An exceptional opportunity to own the key part of a landmark country house set within glorious parkland grounds.
Longhirst Hall, a truly imposing Grade II listed country house, was originally designed and built in 1824 for William Lawson and his family by the renowned John Dobson, the architect and builder of Newcastle’s iconic Grey Street. It has been hailed as ‘the first of Dobson’s great country houses’.
Today the property has been beautifully restored to its former glory while being re-imagined as four outstanding luxury residences - a transformation which has been painstakingly undertaken by Dere Street Homes.
These exceptional homes are a fusion of the breathtaking, historic exterior and interior of the building with truly unparalleled, contemporary restoration work which is devoted to detail and quality of finish.
Unit 1 is undoubtedly the jewel in the Longhirst Hall crown. It boasts the original main entrance, a magnificent pedimented portico supported on giant Corinthian columns which opens into a spectacular ashlar-faced central hall with Ionic columns and a central glazed dome. The sweeping Imperial staircase to one end has a wrought-iron balustrade with an anthemion frieze which wraps around the galleried first-floor landing. While above, the coffered dome is a direct replica of the Parthenon in Rome which dates back to 27BC.
Not surprisingly, the main reception rooms are wonderfully proportioned and provide significant entertaining spaces. They are adorned with ornate plasterwork and have full-height windows. The drawing room is especially stately, with its semi-circular bow window and stunning views across the Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown-style garden with its ha-ha overlooking the paddock.
The breakfasting kitchen is impressive with three sets of full-height shuttered French windows and a baronial tiled fireplace. The new owners will have complete control over creating their own bespoke kitchen and the same approach will apply to all bathrooms and en suites.
As would be fitting of a property of this calibre, the property also includes a library and study, as well as a back staircase and cavernous cellars with outside access.
The eight bedrooms are split over two floors with the four bedrooms on the first floor being unashamedly elegant. These open off the galleried first-floor landing which is illuminated during the day by three glazed roof lanterns, each set within its own ceiling dome - and at night by concealed lighting which has been installed to make the most of the striking ceiling detail.
Like the drawing room, the master suite has a charming bow window and garden views. The space also takes in a dressing room, a generous bathroom and an adjoining nursery. The remaining first-floor bedrooms are similarly remarkable and served by two further bathrooms.
There are four bedrooms on the second floor, two bathrooms, a large family/cinema room and a dedicated plant room.
Units 2, 3 and 4 are finished to the same impeccable standard as Unit 1. They provide luxury living on a very grand scale with truly commanding reception rooms and historic details at every turn.
Local Authorities – Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth NE61 2EF.
Telephone: 0845 600 6400.
Services – Mains gas, electricity, water and drainage are connected to the property.
Service charges will apply. Further details will be provided to interested parties.
Property Features Include: Historic Home