The Nook displays a certain quality throughout the renovation, boasting a perfect synergy between the many original features and the bespoke contemporary designs that compliment them sympathetically. This elaborate three bedroom unique property boasts a plethora of charm and provides a wealth of space. Briefly comprising stone built porch with solid oak door leading into entrance hall, hard wood door opening into spacious kitchen/diner with original exposed roof trusses and dual aspect brick built open fireplace set in three quater height adjoining walls to the bright spacious loung. Stained glass door to the rear hall providing access to the master bedroom with luxury en suite facilities, two further double bedrooms, family bathroom and access to the loft. Externally there is a long gravel drive with ample parking for several cars and a large lawned area with a log shed and a stone patio.
The Nook is situated in Auckland St Andrew � or St Andrew Auckland � now known by its 150-year-old nickname of South Church. so why South Church?
In 1083, the Bishop of Durham ejected some monks from Durham Cathedral as they werent deemed to be holy enough because they had wives and children. In their place, he installed celibate monks from Jarrow and Wearmouth, and the displaced canons were fired off to Darlington, Norton and Auckland St Andrew. St Andrews church was thought to be important on the banks of the Gaunless because it was the last stopping place for pilgrims from the North-West as they journeyed over the Pennines to the shrine of St Cuthbert, in the cathedral.The canons chose to settle there with their families, and turn it into a religious college. In the 13th Century Bishop Bek, allowed them to build a Deanery on the south bank of the Gaunless, now the oldest continuously inhabited house in Durham. The old church was rebuilt by the canons and their Dean over the river and now extends 157 ft long by 80ft wide to become a grand place of learning. These buildings are thought to have been connected via a tunnel beneath the Gaunless to the pulpit and added a wooden spire to the tower. The canons remained in the buildings for the next three centuries until Henry VIII dissolved all the country`s monasteries between 1536 and 1541 and claimed the Deanery as property of the crown and turned it into a farmhouse. The extensive collegiate church of St Andrew became a humble parish church and was the largest of its kind in the country.
Over the centuries, the memories of the Deans diminished and the nearby villages of Eldon and Close House which were previously known then as Dene Valley were now just villages along with St Andrew Auckland. In the 19th Century the population was around 100 but the railway and mines and the population grew exponentionally over a couple of decades and terraced houses and pubs were being built and the character of the village changed with people arriving from outside of County Durham and as such the nearest large town was Bishop Auckland and the largest church was St Andrew which was to the south and St Andrew Auckland was renamed South Church
Stone built porch with motion sensor lamps, pitched tiled roof and stone pathway approaching solid oak entrance door. Dainty area to display a few plant pots or garden ornaments.
Entrance hallway benefiting from exposed stone feature wall, cast iron gas central heating radiator, beautiful natural stone travertine flooring and recessed spot lights to the ceiling, hard wood door opening into kitchen/diner and window to the side elevation.
Kitchen/Diner - 22'4" (6.81m) x 14'11" (4.55m)
Welcome to the most important room in the house, it is the heart of any home, beginning with a cup of coffee and breakfast in the morning to returning home to prepare a lovely family meal . This kitchen is certainly worthy of this. Expertly designed and offering an array of eye level and base units with a combination of duck egg blue satin finish and light oak units. It boasts many integrated appliances to include dishwasher, fridge/freezer and washing machine as well as having a Smeg range style stainless steel cooker and double Belfast sink and mixer tap. This beautiful bright airy room benefits from dual aspect windows to encourage a constant flow of natural light. It also exhibits the exposed roof trusses which have been delicately chalk washed giving a modern twist and has unique mid height party walls with the lounge to either side of the chimney breast to take full advantage of the stunning lines from the beams and roof trusses. The travertine flooring continues from the entrance hallway and has two cast iron gas central heating radiators.
Lounge - 17'5" (5.31m) x 15'10" (4.83m)
An exceptionally spacious yet cosy living area flowing perfectly on from the kitchen a perfect room for entertaining family and friends. Featuring an inglenook fireplace housing a multi fuel double sided stove with space either side to display cut logs. Large French door with side panels opening out onto the stone patio area to the front elevation, having ample space for a table where you may want to enjoy drinks or alfresco dining in the warmer months. Small window to the rear elevation overlooking fields. Exposed roof trusses and beams following on from kitchen, neutral decor, plain carpets TV aerial point and two cast iron central heating radiators
Access to the family bathroom and all three bedrooms, neutral decor, three wall lights points, stunning stained glass door, gas central heating radiator and access to loft space which has been partly boarded and benefits from lighting alternative access door to the front.
Master Bedroom - 12'11" (3.94m) x 11'3" (3.43m)
Neutrally decorated with plain carpets, exposed roof trusses, window to the rear elevation, coving to ceiling and gas central heating radiator
Spacious shower room fitted with a three piece white modern suite comprising double shower cubicle with mains fed shower, pedestal wash hand basin and low level W/C, chrome gas central heated towel rail, tiled flooring and spot lights to ceiling.
Bedroom 2 - 14'8" (4.47m) x 12'3" (3.73m)
Second double bedroom, neutrally decorated with plain carpets, gas central heating radiator and window to the rear aspect.
Bedroom 3 - 14'11" (4.55m) x 8'2" (2.49m)
Third double bedroom with neutral decor, plain carpet, coving to the ceilings, window to the side elevation and gas central heating radiator.
Spacious bathroom benefitting from four piece pristine white bathroom suite comprising double ended bath, close coupled W/C, wash hand basin and separate shower cubicle with electric shower, mid height tiling to walls with contrasting decorative border tiles, tiled flooring and large gas centrally heated chrome towel rail.
The property is accessed along a private road over the river Gaunless via a bridge and into a private gated community. There is a gravel driveway and lawned areas to the front of the property as well as a log store and a large patio area laid in stone within mature hedging to the boundaries.
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