Driving through Shotley Bridge, in County Durham, 25 years ago, Margaret and Jim Pugh stumbled upon what they felt could be their ideal home.
The couple, who were relocating from Scotland, spotted a small development being built on the edge of the village. Impressed with the idyllic setting, they jumped at the chance to secure an elevated plot with stunning views over the Derwent Valley.
With large rooms and set in a third of an acre of mature grounds, the detached family home has since provided the perfect setting in which to raise their two children.
The property on Peile Park, originally the grounds of the old Peile House, is set in a cul de sac location.
Margaret said: “We had recently moved to the region from Scotland for work reasons and we found this small development by a local builder.
“We loved that the properties would all be individually designed. Each property on the development is slightly individual in its own way and the views are superb.”
The property is accessed via a large reception hall with a central bespoke staircase.
The lounge, Margaret’s favourite room, includes a feature fireplace as well as attractive views.
She said: “I love the lounge area. It’s lovely and light and spacious and has wonderful views over the valley. It’s perfect for relaxing while listening to music.”
There is a dining room, with exposed feature stone wall, and family room/bedroom five with access to the rear garden. The property has an attractive modern breakfasting kitchen with integrated appliances.
The master bedroom suite includes a large bedroom with doors to the rear garden, dressing area, and shower room. There is also a family bathroom.
Upstairs there are a further three bedrooms as well as a second family bathroom.
Margaret and Jim’s children, Mark, now 40, Lynne, now 36, are married with their own children. And when it comes to family reunions, the property provides more than enough space for them all to stay.
Margaret said: “People often look at the property and think it’s a bungalow. When in fact it’s a large family home. We can accommodate the two families quite easily which we do regularly. It’s been a lovely space to raise family.
“Its size is one of the main selling points. It’s a very spacious and roomy house.”
And when it comes to location, the property is ideal, according to Margaret.
Bridge is a lovely picturesque village and very close to amenities and some great schools. Travelling into Newcastle is only around 35 minute and it’s a lovely drive with countryside all the way,” she
The large mature gardens are a particular feature of the property. The landscaped grounds feature an attractive mix of lawned areas, gravel pathways, and paved patios.
“The gardens take in natural woodland which attracts some wonderful wildlife. Jim loves to feed the birds.
“We enjoy the garden. It’s very easy to maintain and striking all year round.”
The couple are now looking to downsize and move closer to their daughter.
“The house is too big for us now, so we’re looking to downsize. I’ll miss the fact it’s an individual property and it’s a bit different.
“We will cherish our time here and will take away many happy memories of family life in this fabulous home in a unique location.”
:: 12 Peile Park, Shotley Bridge, County Durham, is for sale through Fine & Country at £420,000, tel: 0845 459 6000.