homemaker featured property - 24 May 2014

Built on the site of the former Wooley Hospital, this stone-built property is set in large grounds surrounded by countryside      


Susan Moore likes nothing better than star-gazing from the gardens of her beautiful family-sized bungalow in Slaley.

She and husband Peter bought the stone-built property 12 years ago and have enjoyed the fresh air, peace and tranquillity it affords. The four-bedroomed home is one of just seven individual properties built on the site of the former Wooley Hospital, a sanatorium for TB sufferers.

Set in large grounds surrounded by countryside, the bungalow offers a real haven away from city life.

Susan said: “At night, the skies are so clear here, you can see millions of stars. It’s absolutely beautiful and so very peaceful. It’s high up, and nice and cool, so I suppose that’s why they chose it as the spot for a TB hospital. About 40 years ago, the Department of Health decommissioned it and allowed the land to be sold.”

The house was built in 1998, and Peter and Susan bought the property four years later.

Features include a reception hall with cloakroom, and attractive kitchen/breakfasting room with a range of integrated appliances. The dining room benefits from attractive views, and there is also a sitting room with marble fireplace and conservatory.

Susan was attracted to the property because of its stunning rural location.

“Slaley is very English feeling, very wooded, and I love the countryside, having been brought up there. The property is built from stone from an old mill in North Yorkshire, and it still has the old stonemason’s marks on it.

“Although it’s a fairly new build, it has a traditional cottagey feel,” she said.

The bungalow also provides easier access for the couple to reach their recruitment business in Newcastle.

Susan is no stranger to bungalows, having lived in one all her life.

She said: “I was brought up overseas in Fiji, and I’ve always lived in bungalows as it’s the norm there. There’s more than 3,200sq ft in our home. You don’t feel like you’re enclosed as the ceilings are really high and the rooms are very large.”

The master bedroom benefits from an en-suite dressing room and shower room, and there are three further double bedrooms. There is also a family bathroom. The couple’s seven-year-old granddaughter, Izzy, is a regular visitor to the bungalow and enjoys playing in the large gardens. Despite being a bungalow, the property is perfect for families, according to Susan.

“There are four double bedrooms, which makes the property perfect for families. It’s also very safe and secure.

“The gardens are large and enclosed. There aren’t any stairs to keep going up and down, and you don’t have any safety issues with young children.”

The couple have maintained and updated the bungalow, adding double glazing throughout, oak wood flooring, and a new bathroom with Jacuzzi bath.

The gardens are a particular feature of the property and have been lovingly tended by keen gardener Susan.

She said: “We’ve done a huge amount of work on the garden. We’ve had a 23ft Rhino professional greenhouse built, which is fantastic. We also have a lovely summer house which has underfloor heating, which means it can be used throughout the year.”

The best selling point of the property, according to Susan, is its size.

“It’s deceptively huge and like a Tardis inside. People have a perception of bungalows being small, but this certainly isn’t the case at all. It’s also a great location. We are just three minutes drive to Slaley, and there are excellent schools in Corbridge and Hexham less than 10 minutes away.”

Susan will miss the peace and quiet. However, the couple are looking to move to north Northumberland to be closer to family.

2 Wooley Grange, Slaley, Hexham, is for sale through Sanderson Young at a price guide of £575,000, tel: 01661 823 951.

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