2 Bed Other  To Let  Newhouse  Bishop Auckland  Durham  DL13  - £550 pcm

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A quirky two bedroom cottage being part of a much larger property, situated in a small picturesque Hamlet named Newhouse on the outskirts or Ireshopeburn. The cottage is an extension of the main building which is separated only by heavy duty locked doors. The property is set high up in the hills commanding outstanding views across the Pennines, the surrounding villages and the unspoiled natural beauty of Weardale.
The cottage is most easily accessed via the stone walled passageway at the rear of the property although there is access to the front through the gardens, From the walled passageway you enter into a hallway which leads into a utility room which also has a W/C and to a large kitchen diner with an oil fueled AGA and a large period larder cupboard, following through into the lounge on the ground floor. Stairs lead to the first floor into a large bedroom with a feature fireplace and a dome ceiling, tall sash window with stunning views as far as the eye can see across the Pennines, there is also a second bedroom to the front elevation also commanding fabulous views. There is a large bathroom, with separate shower cubicle as well as a door into a separate W/C.
To the front and side are mature communal gardens with a stone-built tool shed adjoining the cottage whilst to the back is an impressive stone wall with arched alcoves looking beautiful exhibiting flowering planters as well as having a coal house.

The main house was thought to have been constructed for Sir William Blackett of Newcastle, the first Baronet who was a a merchant adventurer and moved into the Lead and Coal mining industry in around 1660, he died in 1680 and his estate passed to his third son, also Sir William Blackett II, who in turn bequeathed the estate to his son Sir William Blackett III. Sadly he did not leave a male heir and as such the estate was inherited in 1728 by Sir Walter Calverley -(nephew to William Blackett III) who, as a condition of the inheritance had to change his name to Blackett and marry the illegitimate daughter of his late Uncle, Elizabeth Ord. The Newhouse was the headquarters and residence of the mine agents and this was where the miners would come to receive their pay annually. In 1845 Thomas Sopwith was appointed Chief Agent of all three of the lead mining districts and moved into Newhouse. He made many changes and extended the offices which we now know as the cottage. He then went on to build the Band Room in 1847 which is a single storey building at the end of a row of stone cottages to the rear of Newhouse for the miners and activities such as brass band practice and reading and evening classes where all held here. The building has since had double doors put in and has been used for storing agricultural machines but more recently used for storage and a garage. There is ample parking for up to eight cars

A quaint addition to the main house briefly comprising of a solid hard wood door from the stone walled passageway to the rear of the property into the rear lobby with doors leading into the downstairs utility room which houses the oil central heating boiler as well as having a W/C, interlinking door into the main house kitchen (which would be locked for privacy) and a further door into the cottage kitchen/diner which boasts an AGA stove and an original solid wood larder cupboard. Original solid stone wall with door leading into the Lounge, a further door into the front hallway with solid hardwood door to front garden and interlinking door into main house. There is a wide staircase rising to first floor into a large bedroom with original cast iron fireplace, a second bedroom down a few stairs to the right also having a fireplace, finally there is an exceptionally spacious bathroom up a few stairs to the rear aspect with separate shower cubicle and a private W/C, To the front and side are established gardens with a stone-built tool shed adjoining the cottage and to the rear of the property is a brick built wall with arched alcoves which provide useful storage space whilst also being an attractive architectural feature.There is also a coal house.

Rear Hallway
Solid hard wood door leading into rear hallway with original solid stone floors and solid wood single glazed window to the side, internal doors leading to utility room and W/C, cottage kitchen and interlinking door to the main house kitchen.

Utility Room and W/C - 11'2" (3.4m) x 7'0" (2.13m)
Useful room housing the oil central heating boiler as well as having plumbing for a washing machine and extra space for a tumble drier, there is a single stainless steel sink and drainer with individual hot and cold taps and bright multi coloured high gloss tiling to the splash back. to the other end of the room is a W/C.

Kitchen - 16'9" (5.11m) x 11'3" (3.43m)
A spacious kitchen/diner boasting a wealth of the original features, having wooden paneling to the ceiling, original larder pantry crafted by hand in solid wood from floor to ceiling and finished with cast iron hinges. The room also benefits from the exposed 18th century solid stone wall, an original inglenook fireplace lined with decorative tiling and housing a more modern oil fueled AGA Stove with a solid oak hand crafted surround and mantelpiece. also having some modern additions such as stainless steel effect cone down lighting and stainless steel sink and drainer, The walls are neutrally decorated with deep wooden window sills and original single glazed hardwood windows overlooking the gardens to the side aspect.

Lounge - 14'6" (4.42m) x 13'6" (4.11m)
Bright spacious room with single glazed hardwood windows to the side elevation with wood paneling to the lower wall and a further window to the front elevation with oil central heating radiator beneath, original exposed beam to the ceiling and original cast iron fire with painted cast iron surround, marble hearth and brass fender.Internal door from lounge into front hallway which has a solid hardwood door leading out to garden, interlinking door into main house and staircase with hand rail rising to first floor into master bedroom.

Master Bedroom - 17'5" (5.31m) x 10'5" (3.18m)
This rather stunning room has a dome ceiling and was probably originally the drawing room or main accounts office, having a large high single glazed original sash window with wood paneling beneath,overlooking the side garden and boasting views stretching as far as you can see.To either side of the window are oil central heating radiators, there is an abundance of natural light flowing through making this a lovely sunny area, perfect for relaxing with a book or enjoying your morning tea. It also benefits from an original cast iron fire in a painted cast iron surround.

Bedroom 2 - 14'8" (4.47m) x 13'6" (4.11m)
A spacious bedroom adjoining the master bedroom with large sash window to the front elevation with wood paneling beneath and original period shutters. commanding breathtaking views over the Pennines and surrounding villages. Feature open fire set in a marble tiled hearth with decorative wooden fire surround.Wood paneling to the ceilings and a solid wood door leading up a short flight of steps to the master bedroom of the main house. Neutrally decorated with classic patterned carpets and oil central heating radiators

Bathroom - 11'3" (3.43m) x 9'8" (2.95m)
An exceptionally spacious room leading up a short flight of stairs from the master bedroom having a corner shower, a white bath with pine wood paneling to the side, chrome grab rails and an overhead shower, full tiling to the perimeter of the bath, luxury pedestal wash hand basin. Having floor to ceiling storage cupboards and wood paneling to the walls, neutrally decorated with some contrasting paneling, plain carpeting and a large sash window overlooking the side garden and separate W/C within its own private room through a pine door, having wood paneling to all walls and finished in contrasting satin wood paint. natural wooden sash window to the rear elevation.

The views from the property give these properties the WOW factor stretching miles as far as the eye can see across the pennines and neighbouring villages. To the front of the cottage and main house are stunning lawned gardens with many mature shrubs, trees and seasonal flowers and plants. there are also some beautiful features in the grounds including a rockery created form unrefined lead crystal formations from the mines, absolutely stunning,as well as a vegetable area and a greenhouse. To the back of the property is a small piece of land between the stone walls and the band room with allocated parking

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