homemaker featured property - 7 December 2013

Looking for a home with the perfect blend of old and new? Then look no further as this Grade II listed conversion is perfect


When it comes to dream houses, it doesn’t get much better than her very own, says Bev Gibson.

She bought the stunning Grade II Listed conversion in 2006, and has enjoyed every aspect of living there.

From its idyllic riverside location just a stone’s throw from Morpeth town centre, to its “quirky” rooms.

Part of the communal East Mill development less than a mile from the town, it’s one of eight individual properties on the site.

Bev, an area director for a bank, said: “It’s classed as a new-build for all it’s a listed building. The builders had to take it down stone by stone and put them back as they were.

“It’s absolutely my dream house. We lived on an estate before we moved here and I just loved the quirkiness of this property.”

Set within private mature grounds, Bev’s home is the only one of the eight properties that has its own private garden. It also offers the perfect blend of old and new.

“The house has high open beamed ceilings throughout. It’s an old property with a modern twist so you definitely get the best of both worlds,” said Bev.

The property is accessed via a hallway with vaulted ceilings, leading to a stylish kitchen/breakfast room with quality units and Belfast sink.

There is also an open-plan living/dining room with feature fireplace housing a gas stove. This room has vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, as well as solid oak flooring.

Bev said: “I love the fireplace and the kitchen. It’s beautiful. I use every square inch of the house, whereas in the past we always had rooms that we never used.

“It’s very different and that’s what I love about it. It’s not like a normal house. You couldn’t buy anything like it. It’s a one-off.”

There is a master bedroom with vaulted ceiling and en suite shower room, two further bedrooms and family bathroom.

“The builder has used fittings throughout the house including the doors, the bathrooms. It’s really high spec,” said Bev.

Access to East Mill is via a secure entry system operating double electric gates. There is a driveway providing parking for several cars, as well as a lawned garden with river views. The location is one of its biggest selling points, according to Bev.

She said: “It’s right next to the river and I can walk into Morpeth town centre in seven minutes.

The location is perfect. It’s classed as semi-rural but it’s actually town centre.

“East Mill is a beautiful development and very private. We aren’t overlooked at all.”

Bev’s daughter Kristy is currently living in the house with husband David and their two young children, Freya, 20 months and Fynn, 5. They moved into the property to enable Fynn to get into the local school.

Bev said: “The house would suit a range of buyers. From couples to families and even someone living on their own.

“My daughter and her family are living in the house at the minute, and it’s been a perfect family home for them. And the best thing is that someone could just move in as it’s all brand new and a blank canvas for someone to add their own stamp.”

Bev is sad to be leaving her dream home, however demands of her job require her to travel.

8 East Mill, Morpeth, is for sale through Sanderson Young at a price guide of £439,950, tel: 0191 213 0033.


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