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Frosterley House, Front Street, Frosterley, County Durham

Under Offer £645,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Period Village House
  • Landscaped Gardens
  • Small Paddock
  • Outbuildings with Planning Permission

Full description

Accommodation in Brief
Hall | Drawing Room | Dining Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Study | Utility/Boot Room | Downstairs Shower Room | Master Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room | Guest Bedroom with En-Suite WC | Two Further Bedrooms | Bathroom | Attic Room

Outbuildings | Garden | Paddock

The Property
Frosterley House is a Grade II Listed, detached, stone-built house which sits amidst mature, landscaped gardens in a central position within the popular Dales village of Frosterley. As the principal residence in the village, the house was built by a wealthy local family in Georgian style during the early years of the Victorian era (c1840). Today the property offers bright, generously-proportioned accommodation that is beautifully presented having undergone tasteful redecoration and modernisation by the current owners yet retains a host of original features including sash windows, working shutters, panelled doors, period fireplaces and decorative plasterwork. Frosterley House further benefits from a range of outbuildings with full planning permission for conversion to create two independent residential units which could be used for dependent relatives or as holiday accommodation.

The front door opens into a welcoming entrance hall with an attractive period staircase leading up to the first floor. To one side of the hall there is a bright, dual-aspect drawing room while to the other side there is a formal dining room. Both reception rooms overlook the front garden and have period fireplaces with cast iron inserts fitted with gas fires; the drawing room has an attractive stained glass window to the side. The kitchen/breakfast room is located to the rear of the house and can be accessed from the rear hall and the dining room and offers views of the rear garden. The kitchen is fitted with an extensive range of cream units with granite work surfaces, 1 bowl under-mounted sink, integrated dishwasher and fridge/freezer and space for a range-style cooker. The large utility/boot room has practical quarry tiled flooring and is fitted with a range of storage units, 1 bowl sink and drainer, includes an original bread oven, is plumbed for a washing machine and has windows overlooking both the rear courtyard and front garden together with a door to outside. A rear hall, which has double doors to the garden, leads to a spacious study which provides an ideal place to work from home and has views over the rear garden. A useful downstairs shower room with contemporary fixtures and fittings completes the ground floor accommodation.

A window on the half-landing floods the reception hall and first floor landing with natural light and offers elevated views of the rear garden and paddock beyond. Off the half-landing there is an excellent walk-in storage cupboard. The master bedroom benefits from a spacious en-suite shower room which is fitted with a shower cubicle, wash hand basin set on a vanity unit and WC together with a comprehensive range of wardrobes and an airing cupboard. There are three further double bedrooms all of which are south facing and have windows with working shutters. One of these bedrooms, which has an original Georgian fireplace, has an en-suite WC and wash hand basin and another has a wash hand basin. The spacious, dual-aspect bathroom is fitted with a freestanding ball and claw foot roll top bath, separate corner shower, wash hand basin and WC; this bathroom also has a useful storage cupboard and a charming window seat offers garden views. A further staircase leads to a spacious room set in the eaves, which has exposed beams, a roof light, and offers a flexible space which could be used as a study or playroom.

Planning Permission
The original detached two-storey stable block and coach house are located to the rear of the courtyard and benefit from full planning permission (renewed April 2015) and listed building consent for conversion to form two independent two-bedroom cottages (DM/15/00392/FPA). Basic structural work, including re-roofing, stonework, flooring and window and door openings, has been carried out and electricity and water are connected. The building currently provides garage and workshop facilities, with flexible space above. The workshop (5.80m x 4.55m) has a door from the courtyard, two south-facing windows, small kitchen area and a cloakroom/WC. The garage (4.89m x 9.26m) has double sliding doors from the courtyard and open access to the workshop. Above the garage/workshop there are two large rooms both with window openings, exposed beams and timber flooring. The attached, single-storey former carriage house/garage (3.28m x 4.53m) which has attractive arched stonework is also included in the development plans and benefits from power and light.

Externally
Frosterley House has a gravelled drive and parking area to the eastern side of the house and double gates lead into the front garden with a gravelled path leading to the front door. A further pedestrian gate from the pavement also leads to the front door and the garden path gives access to the walled rear garden. The gardens benefit from exterior lighting and include a number of notable features including a well, dove cote and stone dog kennel.

The front garden is mainly laid to lawn with low-maintenance gravelled area with shrubs and mature trees. An impressive carriage archway leads to an attractive cobbled and gravelled courtyard that offers a further parking and turning area, the range of outbuildings and access gate to the paddock. A gate from the courtyard leads to the back door and the main formal garden to the rear of the house. The private and beautifully-manicured rear garden has stone boundary walls and is mainly laid to lawn with a number of decked, paved and gravelled areas to sit and enjoy the secluded setting or for outdoor entertaining. A further walled garden to the west of the outbuildings has been landscaped with membrane and gravel, has a cobbled circle and is planted with a variety of plants and shrubs. The walls of this garden include an original dove cote while stone steps lead to an outbuilding which is currently used as a gym. From this area of the garden there is also gated access to both the paddock and the working-garden area where there is a stone building with pot store and original two-seater 'netty'.

To the eastern courtyard boundary there is a further useful range of single-storey buildings. The old wash house (2.57m x 3.16m) which has been used as an office, has power and light, retains the original fireplace and has timber ceiling, rendered walls and painted concrete floor. There is also a potting/tool shed and small garage (2.46m x 5.8m) with double doors and lighting.

The paddock, which amounts to around 0.74 acres and has a water supply, lies to the north of the property and is accessed from the courtyard and the rear garden. From the top of the paddock there are fabulous views over the village and valley beyond. In all the garden and grounds amount to around 1.48 acres.

Local Information
Frosterley is a popular village located on the banks of the River Wear amidst the glorious North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The surrounding rural area is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts with a network of public footpaths, ideal for walking and cycling, from which to enjoy the stunning scenery and many sites of historic and geological interest, including the famous Frosterley Marble and Frosterley Station is on the heritage Weardale Railway. Frosterley offers a good range of everyday amenities including a Co-Op/newsagent/Post Office, church, chapel, village hall, two traditional village pubs and an excellent fish and chip shop. The charming market towns of Stanhope and Wolsingham are equidistant from Frosterley and both provide a good range of everyday facilities including doctors and dentist surgeries, chemist, independent grocers and other local businesses. The annual Wolsingham Agricultural Show on the first weekend in September, which was established in 1763, is one of the oldest shows in the country; Stanhope also have an annual show. Nearby Bishop Auckland provides further professional, retail and recreational services. While Durham and Newcastle city centres, which are also within easy reach, provide comprehensive cultural, educational and shopping facilities.

For schooling the village offers a good primary school while secondary schooling is available at Wolsingham School & Community College. Further private schools are available in nearby Barnard Castle, Durham and Newcastle. The local senior school has an excellent range of sports and fitness facilities available for the local community.

For the commuter Frosterley is conveniently located for access to the major regional centres of Durham and Newcastle, and from here links to all areas of the UK can be found by rail. Newcastle International Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport are both within easy reach.

Approximate Mileages
Stanhope 2.3 miles | Wolsingham 2.7 miles | Bishop Auckland 13.1 miles | Durham City Centre 17.2 miles | Hexham 21.9 miles | Alston 22.6 miles | Darlington 24.8 miles | Newcastle City Centre 26.2 miles | Newcastle International Airport 31.6 miles

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