Accommodation in Brief
Porch | Kitchen/Dining Room | Family Room | Sitting Room | Study/Bedroom | Utility Room | Boot Room | Cloakroom/WC | Three Bedrooms | Bathroom
Garage | Stone Outbuilding Housing Power System | Garden
Sunnyside sits in a fabulous rural position in the North Pennines at the head of the West Allen valley and stands at a remarkable elevation of around 1,750ft above sea level. The property forms part of the historic hamlet of Coalcleugh, said to be the highest village in England. Coalcleugh is an old lead mining settlement on the borders of Northumberland, County Durham and Cumbria within the Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The current owners purchased the property in a derelict state and have sympathetically restored it to provide a charming home with exposed beams and stonework that also offers self-sufficient living through a wind powered off-grid system.
The front door opens into a bright dual-aspect entrance porch with original flagstone floor that leads into the kitchen/dining room. The spacious kitchen is fitted with a comprehensive range of units, single sink and drainer, lpg hob and oven, with plumbing for a dishwasher and space for a fridge/freezer; a Rayburn range cooker provides hot water and central heating. With windows to the front and rear aspect, the kitchen offers a light and spacious area for a large dining table as well as a seating area from which to enjoy the glorious views over the garden and beyond. The generous family room has stripped pine floor boards and a feature inglenook fireplace with multi-fuel stove set on a stone hearth. Above the inglenook sits a timber mantelpiece made from the original staircase. Off the family room a few steps lead up to the magnificent triple-aspect sitting room, with semi-vaulted ceiling, multi-fuel stove and stunning valley views. To the south of the kitchen there is a utility room fitted with a range of units, plumbed for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer. Doors lead off the utility room to the study/bedroom, cloakroom/WC, boot room and out to the rear terrace. The study/bedroom has windows to the front and side. The boot room provides access to the outside and is fitted with a large larder unit, log and solid fuel stores.
The staircase has a charming arched window that floods the first floor landing with natural light. The master bedroom has a window to the front offering far-reaching elevated views and is fitted with a range of sliding door wardrobes and an airing cupboard. There are two further double bedrooms, both with beamed ceilings, one of which has a fitted wardrobe. The bathroom is fitted with a double-ended bath, separate corner shower, wash hand basin and WC. There is a useful shelved cupboard off the landing which provides excellent storage.
Sunnyside is accessed along a drive leading to a gravelled parking area for several cars and the garage. The integral garage has an up-and-over door and benefits from light and power.
Two gates lead into the private garden to the front of the house with gravel paths to the front and back doors. The garden is mainly laid to lawn with maturing plants and traditional dry stone boundary walls. Three seating areas are positioned to enjoy the views and take in the sun at all times of the day. There is a further low maintenance terrace/garden to the rear which offers a sheltered and private area from which to enjoy valley and moorland views.
Steps lead up to the original Powder House, once used to store explosives for the lead mines, now housing the management system for the wind turbine, battery bank and back-up generator. An area of ground to the rear of the Powder House is the site for the wind turbine and could provide further landscaped gardens if desired.
Note: Since 2012, the fully automated off-grid system (comprising wind turbine, bank of batteries and generator) has provided electricity to Sunnyside. Despite running independent of the National Grid, Sunnyside has benefitted from the Government’s Feed-in Tariff (fit) with an average annual payment of around £2,500. This fit contract is index-linked and is guaranteed to run until 2032.
Carrshield is a charming and peaceful hamlet that is located within the Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beautiful surrounding area is ideal for the outdoor enthusiast with walking, cycling and nature on the doorstep and the C2C cycle route and Pennine Way are both nearby. Slightly further afield, yet still within easy reach, are Hadrian's Wall, the Northumberland National Park, Cheviots, Scottish Borders, Lake District and the stunning North East Coast. There is a vibrant local neighbourhood with a community shop and post office at nearby Nenthead, together with further local amenities at Allendale and Alston. The market town of Hexham provides several supermarkets, a good range of shops and eateries, leisure facilities, cinema, professional services and a hospital. Both Newcastle and Carlisle provide comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.
For schooling there are primary schools in Haydon Bridge, Allendale and Hexham while senior schooling is offered at Haydon Bridge Community High School and Sports College (hbchs) and Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham. In addition Mowden Hall Preparatory School just outside Corbridge offers private education from nursery up to 13 years, while Newcastle has several private day schools.
For the commuter, the A69 provides excellent access to Newcastle in the east and Carlisle in the west, while the A1 and M6 are also within easy reach for access north and south to other regional centres. There is a rail station at Hexham which provides regular cross country services and in turn links to other main line services to major UK cities north and south. Newcastle International Airport is also very accessible.
Nenthead 2.1 miles | Allendale 8.2 miles | Haydon Bridge 15.0 miles | Hexham 17.9 miles | Penrith 26.3 miles | Carlisle City Centre 34.6 miles | Newcastle International Airport 39.0 miles | Newcastle City Centre 41.5 miles