A true rural retreat

Location, location, location was the main draw for Harry and Heather Robinson when they bought Longhirst Dairy Cottage 14 years ago.

Location, location, location was the main draw for Harry and Heather Robinson when they bought Longhirst Dairy Cottage 14 years ago.

Their four-bedroom detached Northumberland home is set within an acre of garden and woodland in a prime location next to Longhirst Hall, which has a hotel bar, two golf courses and tennis, cricket and hockey clubs. It is just three miles from Morpeth with all its shops, restaurants and amenities.

Mr Robinson, 54, retired in January from Northumbria Water, while Mrs Robinson, 45, is area capital projects manager for the NHS.

"The area is fantastic. It's very quiet and peaceful," Mr Robinson said. " There's lots of wildlife, like the resident red squirrels, deer and foxes. At the bottom of the garden there's a bridle path that leads towards Hebron where you could take a mountain bike, go riding or just go for a walk. It's only a 20 to 25-minute drive to the MetroCentre and Newcastle while Druridge Bay is about 15 minutes away."

Since the Robinsons moved in they have considerably extended the 1960s property, enlarging the lounge and adding a master bedroom and garden room/family room.

They have also built a cottage annexe for Heather's parents Joan and Alan Baptist, who are in their 70s. It has a double garage and open-plan living/dining room with fitted kitchen on the ground floor. Upstairs there's a double bedroom with dressing room and shower room. This versatile cottage would also make a great holiday let.

The main house has a large reception hall at over 27ft by 24ft, which has leaded feature windows and oak flooring. From here there's access to the main reception rooms, a ground floor bedroom with fitted wardrobes and a bathroom.

The spacious reception rooms include a living room with patio doors and an archway to the formal dining room. There is also a luxurious kitchen/breakfast room with oak units, a range cooker and integrated dishwasher. This room also boasts French doors to the raised timber terrace and gardens.

One of the double bedrooms is on the ground floor, making it ideal for guests, along with a generous white family bathroom.

On the first floor are three further double bedrooms, two of which have contemporary en-suite facilities. The master suite is particularly spacious with open views over woodland and comes with an extensive range of bespoke fitted wardrobes.

The property also has an extensive gravelled driveway with parking for several cars.

Now the Robinsons are downsizing and are looking for a detached house in Morpeth while Mrs Robinson's parents will be getting their own place. Mr Robinson, who is originally from Gateshead, said: "I have mixed emotions about moving. It's been 14 years and we've had enough time here. It's time to move on."

Longhirst Dairy Cottage is for sale through Sanderson Young at a guide price of £675,000, tel: (01665) 600170.


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