homemaker featured property - 21 June 2014

The charming and captivating home of Johnathon and Simone Haugh in Morpeth


A long and pretty tree-lined driveway gives an enchanting first impression of the deeply characterful period property Johnathon and Simone Haugh have called their home for six years.

The private and picturesque approach to The Knoll – a substantial four bedroom detached house on the outskirts of Morpeth town centre , in Northumberland – is both charming and captivating.

Set centrally within predominantly lawned gardens of around 1.37 acres, the serene property has afforded the couple’s two children, Oliver, eight, and Elliot, seven, a “safe outdoor haven” in which to explore, play and develop their independence.

“It’s been a perfect family home,” said Simone. “We picked it because it was perfect for us when the kids were younger.

“They’ve had plenty of space to play safely, we’ve got a lovely big garden so they’ve been able to enjoy their freedom growing up without the worries of saftey or nearby streets.

“It’s very nice and quiet here, although it’s still very close to Morpeth, only a 15-20 minute walk into the town centre, it’s far enough out so you can still be on your own.”

The property is accessed via security gates beyond which is a turning and parking area with direct access to a double garage.

Attractive and versatile accommodation exudes characteristics reminiscent of the era in which it was built, which according to a date plate in the impressive reception hallway, was 1912.

“To me, this area is one of the property’s main features with its beautiful fireplace,” said Simone. “When I first walked in I just thought ‘Wow – this is it!’”

Giving an excellent sense of arrival, the hallway leads to a well proportioned drawing room with large bay window, which lends itself to more formal occasions if required.

A study/play room – or “snug” – offers a second sitting room for relaxed family space, and adjoins a country dining/living kitchen.

The first floor has four bedrooms and a family bathroom, arranged off a spacious and impressive landing.

Aside from sensitively updating the decor to keep in style with The Knoll’s attractive period features, publican Johnathon, 38, and housewife Simone, 30, also redesigned and extended the kitchen and fitted a new bathroom.

“We knocked down walls to make the kitchen much bigger and completely redecorated the house, put in a new bathroom, but wanted to keep it very simple and keep in with the style of the house, so we used neutral colours and carpets.

“Although we’ve done quite a bit to the house, there is plenty a new owner could do too. There is a lot of space so you could extend and develop further quite easily if you wanted,” Simone explained.

Key features include high ceilings, Mullion window surrounds, a large bay window in the drawing room, subtle plaster work, cornices and corbels, and fireplaces.

A particularly striking and unusual quality is the pillared walkway to the southern elevation of the property’s pristinely presented exterior.

Simone said: “For me, it’s obviously a great family home, perfect in every way. I think it would suit anybody – an older couple or people wanting an idyllic family home. It’s been great for us.

“We have had lots of happy times here, we even had our own wedding and wedding party here. It’s such a unique house and that’s what first drew us to it, its uniqueness.

“But we are looking to move further out into the country and although we will be sad to leave, we’re moving on to the next step in our lives.”

The Knoll, in Morpeth, is for sale through Strutt and Parker at £825,000, tel: 01670 516123.


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