homemaker featured property - 2 August 2014

It will be with the fondest farewell that retired sea captain David Pringle and his wife Sarah will wave off their family home of 50 years


Built by Sarah’s father in 1964, the individually-designed property is exceptionally spacious and versatile and has suited the couple’s changing needs throughout their golden years there.

With four reception rooms and four large bedrooms, the detached house has been an ideal place for David and Sarah to raise their three children and, later, accommodate their four grandchildren.

“It is a forever house,” said Sarah. “It’s been in our family since it was built by my father. It’s been owned by two generations, but enjoyed by four. It’s a perfect family home that suits every generation, because we’ve seen every generation go through it.”

Set within walking distance of the village of Corbridge, Northumberland, the property stands in a generous and secluded plot, close to schools and local amenities, with good transport links and friendly neighbours.

The property also includes a study with a beam and board ceiling and sliding patio doors leading through to the conservatory which in turn leads out to a beautifully maintained and landscaped rear garden via French doors.

There is a fitted kitchen with servery to a dining room, a laundry room, three bathrooms and en suite facilities.

Sarah said: “The space lends itself to whatever you need from it. The downstairs bedroom has been everything from a playroom to a workshop, so it’s very adaptable and it’s kept up with whatever our family was ready for.

“It’s very cosy for a couple. We love the conservatory with its solid oak floor. We spend most of our time in there and it’s as though you were actually sitting in the garden. But when the whole family are here my favourite place is the dining room because it’s in the middle of the house and we can all sit around the dining table, which sits 10 comfortably, and that’s where everything goes on.”

One bedroom is on to the ground floor and has dual aspect garden views and adjoins a shower room, making it ideal living space for an independent relative.

The property is set back behind a principally lawned front garden with flower borders and a block-paved driveway which leads to an attached double garage.

David said: “The garden is very nice and has Japanese, Scottish and Mediterranean gardens within it.

“It takes about an hour and a half to keep on top of the gardens and cut the grass each week. They were especially designed to be low maintenaince and secluded. We’re not overlooked at all.”

David and Sarah say there is plenty of scope for a new owner to extend or alter the property. “There’s a hatch through from the kitchen to the dining room and I think our next step would have been to open it up so there’s scope to do that,” said Sarah. “It’s a spacious family home in a quiet part of Corbridge, which is very accessible. It’s suitable for a young family or older couple as we are. It’s a very comfortable place to be. I think it could suit a lot of different people.

“This is one of only five homes on the quiet road and they rarely come on to the market.”

The couple, both in their 70s, have decided to relocate to be closer to their family. “We just think it’s a very attractive property in a very attractive spot,” David added. “It’s very comfortable and full of light. It’s got everything going for it. It’s very much a family house. We think it’s lovely and it’s not been an easy decision to go. It’s going to be a huge wrench.”

Torran, Beech Drive, Corbridge, is for sale at offers over £550,000 through Smiths Gore, tel: 01434 632404.


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