When it comes to a property with stunning views Archstone House in Corbridge, Northumberland, ticks all the boxes.
And it’s the main factor Daphne Manson and her partner Gordon Davison will miss when they sell their home of five years. The couple fell for the period terrace in Corbridge market place because of its perfect location and stunning River Tyne vista. And it’s not the first property they’ve owned with beautiful river views – Gordon and Daphne also owned a home in Umbria, Italy, which overlooked the Tiber Valley.
Daphne said: “We had a super house in Italy which overlooked the Tiber Valley. We felt the association between Umbria and Northumbria, however the climates were rather different.”
Located in the heart of the village, Archstone House offers the best of both worlds. At the front of the property, the hustle and bustle of village life is literally on the doorstep. At the back of the house however, you can enjoy the serene riverside setting.
“We bought the house because of its wonderful location. You’re right in the heart of Corbridge with all its amenities. And yet at the back of the house there are fabulous river views. The gardens are terraced all the way down and you can actually get out at the bottom and walk along the river bank,” said Daphne.
Walking is one of the couple’s main hobbies and the house provides the ideal spot from which to take full advantage.
Daphne said: “We both enjoy walking and there are some super walks right on the doorstep. You can walk straight from the house and don’t have to get in the car and drive somewhere to start.”
The charming village home is deceptively spacious. Set over three floors, the property would suit a range of buyers.
The couple have improved the property and converted the third floor into a stunning master bedroom with en suite. On the ground floor there is a breakfasting kitchen and sitting room with wood burning stove. There is also a cloakroom, utility and boot room.
Daphne said: “The house has been modernised over the years. Other than the little stone over the doorway, hence its name, Archstone House, and a ring on the side of the wall for hitching your horse, there aren’t many remaining original features.
“It’s a very old house but we don’t really know much about it.”
On the second floor there are two bedrooms, dressing room, and bathroom. This floor provides access to the roof terrace providing panoramic River Tyne views. Stairs lead down to further terraces and eventually the riverside. The third floor comprises the master bedroom suite.
Daphne said: “At this time of year the terraces are my favourite part of the house. We have a gorgeous terrace from the ground floor which also has lovely views and is ideal for barbecues.
“I also love the master bedroom suite on the third floor. It’s a gorgeous light room with views up and down the river. It’s just about the highest room in Corbridge.
“The house is lovely. People are always amazed when they come through the front door.
“It’s an ordinary terraced house from the front, but it goes back and back like the Tardis.”
The location is the property’s biggest selling point according to Daphne.
She said: “It’s wonderful for the lazy shopper as if you run out of something you can nip across the road. It’s a very friendly village. I love going to the shops and having a chat with people. Also the ability to walk anywhere.”
The couple are staying in the village and downsizing to a smaller property.
Daphne said: “We wouldn’t leave the village as we love it here. Everyone says we are going to miss the views and I agree we are.”
- Archstone House, 10 Market Place, Corbridge, is for sale through Finest Properties at £625,000, tel: 01434 622234.