Located in the grounds of historic Hartford Hall, near Bedlington, Northumberland, The Glasshouse was created by the family a decade ago. Part of a Georgian restoration project, the “one off” property has provided the perfect environment for the family to grow.
Wendy Powell said: “We wanted to create a one-off family home. We had quite a lot of planning restrictions. It had to be single storey as it was originally a glasshouse, so we had to put it on the same footprint that was there originally. It’s a real one off.”
Set in around three-quarters of an acre of mature gardens, The Glasshouse incorporates traditional and modern features. There are bespoke fixtures and fittings throughout including under-floor heating and an integrated speaker system. The property also has a solar panel system.
Accommodation includes a reception hallway leading to a library area. The family room and dining kitchen, complete with Aga, forms the hub of the house. It is a perfect space for entertaining.
The lounge has garden views and log burning stove.
Wendy said: “I like the kitchen area because you can cook and chat. The lounge is lovely as well because in the winter with the log burner on, it’s really snug.”
The impressive master bedroom suite leads to the patio area. There is a dressing room and en suite.
The second bedroom also has an en suite and there are three further bedrooms, and bathroom.
The house is perfect for families, according to Wendy. “It’s a very family orientated house,” she said. “It’s very large and all on the same level. It’s very open plan living and very light and airy.
“The house has also been great for entertaining. We’ve had lots of parties, lots of barbecues, and bonfires in the garden.”
The gardens are a particular feature and have been landscaped to include raised decking and patio sitting areas. There are lawns as well as secluded areas with a large wooden pergola.
“The garden is south-facing so it gets the sun all the time,” said Wendy.
“There’s a children’s play area with a basket swing and a trampoline. And there’s also a herb garden and lots of fruit trees. We have cherry, plum, apple and pear trees in the gardens.
“We were trying to make it self sustaining from a fruit and vegetable point of view. We’ve grown all of our own vegetables.”
Wendy said: It’s such a tranquil setting. You can’t hear anything but the birds and the river. It’s really peaceful. There’s not much light pollution so really good for star gazing too.”
The new owners of the property will benefit from free use of the impressive 55-acre estate, bought collectively by the residents last year. Wendy said she will miss the close-knit community which has evolved over the past decade.
She said: “The children have loved growing up here. There’s about 70 houses on the estate and it’s a lovely little community. Everybody knows everybody.
“We’ve all grown up to be good friends over the years as we’ve all had very similar experiences. It’s a very close knit little community. I’ll miss that.”
- The Glasshouse, Hartford Hall, Hartford Bridge, Northumberland, is for sale through Signature at £795,000, tel: 0191 281 1037.