homemaker featured property - 19 October 2013

This stunning village home would suit a range of buyers, but offers an ideal space for families


The Anderson family have enjoyed over four happy years in their stunning village home.

Rob Anderson stumbled upon Eden Lodge in Hepscott Village, Morpeth, shortly after it built in 2009. He jumped at the opportunity to buy it and it’s since provided the perfect environment for he and wife Nicola to raise their three children, Elliott, 15, Eve, 12, and Ava, 5.

The house would suit a range of buyers, but offers an ideal space for families.

From its reclaimed stone exterior, to the oak doors and flooring inside, the house is finished to a very high standard. The property is full of character, yet offers contemporary living space throughout.

“From a design perspective, it’s a beautiful looking property. The appealing thing was that it was built from old reclaimed stone and looks like it’s stood there for years.

“Inside however it’s very modern and the layout is brilliant. A family could move straight in and put their own stamp on it.”

The property is accessed via an attractive porchway, leading to a large entrance hall with wood flooring.

The lounge is a particular feature of the property and spans the full width of the house. Features include a contemporary hole-in-the-wall gas fire.

“My favourite room in the house is the kitchen area. We spend a lot of time in their as a family. The lounge also a lovely room as it has front and back windows.

“The house is east facing so we get the sun all throughout the day. It’s a very light and airy house,” said Rob.

There is also underfloor heating throughout and all rooms are wired for TV and telecoms.

The dining room benefits from views over the garden, and there is also a study, snug, fantastic dining kitchen with modern units and utility.

Rob said: “It’s a really eco-friendly place and particularly energy efficient. We have a rainwater harvesting system, solar panels and energy efficient technology including a ground source heat pump.

“It’s exceptionally cheap to run.”

Upstairs there are four double bedrooms, the master of which benefits from an en suite bathroom and dressing area.

The guest room also has from en suite facilities, and there is a family bathroom.

Perfect for families, the versatile home is close to amenities, yet benefits from rural surroundings. Hepscott village is located just 2.5 miles from Morpeth and is a popular location for those wanting to commute.

“One of the main selling points has to be the village location. It’s a beautiful little medieval village, but the great thing about it is that you’re literally two minutes from Morpeth, 10 minutes from the airport, and 15 minutes from Newcastle.

“It’s a very accessible house,” said Rob.

The house is approached through timber gates and there is a block paved driveway, double garage and turning space.

There is a rear private garden with patio areas accessed from the kitchen and lounge.

“We’ve had the gardens landscaped and they include a very old orchard and lots of mature trees. It’s a very safe haven.”

The family are staying in the area and have found a period property they are looking to restore and renovate.

Rob said: “It’s been a fabulous place for the children to grow up. In fact, they are reluctant to move.

“There’s a lot we’ll miss about the house. It’s been a very happy family home.” We have found a new home and are looking for a new project, but we have many happy memories of Eden Lodge.”

:: Eden Lodge, Hepscott, Morpeth, Northumberland, is for sale through Strutt & Parker at a guide price of £650,000, tel: 01670 516123.


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