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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Smithy Court, Dunstan, Craster

Offers in Excess of £450,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Hillside Eco House
  • Upper garden terraced area with beautiful views
  • Stunning interiors
  • Amazing modern house
  • Feed in tariff from Solar panels
  • Under floor Heating
  • Hot water Solar Panels
  • Very Private lower garden
  • Near Craster
  • Coastal Location

Full description

Yopa is proud to introduce a truly remarkable and breathtaking sustainable eco home to the market. Located in the peaceful village of Dunstan, Northumberland, this four bedroom gem is surrounded by beautiful grounds and boasts a large bank of solar panels as well as a ground source heat pump.

The property is a stone’s throw away from the historic fishing village of Craster, home of the kipper, a smoked fish delicacy exported to food lovers across the country, still prepared in the village in the traditional oak-smoked process. A short walk along the coast lies the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh castle. There’s birdwatching in the Arnold Memorial Nature Reserve, a green haven that attracts a variety of birdlife and where rarities including wryneck, icterine and red-breasted flycatchers have been recorded. Or one can browse seaside-inspired artwork and crafts at The Mick Oxley Gallery, or just sit and watch boating life go by; in stormy times, fishermen still haul their boats high out of the sea’s reach at Craster.

Dunstan boasts The Cottage Inn and Craster offers the Jolly Fisherman pub and Shoreline café as local amenities. The Stable Yard Garden Centre and Café is very close by. Alnwick, with its historic Castle and famous Gardens, is a short drive away and provides a good variety of schools as well as supermarkets, shops, doctors, dentists and a cottage hospital. Embleton Primary School is under 2½ miles away.

Alnmouth station, on the East Coast mainline, is also within easy reach, convenient for commuting and long-distance travel. The house lies on a bus route.

Nearby Embleton Beach is one of the finest in the country and a just little further away lie Newton-by-the-Sea, picturesque Alnmouth, mighty Bamburgh Castle, and inland the spectacular scenery of the Cheviots.

The low maintenance front garden comprises of a sheltered seating area as well as several vegetable patches and raised planters. At the centre of this area is a fabulous, large skylight that looks down into the main living area below.

The front door opens into a light and bright hallway with a vaulted ceiling with LED energy efficient spotlights. There are two Velux windows which flood this corridor with natural light and several beautiful oak wooden doors leading off.

The first door takes you into a versatile, multi-use room, used by the current owners as a home office but would make a fabulous snug/playroom or potentially an additional bedroom. There is a window overlooking the front gardens which provides you with a lovely view.

The next door opens into a good sized cloaks room, whilst behind this area is the WC. This room is fully tiled to the floor with a concealed cistern toilet and a lovely vanity unit with a sink. There are further LED spotlights to the ceiling.

There is ample storage on this level with three further cupboards and a utility cupboard which has space and plumbing for a washing machine as well as a stainless steel sink.

This level also hosts the plant room for the property including all the electronics related to the solar heating and the heat exchange system, which provides a steady flow of fresh air throughout the property.

A stunning metal and limestone balustrade surrounds the stairwell and matches the handrail that runs down to the lower floor and the main body of the house.  

Downstairs is bathed in natural light due to the amazing skylight in the centre of the open plan living area, around which are more spotlights. A lovely feature is the very contemporary built in planter with stunning plants. Another exciting aspect is the lift that provides access to the first floor, making this a very inclusive and practical home. This room also has surround sound fitted and features a projector to watch TV and films at their best in this spectacular central entertaining space. The roof light has opening Velux’s and one is rain sensitive and closes automatically when it starts to rain.

The master bedroom is a large double with real wood flooring, a window into the central living area, and spotlights to the ceiling. This room benefits from a gorgeous ensuite comprising of a white bath, a basin, as well as a walk in shower with a wet room floor and designer waterfall shower head. The WC is in a separate room within this amazing ensuite. Next to the ensuite is a great dressing area/walk in wardrobe.

Bedroom two is another good sized double with a real wood floor and an oak doored wardrobe. Next to this is a further sliding door storage area with a built in high level single bed. There is another lovely ensuite which is fully tiled with a P shaped bath with a waterfall shower head and a close coupled WC as well as a pedestal basin. This room has an air exchange unit and a huge airing cupboard.

The third bedroom is also a double with built in mirrored sliding wardrobes and a further ensuite. This ensuite is fully tiled with a close coupled WC, a half pedestal basin and a double size shower cubicle with a waterfall showerhead and spotlights to the ceiling.

The lounge area has a solid wood floor and overlooks the wonderful expanse of the lower garden with breathtaking views over the gardens through a bank of windows. This room also has full surround sound speakers fitted and has a soundproof wall between it and the dining area.

There is a lovely Tuscan feeling dining room with a tiled floor and a door to a paved external seating area and French doors into the amazing kitchen. These French doors open all the way back to make this room feel open plan to the kitchen.

The kitchen is a wonderful ultra-modern space with stainless steel units and work surfaces with coloured doors to match the colours in the tiled floor, space for a fridge/freezer as well as an AGA range cooker, integrated dishwasher, and integrated combination microwave. There are pull out units and plenty of stainless steel work surfaces. The kitchen benefits from a large and very useful pantry. There are spotlights to the ceiling and a door to the private rear garden. A window gives lots of natural light and views over the garden.

The home has two separate wonderful gardens, the upper garden has fabulous views and a great sitting area as well as lots of removable planters growing various vegetables. The lower garden is a very private area with a lovely stone wall at the bottom, a central lawn and wonderful planted areas around it, whilst a waterfall adds to the ambience. Constructed to the side of the garden is a brilliant outdoor cooking area with a metal grill fuelled by LPG gas and a sink, a summerhouse, and a potting shed/workshop. There is off road parking to the front of the home.

Economics of a hillside Eco House

The house has only one source of power, electricity, which can be purchased from a green energy supplier. The current annual charge based on economy 7 metering is around £1,500.

Heating is provided from an air sourced heat pump via underfloor heating throughout the house. This attracts a Domestic Renewable Heating Initiative grant, currently £1,270 pa but rising in line with inflation.

The Electrical Solar Panels on the roof are set at the optimum angle for the latitude of the house and were installed when the allowances were at their maximum. In the last 12 months the income from these panels has been £1,800. Free electricity is also available while they are generating, up to their maximum output of 3.5 kW.

Hot water is provided from the water solar panel on the roof. This has a sensor at the top of the panel and when the temperature of the water in the panel is 10 deg higher than the water in the hot water tank the water in the panel is pumped through a heating coil at the bottom of the tank. This system provides hot water in the tank at no cost throughout the summer.

Water collected from the roofs and road is filtered before being stored in a subterranean tank. This water is used for the toilets and garden. 

Important Note: 
These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set out as a general guideline and do not constitute any part of an offer or contract. Intending purchasers should not rely on them as statements of representation of fact but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to their accuracy. Please note that we have not tested any apparatus, equipment, fixtures, fittings or services including gas central heating and so cannot verify they are in working order or fit for their purpose. All measurements are approximate and for guidance only. If there is any point which is of particular importance to you, please contact us and we will try and clarify the position for you. 



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06 July 2018

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  • Chathill (5.9 mi)
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