homemaker featured property - 29 March 2014

Set in private gardens stretching half an acre, this spectacular family home offers a mix of the modern and the traditional

Willow Lodge in Hexham
Willow Lodge in Hexham

Built in 2004 by Tom and Joan Clint, the impressive stone-built property is in the heart of rural Northumberland and has spectacular views overlooking a burn and stream.

The house is within walking distance of the market town of Hexham, and Joan, 67, and Tom, 70, say they will miss the convenience and benefits of living in the semi-rural community, close to both the countryside and local amenties.

That, along with the space, versatility and comfort the property has provided for the couple for the past 10 years.

“It’s been such a lovely place to live,” says Joan, a grandmother-of-two. “It’s a beautiful home. It’s like town and country combined here. It’s honestly like walking into a park, the setting is just perfect,” she adds.

Approached by a sweeping driveway with external lighting, the detached, three-storey property is wrapped by pristinely tended gardens. Lawns rest to the side of the property and feature a well stocked border, shrubs and flower bed.

 

A sizable stone flagged patio terrace provides the perfect place for al fresco dining and mature trees line the way down to a small burn.

The interior is even more immaculate and offers huge potential for any new owner who may wish to put their own stamp on it.

Spanning three storeys, accommodation is spacious and could easily be converted to create a separate, annexed quarters for any relatives requiring independent living space.

“If you really wanted to, you could convert the lower floor accommodation to make a separate apartment from the rest of the house” says Joan. “There is so much you can do or change if you wanted to.

There is a big built-in double garage which you could turn into your kitchen diner, or you could create another bedroom or office. Many people with children like open plan living areas these days and there is the potential to do that here too,” she explains.

Key features include stunning oak flooring, ceramic tiling, recessed lighting, under floor heating and double aspect windows to most rooms.

Although it’s hard for her to pick a favourite part of the house, Joan says it would have to be either the master bedroom with its luxurious ensuite, the large lounge which she describes as “a perfect winter room” with its underfloor heating and cosy ambience, or the vast breakfasting kitchen with garden views.

Further accommodation includes a reception hallway, cloakroom and an additional dining room, which provides another reception area.

The large lounge, favoured by Joan as a place she can “curl up and read a book”, is a focal point of the house and features an attractive marble fireplace with a marble inset and hearth.

To the lower ground floor is a boiler room, bathroom and utility room, day room and a garden room with exposed stone walls and double doors which leads to a large patio with garden
views.

Four bedrooms are to the first floor, plus a bathroom with luxurious touches including free standing bath, chrome fittings and ceramic tiles.

“We’ll be very sad to leave because this is just a fabulous place,” says Joan.

“The rooms are all light and airy, and the gardens are lovely.
But there’s just the two of us now and you know how it is when you get older, you can’t do as much as you used to. We will really miss it here, but we are starting a new chapter in our lives and we have to move on,” she adds.

The couple have decided to downsize and are moving to Bellingham, in Northumberland, to be close to their son and two granchildren.

Willow Lodge, in Allendale Road, Hexham, is for sale for £630,000, through Rook Matthews Sayers. tel: 01434 601616.

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