Property Summary

Guide Price £175,000

2 Bedrooms 1 Reception Room

Branch Details


01388 529579

8 Front Street, Wolsingham, County Durham, DL13 3AA

Lovely Hall Cottage, 2, High House

Stone built semi-detached cottage • Two double bedrooms, both en-suite • Beautifully presented throughout • Retained character and original features • Garden to front and separate garden to the rear • Off road parking • Panoramic views

The Area
Rookhope is set within the valley of Weardale and is home to a small rural community. The village includes a popular, traditionally run public house, primary school, and a small village store whilst further facilities are found close by in the town of Stanhope

Benefitting from a tranquil, relaxed, rural location with numerous outdoor pursuits readily on hand and the fantastic backdrop of the surrounding moorland, together with the dynamic city attractions of Durham being within a short travelling distance, the location is ideal for a variety of purchasers. International Airports at both Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley offer both national and international travel and are both accessible within one hour’s drive. Mainline railway links are also available within a short travelling distance meaning that the village is suitably located for travel to the larger business centres of the region.

The Property
Lovely Hall Cottage is a stone built semi detached cottage situated in an elevated position overlooking the village of Rookhope. The property is filled with an abundance of charm and character, having been sympathetically restored to remain in keeping with a traditional Weardale home. A wide selection of original features contribute to the character of the property including solid oak doors and skirting boards, along with wooden slide and sash windows throughout.

The main entrance into the property leads into the dining kitchen which features limestone tiled flooring with the benefit of under floor heating. The kitchen comprises of a range of solid oak door base and wall units along with a pantry style cupboard with contrasting granite worktops which incorporates a Belfast sink with mixer tap. It also benefits from a variety of integrated appliances which includes an oven/grill, steam oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher and an electric hob while the central island provides further base units and working surfaces. There are dual aspect windows to the front and the side with the front window benefitting from a solid oak window seat, an ideal spot to enjoy the open views which the property offers. The kitchen is completed by a stunning reclaimed cast iron range providing a secondary source of heating to the room which has a stone surround.

The limestone tiles and under floor heating continue from the kitchen into the utility room, which is lit via spotlights and has a window to the side of the property. Situated to the rear of the property the utility room houses the oil fired combination boiler and also allows space for white goods, which are housed under a solid wood work top. The mechanisms for the under floor heating are situated within a useful cupboard, which is also ideal for the storage of boots and cloaks.

Returning to the kitchen, the sitting room is accessed from here. Featuring an impressive cast iron open fire with a slate hearth and stone surround, there are oak beams to the ceiling and a large window to the front which floods the room with natural light and offers views over the countryside beyond the property.

The inner hall has a feature exposed stone wall and has been well utilised as a home office featuring an integral wooden desk. There is an under stair cupboard with solid wood doors, whilst the limestone tiles and under floor heating continue from the kitchen into the hall and also into the downstairs cloakroom. The cloakroom comprises of low level WC and hand basin set upon a pedestal and features an opaque window to the rear.

A solid oak return staircase leads to the first floor accommodation and has a picture window to the rear allowing natural light and open views. The master bedroom is to the right hand side of the landing and is a good sized double, featuring high ceilings with a Cathedral beam and dual aspect windows to the front and side elevations which enjoy stunning views over the surrounding moorland. There is a decorative wood burning stove set upon a stone hearth with stone surround and partially exposed stone wall and chimney breast which continues up to the ceiling, creating a stunning focal point in the room. The master bedroom is serviced by an en-suite which is accessed via a stone step and comprises of a low level WC, wash basin set within a wooden vanity unit providing useful storage, a free standing roll top bath with hand held shower connected and separate shower cubicle with mains fed shower. There is a window to the side elevation, whilst the room benefits from oak flooring as well as a wall mounted chrome heated towel rail.

The second bedroom is also a double and has a decorative cast iron open fire with exposed stone inglenook and stone surround, along with charming beams to the ceiling. The room is flooded with natural light from the front elevation window which enjoys stunning views of the surrounding moorland. Steps lead down into the en-suite which comprises of low level WC, wash basin set with in a vanity unit providing ample storage and shower cubicle with mains fed shower. The room is lit via spotlights, benefits from under floor heating and has a single wood beam to the ceiling.

Living Room
4.24m x 3.26m (13' 11" x 10' 8")
4.29m x 4.22m (14' 1" x 13' 10")
Utility Room
2.24m x 3.03m (7' 4" x 9' 11")
Master Bedroom
4.26m x 4.21m (14' x 13' 10")
Master Ensuite
Bedroom Two
4.29m x 3.30m (14' 1" x 10' 10")
Bedroom Two Ensuite
Stone steps lead into the wall enclosed front garden whilst a gravelled path leads to the front door. There is a patio area perfect for enjoying Al-fresco dining whilst enjoying views over the surrounding countryside. The garden is laid to lawn with an array of flowers and mature shrubs attracting different species of wildlife. There is also a built in stone seating area, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the view. To the side of the property there is a gravelled area that benefits from a log store. To the rear and accessed over a lane, there is a double parking bay along with an enclosed service area which houses the oil tank, a further wood store and a garden shed. Steps lead to a second fence enclosed garden which is mainly laid to lawn with flag stone path and a garden shed.
Planning Permission
Permission has previously been granted for the erection of a detached, single storey double garage to the rear however it is understood that these permissions have now expired.
(EPC) EEC next to EIR
1. The property is accessed via a single track which may be unsuitable for some vehicles.

2. The access track to the property is owned by an unknown third party. We understand that the sellers have an indemnity policy in place and that there is an informal arrangement between all residents who use the access track for maintenance.

3. The property benefits from an oil fired central heating system via a combination boiler.
Travelling from Wolsingham head west on the A689 for approximately 9 miles travelling through the villages of Frosterley, Stanhope and on to Eastgate. On reaching the Cross Keys public house, turn right signposted for Rookhope and travel for a further 3 miles. Travel through the village of Rookhope and turn right on the bend before the Rookhope Inn towards Hylton Terrace, and then immediately bear left down towards the ford. Proceed through the ford and continue up the bank through the gate, bearing left and then right, passing the building on the right hand side. Follow the track and pass the turning into the property on the left hand side. Bear left at the top of the bank and proceed through the gated access. Lovely Hall Cottage is the second property situated on the left hand side.

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