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Plashetts, Summer Hill, Shotley Bridge, County Durham

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One of Shotley Bridge's most important houses, set in over an acre of beautifully manicured grounds.

Plashetts is a well presented and spacious detached house, providing well laid out accommodation over two floors comprising three formal reception rooms, four well proportioned bedrooms and two bathrooms. The house is constructed with brick elevations under a hipped tile covered roof. It has been extended by the current owners. It combines 1930s features, including oak doors with art deco furnishings and a wide oak panelled staircase, with leaded and stained glazed UPVc double glazed windows, among other modern comforts. The extended house provides a comfortable and practical family home, with three well proportioned reception rooms, all with attractive views of the gardens, four large double bedrooms with two bathrooms.

Externally, Plashetts is positioned within a mature garden of just over an acre, which ensures a high degree of privacy. The brick paviour drive leads through the gardens and past a turning sweep to the front of the house, culminating at a detached triple garage block located within the rear garden.

The property has an interesting history, entwined with the Consett Iron Company. It was constructed in 1936 by Sir Frank George senior, then Managing Director of the Consett Iron Company, as a wedding present for his son, Frank George junior. Frank George junior also became Managing Director of the Consett Iron Company and was required to move from Plashetts to the company's designated Managing Directors residence. He sold Plashetts to the company and it became the company's General Managers residence. The present owners bought the property from the company in 1970, being the only time the house has been on the open market since its construction, until now.

The Consett Iron Company was a major UK industrial entity, creating large parts of the local town, Consett, as well as many of the villages and much of the landscape of the surrounding area. It traded as colliery and limestone quarry owners and iron and steel manufacturers. Indeed, it is from a former colliery that the house derives its name, Plashetts having been a colliery north of Hexham. The nationalised Consett Iron Company closed in 1980 and its works and the surrounding landscape were sympathetically reinstated and regenerated. The area now combines attractive rolling countryside with excellent transportation links to the main employment centres of Newcastle upon Tyne and Durham City.

Plashetts is located on Summer Hill, traditionally one of Shotley Bridges grander residential addresses, within the villages Conservation Area. Shotley Bridge was in the 17th Century, before Sheffield, a major steel centre, renown for sword making with a migrant German sword making community. During the 19th Century it was a popular spa destination, the site of the spa being further down Summer Hill from Plashetts. More recently, it has become a popular commuter base to Newcastle upon Tyne and Durham City, as well as for access to the attractive rolling countryside of County Durham and Northumberland. The village supports an active community, with a junior school and cricket club, a thriving tennis club and golf club, together with several restaurants and shops.


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i) The description and photographs are for guidance only and are not a complete representation of the property.
ii) Plans are not to scale, are for guidance only and do not form part of the contract.
iii) Services and any appliances referred to have not been tested, and cannot be verified as being in working order.
iv) No survey of any part of the property has been carried out by the Vendor or Smiths Gore.
v) Measurements are approximate and must not be relied upon. Maximum appropriate room sizes are generally given, to the nearest 0.1 metres. Outbuildings are measured externally (unless otherwise stated) to the nearest 0.5 metres. For convenience, an approximate Imperial equivalent is also given.
vi) Only those items referred to in the text of these particulars are included.
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