Accommodation in Brief
Porch | Hall | Kitchen/Dining Room | Sitting Room | Conservatory | Utility Room | Cloakroom/WC | Master Bedroom Suite | Four Further Bedrooms | Bathroom | WC
Kitchen | Hall | Sitting Room | Dining Room | Bathroom | Two Double Bedrooms
Extensive Range of Outbuildings | Garden and Courtyard | Parking | Two Paddocks
Staward Villa Farm and Cottage are located in a delightful rural location in the East Allen Valley and within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Situated close to the popular villages of Catton and Allendale, the properties sit in an elevated position and enjoy spectacular, far-reaching panoramic views. Staward Villa Farm offers generous, well-presented and flexible accommodation that has been refurbished by the current owners yet retains period features throughout including decorative plasterwork, picture and dado rails and a wide period staircase. The surrounding area offers stunning landscapes of meadows, moorland and waterfalls, vibrant communities and spectacular wildlife. The nearby ancient woodland of Allen Banks and Staward Gorge has a rich flora and fauna, while on a high promontory within Staward Wood are the remains of a medieval pele tower and at Allen Banks there is a reconstructed Victorian summerhouse.
Staward Villa Farm
Internally the house offers generously proportioned and extremely flexible accommodation with many rooms enjoying the spectacular views over the gardens and open countryside beyond. The front door opens into a porch and an etched glazed door leads into a welcoming hall that gives access to the main reception rooms. The sitting room, which has a fireplace with marble surround and multi-fuel stove, has a large bay window with fitted window seat to take in the open rural views. The spacious kitchen/dining room also enjoys open views to the front elevation, and offers fabulous everyday living space. The kitchen is fitted with a range of units with granite work surfaces, a breakfast bar, Belfast sink, range-style cooker set within an inglenook, integrated dishwasher and microwave, fridge/freezer and has attractive oak flooring. This room offers ample space for everyday dining and living. Off the dining room there is a spacious conservatory that offers a further flexible reception area from which to enjoy the garden and views at all times of the year. There is a useful utility room that is plumbed for a washing machine and has space for a dryer, and a downstairs cloakroom/WC completes the ground floor accommodation.
A period staircase, with attractive stained glass window on the half landing, splits and leads to front and rear first floor landings. The dual-aspect master bedroom suite enjoys views to the front and side over the garden and open farmland and benefits from a walk-in dressing room and en-suite shower room. There are two further double bedrooms on this floor, one of which can be accessed from the front and rear landings while the other has a charming cast iron fireplace. These bedrooms are served by a bathroom fitted with a bath with shower attachment, wash hand basin and WC. A further staircase leads to the second floor where there are two additional double bedrooms with Velux windows, a WC and access to useful boarded storage space.
The stone and brick built, detached cottage is positioned to the side and rear of the main house, and comprises spacious accommodation across two floors. The cottage, which is accessed from a parking and turning area, has a front door that opens into the kitchen. A hall provides access to the sitting room, which enjoys views across the gardens to the countryside beyond, and a dining room which is located to the rear of the property. Also on the ground floor is a bathroom, while to the first floor there are two generous double bedrooms.
The cottage, which does require comprehensive renovation, could provide additional accommodation or an income stream as a lettings/holiday cottage subject to the necessary planning consents.
To the front of the property there is a parking and turning area, with space for a number of vehicles, and a large stone and timber outbuilding that could be used as a garage or barn. The enclosed garden, which lies to the front and sides of the house, is mainly laid to lawn with established flower beds and mature shrubs and trees. A raised terrace offers an ideal space for outdoor entertaining or to appreciate the tranquil setting and views, while a summerhouse provides a further area to enjoy the garden. There is also a useful garden shed with adjacent decking. Beyond the garden there is a paddock which extends to around 0.65 acres with glorious sweeping countryside views.
To the rear there is an enclosed, private courtyard and coal store for Staward Villa, with access to the cottage parking area. A fantastic range of outbuildings offer further opportunities for development, including a stone-built milking shed that could potentially provide a separate dwelling subject to the necessary planning consents. Additional outbuildings include a corrugated iron agricultural barn and a stone and timber barn. Behind the outbuildings there is a further paddock extending to around 1.1 acres. In all the property sits in around 2.25 acres of garden, grounds and paddock land. The paddocks benefit from a water supply.
Staward Villa Farm is situated in a rural yet convenient location close to the village of Catton and to Allendale Town which offers everyday amenities including a post office/newsagent, small supermarket, a number of traditional public houses and a golf course. The surrounding area is popular for tourism, close to Hadrian’s Wall and an ideal location to escape the hustle and bustle of modern day life. The historic market town of Hexham provides a wider selection of amenities with larger supermarkets, a good range of shops and restaurants, professional and recreational services and a cinema, theatre and a hospital. The beautiful surrounding area provides walks and other country pursuits, with golf courses, sports clubs and Hexham racecourse within easy reach. Newcastle city centre which provides comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities is also within easy reach.
For schooling, there is a primary school in Allendale, while senior schooling is offered in Haydon Bridge and Hexham. In addition Mowden Hall Preparatory School, just outside Corbridge, provides private education from nursery up to 13 years and there are several private day schools in Newcastle with school transport offered from Hexham.
For the commuter, the A69, which can be joined at Hexham or Haydon Bridge, gives excellent access to Newcastle to the east and Carlisle to the west, and to the A1 and M6. Railway stations in Hexham and Haydon Bridge provide cross country services to Newcastle and Carlisle where connecting main line rail services are available to major UK cities. Newcastle International Airport is also easily accessible.
Allendale Town 3.2 miles | Hexham 9.3 miles | Haltwhistle 13.5 miles | Newcastle International Airport 30.8 miles | Newcastle City Centre 31.5 miles | M6 J43 Carlisle 34.8 miles