6 bedroom country house for saleStanhope, Bishop Auckland, County Durham
FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION • Grade II* period manor house with Medieval origins • Generous accommodation over four floors • Four reception rooms • Three Bedrooms plus a two bedroom self contained apartment, and a further one bedroom apartment • Large gardens with ample parking
Stanhope is a large Weardale village supporting a self sufficient range of amenities complemented by the surrounding centres of Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and York. For the commuter the A68, A1(M) provide links with the major commercial centres of the North East. To the West lies the M6 providing access to the North West and the remainder of the country. The East Coast Mainline Railway and International airports of Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley offer regular services to the rest of the country. Many of the attractions of Weardale are within a short drive, beyond which can be found the delights of North Yorkshire, Teesdale, The Lake District, Northumberland and the North East Coast.
1 Stanhope Old Hall is a stunning Grade II* listed medieval manor house with origins reputedly dating back to 1139. The beautiful and generous accommodation spans four floors and exudes character with mullioned windows, flagstone floors, heavily beamed ceilings and impressive inglenook fireplaces. The first resident of dwelling on the site was William De Monte in the mid-12th Century with some remodelling and additions taking place in the Elizabethan/Jacobean periods.
It was also the ancient family house of the Fetherstonhaugh’s and was a hunting lodge for the Bishops of Durham. The property is now operated as a restaurant and hotel, or could be utilised as a private family home if preferred. The size and arrangement of the accommodation lends itself perfectly to a wide range of buyers as the accommodation on offer is substantial throughout.
Approach over a sweeping gravelled driveway, there are ample parking facilities along with pleasant, private gardens. Comprising the principal part of the original building, 1 Stanhope Old Hall presently offers two reception rooms and three bedrooms as well as two self-contained apartments, one of which offers two bedrooms and the other having one bedroom. It combines many stunning architectural features with modern comforts including Biomass powered central heating throughout.
A south facing entrance doorway leads into the first of the two self-contained apartments, featuring flagstone floor and beamed and board ceiling throughout. Leading into the living room, the focal point is the substantial inglenook fireplace with an open grate, whilst the kitchenette is to the left hand side and is fitted with a range of base units topped with laminated work surfaces, which incorporate a countertop Porcelain sink with freestanding tap. Featuring space for freestanding appliances, the shower room can be accessed from here. Fitted with a white suite comprising of low level WC with wall hung cistern, wash hand basin set upon a pedestal and walk in shower cubicle with mains fed shower, the shower room is completed by partially tiled walls and flagstone flooring. There are two bedrooms within this self-contained apartment, both of which are generously proportioned doubles which also feature exposed stone walls, beams to the ceiling and flagstone flooring.
To the ground floor there is also a useful storage cupboard/utility room, whilst stairs from here rise to the first floor landing which features oak flooring and exposed stonework. The sitting room enjoys high level beamed ceiling, tall sash windows to either hand with far reaching views and a multi fuel stove set within a stone inglenook. The sitting room is of banqueting proportions with beamed ceilings, recessed fireplaces and a pleasant window looking out to the gardens. There is also a bar within the sitting room, whilst the cloakroom can also be accessed from here and is fitted with a low level WC and vanity unit with sink inset. There is also a further door allowing external access to the rear of the property.
The kitchen is fitted with a range of Farmhouse style units, including a central island unit with Belfast sink, two dressers and a fitted Rangemaster oven. The original inglenook fireplace creates a wonderful focal point to the room and there is oak flooring throughout along with windows to two sides and beamed ceilings.
A return staircase from the first floor landing leads up to the second floor, with the landing being lit by a south facing mullioned window and having staircase continuing up to the third floor accommodation. There are two generous double bedrooms, both with en suite facilities, as well as a useful storage cupboard accessed from the landing.
The second self-contained apartment can be accessed from the second floor landing. Upon entering the apartment, to the right hand side lies the open plan kitchen/living room. Benefitting from a dual aspect to the front and side elevations, the kitchen area is fitted with a range of wall and base mounted storage units, topped with marble effect worktops which incorporate a stainless steel sink with mixer tap and drainer unit. Integral appliances include an electric four ring hob, electric oven, Bosch dishwasher and under counter fridge and freezer. Tiled to splash back level, the floor is laid with wooden effect laminate.
The apartment also benefits from a well-proportioned double bedroom, enjoying a side aspect view overlooking Stanhope and the countryside beyond. The bathroom completes the apartment, and is fitted with a white suite comprising of a low level WC, wash hand basin set upon a pedestal, freestanding roll top bath and double shower cubicle with mains fed shower.
Returning to the second floor landing, stairs rise to the third floor and provides access to the eaves providing useful storage. A further double bedroom is located to the third floor, and benefits from high quality en-suite facilities.
Property ref: 121_1601_1887565
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