homemaker featured property - 31 August 2013

With impressive contemporary design to substantial gardens around a third of an acre, this Northumberland home offers charm in the countryside

Hartveld, Hartford Hall estate Bedlington, Northumberland
Hartveld, Hartford Hall estate Bedlington, Northumberland

It was a case of out with the old and in with the new when businesswoman Hayley Laydon moved home 10 years ago.

Having spent time updating an older four-bedroom period property in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, Hayley decided to up sticks and move somewhere she could really make her mark.

After hearing about an up-and-coming new-build development near Bedlington, in Northumberland, she was keen find out more.

She said: “I was able to put my own mark on the property as each home on the estate was to be individually designed. It was nice to be able to move somewhere I could put my own stamp on.”


And her four-bedroom, detached property on an envious plot, has proved everything and more for Hayley, 51.

From the impressive contemporary design of its bespoke dining kitchen with open aspect to its stunning sun room, to the luxurious fixtures and fittings featured in the master bedroom and en-suite bathroom, the property ticked all the right boxes for Clarks’ Home Bakery boss, Hayley.

She said: “I have loved living in the property. Perhaps my favourite room has been the garden room as it’s a lovely place to sit. It’s so tranquil to sit and watch the wildlife in the garden.”

The substantial gardens extend to around a third of an acre and include a paved patio area, as well as a large driveway and double garage.

Other attractions inside the property include an entrance hallway with solid American black walnut flooring, living room with limestone fireplace, second reception room and an office.

The kitchen is fitted with a range of walnut wall and base units in a contemporary handle-less design by Newcastle Furniture Company. The dining area has solid American black walnut flooring and open-plan access through to the sun room. The clever use of both natural and artificial lighting accentuates the overall design.

The master bedroom has open views over the surrounding farmland, while the en-suite offers a free-standing Arc bath with double headrest and floor-mounted chrome bath filler and mosaic tiled accents to the walls. There are also ‘his and hers’ wall-mounted wash basins complete with chrome fittings.

The estate itself is within easy reach of road links connecting Morpeth, Bedlington, Cramlington and the A1 south to Newcastle.

The excellent transport links are something that have proved vital for Hayley who travels to her family-owned bakery in Shiremoor on a daily basis.

She said: “The estate is great for road links to the surrounding area. It’s only 10 minutes to get to Morpeth and around 10 minutes to Newcastle International Airport. It takes me about 15 minutes to get to Shiremoor.”

“The property would ideally suit a family as it’s very spacious and there is definitely scope for development of the land and extending the house, with planning permission.”

So what now for Hayley?

She said: “I think it’s just time for a change. I’m going to downsize and buy a smaller property in the North East, but I also hope to invest in a property abroad in Mijas, Spain.

“My parents have a property there, so it’d be nice to have a holiday home, perhaps an farmhouse out there.”

:: Hartveld, Hartford Hall estate Bedlington, Northumberland is for sale at £630,000, through Signature by Mark Small, tel: 0191 251 3344


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