Just waiting for a family to move in and enjoy it to the full – that’s how Vickie Wood describes her home in the semi-rural village of Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear.
Vickie and her husband Shaun, a business consultant, have lived there for 10 years, the longest they have ever stayed in one house. But now that children Katie, 21, and 19-year-old Aidan have their own lives, and family matriarch Rosemary is to relocate within the village, the couple, with son Kieran, 17, fancy a change.
Vickie said: “It will be our eighth move. We’ve done well staying here for 10 years but it’s so lovely, it’s a difficult one to move from.
“We’ve no idea where we’re moving to, we’ll probably go into rented accommodation before we make any decision. I’ll miss the privacy and the neighbours, it’s just a lovely house.
“It’s great for a family and ready to be used again for a family. We don’t use the garden like we used to and it’s such a shame.”
The Woods have done a lot with the garden, which is in two sections – an adults’ section devoted to entertaining and enjoying the views of the nearby National Trust property Gibside and its monument, and one for the children where the original hill has been levelled for games like football and cricket.
“It gets the sun pretty much all of the day so it’s fantastic,” said Vickie.
The garden also has a Jacuzzi, heaters, a patio and covered area leading from the house, and is ideal for entertaining, as is the house which has been reconfigured since the Woods bought it.
“It’s a huge entertaining house,” said Vickie. “We’ve had so many parties, 18th birthdays, New Year parties, Christmas parties. You can hold a lot of people in the house and it doesn’t feel like it because we’re inside and outside.”
The house has a spacious entrance hall with a tiled floor leading to range of receptions rooms, including a useful study/playroom overlooking the front garden, breakfasting kitchen and dining room, both with French doors opening to the terrace and back garden.
There is also a large living room with French doors to the sun room, with a modern wood-burning stove, which in turn leads to the annexe on the side of the house.
This has its own entrance and open-plan living room with kitchen area and staircase to an en-suite master bedroom with vaulted ceiling.
It could continue to be used, as is currently the case, for a older relative or alternatively, would make a great teenage pad.
Much of the main property’s interior space was laid out when the house was extensively remodelled six years ago.
Vickie, who works as an admin assistant at a printing company, said: “We’ve redone and reconfigured the interior, knocked walls down. It’s not like your typical house, we’ve done quite a lot inside.
“There are four double bedrooms on our side, all with en-suite facilities, and in addition the master bedroom has a dressing area. The en suites are quite big, not the usual cupboard. There’s a bath in ours.”
After putting her own stamp on the house, she struggles to identify her favourite room.
“That’s really difficult. We knocked through from the kitchen/dining room into the lounge area and do spend all of our time in that area. But we use all of our rooms, I haven’t got a favourite, I’m happy with them all.
“I love decorating, that’s a big thing
– it’s half the reason we’re moving, to be honest. I’m ready to decorate again. We put quite a lot into each of the rooms, we like them all.”
The house occupies an enviable plot, above its neighbours and not overlooked.
- 3 Gill Burn, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, is for sale at offers over £595,000 through Your Move Chris Stonock, tel: 01207 544498.