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5 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

Stone Houses, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, DL13

Sold STC £280,000

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7 Stonehouses is a Grade II listed stone built house using locally sourced stone. It was originally built as a rectory around 1533 by the Bishop of Durham, Cuthbert Tunstall and his rector Cuthbert Ogle to manage the Bishops affairs in the valley, and as a tithe house for silver and lead tithes, it was built as a defensible building. The property oozes character and charm, tastefully decorated throughout. There is potential to add value by converting the unfinished 2nd floor room. Only by viewing this splendid building can full appreciation of the history and size of accommodation be valued.
A later Rector and Archdeacon of Durham, Isaac Basire, made the house more grand around the initial part of the 17th century, by inserting Oak panelling in the ground floor lounge which remains to this day. The hidden reverse of the central lounge panelling still has medieval painting along it composed of top Tudor rose frieze and a lower geometric design. The property was fully restored between 2003 and 2004, with the roof and chimneys being re-laid. The house has also been fully insulated; walls have been re-plastered and re-pointed. A modern kitchen has been fitted, and there has been a new central heating and plumbing system installed, along with new wiring and electrics. There is also scope to convert a 2 storey building, making an ideal home office, subject to necessary consents.
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Stanhope is a small traditional dales town. It supports a self-sufficient range of amenities complemented by the surrounding centres of Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and York. For the commuter the A68 and A1(M) provide links with the major commercial centres of the North East. To West lies the M6 providing access to the North West and the remainder of the country. The East Coast Mainline Railway and International airports of Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley offer regular services to the rest of the country. Many of the attractions of Weardale are within a short drive, beyond which can be found the delights of North Yorkshire, Teesdale, The Lake District, Northumberland and the North East Coast.

Entrance Hall

The main entrance leads through a Tudor arched doorway with door leading to WC with hand basin. Stairway off leading to the first floor, double radiator, laminate flooring, under stairs storage cupboard.

Dining Room 17' 4" x 10' 8" (5.28m x 3.25m )

Feature fireplace and electric flame effect fire inset, double radiator, stone surround leaded windows with slate sills looking over the picturesque southern countryside.

Drawing Room / Hall 17' 4" x 7' 10" (5.28m x 2.39m )

To the rear of the property, is a spacious Drawing room with attractive window seat and pine shutters. Single glazed window with single radiator and laminate flooring. This room provides access to the living room.

Living Room 17' 7" x 12' 6" (5.36m x 3.81m )

Complete with 16th century oak panelling on each wall and a large 19th century traditional cast iron open fire range with impressive Oak surround. The Tudor windows are single glazed with stone surround and Oak sill. Original beams to ceiling add more character to the room, double radiator and tiling to floor.

Kitchen 15' 0" x 10' 1" (4.57m x 3.07m )

Recently fitted with a range of base and wall mounted storage modern units in a cream Shaker style, with wood effect worktops. A mezzanine floor accessed at first floor level overlooks this space adding light. There are Utility points for washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer and gas/electric point for cooker. The kitchen appliances are included with the property. A solid wood stable door gives access to front aspect and double radiator.

First Floor Landing

Having single glazed window, exposed and treated floorboards, single radiator with views over the rear garden.

Master Bedroom 11' 5" x 13' 8" (3.48m x 4.17m )

Provides access to the mezzanine area and contains an impressive original stone fireplace, along with original thick oak ceiling beams. The four poster bed is in keeping with the style of the property, and is also available by separate negotiation if required. Two single glazed windows with slate sills and window seats, overlooking the southerly aspect of Stanhope and the surrounding countryside.

En-Suite Bathroom

Comprising corner bath with electric shower above, pedestal wash hand basin, WC, heated towel rail, electric shaving point, decorative part tiled walls and feature beam.

Mezzanine Level 10' 0" x 14' 7" (3.05m x 4.44m )

Overlooking the Kitchen below the measurements for this room are the total from wall to wall with a large open area central. Potential to be used as a home office or an occasional sleeping area. There is a single radiator, single glazed sash window and exposed/treated floorboards.

Bedroom 10' 6" x 12' 0" (3.2m x 3.66m )

Cast iron Victorian feature fireplace, treated floorboards, single radiator and south facing single glazed window.

Bedroom 11' 10" x 13' 4" (3.61m x 4.06m )

Far reaching views over Stanhope, treated floorboards, single radiator and single glazed window.

Shower Room

Large corner cubicle with electric shower, pedestal wash basin, WC, frosted single glazed window and tiled sill, heated towel rail, extractor and white part tiled walls.

Second Floor Landing

Feature beams, treated floorboards and double radiator.

Bedroom 11' 8" x 14' 2" (3.56m x 4.32m )

Single glazed window with stone surround, single radiator and treated floorboards.

Bedroom 18' 1" x 10' 6" (5.51m x 3.2m )

Substantial room with feature beams, single glazed window and treated floorboards.

Room 13' 4" x 17' 10" (4.06m x 5.44m )

Development opportunity to add value and create your own wants and needs, has original feature beams and single glazed window.


To the front of the property there is a lane providing shared access to each of the properties in the row. Across this lane there is a pleasant south facing garden of good proportions, having a detached timber garage. Leading round to the rear of the property is an attached stone built two-storey workshop, complete with power and lighting, providing an excellent space for a utility area or home office. To the rear there is an outside WC. The property has right of way over a shared access. In total, the overall plot extends to under half of an acre of land.

Parking And Garage



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