Property Summary

Starting Bid £410,000

6 Bedrooms 2 Reception Rooms

Branch Details


01388 529579

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

Stanhope Old Hall, Stanhope

FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION • Grade II* period manor house with Medieval origins • Generous accommodation over four floors • Four reception rooms • Three Bedrooms plus a two bedroom self contained apartment, and a further one bedroom apartment • Large gardens with ample parking

The Area
Stanhope is a large Weardale village supporting a self sufficient range of amenities complemented by the surrounding centres of Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and York. For the commuter the A68, A1(M) provide links with the major commercial centres of the North East. To the West lies the M6 providing access to the North West and the remainder of the country. The East Coast Mainline Railway and International airports of Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley offer regular services to the rest of the country. Many of the attractions of Weardale are within a short drive, beyond which can be found the delights of North Yorkshire, Teesdale, The Lake District, Northumberland and the North East Coast.

The Property
1 Stanhope Old Hall is a stunning Grade II* listed medieval manor house with origins reputedly dating back to 1139. The beautiful and generous accommodation spans four floors and exudes character with mullioned windows, flagstone floors, heavily beamed ceilings and impressive inglenook fireplaces. The first resident of dwelling on the site was William De Monte in the mid-12th Century with some remodelling and additions taking place in the Elizabethan/Jacobean periods.

It was also the ancient family house of the Fetherstonhaugh’s and was a hunting lodge for the Bishops of Durham. The property is now operated as a restaurant and hotel, or could be utilised as a private family home if preferred. The size and arrangement of the accommodation lends itself perfectly to a wide range of buyers as the accommodation on offer is substantial throughout.

Approach over a sweeping gravelled driveway, there are ample parking facilities along with pleasant, private gardens. Comprising the principal part of the original building, 1 Stanhope Old Hall presently offers two reception rooms and three bedrooms as well as two self-contained apartments, one of which offers two bedrooms and the other having one bedroom. It combines many stunning architectural features with modern comforts including Biomass powered central heating throughout.

A south facing entrance doorway leads into the first of the two self-contained apartments, featuring flagstone floor and beamed and board ceiling throughout. Leading into the living room, the focal point is the substantial inglenook fireplace with an open grate, whilst the kitchenette is to the left hand side and is fitted with a range of base units topped with laminated work surfaces, which incorporate a countertop Porcelain sink with freestanding tap. Featuring space for freestanding appliances, the shower room can be accessed from here. Fitted with a white suite comprising of low level WC with wall hung cistern, wash hand basin set upon a pedestal and walk in shower cubicle with mains fed shower, the shower room is completed by partially tiled walls and flagstone flooring. There are two bedrooms within this self-contained apartment, both of which are generously proportioned doubles which also feature exposed stone walls, beams to the ceiling and flagstone flooring.

To the ground floor there is also a useful storage cupboard/utility room, whilst stairs from here rise to the first floor landing which features oak flooring and exposed stonework. The sitting room enjoys high level beamed ceiling, tall sash windows to either hand with far reaching views and a multi fuel stove set within a stone inglenook. The sitting room is of banqueting proportions with beamed ceilings, recessed fireplaces and a pleasant window looking out to the gardens. There is also a bar within the sitting room, whilst the cloakroom can also be accessed from here and is fitted with a low level WC and vanity unit with sink inset. There is also a further door allowing external access to the rear of the property.

The kitchen is fitted with a range of Farmhouse style units, including a central island unit with Belfast sink, two dressers and a fitted Rangemaster oven. The original inglenook fireplace creates a wonderful focal point to the room and there is oak flooring throughout along with windows to two sides and beamed ceilings.

A return staircase from the first floor landing leads up to the second floor, with the landing being lit by a south facing mullioned window and having staircase continuing up to the third floor accommodation. There are two generous double bedrooms, both with en suite facilities, as well as a useful storage cupboard accessed from the landing.

