Pretty House - TICK. Stables - TICK, Land - TICK , Views - TICK. Hillhead is ideal for those who crave independence, peace and quiet but in reality need to be quite close to civilization.
Built in the mid-1800s and sympathetically extended by the current owners in 2002, this traditional Northumbrian stone property provides a generous and comfortable home that’s perfectly suited to modern family life.
As is typical with most Northumbrian farmhouse properties, entry is via the rear hall. In this instance the reception hall now serves as a games room. However, this sizeable space with its solid-fuel fire set into a black marble hearth could easily be reinstated as a more formal entrance.
The charming drawing room and the formal dining room with feature cornicing and built-in china cupboard are located in the older part of the house, as is the welcoming and sociable breakfasting kitchen. This spacious room is fitted with a tiled floor and has painted cream units beneath solid beech worktops. It has an electric Aga with a secondary electric cooker and hob. There is space for a dishwasher, an American-style fridge/freezer and a large kitchen table.
A back door gives access to the garden. However, in the past planning permission has existed for the removal of a portion of the kitchen wall and the replacement of the existing conservatory with a sizeable glazed orangery. This would maximise enjoyment of the area and of the stunning views. The consent has since expired but provisional plans still exist for re-submission by the new owners.
From the kitchen, a large serving hatch/breakfast bar opens into the adjoining sitting room creating a free-flowing open-plan feel. The L-shaped sitting room is generous, light and airy with three windows looking out to the garden and double doors leading into a garden room. The space offers a range of options in terms of furniture arrangement and use.
In addition to the garden room, there is also a south-south-east-facing conservatory which makes for a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the stunning outlook towards The Pennines.
A cloakroom and further domestic offices including a boot room and utility room complete the downstairs accommodation.
Upstairs there are six large bedrooms including the master with its deep fitted wardrobes, walk-in closet and steps leading down to an en-suite bathroom.
Of the remaining five bedrooms, two have basins and most have built-in storage. All are served by a family bathroom which has a cast-iron, roll-top bath and shower cubicle. There is also a large storeroom housing an airing cupboard leading to further eaves storage.
The long private drive culminates at a tarmac parking area; Hillhead has a superb sense of arrival.
The surrounding land is well maintained and due to the L-shaped footprint of the house, the gardens offer a variety of areas from which to enjoy the most magnificent views. The south-south-west facing lawned garden in particular provides the perfect spot to sit and enjoy time outside during the summer months from its stone terrace.
To the front of the property a laurel hedge forms an archway into a more formal area of planting where an elegant avenue of trees leads to a sheltered seating area.
The property also boasts a large kitchen garden enclosed by beech hedging, an orchard of apple, cherry and plum trees, two greenhouses, a timber garden store and a caged area with raised beds.
To one side of the drive stand two stone outbuildings, one of which is large enough to be converted into a self-contained annex (subject to obtaining the appropriate planning consents). The second makes an ideal fuel or garden store.
On the approach, a secondary drive forks left to the stable yard. This consists of a well-thought-out and robust timber stable block with three boxes and a secure tack room all with power and water. There is also a storage area for haylage and an area of hard standing suitable for parking a horse box or trailer. The land comprises of two paddocks and a large field. There is an appealing quantity of woodland and two large ponds, one of which has been stocked in the past.
Living room opening to breakfasting kitchen
2 Further reception rooms
Garden room, Conservatory
3 Bathrooms (one en suite)
Garden, Kitchen garden, orchard, woodland
Stables for 3 horses, paddocks
Long private drive, 2 ponds
Wark 3.5 miles, Barrasford 4.5 miles, Bellingham 9 miles, Hexham 12.5 miles, Newcastle upon Tyne 28.5 miles.
Approximate Square Feet:
Lot Acres: 41.4