Entrepreneur Graham Wylie moves up the road

THE country might be in the midst of a recession, but whoever picks up this Northumberland home certainly won’t be skimping on their spending.

The Chesters has been put on the market

THE country might be in the midst of a recession, but whoever picks up this Northumberland home certainly won’t be skimping on their spending.

A £9m price tag has been put on technology magnate Graham Wylie’s Tyne Valley estate, The Chesters.

The Sage software founder, who now concentrates his time on horse training, is selling-up to reportedly move a few miles up the road to Walwick.

Whoever snaps up the millionaire’s home will never be starved of entertainment.

If you’re looking to add a butler’s cottage and library, with fitted organ to your life, this could be the home for you.

Just six miles from Hexham the property boasts more than 90 rooms, 12 of them bedrooms in the main house.

It offers wine cellars, a cinema room, including projector and screen, a billiard room with fitted bar area, a wing containing two self-contained apartments, and numerous outbuildings and barns.

The cloakroom even has boot heaters.

As well as a separate stud farm the grounds include a large walled garden, parkland and woodland, and a one bedroom gate lodge at the main entrance.

Estate agent Savills’ description of the Grade II-listed property reads: "Chesters House is situated in wonderful rural countryside close to the line of Hadrian’s Wall in the heart of the Tyne Valley.

"The area is renowned for many recreational opportunities, the River Tyne providing excellent salmon and trout fishing, with some of the finest grouse and pheasant shooting available within the county."

It continues: "The accommodation is laid out over three floors plus a basement and has been renovated by the current owners to a very high standard, making it comfortable for modern-day living and ideal for entertaining on a large scale.

"Its exceptional interiors include a number of fine architectural features including elegant fireplaces, ornate cornicing and impressive ceiling heights throughout.

"Of particular note are the magnificent entrance hall, the ground floor south facing rooms and the impressive library – one of the finest reception rooms in the north of England."

The property was built in circa 1771 by John Carr for John Errington of Walwick Grange, then later improved and extended by Victorian architect Norman Shaw in 1891.

The estate was bought in 1796 by Nathaniel Clayton, the town clerk of Newcastle upon Tyne between 1785 and 1822

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