HISTORIC NORTHUMBRIAN STYLE COTTAGE IN CASTLE EDEN... We are delighted to market this circa 200 year old cottage in the heart of one of the regions most historic and sought after villages within close proximity to Durham and all regional centres. The accommodation includes open fires and wood burning stoves complimented with beamed ceilings blended with a modern twist, three well appointed bedrooms, a lovely principle reception accompanied with an eye watering dining kitchen and beautiful west facing gardens. "No Onward Chain".
The small village of Castle Eden lies within 15 minutes drive from Durham City and about two and half miles from the sea. The present church of St James at Castle Eden was built in the 18th century, however, it was built on the site of an older church which was probably built c.1150 and stood until 1764. To the north of the village lies the Castle, which gives Castle Eden part of its name. The meaning of the word 'Eden' may come from the old English word for 'God's Valley' due to the picturesque Castle Eden Dene nature reserve. The castle was probably the site of a medieval castle, mentioned in a 12th century document and all that survives now is an 18th century house built by Rowland Burdon to the plans of a local architect, William Newton of Newcastle, on the grounds of the picturesque Castle Eden Golf Club. The Foundry was originally owned by Thomas Richardson & Sons who were builders of locomotives, mining equipment and shipbuilders and still...
A spectacular entrance to such an overwhelming home, providing a sympathetic blend of modern living with traditional characteristics concurrent throughout the residence, offering a timber stable door to the front elevation complimented with a lovely velux style double glazed window to the vaulted ceiling. Additional attributes include a further double glazed window, an oil fired Worcester central heating boiler and an authentic style timber door to the awe inspiring dining kitchen.
4.73m (15' 6") x 3.94m (12' 11")
This stunning reception room incorporates a bespoke hand crafted free-standing kitchen integrating plumbing for an automatic washing machine and wooden work surfaces, enhanced with a mouth watering black cast iron wood burning stove recessed into the chimney, accompanied with an exposed oak lintel and beamed ceilings, complimented with a Belfast style ceramic sink and mixer tap fitments. Further attributes include a radiator, sympathetic tiled floor and an Aga style calor gas range cooker complete with an elevated black extractor canopy. Two double glazed windows overlook the front grounds whilst authentic style timber doors offer accessibility into the entrance hallway, the pantry cupboard and the principle reception room.
3.46m (11' 4") x 3.01m (9' 10")
Nestled to the rear of the cottage, on a predominantly west facing aspect, the inspiring lounge sympathetically offers exposed natural pine floor boarding and beamed ceilings complimented with a spectacular open fireplace inset with a cast iron tiled insert suitable for the combustion of both wood and coal. Additional characteristics include a double glazed window overlooking the delightful cottage gardens, a radiator and two authentic doors providing accessibility into the dining kitchen and rear hallway respectively.
With a welcoming doorway opening into the west facing rear cottage gardens, the rear hallway offers a period style door to the lounge, a radiator and feature stairwell to the first floor landing area.
FIRST FLOOR LANDING
This attractive and most spacious landing area incorporates a feature staircase to the rear hallway, eye catching traditional doors to two bedrooms and the family bathroom, a radiator and door access to a further staircase to the loft bedroom.
3.52m (11' 7") x 2.72m (8' 11")
Positioned to the rear of the residence, this awe inspiring master bedroom features mouth watering exposed natural pine floor-boarding enhanced with a traditional open fireplace suitable for burning both coal and wood in the frosty winter evenings. Further accompaniments include a double glazed window offering elevated views over the eye catching west facing cottage gardens, a radiator and a useful walk-into storage cupboard.
LOFT BEDROOM TWO
4.28m (14' 0") x 3.31m (10' 10") into eves
Recessed into the sizable loft void with the benefit of an extended roof / dormer window, this spectacular additional double bedroom provides eye watering elevated unrestricted views over the picturesque countryside through double glazed windows where the vendors watch a variety of natural wildlife such as deer and the occasional owl. Furthermore, the loft bedroom incorporates a radiator and space saver steps to the first floor landing area.
3.22m (10' 7") x 2.02m (6' 8")
Situated at the front of the cottage, the well appointed single third bedroom continues with the authentic ambience incorporating a quaint recess beneath the stairs to the loft bedroom, a radiator and a double glazed window overlooking the scenic countryside.
The current vendors have replaced and upgraded the family bathroom sympathetically in keeping with the cottage. Incorporating a wonderful panelled bath complete with an overhead electric Mira shower and glazed shower screen, a beautiful pedestal hand wash basin inset with period style tap fixtures and a low level W/c. Furthermore, the bathroom features a fabulous black elevated heated towel radiator, a double glazed window and fabulous wall and floor tiling.
To the rear of the residence, set upon a sought after west facing aspect, the idyllic enclosed cottage style gardens are laid mostly with well tendered lawns, mature shrubs and paved patio's ideal for family gatherings and al-fresco dining in the warm summer months. To the front, a small roadway intersects the front grounds from the cottage and the nearby countryside, which provide a sizable off street parking facility for numerous family vehicles, the oil storage tank for the purposes of the central heating and subject to necessary regulatory approval the possibilities of a garage.