Being sent to view the wrong property turned into a happy ending for Dr Jean Adams.
Househunting on their bikes, she and partner Martin stumbled upon a property for sale in Northumberland . The estate agent had accidentally sent the couple to view a different property, however Bolam Hall Cottage turned out to be the perfect choice.
Dr Adams said: “We fell in love with the house as soon as we drove up the drive. We’d been house hunting on our bikes as we thought it was a good way to get to know the area.
“We saw a for sale board and when I rang the estate agents they sent me the details for the wrong property.
“So it was a different one from the one that we’d seen but as soon as we drove towards it we knew it was the one.”
The couple bought Bolam Hall Cottage near Bolam Lake Country Park more than 10 years ago. Dating from the early 1800s, the property stands within the grounds of Bolam Hall.
Surrounded by stunning countryside, the cottage has provided the perfect retreat for the outdoor loving couple.
The stone-built property retains some period features. r Adams said: “The house was built around 1821 and was an outbuilding for Bolam Hall. We think it originally housed animals on the ground floor, with living accommodation upstairs. It was probably used by those who worked on the estate.”
Accommodation includes a charming reception hall with stone flooring and cloakroom.
The 21ft living room is a feature of the property and includes a fireplace with multi fuel stove. There is also a 19ft dining room and 17ft study/TV room also with stove.
Dr Adams said: “The previous owners had spent a lot of money on the property. The main work that we’ve done is installing double glazing which has made a huge difference.”
The kitchen has a hand-built kitchen and Dr Adams said: “My favourite room is definitely the kitchen. It’s a huge family space and has a four oven Aga.
“The central island unit is great as I can be preparing food and still talk to friends and family at the kitchen table. I’ve also learned to bake bread in the Aga.”
Upstairs there is a large master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and an en suite bathroom. There are three further double bedrooms and bathroom.
According to Dr Adams, the property is perfect for families.
She said: “Martin has four children and it’s been a very nice place for them to come and spend time. It’s a lovely family property with spacious rooms and plenty of outdoor space.”
The location of the property is a major selling point. It stands in the formal grounds of the hall, in a private estate.
The property has attractive gardens which include terraced lawns, as well as a third of an acre of woodland.
There is also a workshop/store and double garage with twin electric doors.
Dr Adams said: “It’s a lovely rural setting, however we aren’t isolated and have amenities within easy reach.
“The nearest village is Belsay, and you can be in Newcastle in just 20 minutes. We also have neighbours and it’s a nice little community,”
The couple say they are reluctant to sell the home they fell in love with, however they are set to relocate
to Cambridgeshire for career
Dr Adams said: “I’m really going to miss Northumberland and the wonderful open space.”
- Bolam Hall Cottage, near Morpeth, is for sale through Rook Matthews Sayer at offers in the region of £650,000, tel: 01661 860228.