Guide Price £575,0006 Bedrooms 3 Garages 4 Reception Rooms
The Old Vicarage, Kingsway
Detached, imposing stone built former Vicarage • Five double bedrooms plus a single bedroom/study • Three/four reception rooms • Filled with an abundance of charm and character throughout • Stone built detached triple garage • Generous, well maintained lawned gardens • Electric gated access and ample off road parking • Set close to local amenities
The property has excellent access both east and west on the A689 and is under ten minutes drive away from junctions 60 & 61 of the A1M, the major north south trunk road. Durham and Darlington are both accessible in less than half an hour by car and have more in the way of recreational pursuits and professional services. Sedgefield and its renowned racecourse is just a 15 minute drive, whilst Bishop Auckland Golf Course is approximately 4 minutes from the property. Auckland Castle and Deer Park are also approximately 5 minutes from the property.
In addition to it being ideally placed for commercial facilities the rural areas of the North Pennines, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors are all within two hours travel, providing a wide range of outdoor leisure and rural pursuits. Bishop Auckland is ideally situated for the commuter. The town itself has a traditional high street with a range of shopping, professional services and private businesses and also provides schooling for all ages. There is an out of town complex providing twenty-four hour supermarket shopping and restaurants.
The Old Vicarage is a charming property filled with character and steeped with interesting history. Originally built in 1880, the property was formerly the Vicarage for St. Peter’s Church. The property boasts many impressive original features throughout and has been sympathetically decorated and restored in order to remain in keeping with the style of the property. The property is situated in a private, secure yet accessible location within the town centre of Bishop Auckland and is set adjacent to Bishop Auckland Cricket Club.
The main entrance is to the front of the property, and leads into the porch which provides an ideal space for the removal and storage of coat and boots. A fully glazed screen and door lead into the reception foyer which is generous in proportions. Featuring original cornice to the ceiling, the original Architectural drawings for the dwelling, dating back to 1880, are displayed within the reception foyer.
To the left hand side lies the sitting room, which is a light and airy space courtesy of the bay window to the front elevation, as well as French doors leading to the lawned gardens at the side of the property. Generous in proportions, the sitting room benefits from a cast iron fireplace with gas flame effect fire inset and white marble surround. The high ceilings, cornicing and central ceiling rose complete the sitting room and contribute to the overall character of the property.
To the right hand side of the reception foyer lies the principal living room. A further spacious reception room, the living room offers high ceilings as well as picture rails, cornicing and a central ceiling rose. Enjoying views overlooking the pleasant lawned gardens to front and side elevations via sliding sash windows, the living room is heated by an open grate fire with decorative tiled inset and hearth and wooden surround. The open fire also includes a back boiler which provides an alternative source for the heating of the hot water supply to the property.
Leading from the living room is the kitchen/breakfast room, formerly the Vicars study. The kitchen includes the original integral bookcase and shelving unit which was once incorporated within the study. The kitchen is fitted with a range of base and wall mounted storage units, topped with contrasting laminated work surfaces which incorporate a stainless steel one and a half bowl sink with mixer tap and drainer unit. Tiled to splashback level, integral appliances include a Bosch dishwasher, and gas fired AGA with double oven and dual hob set within a tiled inglenook. There is also ample space for a freestanding appliances such as an electric cooker and full height fridge/freezer.
A doorway from the kitchen/breakfast room leads into the spacious rear lobby, which also provides access to the walled courtyard. The utility room is accessed from this point, and provides space, power and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. There are also base and wall mounted units, ample space for further freestanding appliances and the original Belfast sink. Two gas boilers also service the property.
The dining room is accessed from the rear lobby, and features a cast iron fireplace with open grate, decorative tiled inset and hearth and wooden surround. Complete with high ceilings, picture rails and a central ceiling rose, the dining rooms enjoys a pleasant outlook overlooking the lawned gardens to the side of the property.
The ground floor accommodation is completed by a shower room, fitted with a white suite comprising of low level WC, wash hand basin set upon a pedestal and shower cubicle with mains fed shower.
