8 bedroom detached house for sale

Middle Road, Nr Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66

£1,200,000

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A BEAUTIFUL & CHARMING HERITAGE HOME, WITH GRANNY/HOLIDAY FLAT

It is our privilege to bring The Old Vicarage to the market such an important Grade II listed period home which started its life in the late 14th century and over the years Victorian and Georgian conversions were made. Located in the picturesque village of Shilbottle, just a few miles inland from the stunning Northumberland coastline between the market towns of Alnwick and Morpeth. The pele tower of the property went by the name of Turris de Schilbotel and is believed to be one of the oldest Pele towers in Northumberland. You approach the top of the tower off the second floor landing and from the rooftop you have a 360 degree view of the surrounding area.

The current owners have resided at The Old Vicarage for over 30 years and as custodians of this amazing home have made a number of improvements over the years which have been undertaken with an eye to preserve the charm and character of the property. Enjoying an elevated position in the village, The Old Vicarage sits next to Grade II* listed St. James Church which has served the community for over 1,000 years. The Old Vicarage has had many owners, the first in 1367 being Henry Percy, the first Duke of Northumberland but he forfeited the property to the crown when Henry IV passed it to his son the Duke of Bedford. It was listed in the castles and fortalices in the 1415 Harleian manuscripts, prepared for Henry V. With Victorian and Georgian alterations, the property became the home of the vicar of the parish and there is still today a private access from the garden of The Old Vicarage to the church.

As you approach the property along Middle Road, you will be deceived by the extent of the L shaped property. There are three distinct sections, the pele tower, the Georgian section in the centre and the former Victorian stable block which is situated at the end. This beautiful home boasts some amazing features, the most striking being the vaulted ceiling in the formal dining room, a wonderful room for entertaining. The pele tower offers distant views of the surrounding countryside and towards the coast. This is a most comfortable family home offering many rooms of good proportions. To the rear lies a walled garden which has been formally set out with a central area of lawn edged by shrub and herbaceous borders, fruit and ornamental trees, a kitchen garden, soft fruit cages and greenhouse. The former Victorian washhouse has been converted into an artist’s studio and would make a great home office. Walking along the front pathway you will notice the well trained clematis and climbing roses to the front elevation, mature fruit trees and flowerbeds.

The most welcoming hall features an open fireplace fitted with a cast iron wood burning stove and the vaulted dining room features an attractive parquet floor and stained glass windows. Beyond the dining room you enter a delightful drawing room with shuttered windows to three elevations overlooking the church and gardens. At the end of the hall is a timber glazed garden room providing great views of the walled garden. An everyday sitting room, overlooks the front garden and a breakfasting kitchen, rear hall, pantry, cloakroom and under stairs store are also located at ground floor level. Leading off the kitchen is sizeable utility room with access to the gardens and Pilgrims Rest, an apartment that sits above the stable/garage block.

Approaching the first floor from the elegant Georgian staircase (we have been advised by the owners that the staircase dates back to the Georgian period) that rises from the hall, you have a generous master bedroom enjoying views of the grounds and beyond, a guest bedroom with fitted wardrobes and en suite bathroom, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. On the second floor there are two further bedrooms, storage and a concealed staircase leading to the top of the pele tower.

If you are looking to generate additional income then Pilgrims Rest, the apartment over the stable block could generate income from holiday letting as from the village you can access the wonderful Northumberland coastline and inland rolling countryside. The current layout of Pilgrims Rest provides a spacious open plan sitting room/dining kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. This could also be used as a Granny flat or service accommodation or revert back to the main house.

The Old Vicarage is a home that has stood the test of time having occupied its site for over 7 centuries and the new owner of this property will have a home that boasts a wealth of history and all of the amenities expected for modern day living.

The village offers a range of amenities including a pub, village shop, post office, pharmacy, award winning Indian restaurant and church. Discreetly tucked away you have the Spa and Health Club at Village Farm which is an amazing facility to have on your doorstep. Alternative to the mains gas central heating, you can also access the Village Farm Biomass heating system which offers a green alternative to the central heating system of the property (please contact the branch for full details). The towns of Alnwick and Morpeth provide a wider range of amenities within their historic town centres. As you are just a mile east of the A1 you are well placed for daily travel to Newcastle and Edinburgh. Train services from Alnmouth connect to Edinburgh and further north and south to Newcastle, York and London. For the more long distance commuter or when needing access to holiday destinations, Newcastle International Airport is a 32 mile drive.


Tenure 
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Added on Rightmove:
12 June 2018

Nearest stations

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  • Alnmouth (2.7 mi)
  • Acklington (4.8 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Alnwick Station (2.7 mi)
  • Alnmouth (2.7 mi)
  • Acklington (4.8 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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