Accommodation in Brief
Farmhouse & B&B
Sitting Room/Dining Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Garden Room | Utility Room | Boot Room | Larder | Downstairs WC | Rear Lobby | Downstairs Bedroom | Downstairs Shower Room & WC | Master Bedroom with Dressing Room & En-suite Bathroom | Three Further Bedrooms with En-suite Shower Rooms
Sitting Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Bedroom with En-suite Shower Room
Driveway | Parking | Glamping Pod | Camping & Caravanning Certificated Location | Gardens | Grazing Land | Camping Shower & WC | Camping WC | Washing Facilities Area | Garage & Storage Sheds | Log Store | Field Barn
This beautiful property offers a well-established business and lifestyle opportunity in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with regular custom, with huge potential to develop further if required.
Running as a successful business, the property is a substantial and traditional detached stone-built farmhouse which has been completely renovated by the current owners using high quality fixtures and fittings, oak doors throughout with wrought iron door furniture and quality floor coverings. Throughout the front of the house there are plantation shutters on the windows, whilst the garden room features Roman blinds. All other windows feature roller blinds. All of the rooms at the front on the house, including the bedrooms, are south-facing, as are the gardens.
Currently a family home of generous proportions with an attached cottage, it has great potential to be incorporated into the existing business or to continue as a private family home. There are mature lawned gardens to the front together with several grazing paddocks, a Glamping Pod with private decking and barbeque area and a Camping & Caravan Club Certificated Location for five caravans with four electric hook-ups and up to ten tents.
Farmhouse & B&B
The combined sitting room and dining room sits to the front elevation and is perfectly placed to take in the fabulous views of the fells. A multi-fuel stove sits centrally to one side with an exposed feature stone wall; there are beams to the ceiling and an engineered oak floor covering. Off the sitting room is the hallway which is currently used as a home office area and leads to the kitchen/breakfast room. The kitchen and breakfast room is fitted with extensive wall and floor cabinetry with complementary granite surfaces. Integral appliances include a double Belfast sink, dishwasher, electric oven, microwave, induction hob with extractor over and an Esse 3 oven range. A central island offers a further sink and preparation area and there is ample room for a table and chairs and American-style fridge freezer. Off the kitchen is the utility room, with access to outside and a useful larder, linen cupboard and WC. A further door leads to the downstairs bedroom currently used as a B&B facility, with separate independent side access and en-suite shower and WC. A small private patio area sits to the side.
To the rear elevation is the garden room, a lovely room to relax in with views of the river with glazing to one side, mood lighting and Velux roof windows. The boot room offers a selection of storage solutions and outside access to the rear of the property and is shared with the attached cottage, although it could be closed off if necessary. An added benefit is the underfloor heating which runs throughout the downstairs of the property except in the sitting room.
A spindled staircase leads to the light and bright upper landing and hallway. The master bedroom is a room of good size benefiting from dual aspect to the front and side. A substantial dressing room sits to the rear with a range of bespoke fitted wardrobes, cupboards and shelving and leads to the superb en-suite bathroom. The sumptuous bathroom is fitted with Travertine tiling to the walls and floor, mood lighting, a walk-in rainforest style shower, freestanding contemporary bath, heated towel rail, wash-hand basin and WC. There are three further bedrooms to this floor which all benefit from en-suite shower rooms finished to a high standard with quality fixtures and fittings.
The sitting room sits to the front elevation and benefits from a multi-fuel stove set within an inglenook. To the rear is a kitchen/breakfast room with a range of fitted cupboards with complementary work surfaces, built-in oven and induction hob and room for a table and chairs. To the upper floor is the bedroom with en-suite shower room with walk in shower, wash-hand basin and WC. An access door could be used to incorporate the cottage into the main farmhouse should that be required. To the rear at ground level there is shared access to the boot room, although this can be closed off for complete independence.
A driveway leads to the side of the property with parking for several vehicles. A lawned garden sits to the front with mature plantings of trees and shrubs along with an extensive sun terrace, ideally placed to take in the views. An access path leads to the rear of the property and the camping shower block, WC and washing up area.
The Glamping Pod with power and lighting is located at the front of the property and has a private decking area with table and chairs and barbeque area to take in the fabulous views. A number of grazing paddocks also sit to the front of the property whilst the Caravan & Camping Club Certificated Location site sits to the front and side and offers electric hook-up points and waste disposal point. Boundaries are stone walling with fencing between the grazing land.
St John's Chapel is a picturesque village surrounded by the open moorlands of the North Pennines Area of outstanding Natural Beauty (aonb). The village provides a primary school, shop, post office, church and public houses and there is also a community gym and cinema club in the Town Hall. Nearby Wearhead offers a primary school and just along the road in Cowshill, there is a popular traditional public house and an active village hall which hosts a coffee morning and recycle shop every Saturday. A regular bus service runs the length of the dale from Cowshill linking all of the nearby villages.
The surrounding rural area of the North Pennines aonb is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts with spectacular scenery from moorland to fellside and riverside. The Weardale Ski Club offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter when conditions are favourable and close by is Derwent Reservoir for those interested in sailing and fishing. The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Parks are all within easy reach. The nearby bustling market town of Stanhope is located on the popular C2C Cycle Route and is the terminus of the Weardale Railway, a heritage railway which runs from Bishop Auckland. It has a regular Farmer’s Market and other attractions include a heated open-air swimming pool and the Durham Dales Centre which hosts craft shops and an award-winning tea room.
Stanhope provides a good range of day-to-day facilities including doctor and dental surgeries, local supermarket, post office and other local businesses. Secondary schooling is available at Wolsingham School further down the dale or at Samuel King’s School in Alston. There are various private schools within the area, including Barnard Castle and Durham. Nearby Consett, Hexham and Bishop Auckland provide a more comprehensive range of facilities including hospitals, large supermarkets and further professional, retail and recreational services. Durham, Darlington, Newcastle and Carlisle city centres, which are all within easy reach, provide comprehensive cultural, educational and shopping facilities.
The location is convenient for access to the major regional centres of Durham, Darlington and Newcastle to the east, but also to Carlisle and Penrith to the west and from here links to all areas of the UK can be found by road and rail. Newcastle International airport and Teesside International Airport are both within easy reach.
Stanhope 7.8 miles | Wolsingham 13.8 miles | Durham City Centre 27.7 miles | Newcastle City Centre 33.7 miles | Darlington City Centre & Station 36.2 miles |Newcastle International Airport 37.8 miles | Carlisle City Centre 47.7 miles