Park House

Windlestone Park, Rushyford, County Durham

A beautifully appointed country house and cottage situated in extensive private grounds

Guide Price

Key Features

  • Charming Period House
  • Cottage and Outbuildings
  • Planning Permission for Swimming Pool Complex
  • Newly Fitted Bespoke Kitchen
  • Stunning Courtyard Garden
  • Garden, Paddock and Woodland
  • Around 28 acres

Accommodation in Brief

Reception Hall | Drawing Room | Library | Open Plan Living/Sitting Room | Snug | Dining Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Pantry | Utility Room | Inner Hall | Cloakroom/WC | Mezzanine Study | Master Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom | Guest Two Further Bedrooms with En-Suites | Bedroom | Shower Room

Hall | Kitchen/Dining Room | Sitting Room | Bedroom | Bathroom | Upstairs Bedroom

Conservatory | Triple Garage | Single Garage & Store | Courtyard and Further Landscaped Gardens | Paddocks and Woodland

The Property

Park House is set in an enviable and idyllic private setting in Windlestone Park amidst its own stunning landscaped gardens and parkland which surround the property. This charming Georgian house was originally part of the Windlestone Hall Estate when it was the Estate Manager’s house and later became the home of Lady Eden, where she was frequently visited by her son, the former Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden. Today the house offers outstanding, generous and flexible accommodation in the house and attached cottage, with further potential to create a leisure complex in the adjoining outbuildings. The property has been renovated and extended to an extremely high standard, with high-quality fixtures and fittings throughout, and combines period features with a contemporary extension which together offer an idyllic, fabulous rural lifestyle within easy access to all the regional centres.

The House

Park House offers bright and spacious accommodation which is beautifully presented and retains an informal, homely ambience throughout. Period features including fireplaces, working shutters and cornicing, are combined with contemporary bathrooms and high-quality fixtures and fittings. The welcoming reception hall, which is entered from the grand entrance portico, leads on one side to a generous library, with bespoke fitted cupboards and bookcases, and a formal, dual-aspect drawing room which overlooks the inner courtyard and front garden and parkland beyond. To the other side of the hall, glazed double doors lead into a cosy snug and the striking open plan reception room, by Redbox Design, which has views over the garden and grounds and a impressive vaulted ceiling; this area is zoned to provide a sitting room and raised dining room together with a feature staircase to a mezzanine study that would entice anyone to work from home.

The magnificent recently upgraded kitchen contains a beautifully designed bespoke range of hand painted units with complementary granite surfaces. The room has been designed specifically for the keen chef with the cooking area having integrated appliances including Aga, American fridge freezer, dishwashers and Butler’s sink. A useful chef’s pantry has further units under granite surfaces with ceramic hob, Butler’s sink and shelving. A central island provides a breakfast bar area with further units, integrated wine fridge and a lovely space to entertain or eat informally. There is further storage in matching sideboards within the breakfast area and this wonderful room has views to three sides over the gardens and courtyard.

Stairs lead up to the first floor landing and the bedroom and bathroom accommodation. The sumptuous, triple-aspect master bedroom has an extensive range of fitted cupboards and wardrobes from Smallbone of Devizes and a luxury en-suite bathroom which is fitted with a bath, separate shower, twin wash hand basins and WC. Two further double bedrooms benefit from en-suite facilities while the fourth bedroom has use of the house shower room.

The Cottage

The cottage, which adjoins Park House, provides charming, independent accommodation over two floors and is suitable for extended family, staff accommodation or as a holiday/rental property. On the ground floor there is an entrance hall, kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room and ground floor bedroom and a bathroom. To the first floor there is an additional spacious bedroom and with a range of fitted wardrobes. A further room links the cottage to the upper level of the outbuildings.


A range of outbuildings forms the western side of the courtyard of Park House and currently provide a range of stores on the ground floor and a large sitting room and further room on the upper level accessed from original external stone steps. There is planning permission in place to convert this part of this building into a swimming pool complex (Ref: 7/2010/0297/DM) linked to the house with an orangery (Ref: 7/2011/0086/DM). Alternatively the outbuildings could be converted to stabling or an office complex for business use subject to the necessary consents.


Park House is approached along a private drive which leads to a gravelled parking area to the front of the house. The drive continues round to the rear of the property where there is further parking and turning area in front of the garages. The garage complex comprises a triple garage with one electric door, a further single garage and garden store.

The fabulous central parterre courtyard garden, with attractive box hedging and topiary, is viewed from many rooms in the house and provides an intimate and contemplative area and is accessed from the house, cottage and garages. There are further terraces and seating areas around the house, sited to both enjoy the sun at different times of the day and appreciate different areas of the formal landscaped gardens that surround the house and the views of the parkland beyond. An Amdega conservatory is located in the old vegetable garden surrounded by original estate railings. From here there are views of the pond and more informal gardens.

The paddock land, which amounts to around 8.5 acres is surrounded by some 17.0 acres of mature woodland, all of which combine to create a beautifully secluded, private, manageable small estate.

Local Information

Park House while set in a stunning rural position, lies conveniently just a short distance from the village of Rushyford, while the nearby market towns of Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe and Sedgefield provide everyday professional, retail and recreational services. Durham and Darlington city centres, which are also within easy reach, provide comprehensive cultural, educational and shopping facilities. The surrounding rural area is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and the property is well-placed for the Durham Dales and both the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

For schooling, a number of primary school and secondary schools, together with a selection of community colleges, are available in the surrounding villages and towns. There are a number of private schools available in nearby Durham, Wolsingham, Yarm, Barnard Castle and Newcastle.

For the commuter the A1(M) provides easy access to the major regional centres of Teeside, County Durham and North Yorkshire. East Coast mainline rail services are available from Darlington and from Newcastle there are links to all areas of the UK. For air travel both Durham Tees Valley Airport and Newcastle International Airport and are within easy reach.

Right of Way

The property benefits form a right of way over the roadway coloured blue on the plan published herewith. The property also enjoys rights of way over the roadway coloured green, although this route is not used on a regular basis. The property is subject to a right of way allowing access through Office Plantation, to the north into South Park between the points A and B on the plan.

Approximate Mileages

Newton Aycliffe 2.0 miles | A1(M) J50 14.2 miles | Bishop Auckland 5.3 miles | Durham City Centre 11.5 miles | Darlington City Centre 11.7 miles | Teeside 19.1 miles | Newcastle City Centre 30.5 miles | Newcastle International Airport 40.3 miles


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