5 bed country house for sale The Old Vicarage, Otterburn, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE19
- Otterburn First School0.9 miles
- West Woodburn First School3.8 miles
- Tower Knowe Ferry Landing12.3 miles
- Belvedere Ferry Landing12.9 miles
Features and description
- Period Property
- Annexe with Scope for Development
- Character & Charm
- Mature Private Gardens
- Village Location
The Old Vicarage
Entrance Vestibule | Hallway | Sitting Room | Dining Room | Snug | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Utility Room | Cellar | Master Bedroom | Guest Bedroom | Two Further Bedrooms | Bedroom/Study | Family Bathroom | Downstairs WC
Two Downstairs Rooms | One Upstairs Room
Integral Garage | Driveway | Gardens | Shed | Wood Store | Coal House
The Old Vicarage is a substantial Grade II Listed property with attached annexe located in the village of Otterburn, a small parish village in Northumberland in the upland valley of Redesdale at the heart of the Cheviot Hills. This beautiful property has been sympathetically updated by the current owners and provides spacious and flexible accommodation whilst retaining a wealth of character and many notable features; including moulded plaster cornices, architrave, exposed floorboards, cast iron fireplaces and working fires, high ceilings and sash windows. The property is of generous proportions and the principal reception areas and main bedrooms are flooded with natural light through double height bay windows.
A substantial wooden front door is flanked by imposing stone feature columns to either side and leads through to the entrance vestibule and hallway. The hallway sits centrally to the property and offers access to the sitting room, dining room, snug, kitchen and breakfast room and staircase to the upper floor.
The sitting room, the first of the reception rooms, is to the front elevation, and offers an exposed wooden floor, central open fire with cast iron insert, attractive marble surround and tiled hearth with alcoves to the sides, and cornicing to the ceiling. To the opposite side of the hallway is the dining room, also to the front elevation; another room of good size with open fire, slate hearth and attractive surround with cupboards built into the alcoves.
To the rear of the hallway is the kitchen and breakfast room which offers a country style range of bespoke wooden base units and glazed wall cabinetry, Belfast sink, a dual fuel range with gas hob, cast iron hotplate and electric ovens with extractor hood over. Complementary work surfaces and attractive hand painted tiled splash back complete the look and there is plumbing for a dishwasher, space for a fridge freezer and room for a table and chairs. Off the kitchen is a useful utility room; with additional sink and storage cupboards, plumbed for a washing machine and a part glazed door to the rear garden. The small cellar is also accessed from here.
To the opposite side of the hallway is the cosy snug, a room of good size with cast iron fire and views of the rear garden. This room is currently used as a children’s play room, however could lend itself to a number of uses. A cloakroom with WC off the hallway completes the downstairs accommodation.
An elegant wooden staircase leads from the hallway and up to the bright galleried landing which is flooded with natural light; this in turn leads to four double bedrooms, bedroom/study and the family bathroom.
The master bedroom, to the front elevation is a bright and spacious room benefitting from built-in wardrobes to the alcoves and an ornate cast iron fireplace with painted tiled insert. The guest bedroom is also to the front and has a built-in storage cupboard which sits to one wall and was originally an entry point from the servant’s quarters in the attached annexe. Two further bedrooms are to the rear elevation. A bedroom/study sits centrally over the front door and is currently used as a study and offers access to the loft. All the bedrooms are served by the family bathroom with part wood paneled walls and comprising a bath with shower over, wash-hand basin, heated towel rail, WC and airing cupboard which also houses the hot water tank.
Access to the attached annexe is from the rear garden which is currently used for storage and offers two rooms to the downstairs, one was originally a kitchen, currently used as a workshop, whilst the other room overlooks the front garden. A further room of good-size is upstairs and also to the front elevation. Originally the servant’s quarters, there is scope for re-configuration and development for dual generational living or one integral house subject to the necessary planning consents.
The Old Vicarage enjoys a central position within the village with a lovely private garden to the front with shrubs, mature trees and perennial plantings and a circular lawn surrounded by a gravel path, which is a lovely feature. There are hedged and stone wall boundaries along with an attractive wrought iron hand gate to the front and a tarmacadam drive to the side. An integral garage offers double wooden doors and has power and light and also houses the boiler. To the rear of the property is the private enclosed garden which offers a delightful sun terrace ideal for al-fresco entertaining; a French design brick barbeque, a lawned area, shrubs trees, perennials and a garden shed. There is an additional wood-store along with a coal bunker.
Otterburn is a small village in the upland Redesdale Valley in Northumberland at the heart of the Cheviot Hills with an interesting history. In 1388 a major battle between the Scottish and English armies took place and despite James Douglas, 2nd Earl of Douglas being killed the Scots took Sir Henry Percy captive and over a thousand English were either taken or left dead on the field. The dead were carried to Elsdon church from Otterburn where they were later buried and a monument "The Percy Cross" was erected and stands within a small plantation, half a mile north of the village. Today, things are much quieter and the village is a popular resting place for travellers to and from Scotland and a small vibrant community; with an independent general grocery shop, village hall, two hotels and Otterburn Mill. Le Petite Chateau and Otterburn Castle are both hotels and offer a public restaurant and bar; Otterburn Mill, an 18th-century woollen mill contains a small museum outlining the history of weaving, outdoor shop and café. The village also boasts a sports centre.
The village of Bellingham is a short drive away and offers everyday amenities with a variety of shops, post office, cafés, heritage centre, several pubs together with a family-run hotel, banks, garage, library, health centre, chemist and emergency services, gym and an excellent 18-hole golf course. The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and the Northumberland National Park are nearby and the surrounding countryside offers excellent walks and cycling. Kielder Water and Forest Park is also within easy reach and provides a multitude of water-based activities, a sculpture trail, mountain biking and a multi-purpose track for running and cycling. Hexham provides a wider range of local retail, educational and professional services together with a hospital; the eclectic range of boutiques, cafés and restaurants and Newcastle is within easy reach and provides further comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.
For schooling, there is a First School in Otterburn, while Bellingham offers a Middle School and Sports College. Senior schools are available in Ponteland, Hexham and Haydon Bridge with several private day schools in Newcastle.
For the commuter the A696 and A68 provide excellent links and further the A1 and A69; The A68 also offers excellent links to Edinburgh and the north. The railway station at Newcastle provides regular services to London and the South, Morpeth railway station also offers direct services north and south. Newcastle International Airport is also within easy reach.
Bellingham 8.2 miles | Morpeth 23.0 miles | Hexham 24.9 miles | Newcastle International Airport 24.5 miles | Newcastle City Centre 30.7 miles
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