne Priory went out of use, to defend a harbour sheltering English ships during border skirmishes with Scotland. Stones from the Priory, which was ransacked by marauding Viking raiders in the 8th century before being rebuilt, were used to build the Castle.

Apart from its historical pedigree, Holy Island has an exciting and varied array of wildlife. Its island status protects tidal mudflats, saltmarshes and dunes which together form the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve. Rare plants and an abundance of food supplies attract visiting birds from thousands of miles away. In the Autumn, pale bellied Brent Geese fly in from Spitsbergen, Pink Footed and Greylag Geese, Wigeon, Grey Plovers and Bar-Tailed Godwits are just some of the island's birdlife. Grey Seals bob in the waters and can be spotted sunning themselves on the sands, joined by the occasional common seal.

Living on Holy Island means organising your life around the tides which cut the island off from the mainland for five hours, twice a day. This is why The Granary is ideally suited to a second, or holiday home, where the owner can enjoy being part of this beautiful island community, without their lives being permanently dictated by the tides. The Granary also has excellent holiday letting potential.

Holy Island is also close to other towns and villages along the Heritage Coast of Northumberland with Berwick a mere 13 miles away, Bamburgh 15 miles, Seahouses 19 miles, and Beadnell 20 miles. The Northumberland National Park and the Cheviot Hills are also within easy driving distance.

Development Potential - This property has the potential, subject to consent where necessary, to develop the existing Granary into two separate apartments, each with their own entrance.

This proposed architectural designed upgrade incorporates outside space into both units (currently lacking with the existing building) with a courtyard to the ground floor apartment that overlooks the Priory and on the first floor, this apartment would have an extended balcony set into a glass facade with majestic views of the sea and castle.

This modest investment would breathe life into the building and create two exiting new dwellings - both units with outside space. Two separate units may also maximise the holiday rental income by catering for both small and large families.

There is also the possibility of an uplift in capital value with two units as opposed to one. The new owner may decide to sell one unit and retain the other.

A Word From The Owner - During the thirty years of ownership,I can honestly admit to not having been too inconvenienced by the tidal movements. Indeed you soon adapt to the time variations and easily gear your days accordingly.

The island is my garden...... In the summer, when not watching the fishermen ply their trade, leaving the small harbour in order to lay their lobster pots around the waters of the Farne Islands; I walk to my hidden nooks and crannies, dotted around the coast, to shelter from the gentle breeze and bask in the sunshine or stroll along the pure and desolate sands of Sandham Bay, watching the seals who are watching me paddling through wavelets gently lapping the shore or looking into tidal pools, like an excited child observing for the first time the myriad of colours scattered by the refracted rays of sun.

However, it is during the winter months that the creative juices begin to flow. The Granary seems to come alive with your harmony of mind as the charm of the past tranquillises the present.

Nothing compares to watching, from the living room window, the early morning sun rising, seemingly from out of a stilled ocean, to cast kaleidoscopic colours upon the surface of the waters and scattering light, which rivals the effect of any Aurora Borealis, into a welcoming blue sky. It's an experience which provokes a sense of wonderment, humility and privilege that witnessing a new creation, a new beginning.

At midday I close the doors of the log-burner and walk around the sand dunes which stand stark against the Northumbrian landscape; before returning, tired and yet refreshed, to the warmth of the fire. It is then that The Granary plays its part. As the gloaming gently permeates the afternoon light, The Granary casts its atmospheric radiation of peace, security and uniqueness, as I take the first bite of my buttered crumpet!

During my time of ownership the Granary has reverberated with the sound of playful families and been instilled with the calmness of solitude. It is everything that the soul requires.

Agents Note - The property is accessed by a right of way through the garden of a neighbouring property and all gardens and paved and patio areas to the front and sides of the property shown in the photographs are not part of The Granary ie the property does not have a garden or outside sitting area. Parking is available outside of the gates which lead into the property.

Property Details - This beautifully designed and converted granary, built with stone from the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory, occupies one of the very best positions on the Island with fabulous views from every window of Lindisfarne Castle, the sea and wild unspoilt coastline.

These stunning window views are denied even to the majority of residents who live within the narrow lanes of Holy Island. The new owner of The Granary will, without doubt, be truly privileged.

It is down one of these narrow lanes that you enter St Cuthberts Square and, almost hidden behind high wooden gates, you find the entrance to The Granary.

The vista as you open the gates and see the imposing stone Granary set among its stunning surroundings is breathtaking. An old stone outbuilding (attached to but not part of The Granary) harks back to the days when the Island was a hive of industry.

Next to the outbuilding is the entrance into The Granary itself, the alcove of which is often used by swallows as their family home during the spring and summer.

The property is accessed by a right of way through the garden of a neighbouring property and all gardens and paved and patio areas to the front and sides of the property shown in the photographs are not part of The Granary ie the property does not have a garden or outside sitting area. Parking is available outside of the gates that lead into the property.

First Floor - Landing with doors off to two further bedrooms and bathroom plus a door leading through into another wonderful area, the split level living room. A beamed ceiling, exposed stone walls, large wood burning stove, and two windows with fabulous views, make this a room that can be equally enjoyed in the height of summer or a freezing cold day in deep winter.

Two further double bedrooms with dressing areas, both yet again providing stunning views, and a family bathroom, complete the accommodation on the first floor.

Disclaimer. These particulars are believed to be accurate but they are not guaranteed and do not form a contract. These particulars are not intended to be statements or representations of fact and any intending purchaser or lessee must satisfy himself by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of the statements contained in these particulars. Any floorplans on this brochure are for illustrative purposes only and are not necessarily to scale.

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18 November 2016


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