Built by the family in 2005, it is where Louise’s two young children, Hannah and Harry, were born and raised in the privacy and seclusion afforded by the one-acre plot in Darras Hall, Northumberland.
“This is an amazing house,” says Louise. “It’s great for entertaining because it has an excellent flow from room to room and there are plenty of areas where adults and children can go.”
Accommodation is accessed via an arched entrance door which leads to a vestibule connecting to a reception hall, which is overlooked by a beautiful gallieried first floor landing.
Many rooms feature underfloor heating, oak wood and travertine limestone flooring, bay windows, wood pillars and partial beams, which convert first floor ceilings into cathedral-style rooms.
The kitchen has extensive built-in appliances including a subzero fridge and wine fridge, central island unit, and Aga, and leads to a family room and extension featuring an air-conditioned gym and playroom.
A breakfast room also leads off the kitchen and connects to a utility and laundry room. Reception space is characterised by a charasmatic sitting room with Inglenook fireplace, a separate dining room with exposed brick chimney breast, stone hearth and log burning fire, and a snug room located to the rear of the property, with open stone surround to the fireplace.
A professionally-equipped study acts as a working office and fitted with walnut furniture and also gives access to the extension.
In 2007, a family room was added, with latern skylight and double doors leading out onto the rear gardens and terrace.
Louise explained: “This is a great family home. The family room has a beautiful inglelnook fire place and is such a cosy room when the fire is lit. It’s a room I can relax in once the children are in bed.
“The kitchen is where we spend most of our time as a family. With the aga and the orangery living area, it’s light and the lantern ceiling is gorgeous.
“Double French doors open out to the patio with views of the garden and down into the woods that are to the back of the lawned garden, where the children love to go on adventures.”
To the first floor is an impressive master bedroom suite with private lounge, a dressing room and bathroom, four further en suite bedrooms and a guest bedroom with external balcony, hot tub and dressing room which could be a sixth bedroom if required.
Louise added: “The beams to the property are beautiful and the upstairs rooms are open to the rafters so are a great height.” The property is surrounded by extensive gardens and grounds. To the front is a large driveway and courtyard, accessed by double gates and a secure telephone entry system.
“The stone terraces at the rear of the house have external lighting. A pretty pathway with beech hedge boundaries leads around the lawned garden and connects into woodland, which in turn borders the adjacent countryside and farmland.
“It’s so private and peaceful and has great space for entertaining outdoors,” says Louise, adding: “It has been our family home, where Hannah, nine, and Harry, four, were born and we love living here so we are very sad to leave, but I know it will be ideal for another family.”
- 58 Western Way, Darras Hall, is for sale at £1.75m, through Sanderson Young Rare, tel: 0191 2233500.