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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Oakmead, Darlington Road, Durham City Centre, DH1


Property Description

Key features

  • A superb family home lying on the edge of Durham City
  • Set in approximately 5 acres of grounds, gardens and woodland
  • Private gated entrance and extremely private
  • Substantial room dimensions and beautifully presented throughout
  • Three reception rooms, family kitchen and stunning conservatory
  • A perfect home to entertain indoors and outdoors with pizza oven and party room with open fire
  • Extensive paved patio area overlooking the gardens with swim spa
  • Orchard vegetable gardens, green houses, stables and kennels
  • Oakmead is a rare stylish oasis enjoying peace and tranquillity

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

To describe Oakmead simply as a home seems woefully inadequate - self-contained, self-sufficient stylish oasis and party paradise are perhaps more appropriate.
Lying on the edge of Durham with its shops and restaurants, there's hardly a need to venture into the city - all life is here, whether seeking entertainment, exercise, escape or culinary experience. Five acres provide all the growing potential to feed a family and accommodation for animals, while guests are well catered for in a property designed for entertaining.
Ultimately, it is a superb and substantial family home with the space and facilities to allow several generations to live together in comfort.

The grounds
From gardening to wildlife watching, Oakmead's location and features will provide interest to occupy the whole family and guests alike.
The house is hidden away behind a private gated entrance and stands in its own grounds next to a Woodland Trust nature reserve surrounded by countryside. With a laurel hedge perimeter children can climb trees and roam freely in safety.
There are outbuildings, a stable block and dog kennels to extend the family with a range of animals, and a double garage and plentiful parking.
The outdoor area immediately surrounding the house is perfectly designed for entertaining with a dedicated party or games room opening into a stone paved sun terrace with a spa, pizza oven and barbecue area, leading down steps to the rolling lawns.
An extensively cultivated garden and 45ft polytunnel and two greenhouses demand passionate growers. The expertly maintained vegetable garden produces asparagus and artichokes, while fruit production includes plums, peaches, figs and apricots. The polytunnel is for growing a host of salad crops, while the borders are abundant with flowers and shrubs.

The house
Reminiscent of the arts and crafts style, multiple gable ends and rooflines provide plenty of architectural interest.
The main entrance leads into a lovely dining hallway, with a fireplace providing a warm welcome in winter and French doors allowing light to flood in and a glimpse of the garden in summer.
A triple aspect reception room with bay window to the right is currently used as a study; to the left is the elegant lounge with similar bay window and a handcrafted stone fire surround.
Beyond is the fabulous open plan dining kitchen and family room, an extensive space that benefits still further from French doors opening out to the party area and into the substantial conservatory.
The beautiful kitchen has a generous range of cream timber units topped with black granite, a centre island and a range cooker set in an inglenook.
Two staircases rise to the first floor, the smaller of which leads directly to a second, possible guest bedroom, and family shower room.
There are three further double bedrooms, all enjoying garden and countryside views, and a stylish, contemporary wet room.
The master suite occupies generous space incorporating a glamorous, full size en suite bathroom with free-standing claw foot bath, a walk-in dressing room and French doors opening onto an east-facing balcony for morning sunshine.
Despite the scale of the property, there is still scope to extend even further, for example to provide holiday accommodation subject to necessary consents.

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
18 March 2016


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