Accommodation in Brief
Entrance Vestibule | Inner Entrance Hall | Boot Room | Lift | Grand Reception Hall | Breakfast Kitchen | Utility Room | Dining Room | Drawing Room | Sun Room | Billiard Room | Sitting Room | Cloakroom | Study | Pool Utility Room | Pool Shower/Changing Room | Swimming Pool | Gymnasium | Steam Room and Shower | Gardeners WC | Wine Cellar
Master Bedroom Suite with En-suite Bathroom and Dressing Room | Guest Bedroom Suite with En-suite Bathroom | Two Further Guest Suites with En-suite Bathrooms | Four Further Bedrooms | Two Further Bathrooms | Laundry Room | Linen Cupboard
Four Further Rooms | Lift Motor Room | WC
Double Garage | Car Port | Extensive Gardens and Grounds
Shortridge Hall is a magnificent Grade II Listed hall located in an idyllic situation combining both rural and coastal views. The property, which was acquired by the current owners in 2002, was built in 1898 by W.L. Newcombe of Newcastle for Mr. R. Deuchar, a local brewer and property speculator. The property is constructed of squared stone with ashlar dressings, under a graduated Lakeland slate roof and has undergone extensive refurbishment in recent years, extending to approximately 1,528m2 (16,447ft2). The sympathetic renovation combines high quality fixtures and fittings with traditional features throughout. The original character has been retained with panelled wooden doors, wooden floors, ornate cornicing and French windows. The windows to the ground floor have glazed top lights emblazoned with the Deuchar arms and motto "Verus ad Finem" which continue the history of this fabulous property.
Shortridge Hall is approached via a gated entrance with a sweeping drive leading to the pillared entrance. Solid wood doors lead to the entrance vestibule with original mosaic style flooring with a further set of half glazed wooden doors leading into the reception hall, with useful boot room off and access to the lift which runs from the ground floor to the first floor. The reception hall is a truly exceptional welcome into the house with its full height enhanced by the original domed atrium ceiling with coloured glazing, three bay elliptical arcade and imperial staircase with moulded handrail leading to the first floor.
The breakfast kitchen is situated on the eastern side of the property with three full length windows flooding the room with natural light. The kitchen is fitted with a Mark Wilkinson kitchen comprising a range of wooden units with complementary granite worksurface, the style replicated on the central island. A range of integral appliances includes two Miele ovens, Miele dishwasher and hob, two door gas Aga, Maytag fridge freezer and instant boiling water tap. A useful larder cupboard, in the same style as the kitchen units, provides further storage with a utility room with further units and Belfast sink located off the kitchen.
The dining room is located off the kitchen, with further access from the reception hall, and is a welcoming space with open fireplace with limestone mantle, slate hearth, wooden floor and bay window overlooking the garden to the east. A fabulous drawing room overlooks the gardens to the south and east with five full height windows and an open fire with marble surround and slate hearth. A sun room leads directly off the reception hall which in turn leads out to the garden.
The billiard room is an ideal place to entertain with a gas coal effect fire and an archway to a more cosy snug area. The sitting room is of generous proportions and continues the character of the property with attractive period wood paneling, open fireplace with wooden fire surround and access from both the reception hall and rear hall.
The grand reception hall leads through to the back of the house with further rooms on offer. A spacious cloakroom comprises a Thomas Crapper toilet, roll top freestanding bath and wash hand basin set into an attractive wooden unit. A study with fitted bookshelves is a useful room with the rear hall also providing access to a spacious storage cupboard. The cellar is accessed under the back stairs and is currently used as further entertaining space for wine tasting evenings.
A curved hall provides access to a further pool utility room which comprises a Belfast sink, range of units, washing machine, dishwasher and fridge as well as having access to the garage A further shower room for the swimming pool is fitted with an electric shower, wash hand basin, heated towel rail and a cleverly designed sliding shower screen. The gymnasium, which is located opposite the swimming pool, has a door to the garage and external access via the gardeners WC.