The second self-contained apartment can be accessed from the second floor landing. Upon entering the apartment, to the right hand side lies the open plan kitchen/living room. Benefitting from a dual aspect to the front and side elevations, the kitchen area is fitted with a range of wall and base mounted storage units, topped with marble effect worktops which incorporate a stainless steel sink with mixer tap and drainer unit. Integral appliances include an electric four ring hob, electric oven, Bosch dishwasher and under counter fridge and freezer. Tiled to splash back level, the floor is laid with wooden effect laminate.

The apartment also benefits from a well-proportioned double bedroom, enjoying a side aspect view overlooking Stanhope and the countryside beyond. The bathroom completes the apartment, and is fitted with a white suite comprising of a low level WC, wash hand basin set upon a pedestal, freestanding roll top bath and double shower cubicle with mains fed shower.

Returning to the second floor landing, stairs rise to the third floor and provides access to the eaves providing useful storage. A further double bedroom is located to the third floor, and benefits from high quality en-suite facilities.

Lower Ground Floor - Living Room
16' x 16' 9" (4.88m x 5.11m)
Apartment - Bedroom One
15' 6" x 13' 9" (4.72m x 4.19m)
Apartment - Bedroom Two
11' 1" x 16' 7" (3.38m x 5.05m)
Utility Room
15' 1" x 16' 4" (4.60m x 4.98m)
First Floor - Sitting Room
17' 9" x 16' 8" (5.41m x 5.08m)
Dining Kitchen
20' 8" x 16' 4" (6.30m x 4.98m)
Dining Room
20"8' x 16" 4' (11.28m x 5.28m)
Second Floor - Bedroom One
18' 7" x 17' 3" (5.66m x 5.26m)
Bedroom One En-Suite
Bedroom Two
15' x 14' 6" (4.57m x 4.42m)
Bedroom Two En-Suite

Apartment - Kitchen/Living Room
4.88m x 5.18m (16' x 17')
Apartment -Bedroom One
11' x 9' 4" (3.35m x 2.84m)
Apartment - Bathroom

Bedroom Five
6.07m x 4.95m (19' 11" x 16' 3")
Bedroom Five En-Suite
The property is approached through double opening wooden gates leading to principally walled gardens containing a number of mature trees and providing ample parking facilities. Immediately to the front of the property is a carriage driveway with central lawn having established borders and further lawns adjoining extending around to the rear of the property where there is a further gravelled patio area and useful stone built store housing the biomass boiler. There is also a secondary entrance to the rear of the property from Allerton Court, whilst to the side of the property is a range of raised vegetable beds and two greenhouses.

This property is for sale by the modern method of auction. This process is similar to a normal property purchase but on acceptance of an offer the purchaser will pay a non refundable reservation fee to secure the property. We do not require the purchaser to exchange contracts immediately, however from the date the Draft Contract is received by the buyers solicitor, the buyer is given 56 days in which to complete the transaction, with the aim being to exchange contracts within the first 28 days. Please note this property is subject to an undisclosed reserve price. Terms and conditions apply to the modern method of auction, which is operated by George F White in partnership with The Great North Property Auction. Please see the auction section on our website or visit
(EPC) EEC next to EIR
This property is EPC exempt
• The property is Grade II* listed

•The owners of 1 Stanhope Hall have pedestrian and vehicular rights of access relating to the secondary driveway entrance

•There are currently three connecting doors between 1 Stanhope Old Hall and 2 Stanhope Old Hall, these will be closed, prior to completion at the vendors cost

• There is a party wall in the grounds of the neighbouring property, in which 2 Stanhope Old Hall and 1 Stanhope Old Hall have joint responsibility for.

• Most of the windows in the property benefits from secondary glazing.

• The property is currently run as a B&B and restaurant, in which the business is available by separate negotiation.

• There is a covenant in place which stipulates that the gardens must be maintained to a reasonable standard.
Head westwards along the A689 up Weardale, through Wolsingham and Frosterley, continuing to the far end of Stanhope where The Old Hall will be found set back on the right handside.
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