Offers over £695,0007 Bedrooms 3 Garages 5 Reception Rooms
The Old Vicarage
• Grade II Listed exemplary period home • Abundance of character and period features • Opportunity to extend if desired • Enchanting riverside gardens and views • Fishing rights with gated access at the foot of the garden to the river bank • Prime village green position • Adjoining 3 bedroom cottage is available by separate negotiation
Gainford is a highly sought after village providing a broad range of facilities, ideally placed for access to both Darlington and Barnard Castle. It supports a convenience store, post office and butchers along with a primary school, two churches, a doctor’s surgery, a public house and a hairdressers, along with delightful walks around the surrounding countryside and along the River Tees. A broader range of shopping, educational and recreational facilities can be found within the aforementioned towns.
Many of the region’s beauty spots are close at hand, beyond which can be found the delights of Teesdale, North Yorkshire, the Lake District, Northumberland, and the East Coast.
For the commuter the A66, A67 and A1 (M) provide links with the major commercial centres of the North East. Darlington Mainline Railway Station and Durham Tees Valley International Airport offer further communications with the rest of the country.
The Old Vicarage is a fine period property positioned in the southeast corner of the Green boasting an enviable riverside location complete with fishing rights. The original part of the dwelling dates back to the 1700’s with later additions around 1864. The property offers elegant and well proportioned accommodation with a great deal of character throughout and has provided a warm and welcoming family home for generations.
The main entrance lies to the north elevation of the property where a large original wooden door leads into a traditional and practical vestibule and on through a glazed door to the impressive central hallway. A notable cantilever staircase rises two storeys to a galleried landing area which gives access to the principal bedrooms and bathrooms.
From the reception hallway, the eye is drawn through an arch along the inner hallway to the view over the gardens stretching down to the River Tees beyond the French doors.
The drawing room and the dining room are grand state rooms which boast high ceilings typical of the formal reception rooms of the era. There are full height multi-paned sliding sash windows with original shuttering all in working order and having a Southerley aspect, these rooms are flooded with natural light throughout the day. Each room has a statement marble fireplace as its main focal point together with decorative cornicing and picture rails and provide wonderful rooms for entertaining.
A more informal and cosy living room has views out to the green and has original pitch pine panelling and shuttering which conceals quirky original storage and access to the cellars via a door to a staircase. A stone fireplace surrounds a wrought iron ‘dog-grate’ which was fired by a celebrated local blacksmith.
Also accessed off the reception hallway, to the other side, lies the breakfasting room, again a good size and inviting room with open fireplace and a variety of inbuilt storage cupboards and feature dado rail. This room provides access to the kitchen which has a 3 door oil fired Aga and is the heart of the home. Here there is a range of built in bespoke oak kitchen furniture and space for a central table and chairs long with other complementing freestanding furniture. The kitchen is located within the adjoining old coach house and is supplemented by an array of utility rooms and additional storage including large utility with base and wall mounted storage units together with pantry, boot room, and WC.
Stairs rise to a further study in the old groom’s quarters, and additional room located in the old hayloft which has a dual aspect with views to both the village green and gardens and river, with integrated plumbing suitable for an en-suite. Together with this space the 3 bay garage provides access to old tack room workshops and long shed, if required this section of the property would be ripe for conversion to self-contained annexed accommodation.
To the first floor within the original main part of the house there are 5 double bedrooms each with high ceilings and traditional open fireplaces and other period features such as parts of the original servant’s bell system. The bedrooms are serviced by three house bathrooms.
The master bedroom sits above the drawing room and enjoys the same dual and south facing aspect meaning it is beautifully light and a door leads off this room to one of the 3 house bathrooms which also has Jack and Jill access to the landing.
To the second floor there is another large bedroom with lower ceilings and a further large storage room which would be easily returned to an additional bedroom or games room with a third internal room providing access to the loft space making an ideal location for an internal bathroom.
7.44m x 5.41m (24' 5" x 17' 9")
6.85m x 5.43m (22' 6" x 17' 10")
5.28m x 4.28m (17' 4" x 14' 1")
5.10m x 4.83m (16' 9" x 15' 10")
4.99m x 4.23m (16' 4" x 13' 11")
5.93m x 4.48m (19' 5" x 14' 8")
5.82m x 5.06m (19' 1" x 16' 7") maximum measurements
2.93m x 1.89m (9' 7" x 6' 2")
2.68m x 2.47m (8' 10" x 8' 1")
3.67m x 2.74m (12' x 9')
10.71m x 2.86m (35' 2" x 9' 5")
7.22m x 5.91m (23' 8" x 19' 5")
5.85m x 5.05m (19' 2" x 16' 7")
5.05m x 4.25m (16' 7" x 13' 11")
5.44m x 4.90m (17' 10" x 16' 1")
Jack and Jill Bathroom/WC
5.52m x 4.85m (18' 1" x 15' 11")
4.84m x 4.83m (15' 11" x 15' 10")
4.56m x 3.68m (15' x 12' 1")
4.10m x 3.43m (13' 5" x 11' 3")
House Bathroom Two
5.56m x 4.81m (18' 3" x 15' 9")
5.43m x 4.81m (17' 10" x 15' 9")
3.75m x 2.76m (12' 4" x 9' 1")
The main entrance to the property is via imposing, locally fired double wrought iron gates which enclose a spacious gravelled crescent drive way. A secondary enclosed block paved driveway accesses the triple garage.
To the rear extensive level lawned gardens with historic tennis court stretch down to the wall at the foot of the garden and over look the river with gated steps leading down to the river bank fishing. There are pleasant sheltered gravelled and flagged seating areas which provide an excellent entertaining area A stone potting shed provides additional useful outside storage.
The property is Grade II Listed.
The adjoining 3 storey, 3 bedroom house is available by separate negotiation. It has a number of period features and enclosed courtyard garden and could easily be integrated back into the main dwelling in order to create a self contained annexe.
Energy Performance Rating
The property is Grade II Listed and does not require an EPC.
From Darlington or Barnard Castle head along the A67 for approximately 8 miles. Upon reaching the central crossroads in Gainford (alongside the Corner Shop) take the turning alongside the Cross Keys public house opposite the Corner shop, and follow the road down to The Village Green. The subject property can be seen straight ahead on the far side of The Green next to St Mary’s Church.