5 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 three floors • Two reception rooms • Five bedrooms, four doubles with en-suite facilities • Large gardens with two off road parking spaces • Beautifully presented, spacious family home
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.
2 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 three 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.
2 Stanhope Old Hall is a charming period property, filled with an abundance of character and features throughout. The property would create an ideal family home or opportunity to continue the current restaurant and B&B business.
The main entrance to the property leads into a vestibule reception area with wooden flooring which in turn leads into the open plan living/dining room. This room is of excellent proportions, with wooden panelled walls, beams to the ceiling, stone mullioned windows, impressive stone open grate fireplace and flagged stone flooring. The dining area is on a raised level, with wooden flooring enjoying views overlooking the town centre of Stanhope.
From the living area, a door leads into an inner hallway, with grand return staircase leading to the first floor accommodation to the left, useful storage cupboard and access to the rear of the property.
The kitchen is situated on the right hand side, and is fitted with a traditional range of solid wood units with contrasting worktops incorporating porcelain Belfast sink with mixer tap, range style electric cooker as well as space and power points for freestanding fridge/freezer and dishwasher. From the kitchen, the living room can be accessed which has an exposed stone feature wall and is heated by a multi-fuel stove and enjoys views overlooking the garden.
The return staircase leads to a landing area, where a cloakroom/WC is situated as well as the laundry room. Continuing up the stairs are two double ensuite bedrooms, both of superb proportions with high quality fixtures and fittings, whilst to the third floor there are also two further double bedrooms, and a further single bedroom all of which are serviced by high quality ensuite facilities.
Property ref: 121_1601_3609000
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