A wealth of elegance

A MAGNIFICENT home, renovated and refurbished with impressive character and style, and now on the market in Northumberland, is attracting great interest – and bringing back happy memories for hundreds of couples.

A MAGNIFICENT home, renovated and refurbished with impressive character and style, and now on the market in Northumberland, is attracting great interest – and bringing back happy memories for hundreds of couples.

Espley Hall, in Espley, near Morpeth, was renowned for hosting elegant weddings in years gone by before being converted back into a stunning family home. And the property, set in 10 acres of gardens and land, is now available for another family to move into and enjoy.

Simon Beeby, of selling agents Strutt and Parker, described the property to homemaker.

He said: “The main reception hall is quite a magnificent room – it has always been quite a striking sight. There is a fantastic return staircase that goes up to a half landing and then back round.

“In the middle there is a stained glass window – the decor picking out its stunning colours. It really is quite impressive.”

There are two reception rooms either side of the main entrance hall – an elegant dining room and a drawing room.

Both have bay windows overlooking manicured lawns as well as period fireplaces.

Beyond the two reception rooms there is a garden room. This has recently been re-tiled and underfloor heating added.

There is also a library leading from the main hall. It has been converted to a comfortable family sitting room.

Also on the ground floor is a kitchen, utility room, toilet and access to the cellar.

On one side, the galleried landing leads to a master bedroom, which has an adjoining dressing room and bathroom. There are two further bedrooms leading off from the same side of the landing, as well as a family bathroom.

Accessed from the other side of the landing, there are two further bedrooms, including one which once had the proud “bridal suite” status.

There is yet another bathroom to serve this side of the property. The 10 acre grounds boast not only a two-tiered formal lawn and kitchen garden, but also mixed mature woodland.

There is an access driveway, electric gates and a double garage.

The A697 is at the end of the drive and the A1 is just minutes’ away.

It was only around 10 years ago that the estate was used as a swish wedding venue.

It is believed that the house was built in approximately 1865 for the Boulmer-Stott family.

In 1893 the house was occupied by George Bainbridge, the son of the businessman who founded the first department store in Newcastle, now trading as John Lewis.

After the Second World War the Sanderson family took over Espley Hall until it was fragmented in the sale of 1969.

Now it is a family home again, having undergone extensive refurbishment including rewiring, a new heating system and – more tellingly – a thorough, decorative revamp in every room.

Espley Hall is for sale through Strutt and Parker at £1.5m, tel: (01670) 516123.

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