8 bedroom country house for sale
Apperley Dene, Stocksfield, Northumberland>
- Tenure: Freehold
- Stunning Period Property
- Extensive Gardens & Woodland
- Commuter Location
- Paddock & Stable
- Tennis Court
Accommodation in Brief
Entrance Vestibule | Reception Hallway | Dining Room | Drawing Room | Study | Billiard Room | Kitchen | Cloakroom & WC | Utility Room | Laundry Room | WC | Garden Room | Gardeners WC | Principal Bedroom Suite | Four Further Bedrooms | Two Bathrooms | Shower Room | Sauna | Attic Rooms | Bar Room | Cellar
Driveway | Parking | Triple Car Port | Covered Patio | Tennis Court | Gardens | Paddock | Stable | Woodland
Located amidst stunning Northumbrian countryside and on the edge of the popular commuter village of Stocksfield, Apperley Dene is approached via a sweeping gravelled driveway with turning circle, leading to the entrance of this impressive mid-Victorian stone built country house. Built circa. 1850, this substantial property has gardens and grounds extending to around 8.5 acres in all and offers a host of notable period features which are evident throughout, including original servant’s bells, decorative plaster corbels and plasterwork, cornicing, fireplaces, high skirting, original brass window fittings and original doors.
An imposing mahogany front door leads into the entrance vestibule with attractive tiling to the floor and cloakroom off. A further door leads to the magnificent reception hallway with dual aspect, extending from the front to the rear of the property and offering fabulous arched plaster corbels the length of the hall, access to the principal accommodation and staircase to the upper floors.
The expansive drawing room offers light and bright accommodation with two windows, one of which is a generous bay, to the side overlooking the garden, an open working fire with marble hearth and inset and decorative plaster mantel continuing the height of the chimney breast. The dining room sits to the front elevation and benefits from dual aspect with a bay window to the front overlooking the lawn and paddock and French windows overlooking the garden, along with feature stove on a marble hearth with a period style surround.
Further down the hallway is the study, historically called the “school room” on the servant’s bell call, with dual aspect to the side and rear, a wood burning stove with attractive surround and brick exposed insert sitting centrally with alcoves either side. Centrally to the hallway is a bar room, ideal for mixing and storing drinks, and access to the wine cellar.
Opposite the study is the billiard room, a room of magnificent proportions with a full size billiard table with lighting over, central fire with multi-fuel stove to the rear wall with built-in shelving and display cabinetry to the alcoves, two windows, including a very generous bay with built in seating around two sides and an access door to the garden room and gardeners WC. There is also access to a rear courtyard, the laundry room, work room and the side and rear gardens.
A small hallway leads to the kitchen, with feature exposed brick archway and storage cupboards to either side, a fine range of high quality wall and floor cabinetry and a central island with complementary surfaces of wood and granite. Integral appliances include an impressive electric AGA set in a feature inglenook, microwave oven, 1½ bowl sink with waste disposal and Quooker tap and double dishwasher. The kitchen sits to one side while the other area is used as an everyday place to relax with ample room for sofas and furniture, a dining table and doors to a breakfast patio overlooking the front gardens.
Off the kitchen is the rear hall, ideally suited to more convenient everyday access. This links to the utility room with secondary cooking facilities including a ceramic hob and oven, American fridge, sink and further storage; a cloakroom and WC is opposite. There is also a dark room and there are former servant’s stairs to the first and second floor.
The impressive spindled staircase with elegant curved handrail leads from the main hallway to a first floor galleried landing with charming leaded window at half landing level. The generous landing gives access to all the bedroom accommodation and further stairs to the attic rooms.
The principal bedroom suite is situated to the front elevation and spans the whole width of the property, offering a central dressing room with built-in floor to ceiling wardrobes, storage and vanity unit. To one side is the generous principal bedroom, a light and naturally bright room with dual aspect to the front and side, and to the opposite side, the en-suite bathroom comprising bath, corner shower, vanity unit with circular wash-hand basin and tempered glass surface, shelving to both sides and a heated illuminated mirror over. Four further bedrooms, two with fitted wardrobes are served by two bathrooms and a separate shower room with adjacent sauna. An access door leads to a further staircase to the upper floor and the attic rooms; historically used as servants quarters, there are three good sized rooms with plenty of storage off which could easily lend itself to further ancillary living space.
Apperley Dene is approached through attractive electric wrought iron double gates set between stone pillars. The gates open to the tarmacadam and gravelled driveway with turning circle to the front of the property around a central planted raised bed that leads to a parking area to the rear, offering parking for a number of cars and the triple car port with tiled roof. The extensive gardens surround the property with trees and hedging for privacy. There is an expanse of lawn to the front which leads to the paddock and onwards to the woodland. To one side and to the rear of the property are the more formal gardens with a host of native tree species, shrubs and beech hedging used to create “rooms” within the garden. A small orchard sits to the front side garden whilst to the rear, a circular patio with a moat style water feature surrounding it is the perfect place to enjoy the quiet surroundings and listen to the wildlife. A gate through the hedge leads to a full size tennis court and further terrace with greenhouse and access to the car port and loose box stables. The property also has approval (a Certificate of Lawful Use or Development) for the construction of a separate building to accommodate a gymnasium, solarium and an office (Northumberland County Council ref. 18/02870/CLPROP).
Stocksfield is a popular, attractive Tyne Valley commuter village situated on the south bank of the River Tyne. The village offers local amenities including a range of shops, doctors’ surgery, garage, post office and sports facilities including a golf course and tennis club. The village provides an excellent alternative to city life, giving an opportunity to enjoy the rural situation with good access to city and business centres. For the outdoor enthusiast, the beautiful surrounding Northumberland countryside offers stunning views and excellent walks. Nearby Corbridge has a wide variety of local amenities including a range of artisan shops, a renowned delicatessen, supermarket, restaurants, inns, doctor and dentist surgeries, community services and a garage, while Matfen Hall and Close House offer excellent leisure facilities including spa, gym, golf courses and driving range. The market town of Hexham provides further professional, retail and recreational services including a hospital while Newcastle city centre provides comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities. There are also excellent shooting and hunting facilities nearby.
For schooling, there is a primary school in the village, while senior schooling is available in Prudhoe and Hexham. In addition, Mowden Hall Preparatory School provides private education from nursery up to 13 years, and there are several private day schools in Newcastle.
For the commuter, there are excellent road links east and west to Newcastle and Carlisle, with onward access to the A1 and M6 respectively. The rail station in Stocksfield provides regular cross-country services, which in turn link to other main line services to major UK cities. Newcastle International Airport is also easily accessible.
Stocksfield Station 2.4 miles | Corbridge 8.9 miles | Hexham 12.5 miles | Newcastle City Centre 15.5 miles | Newcastle International Airport 18.1 miles
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