For Sale Guide Price £1,500,000
- Around 12.2 Acres
- Extensive Garaging and Office
- Far Reaching Views
- Good Access to Newcastle and Durham
- Substantial Detached House
- Superb Equestrian Facilities
A substantial country house with home office, excellent equestrian facilities and around 12.2 acres
Accommodation in Brief
Entrance Porch | Hall | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Utility Room | Cloakroom/WC | Dining Room | Rear Porch | Conservatory | Drawing Room | Sitting Room | Study | Porch | Master Bedroom Suite | Four Further Bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower Room
Drive and Parking | Double Garage | Office | Open Four-Bay Garage | Single Garage/Store | Stable Block | Indoor Arena | Manège | Garden | Paddocks | Around 12.2 Acres
Grey Mare Hill Cottage Farm is a substantial detached house with superb equestrian facilities that sits in a glorious and picturesque rural setting and has been extensively renovated and extended by the current owners. The property retains an abundance of period charm with exposed ceiling beams and stone walls and offers flexible living accommodation combined with high-quality finishes, Sonos sound system with integrated Russound speakers, Clipsal integrated lighting system and contemporary bathrooms. The equestrian facilities include an excellent stable yard, indoor arena, outdoor manège, and paddock land. There is also extensive garaging and a spacious office.
The front door opens into a charming entrance porch with exposed stone walls and a half-glazed door leads into the hall. The spacious, dual-aspect kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with an extensive range of oak units, including an island unit with breakfast bar, with complementary granite work surfaces, Belfast sink, four-oven AGA and integrated dishwasher. Off the kitchen there is a utility room which is also fitted with oak units, single sink and drainer, offers plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer and has a door to outside. A useful downstairs cloakroom is fitted with WC and wash hand basin and has an airing cupboard housing the hot water tank and boiler. The hall is open to a generous dining room which has a beamed ceiling, a polished oak staircase leading to the first floor, enjoys views over the terrace, garden and beyond and has a door leading to a rear porch and the garden. An Amdega conservatory offers a delightful reception room from which to enjoy the garden and ornamental pond at all times of the year. The drawing room, with windows overlooking the garden and open fields beyond, offers a more formal reception area and has a feature stone fireplace fitted with a wood-burning stove and beamed ceiling. Steps lead down to an everyday, dual-aspect sitting room which also has a wood-burning stove and has glazed French doors leading out to a paved terrace. A door from the sitting room leads to a study/hall with stairs up to the first floor and glazed doors to a porch with door out to the front parking area.
Beyond the study there is an area currently used as a two-storey master bedroom suite which could easily be re-configured to form an independent annex if required. A spacious dressing room gives access to a sumptuous bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe. The bathroom is fitted with a double-ended bath, walk-in shower, twin round wash hand basins set on a vanity unit and a WC while the walk-in wardrobe has a comprehensive range of fitted storage cupboards. Stairs from dressing room lead up to a galleried landing which gives access to the triple-aspect master bedroom which has a vaulted ceiling and enjoys far-reaching views over glorious open countryside.
There are four further double bedrooms on the first floor, served by a bathroom and separate shower room, which can be accessed either from the landing outside the master bedroom or two further staircases. To one end of the house there are two spacious triple-aspect bedrooms, one of which has a delightful view towards the historic St Andrew’s Church and Hopper Mausoleum. These bedrooms are served by a traditionally-styled bathroom with freestanding ball and claw foot bath, separate walk-in shower, wash hand basin and WC. The two further bedrooms both enjoy southerly views over the rear garden and valley beyond and one has a fireplace with cast iron insert. A fully-tiled shower room with corner shower, wash hand basin set on a vanity unit and WC completes the first floor accommodation.
Grey Mare Hill Cottage Farm is approached through electric entrance gates that open to a driveway leading to a generous parking and turning area. Steps lead up to a spacious paved terrace and the front door and a path continues round to the back door, further terrace and rear garden. The landscaped garden and grounds surround the house and offer a number of paved terraces for outdoor entertaining or just to enjoy the peaceful setting and far-reaching countryside views. The garden also includes sheltered paved terrace and ornamental pond with pergola over, terraced beds with maturing shrubs, generous lawned areas together with a maturing orchard.
The extensive equestrian facilities include a stable block offering seven loose boxes, including two foaling boxes, all with rubber matting, automatic drinkers and lighting, and a tack room with fitted kitchen area. A covered yard links the stables to an indoor arena (46m x 26m) which combined with the manège (46m x 26m) that has boundary fencing with beech hedging, offers excellent exercising spaces for year-round use; both arenas have sand and rubber bases. The surrounding paddock land, which is well-fenced, is divided into a number of enclosures and includes some well-constructed cross country jumps. In all the property extends to approximately 12.2 acres.Grey Mare Hill Cottage Farm offers a manageable equestrian property that is located in an excellent position for quiet hacking on country roads and local bridle paths.
Kiln Pit Hill is a small community situated amidst stunning scenery on the Northumberland and County Durham Border. The popular village of Corbridge is nearby and offers an excellent range of day-to-day amenities with a wide variety of shops, a renowned delicatessen, restaurants, inns, doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries, community services, a garage, educational and professional services, while nearby Matfen Hall, Close House, Slaley Hall and Derwent Reservoir all offer excellent leisure and sporting facilities. The historic market town of Hexham offers further professional, retail and recreational services including large supermarkets and a cinema, theatre and hospital. Newcastle city centre is also within easy reach provides comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.
For schooling, there is a First School in Whittonstall together with First and Middle Schools in Corbridge, while senior schooling is offered in Hexham. In addition Mowden Hall Preparatory School just outside Corbridge provides private education from nursery up to 13 years, and there are several private day schools in Newcastle.
For the commuter the A68 and A69 give excellent access to Newcastle to the east and Carlisle to the west. There is a railway station in Stocksfield which provides services to Newcastle and Carlisle where connecting main line rail services are available to major UK cities north and south. Newcastle International Airport is also easily accessible.
Whittonstall 2.1 miles | Stocksfield Station 4.9 miles | Corbridge 9.1 miles | Hexham 11.3 miles | Newcastle City Centre 17.4 miles | Newcastle International Airport 19.2 miles