The swimming pool complex, which has been built in a complementary style by the current owners, is a real highlight of the property. As well as the fabulous swimming pool there is a steam room and shower as well as French doors out to a sun terrace overlooking the garden.
The stunning staircase leads from the reception hall up to a galleried landing providing access to the first floor accommodation. The master bedroom suite is truly fitting for a property of this size and gives a private space to enjoy. The master bedroom has a dual aspect with views towards the coast. The en-suite bathroom is made up of two sections, the first of which comprises a wash hand basin, heated towel rail, WC and bidet along with a cleverly disguised shower within a curved cubicle. The second area of the bathroom is fitted with a fabulous raised bath enabling the views to be truly appreciated along with two wash hand basins set in an attractive vanity unit. The luxuriousness of the master suite continues into the generously sized dressing room with a range of bespoke fitted oak wardrobes.
The guest suite offers an en-suite bathroom with freestanding roll top bath, substantial walk in shower, double wash hand basins, WC and heated towel rail. Two further en-suite bedrooms along with four further bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large linen cupboard and a useful laundry room, with two Maytag Washers and a Maytag dryer, completes the accommodation on the first floor.
The second floor of Shortridge Hall is accessed via the back staircase and is a further substantial space within the property. This area is made up of four separate rooms with a separate WC and would ideally lend itself to a self-contained apartment. Access to the roof and roof terrace can also be gained from the second floor.
Shortridge Hall is accessed via a gated entrance with electric gates and stone pillars either side or a hand gate for those on foot. The gravelled driveway sweeps through the garden to the east of the property before reaching the parking area with planted central turning circle. The integral garage can be accessed from here with electric wooden doors as well as power and lighting connected. A further carport, constructed of cedar wood with cedar shingle tiles, provides parking for two cars. A gated patio area provides a secure space with access leading directly from the house.
An attractive patio area with water feature is surrounded by established shrubs and leads onto a delightful walled vegetable garden and extensive lawned area with stone wall boundary. To the south of the property is an attractive knot garden with box hedging which leads round to the western side where the gardens continue. A variety of spaces, all with their own individual layout, host a wealth of plants and shrubs with a well-established woodland area located on the boundary of the property. The garden can be enjoyed at all times of the day with various sitting areas nestled within the grounds.
Shortridge Hall is surrounded by a garden of approximately 3.4 acres and in addition there are wooded verges of approximately 2.5 acres on the approach road; the latter may have development potential subject to planning consents.
Shortridge Hall is located approximately 1.5 miles from the Northumberland coastal village of Warkworth which can be accessed using a nearby pathway/cycleway and is part of St Oswalds Way. Warkworth is situated in the loop of the River Coquet and is best known for its medieval castle, church and hermitage. The village offers excellent local amenities and is popular for its old buildings, walks along the River Coquet and its proximity to the Northumberland Coast. There are a lovely variety of traditional pubs, restaurants and boutique shops.
Nearby Alnwick offers every day amenities with supermarkets, a good range of shops, primary and secondary schooling, a modern leisure centre, playhouse/cinema, hospital and Alnwick Castle and Garden; the latter offering contemporary landscaped gardens and unique Treehouse Restaurant. The beautiful surrounding area provides varied country and beach walks including Howick Hall Gardens and numerous golf courses nearby. Newcastle city centre provides further comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.
For the commuter the A1 provides access north to Edinburgh and south to Newcastle International Airport and City Centre. The closest rail station is at Alnmouth which provides regular links to Edinburgh, Newcastle and London on the East Coast main line, and links to other main line services to major UK cities.
Alnmouth Mainline Station 2.7 miles | Alnwick 6.3 miles | Morpeth 20.1 miles | Newcastle International Airport 34.1 miles | Newcastle upon Tyne 34.5 miles | Edinburgh City Centre 92.2 miles