16th Century Stone Manor in County Durham, England

Listing Description

"We are delighted to bring to the market this truly magnificent Grade II listed stone-built home, set within almost 3 acre s of private grounds of Fir Tree Grange. Having been renovated to high standard keeping original features, a lot of care and attention to detail has been given to all aspects to make this truly a unique home.

The accommodation originally built in 1511 for the Bowes family is spread over three floors with a traditional elegance comprising of; an oak-panelled entrance hall with feature fireplace and grand staircase, library with exposed oak-panelling and fireplace, five reception rooms with impressive feature fireplaces. The spacious lounge has a feature fireplace and beautiful window looking out onto the surrounding grounds. The breakfasting kitchen is fitted with a modern range of high gloss wall and floor units with granite work surfaces with integrated appliances, central island unit and walk in pantry. The utility room has wall mounted and base storage units and there is a separate laundry room. Two downstairs WC’s and cloak room complete the ground floor.

To the first floor is a generous galleried landing which boasts seven immaculate bedrooms, all with en-suites, three with roll top baths and four with double walk-in showers. The luxurious family bathroom is fully tiled benefiting from having a double walk in showers.

To the second floor is the beautifully presented master suite with lounge, bedroom and bathroom with roll top bath.

Externally the property is accessed via a private gated entrance and driveway and provides ample parking for numerous vehicles. This magnificent home sits within approx. 2.5 acres of gardens and woodland and has the benefit of a high degree of seclusion and privacy enjoying substantial grounds, complemented by an ornamental lake and bridge, the gardens are very well presented and maintained, mainly set to lawn with well stocked flowers, shrubs and trees. The outdoor space this property has to offer is great for relaxation as well as entertaining.

The property has permission to be used as a business and would make an ideal high end of the market B&B or a small boutique hotel.

Howden Le Wear is a small village set within open countryside close to the market towns of Crook and Bishop Auckland. It is an ideal location for commuters with Newcastle, Durham & Darlington easily accessible. Only 1.8 miles from the Kynren sight at Bishop Auckland."

OHDO Notes

Location: Howden-Le-Wear, Co Durham, England. At the time of this post, offers in the region of £750,000 ($978,894 USD). For more information on this property contact Bradley Hall .

Additional info: Rightmove.co.uk
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  • Kelly, Admin

    Kelly, Admin

    If the Bowes name sounds family, Elizabeth Bowes Lyon was the mother of Queen Elizabeth II. I don’t know what Bowes line this place was built for but here are a few other people from that family: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowes-Lyon

    I must have been looking at too many English homes such as this, $1M USD sounds cheap to me.

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    Jo Ann Graham

    Lovely home and you are right, price seems low. The kitchen really doesn’t seem to fit with rest of the house. And some of the bedrooms are very “thematic”. Formal rooms and outside are wonderful.

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    Wow, wonderful renovations, fabulous grounds and all yours for $1M. That’s a bit of money but this feels like a buy. Thank you for sharing this stunning home.

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    Wooden structure in far back yard: table or stage (for amateur theatrics)??

    I can imagine this being the setting for one of those long weekend country house parties so popular for people who didn’t have to earn a living.

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    Keith Sanders

    £750,000 for a 6,714 sq ft, Grade 2 listed, 16th century stone built house on 2½ acres, with 7 bedrooms, 6/3 bathrooms and character till the cows come home. The entryway with gallery above and the staircase are excellent. Nice, too, that the grand staircase spans the full height of the house. Of all the British period real estate I’ve looked at, this stands out as an exceptional bargain – nearly too good to be true…

    The kitchen is a jarring, but not unexpected, contrast with the rest of its floor. But its for what it is, its great. (Frequently see this in the UK ,for better or for worse.) At least there’s a nod to the past in the little white sink. Seeing the sitting room set up as a second dining room is quite unusual. The eclectic redo of the upper floors took me aback. Something more in character is needed – big, carved, four-poster beds, Jacobean wainscoting, etc. But who cares when you’ve got public rooms from paradise on the ground floor.

    The outdoor stage (or whatever it is) began life as a 12×6 snooker table.

    I have ancestors (and likely some living relatives) from Bishop Auckland, 6 miles southeast of this place. Why did we ever leave?

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