Accommodation in Brief
Ticket Room/Office | Sitting Room | Breakfasting Room | Kitchen | Utility Room | Principal Bedroom with En-suite Bathroom | Two Bedrooms with En-suite Shower Rooms | Two Further Bedrooms | Family Bathroom
Open Plan Sitting Room & Breakfasting Kitchen | One Bedroom with En-suite Bathroom
Gardens | Parking
Station House sits in a fantastic position with wonderful views across the village of Lanchester and offers a superb opportunity to develop a holiday let business in a desirable location. The current owners have been granted planning permission for the one bedroom attached annexe and second floor bedrooms to be used as self-catering and bed and breakfast rooms respectively to allow an income potential. Currently, Porters Lodge, a one bed annexe is being let as a self-catering unit.
The property has been completely renovated and updated by the current owners using high quality fixtures and fittings, bathrooms supplied by Burlington, Hudson Reed and The Cast Iron Bath Company and is an outstanding example of a successful renovation which retains many traditional and characterful features including fireplaces and stripped wood floors, whilst also creating a contemporary home suitable for modern day living.
The front door opens into a dual aspect reception room which was originally the station waiting room but currently used as a breakfasting room for guests. It could lend itself to a number of further uses and offers a feature fireplace along with the original ticket office window, a quirky historical feature, and a door leads to the rear garden, incorporating the original station platform. Adjoining is the Ticket Room, now used as an office, with the central feature staircase to the upper floor and door off to the sitting room. A room of good size, it benefits from a dual aspect to the front and rear, a multi-fuel stove set in an inglenook fireplace with dressed stone surround and wood beam over whilst a partially exposed stone wall adds a touch of originality. The kitchen sits to the side of the sitting room and benefits from a range of units with complementary work surfaces, plumbing for a dishwasher and room for a table and chairs. A useful utility room is off the kitchen, with plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer and access to the side garden. Off the utility, there is also a cloakroom with WC.
From the sitting room a staircase leads down to the lower level accommodation and hallway with beautiful porcelain tiling to the floor throughout, designed to replicate natural stone. The lower level accommodation has been thoughtfully created to make the best possible use of space creating a principal bedroom with luxurious en-suite bathroom comprising a freestanding cast iron roll top bath from Cast Iron Bath Company with claw feet, wash hand basin, traditional heated towel rail and regal height WC with polished stainless steel cistern and attractive and quality tiling to the walls and floor. There are two further bedrooms on offer which are served by the family bathroom.
The red oak feature staircase leads from the Ticket Room to the upper floor with generous landing and a further two bedrooms, both with traditional style en-suite shower rooms with high quality tiling.
The configuration of Station House and Porters Lodge allows interested parties to run a lifestyle and business set up, with a potential income stream from the Lodge as a holiday let, and various rooms being available for a Bed & Breakfast. The current owners have run the property for guests, and there is scope to further realise the full potential. Planning permission has been granted for part of the property to be used as a Bed & Breakfast and Holiday Accommodation (Durham County Council planning ref. DM/19/00700/fpa). Porters Lodge has been designed and run as a holiday let but also offers scope for further ancillary accommodation depending on individual needs.
Designed as a holiday let, Porters Lodge has its own private external access from the original station platform. It offers an open plan sitting room and breakfasting kitchen fitted with a range of quality floor units with tiled splashback, complementary work surfaces, integral ceramic hob, electric oven and under counter fridge. The room benefits from an original pitch-pine floor and the triple aspect floods the room with natural light giving stunning views of the extensive grounds and village of Lanchester. A welcoming wood burning stove sits centrally to the room. A staircase leads down to the lower level which offers a double bedroom with luxury en-suite bathroom with a high quality suite.
Station house is approached through a stone pillared entrance onto a private tarmacadam driveway with parking for several vehicles. Gardens surround the property with plantings of mature shrubs, trees and perennials and extend to around 0.83 acres in all. To the side of the property is a sun terrace leading to an enclosed lawned area with hedging which adds to the feeling of privacy, whilst the rear garden includes the original station platform which has been partially landscaped for low maintenance.
Built in 1862, Station House, was the original station master's house, ticket office and waiting room for Lanchester Station. The Lanchester Valley Railway ran for 12 miles between Durham and Consett along the valley of the River Browney. The station was closed to passengers in the 1930s but continued to be used for the transport of iron ore and coal until the line was decommissioned under the Beeching Axe in 1966. The disused line has since been redeveloped as the popular Lanchester Valley Railway Walk for walking, cycling and horse riding and links directly to the C2C network. The station was designed by Thomas Prosser, architect for the North East Railway Company, who also designed Goathland station in Yorkshire which featured in the Harry Potter films.
Lanchester is a popular and thriving commuter village set amidst beautiful countryside of mainly pasture and woodland and a short distance from the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Smallhope Burn, a tributary of the River Browney, runs through the Lanchester Valley. The local economy was mainly based on agriculture and the grandeur of its Church indicates that this has been an important religious centre since the Norman times. The old railway line, now known as the Lanchester Valley Walk, runs between Consett and Durham where it links at each end with a further network of other disused railways and tracks for walking and cycling. At the Consett end the footpath links to the C2C cycle route, an award-winning national cycle route stretching from Whitehaven and Workington in the north west of England to Sunderland and Tynemouth in the north east.
The traditional village offers a wide range of everyday amenities including a range of shops, small supermarket, farm shop, bank, pharmacy, post office, a selection of eateries and pubs, an active community centre and churches. The village green is frequently used for community events. Nearby Consett offers additional shopping and recreational services while the historic cathedral city of Durham, which is very accessible, provides comprehensive professional, cultural, educational and recreational facilities. For schooling Lanchester offers primary and senior schools. There are also excellent private schools available nearby in Durham and Newcastle.
For the commuter, Lanchester is ideally placed for access to the major centres of the north east. The A68 provides access both north and south linking to both the motorway network and to the A69 for quick connection to Newcastle in the east and Carlisle in the west. The A691 offers quick access to Durham and Consett. The Gateshead Metro Centre, Newcastle International Airport, Newcastle and Durham Rail Stations are all extremely accessible, providing excellent transport links.
Lanchester Village Centre 0.1 miles | Consett 5.0 miles | Durham City Centre 7.9 miles | Newcastle City Centre 14.2 miles | Newcastle International Airport 19.6 miles