Guide price £985,000
Frosterley House is a gorgeous country house in Bishop Auckland brought to the market by Sanderson Young.
This highly impressive, beautiful country house is situated in the heart of the village of Frosterley, just to the east of Stanhope.
The property is ideally located within this lovely village and provides a Grade II Listed stone-built family home, with a separate stone detached The Barn and The Coach House, and impressive 1 ½ acres of gardens and paddock surrounding.
The main house has a private walled stone garden, beautiful lawned gardens, as well as a raised-up timber deck and patio area, which is ideal for afternoon and early evening al fresco dining.
The impressive stone archway to the side of the property leads through to an attractive cobbled courtyard with a parking area for many cars and a range of outbuildings.
In more recent years, The Barn and The Coach House to the rear of the site, have been converted into private residential dwellings and have been run as successful holiday cottages, providing a superb income stream.
The cottages have each received a 5 Star grade from English Country Cottages, reflecting the quality of accommodation and finish.
The sensitive and expert renovation of the main house and the barn, was formally recognised by the award of a Highly Commended Certificate at the Durham County Council Environment Awards for 2018 in the ‘Craftmanship’ category – a reflection on the quality of the finish of the work and local tradesmen used.
Upon entering Frosterley House, you will be greeted to a lovely reception hallway that leads on to other gorgeous rooms within the property including the drawing room and sitting room which both come with a feature gas fire and dual aspect sash windows.
A large family kitchen, superbly equipped and integrated with appliances leads on in turn, to the breakfasting dining room can be found on the ground floor.
A gorgeous dining room with a stone Inglenook fireplace and wood-burning stove, accommodating the original bread oven with feature brickwork, adds to the properties rustic aesthetic.
The ground floor is complete with a shower room/WC and one room which could be used as a bedroom or study.
Head up to the first floor to discover the rest of the property including a laundry room, master bedroom with luxury ensuite shower room/WC, a double guest bedroom with WC and period fireplace along with a family bathroom and two further double bedrooms which come with period fireplaces.
The second floor of Frosterley House comes with a loft room with exposed beams and roof light. This room is ideal as a playroom if you have children or as a home office.
Frosterley House itself enjoys a very prominent elevation to the south overlooking the village, with a wide expansive frontage, beautifully presented lawns, planted borders and shrubs, and a side pebbled parking area.
The Coach House
Moving on to the self-contained one-bedroomed holiday cottage.
This stunning property is immaculately presented with its own facilities and services, including a lovely open plan lounge, kitchen, and dining area. The well-fitted kitchen comes with integrated appliances to ensure a comfortable stay.
The bright and airy cottage is home to an idyllic double bedroom with a luxury ensuite shower room.
The two-storey stone barn makes for the perfect guest house.
The ground floor of this rustic barn sees a delightful twin bedroom, a family bathroom and a second double bedroom.
To the first floor, the stairs lead up to a magnificent open plan living space with a beamed vaulted ceiling, exposed stone to the walls, and a log burning stove, as well as a well-appointed kitchen with integrated appliances and a master bedroom which comes with a luxury ensuite.
The elevated views over the gardens are breathtaking and there is an external staircase leading to the raised-up garden area to the western elevation.
The property also has the unusual and special features of a ‘Poultiggery’, which is a three-storey unique stone building historically accommodating chickens, pigs and doves, as well as its Grade II Listed Dog Kennel, a well, and outbuildings including a ‘Twin Privy’ and a useful garden store.
There is also a listed Victorian laundry (currently used as a wine cellar), a log store and a large garage/workshop.
The property has three gas central heating boilers for two of the cottages and the principle house, it has had extensive rewiring works, closed-circuit TV surveillance cameras and alarm system and fabulous interior design and decoration.
The three individual properties are superbly presented to a very high standard, in line with the external landscaping and design of the gardens and outside spaces. To the rear of the garden site, there is a fence-enclosed paddock, which gives further amenity facilities to the properties.
The village of Frosterley is a short distance from the A68, which links between Corbridge and the Tyne Valley and Darlington to the south.
It enjoys good access into Durham, Darlington, Sunderland, and Newcastle/Tyneside.
The house is equally accessible to the Main Line train station linking between Darlington, Durham and Newcastle and to the north is Edinburgh, as well as to the south to London Kings Cross.
The valley that surrounds and Derwent Water and the reservoir, accommodates outstanding sporting facilities, sailing on the reservoir and a number of tourist attractions.
The increased tourism provides a very good opportunity for income generation from The Barn and The Coach House, with great interest from country cottage agents who have experienced increasing demand in recent times for staycation properties, of which both of these dwellings provide exemplary accommodation.
Early viewing of this highly impressive home is highly recommended. For more information, visit: sandersonyoung.co.uk