1898 “The Miners Hall” in County Durham, England

Listing Description

"Whoever buys The Miners Hall will be purchasing a home that has a most interesting history, starting life in 1898 as The Miners Hall and Institute and due to its significant history, stunning architecture and retained features is now Grade II listed. It was opened in 1898 by the local Member of Parliament, John Wilson, as a meeting place for the local mining workforce. As a meeting place it provided a library, a place of learning and held social events including early cinema showings. It thrived with the success of the local mine but in more recent years, with the decline of the industry, it has had a number of commercial uses but has now been lovingly restored by our clients to stand proud as a fabulous home that offers an upside down design with an extremely generous internal living space. In recognition of the sensitive restoration our clients received an award from Durham County Council which recognised the great design, quality of the restoration and environmental guardianship.

The Miners Hall not only makes a gracious family home but offers the possibility of using part of the property as a home based office. Some of the space on the ground floor could make ideal office/meeting rooms and the secondary ground floor entrance means visiting clients would be kept away from the main living area. . Looking outside of the box, the property offers a great opportunity for the innovative investor to create a number of apartments for holiday letting or AirBNB business (subject to obtaining the relevant planning consent/building approval). The property's location is ideal for visitors to the area exploring the delights of the countryside of North Durham and Northumberland. Naturally any variation of the current use will need to be agreed with the Local Authority.

Enjoying a prominent position set back from South Moor Road, this imposing building has a most impressive front elevation with a flight of stone steps leading up to the front entrance with its double timber doors leading to a wide porch that has a mosaic style tiled floor, exposed stonework and a split staircase with stone risers leading to the first floor. At the top of each flight of stairs double doors lead to an amazing spacious open plan living space that has been ingeniously laid out providing distinct areas with two sitting rooms, formal dining area, impressive well equipped kitchen and a wide staircase which was installed by the present owners leading to the library/study room, and lounge area at the mezzanine level. The size of this atmospheric room is heightened by the high vaulted panelled ceiling and also features twelve tall arched windows that allow natural light to fill the space. Set above the two entry doors are two high stone mullioned leaded light windows. At the insistence of the Listing Officer, as part of the restoration, one of the windows in this room and one of the master bedroom windows had to retain the stained glass. As you leave the main living area via a set of double doors, a landing area gives access to the master bedroom, adjacent bathroom, guest cloakroom and a set of stairs that lead to the ground floor. On the ground floor a long hall gives access to all the rooms at this level which include a garden room with a set of double doors leading into the gardens, two bedroom suites with en suite facilities, two further bedrooms and family bathroom. There is also a separate ground floor entrance, study and utility which has a WC off, as well as a store room housing the boiler and hot water cylinder.

Externally you have beautifully landscaped grounds that comprise two areas of raised beds that are bound by flagging, formal lawn gardens to the rear which are edged by planting borders. For those who like the idea of 'growing your own' a kitchen garden has been created on the south side of the property, alongside a pond area. Car parking for up to two vehicles is provided within the curtilage of the property. To the side of the front entrance at ground floor level you have external access to the basement which provides useful storage as well as housing a second boiler which heats the traditional cast iron heating pipes to both floors. On the south side of The Miners Hall you have St Georges Church and South Moor Memorial Park beyond.

South Moor is a wonderful community offering a range of shops, primary school, public transport connections and access to the A1M that delivers commuting to Newcastle and Durham City centres. The town of Stanley offers a wider range of amenities including supermarkets, doctors, dentists, health centre, secondary school and additional leisure attractions. Both Newcastle and Durham have train stations on the East Coast Mainline that connect to the wider business communities in the North of England, York, London and Edinburgh. There is also convenient access to Newcastle International Airport for travel further afield.

Our clients have stressed that they will be prepared to offer a no chain arrangement if a prospective buyer requires early possession. The agents cannot stress enough the importance of viewing The Miners Hall to appreciate its undoubted charm, spacious accommodation and sizeable gardens."

OHDO Notes

Location: East View, South Moor, Stanley, Co Durham, DH9. At the time of this post, priced at £470,000 ($620,376 USD). For more information on this property contact Fine & Country .

Additional info: Rightmove.co.uk

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