Guide Price £1,750,000
- 8 Bedrooms
- 4 Bathrooms
- 4 Reception Rooms
Hurworth Road, Neasham, Darlington
A stunning Grade II listed eight bedroom country house set in about 9.35 acres, with tennis court and a stretch of private fishing rights on the River Tees. The house was built in 1770 by Thomas Roper Wilkinson, an enthusiastic and fearless horseman" and is arguably one of the finest properties in the region.
Neasham Abbeys history can be traced back to circa 1150. After the Norman conquest the land, which today includes The Abbey was given to the de Tees family and Emma, widow of Raph de Tees founded a Priory of Benedictine nuns directly sanctioned by Pope Alexander III. The present house was built in 1770 by Thomas Roper Wilkinson, an enthusiastic and fearless horseman
The current owners acquired it at the millennium. In the last twenty years the gardens have had a facelift, an arborist has tended the trees and the fields to Kent Beck and The Tees have been converted to parkland and the riverbank restored. A tennis court and adventure playground have been added and extensive changes inside to modernise the heating, bathrooms and kitchen have ensured The Abbey will continue to be a warm and well appointed family residence in the future.
The excellent family accommodation extends to just under 6500 square feet and is arranged over two floors offering considerable character throughout with many original period features remaining including high ceilings, window shutters and ornate ceiling cornices and picture rails.
The welcoming reception hall reveals an inner hall with an impressive staircase to the upper floor and doors to the principle reception rooms including a dual aspect drawing room with feature fireplace, formal dining room with bay window and fully fitted floor to ceiling book shelving and storage to two walls and cosy sitting room with wood burning stove. A particular feature of the ground floor is the stunning open plan dining kitchen with extensive bespoke painted and natural wood cabinetry, granite and oak work surfaces, integrated appliances and a large island unit with breakfast bar seating. This space also has a separate dining area with double doors out to a patio with the formal gardens beyond. There is also a separate utility room, pantry and w/c off the kitchen, with ground floor en suite bedroom completing the accommodation on this floor of the house.
Upstairs, the generous main bedroom has a luxurious en suite bathroom and sizeable fully fitted dressing room which could easily act as a separate bedroom if required. In addition there are five further bedrooms, one with an adjoining dressing room, all serviced by two well appointed house bathrooms. To the rear is a large cinema room accessed from the landing or via another staircase, cleverly hidden by a hatch in the floor.
The lower ground floor consists of a wine cellar, store room and gym with sauna. A pretty enclosed courtyard provides gated access to the rear of the house with a number of storage rooms, gardeners w/c, external boiler room, integral garaging and a workshop off.
The generous plot extends to some 9.35 acres in total with a gated driveway providing a real sense of arrival as you approach the property with ample parking for numerous vehicles to two sides of the house.
Formal landscaped and established gardens surround the property with large areas of lawn, specimen trees, attractive seating areas, planted beds, tennis court and a generous childrens play area. Beyond the gardens, the surrounding parkland extends down to the River Tees with a stretch of private fishing rights included in the sale.
All mains services are installed at the property, including gas fired central heating.
Freehold with vacant possession on completion.