Having fallen in love with Felton village in Northumberland, the couple jumped at the chance to buy a secluded plot of land within its idyllic setting. Eight years on, their labour of love has provided the perfect environment in which to raise their two sons Finn, 13, and Malachy, 10.
Malfin House, named after the boys, has a traditional look with a contemporary interior space.
Helen said: “We wanted somewhere close to the A1 for easy commuting, in a Northumberland village setting. We liked Felton and realised there was a lot on offer in the village itself. We wanted to build a family house to bring our two boys up.”
In order to get the design just right, the couple moved in before the build was completed.
“We wanted to be there when it was evolving, so we could change things as we went along which turned out to be really helpful. The property is within a conservation area so it had to be built using local stone with a slate roof. It looks very traditional from the outside but it has all the modern conveniences, and very much a family home,” said Helen.
The property includes modern touches throughout including integrated sound, vacuum system and underfloor heating. Helen and Patrick have taken care to use natural materials including solid oak doors, marble and Travertine.
There is a reception hall with cloakroom, and living room with multi fuel stove and French doors to the back garden. There is also a formal dining room which can be used as a playroom or study. The breakfasting kitchen, with granite counters and marble flooring, offers a touch of the wow factor.
Helen said: “I love the kitchen. The boys come in and do homework there while I’m cooking. We keep the laptop there too so that everyone comes in. It really is the heart of the home.”
Upstairs there is a master bedroom with walk in dressing room and en suite shower room. There are four further bedrooms, two of themn en suite. There is also a contemporary bathroom with twin travertine basins and spa style bath.
“I love my bedroom as well as it’s really large and spacious. It has lovely views over the trees and is really peaceful,” said Helen.
The low maintenance gardens offer a combination of patios and lawned areas for the children to play. There is also a large driveway and double garage.
The house was designed very much with the family in mind and has grown with them, according to Helen.
“It’s a very versatile home which flows really well from one room to the next. You always feel connected to each other. It’s in a really quiet setting, but then you can go around the corner and see lots of people. It’s a really warm and welcoming house.”
Felton village is close to the family’s heart and they will miss it. The beautiful semi-rural location is perfect for those who appreciate the great outdoors.
“It’s very quiet and just across the road are the woods where we often go for walks. The river is on the doorstep and you can walk or cycle all the way to Acklington.
“There’s also a huge amount of wildlife including red squirrels, ducks and even otters in the burn.
“In the summer the children swim in the river, and there’s a great hill nearby for sledging in the winter. There’s lots to do and you can be as involved in village life as you like.”
Finn is a world champion acrobatic gymnast, so the family are moving closer to Durham where he trains five times a week.
Helen said: “It’s been such a lovely place for the children to grow up and I’m glad they’ve had that freedom.”
- Malfin House, Low Close, Felton, is for sale through Fine & Country at £625,000, tel: 0845 4596000.