A grand return staircase rises to the spacious first floor landing which is flooded with natural light courtesy of the windows to the rear and side elevations. The master bedroom is a well proportioned double featuring a range of fitted wardrobes. Enjoying a dual aspect to the front and side elevations, the master bedroom also includes a vanity unit with a wash hand basin and benefits from a cast iron feature fireplace with tiled hearth and marble surround.
The second bedroom is a further double bedroom benefitting from a useful storage cupboard. Including a feature fireplace with cast iron inset and marble surround, the second bedroom is flooded with natural light courtesy of the dual aspect to the front and side elevations.
The third bedroom is also a well proportioned double bedroom which includes a cast iron feature fireplace with open grate and marble surround, whilst the fourth bedroom is a double bedroom situated at the side of the property and is currently utilised as a library/study. Benefitting from a cast iron feature fireplace with marble surround, there are picture rails to the walls.
Situated to the rear of the property is the fifth bedroom, a further double which was previously a part of the Servant’s quarters. This bedroom also benefits from a useful storage cupboard and includes a cast iron fireplace with open grate.
The sixth bedroom, currently used as a further study is a good sized single which benefits from plumbing connections which would enable the room to be used as a further bathroom.
The family bathroom, which is fitted with a white suite comprising of low level WC with wall hung cistern, wash hand basin set upon a pedestal and freestanding roll top bath with shower attachment. Featuring wooden effect laminate flooring and partially tiled walls, the bathroom includes a useful airing cupboard and is heated by a wall hung towel rail. There is also a further separate WC.
A further staircase from the first floor leads to the garden room which features tiled flooring and a log burning stove set within an inglenook, the garden room features French doors which lead out into the walled courtyard. Formerly a garage, this space was once a component of the Servant’s quarter, and the cellar is accessed from here. The garden room alongside the fifth bedroom could be converted into annexed accommodation if required, subject to the necessary consents.
4.54m x 5.80m (14' 11" x 19')
4.54m x 5.15m (14' 11" x 16' 11")
4.51m x 4.51m (14' 10" x 14' 10")
4.36m x 5.14m (14' 4" x 16' 10")
5.00m x 5.12m (16' 5" x 16' 10")
2.12m x 2.31m (6' 11" x 7' 7")
4.55m x 5.80m (14' 11" x 19')
4.56m x 5.14m (15' x 16' 10")
4.34m x 5.15m (14' 3" x 16' 11")
4.51m x 4.58m (14' 10" x 15')
3.76m x 5.12m (12' 4" x 16' 10")
3.04m x 2.74m (10' x 9')
A block paved driveway from the rear with electric gated access provides ample off road parking, and also provides access to the detached, stone built triple garage. Benefitting from a secondary access point from Park Street, a gravelled driveway leads from the block paved area and sweeps around to the front of the property, providing further space for off road parking. Pleasant lawned gardens surround the property with herbaceous borders and flowering shrubs. Whilst the gardens also incorporate a range of trees which include Lime, Acer and weeping Ash. To the front of the property is a pleasant pond and a gazebo of timber construction, whilst steps lead down to a further lawned area, a mass of daffodils in spring, which is bordered by Mature hedgerow increasing the privacy of the property. To the rear of the property is a walled courtyard with castellation's which includes a range of useful outhouses.
Energy Performance Certificate
This property is currently rated ‘F’.
1. The access road from Kingsway is understood to be owned by the Church Commissioners. The property benefits from a right of access over this area.
Travelling South from the A1, at Junction 60 take the third exit turning right onto the A689 signposted for Bishop Auckland, travel for approximately two miles and on reaching the roundabout at Rushyford take the third exit for Bishop Auckland. Travel to the next roundabout taking the second exit (straight on) follow the road and at the next roundabout take the second exit going straight on and taking the second exit for Bishop Auckland town centre. Proceed down onto Durham Road, continuing onto Kingsway. Just before the Boundary Court assisted living development, turn left and the property is directly ahead at the end of a short lane.
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