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10 bedroom detached house for sale

Hexham, Northumberland

Under Offer £1,700,000

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Tenure: Freehold

A handsome principal house with extensive ground floor accommodation including 5 reception rooms
10 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | 4 further bedrooms and store room on the second floor

Beautiful traditional outbuildings and stable block with potential for conversion | Formal gardens and impressive walled garden | Grass parks with mature trees | Extremely private with no footpaths| Cellars

HISTORY
A local historian from the early 1800's wrote, "Here the melody and harmony of the birds, the voice of falling waters, and the sight of the town of Hexham, and of that venerable dome, the Church of St Andrew, combine to form a most beautiful scene. The Hermitage formerly belonged to the priory of Hexham. It was surrounded by wood, and was probably the favourite anchorage of St John of Beverly. In the early part of the 19th century the Hermitage was the seat of John Hunter Esq, who was High Sheriff of Northumberland in the year 1805. He died September 21st 1821, and left 2 daughters one of whom married Robert Lancelot Allgood Esq of Nunwick."

Elizabeth Hunter and Robert Allgood were married in August 1820, and the property has been in the same family ever since. More "recently", it was let in 1922 to the Morant family who occupied the property until 2013.

THE HERMITAGE
The Hermitage is located on the northern fringe of Hexham, set in about 18 acres of grounds including attractive parkland and River Tyne frontage.

The Hermitage is a stately country house whose existence takes almost everybody by surprise. Even the most local and observant of folk are unaware of it despite its convenient position on the northern fringe of the popular and thriving market town of Hexham, central to Northumberland's prime residential area.

There is a great deal to see at and say about The Hermitage. This can only serve as a basic description of what is an extremely special place.

The Hermitage is approached past a pretty, yet unassuming pair of gates and a Lodge Cottage. A long private driveway sweeps alongside the parkland and culminates at a formal parking sweep on the western elevation of the house. The sense of arrival through the park is good with some model farm buildings cleverly designed to catch your eye as you travel past.

The parkland setting and impressive symmetry give the property huge appeal. Inside, the house has a good number of formal reception rooms with high ceilings, original and intricate cornicing, most particularly the carved wooden ceiling in the drawing room.

Altogether, The Hermitage is a striking, welcoming and extremely private, yet manageable country house now requiring modernisation.

The principal reception rooms are arranged along the southern elevation. The drawing room, library and dining room each have feature fireplaces as focal points and shuttered, multi pane windows overlooking the park. The drawing room is the largest of the three main reception rooms. It has a wood strip floor and an exquisite carved wooden ceiling.

The library with beautiful bookshelves, a door out of the southern elevation into the garden and hidden doors within the paneling leads to a well-proportioned dining room.

The entrance hall provides a good sense of arrival with, unusually, two fireplaces. A pair of sliding doors provides the opportunity to separate this area for intimacy. In typical fashion there is a cloakroom close to the front door.

Through the green baize door is a sequence of rooms including a smoking room, kitchen and stores. The kitchen is a large room with an oil-fired Aga.

The large cellars are worthy of comment in their own right with wine bins and other storage. Within the back parlour there are some interesting features including a range built by Davison & Co of Hexham.

There are three staircases and plenty rooms for the storage of country equipment. One of these rooms has a number of meat hooks in the high ceiling.

The drying or boiler room with its high ceiling has an operational oil-fired boiler in situ providing hot water and central heating.

The elegant principal staircase rises past some shuttered glazed doors giving direct access to the walled garden and a fantastic view of a prolific magnolia tree.

The first floor includes a sitting room with fireplace, ten bedrooms, two bathrooms and a former servants' hall. The quantity of bedrooms could be reduced by the next custodian to create en-suite bathroom facilities and dressing room arrangements. Each of the bedrooms has a fantastic view. The mature parkland trees, park and River Tyne beyond, make the outlook extremely special.

There are four further bedrooms (formerly servants' accommodation) on the second floor, each with its own fireplace, in addition to an attic room.

OUTBUILDINGS
The traditional outbuildings and stable block are connected to The Hermitage by a high stone wall with various outbuildings along the north side. The coach houses stand like a pair of dressed stone fronted pavilions, each with a pair of arches in the south elevation. A central arch gives access through to a delightful courtyard. There are various cage boxes and stalls, some kennels, harness rooms and various other interesting enclosures which have all plainly had their own uses in time.

The stable block is arranged in the main over two storeys and presents an excellent opportunity (subject to necessary planning consents) for conversion to an alternative use, mostly likely residential.

PLANNING
The Hermitage is listed Grade II*. The walled garden, orangery in the walled garden, stable block and wall linking the stable block to The Hermitage are all Grade II Listed as being of significant historical and architectural merit. There are various other listed buildings around the property including two flood mark stones dated 1771 and 1817. There is some wallpaper in one of the bedrooms which is specifically mentioned in the listing for the house. Further details can be provided to potential buyers.

The Hermitage is located on the northern fringe of the popular and thriving market town of Hexham, set in about 18 acres of grounds including attractive parkland and River Tyne frontage.

GARDENS
There is a pleasing quantity of garden at The Hermitage. Within the boundaries of the walled garden to the east of the house are a number of separate terraces divided by mellow red brick paths including well established parterres and an orangery (rebuilt in the year 2000 by the outgoing tenant). It is understood from the Listing documentation that a grave of 'The Hermit' is located within the walls of the garden, but this has yet to be found.

THE PARKS AND THE RIVER TYNE
The park in front of The Hermitage is interspersed by mature and beautiful specimen trees. South of the park flows the River Tyne, the ownership of which is included within the sale to the mid-point of the river, including the fishing rights. There are no catch records available.


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