For Shaun and Jane Cutler, the pretty Northumberland village of Alnmouth is the perfect escape.
And with the beach practically on the doorstep, their stunning Victorian home on Argyle Street has provided an ideal seaside retreat.
Located on the Northumberland coast, the couple bought the period property five years ago.
Shaun said: “The house needed significant renovation from the top to the very bottom. It needed new floors, ceilings and even walls. Everything needed restoring.”
Brimming with period features, the couple were keen to restore the house to its former glory.
“It’s a lovely Victorian house which is full of character,” said Shaun.
“It has lots of lovely original features including the old servant’s bells, doors, coving and Minton tiles. I’m pleased at how we’ve retained the character of the house.”
The stone-fronted property is set over three levels. Accommodation includes a large sitting room with multi fuel stove and cantilevered Victorian style doors. These fold back to reveal an equally spacious dining room. This in turn leads to the breakfasting kitchen with inglenook fireplace.
Shaun said: “We’ve really opened up the ground floor. You can move from the front of the house, to the back of the house seamlessly. We’ve put a glass atrium in part of what used to the old yard.”
On the first floor there are three bedrooms, and an en suite wet room to the master bedroom. The main bathroom is complete with a freestanding bath.
The second floor houses two further bedrooms. There is also an en suite bedroom on the ground floor.
Both originally from Stockon, the couple have lived in Northumberland for the past 15 years.
Shaun said: “Alnmouth is a fantastic hideaway. It’s a fantastic little place where you always feel you’ve escaped.
“That’s what attracts me, and probably most people to Alnmouth I think.”
The street itself is just 100m or so from the beach and has an interesting local history.
“The top of the street was actually bombed during the Second World War. Alnmouth was quite a grand place
during the Victorian era,” said Shaun.
The grounds include a paved terrace at the front of the property with a small seating area. At the back of the property there is a private courtyard which provides the perfect setting for outdoor dining and barbecues.
Shaun said: “With its large flexible living space, it’s a great house from a family perspective. But also as a holiday let.
“Alnmouth is a popular holiday destination and it would provide a sound income as a holiday let.
“It’s just a short walk to the beach and there’s some great pubs and amenities in the village too.”
Having invested so much time and effort in the property, Shaun and Jane will be sad to leave. But still vow to return to the village they adore for holidays.
- Humewood, 16 Argyle Street, Alnmouth, Northumberland, is for sale through Strutt & Parker at a guide price £500,000, tel: 01670 516123.