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8 bedroom detached house for sale

Shilbottle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66

Offers in Region of £1,110,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 3 reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen & utility
  • 8 bedrooms (includes self-contained holiday let)
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Artist's Studio
  • Extensive garden
  • Garage, garden store and parking

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Owned by Medieval Kings. Grade II listed former vicarage with historic Pele Tower and Coachman's quarters close to Alnwick (4 miles).


The Old Vicarage (more recently known as Pele House) and incorporated Pele tower is an impressive home with a varied and fascinating history which is reflected in the delightful feel of the building both inside and out.

The three storey Pele tower incorporates medieval masonry, an atmospheric vaulted dining room, Gothic arches and a parapet with spiral stone staircase leading to a crenelated roof. The Old Vicarage has elegant and spacious rooms which contrast beautifully with the original 14th century tower and has been sympathetically upgraded to modern contemporary living. In addition to the main accommodation there is a cottage/annexe which has been created above the garage/store and is currently let out as holiday accommodation but which could easily be incorporated back into the main house. There is also the possibility of adding 2 further large bedrooms in the loft space (subject to the necessary consents).

As part of the upgrading a cleverly placed conservatory has been added and an old Victorian wash house in the garden has been converted to a fantastic studio or home office.

In 2011 a new gas Worcester Bosch condensing boiler was installed and the house was connected to a shared (with the neighbouring properties) modern bio-mass heating boiler heating which is interchangeable with the gas boiler, providing a very cost efficient method of heating. There are working shutters, a wood burning stove in the hall, oak parquet flooring in the dining room, travertine stone floors in the kitchen, hall and conservatory, gas fire in the sitting room and an open working fire in the drawing room.

The whole property is Grade II Listed. The Pele tower is a 14th Century defensive tower dating from around 1367, but thought to be one of the earliest peles in Northumberland. The attached former vicarage was remodelled in 1864 and has also been remodelled on a number of occasions since.

Recorded history goes back to when the property was seized and brought under the ownership of the crown from 1403 until 1461. The tower is in the 1415 list of castles and fortalices in the Harleian manuscripts which were compiled for King Henry V to inform him of his strength on the Scottish Border before he left for his battle at Agincourt. A detailed history of the property prepared by the current owners is available to those who are interested.

The property lies in the heart of the village of Shilbottle with a bright and sunny south facing aspect elevated above the road and having private off road parking.

Shilbottle is a pretty, medieval village with a population of under 1,500. It has a well-regarded first school, an Anglican Church, local shop, chemist/post office, community hall, pub, an Indian restaurant and a private leisure complex with swimming pool, gym, spa, beauty parlour and hairdresser whilst all other main services are in Alnwick only 4 miles away. These include specialist shops, restaurants, leisure centre, cinema/theatre, petrol stations and the well-known Castle and Gardens.

Whilst the property lies in a quiet location within the village commuting is made easy with the A1 being only 3 miles and the east coast mainline station of Alnmouth is around 3 miles away.

Newcastle upon Tyne, with an international airport, lies approximately 31 miles to the south is a vibrant centre of art and culture with the renowned Sage concert venue, theatres and art galleries including the Baltic.

Northumberland has a stunning coastline with wide sandy beaches and delightful coastal villages between Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed. The rugged beauty of the Cheviot Hills and renowned River Tweed form a picturesque border with Scotland as well as offering wide open spaces for walking, cycling and horse-riding within the National Park.

For the golf enthusiast there are links courses at Foxton, Alnmouth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Goswick and an excellent parkland course at Alnwick.

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21 August 2016

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