homemaker featured property - 12 October 2013

Len and Sandra McClusky's imposing Darras Hall home is this week's featured property


Len and Sandra McClusky have enjoyed six happy years in their stunning family home in Darras Hall, Northumberland.

The couple built the beautiful property on Runnymede Road with a view to creating a modern property which blended “traditional elegance with contemporary style.”

Designed by local architect Eric Newsham in a French renaissance theme, the property was the last of his work before he died in 2006.

According to Len, it’s one of a kind on the estate.

He said: “The house is just under 6500sq ft and I don’t think there’s anything else similar on Darras Hall. We wanted to create a modern family home with a French style throughout.”

The property took a year to build and sits on a mature site of 0.57 acres. Entrance to the property is via electric gates leading to a driveway which could park up to 15 cars, according to Len. The large reception hall is a particular feature and includes solid oak flooring and cloakroom.

There is a family snug room, drawing room with Chesney stone fireplace, and dining room. The property has two garden rooms, both of which lead to garden terraces.

Len and Sandra particularly love spending time in the kitchen and breakfast room. Features include handmade cabinets, granite worktops and impressive appliances.

Len said: “There are four rooms that stand out for us. The drawing room, kitchen, breakfast room and master bedroom.

“The house was designed with entertaining in mind. You can walk all the way through the house which is perfect for socialising.

“We regularly have family to visit on special occasions like Christmas.”

The breakfast room has views over the gardens and there is also a utility and laundry room attached. Upstairs there is a master bedroom suite with open plan dressing room, and en suite bathroom with Kohler tub bath. There are four further bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms.

The second floor has been converted and offers flexible further accommodation. Len said: “It would make someone a wonderful family home. They have a choice of five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

“The converted loft room can be whatever they want it to be. A sixth bedroom, a granny flat, or a teenager’s den.”

The mature gardens are a particular feature of the house. Despite being private and secluded, the surrounding properties give the property added security, according to Len.

“Runnymede Road is a great location and all the sites are individual with lots of mature trees. We are very secluded but we have the security of neighbours all around us. The detached garage is set slightly away from the house, so there’s a lot more space.”

The mature lawned gardens feature terraced areas lit by lanterns.

“My great grandson James loves to come and play in the gardens. They are easy to maintain and it’s the mature trees that make it. They are magnificent,” said Len.

The couple are sad to leave the beautiful home they created, but are looking to downsize.

Len said: “We are sad to leave but are looking forward to the future and enjoy the rest of our lives. We are staying in Ponteland as we love it. We can move straight out for anyone who would like to move in before Christmas.”

:: 57 Runnymede Road, Darras Hall, is for sale through Sanderson Young at a reduced price of £1.495m, tel: 0191 223 3505.


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