Property gallery: One of a kind Rowlands Gill home retains many wartime era features

Built in 1939 using materials from a decommissioned ship on the River Tyne, this attractive period home is one of a kind


Situated beyond a sweeping driveway in a private plot overlooking woodland, this attractive period property is one of a kind. It was built in 1939, using reclaimed materials from a ship being decommissioned on the River Tyne and retains many original features from the wartime era, including fireplaces, flooring, leaded bay windows and brickwork.

Owner Ann Contini, 66, explains: “The house is of a certain period. The man who built it utilised the site brilliantly. It is very well positioned with an unusual design.

“I think that’s why the council have specified that because of its design and situation, you could never knock it down. It’s not listed but it does have a special interest listing on it.”

Ann and partner Richard Elliott, 78, have decided to downsize but say the characterful property would be ideal for another family.

“There was no central heating when we moved in 15 years ago, so there’s a nice quirky enamel stove in the kitchen that was once used to heat the house,” says Ann.

Lochhaugh Lodge, the home of Ann Contin, in Rowlands Gill which is for sale
Lochhaugh Lodge, the home of Ann Contin, in Rowlands Gill which is for sale

“One of its greatest features is the reclaimed materials that were used. The original maple and oak wood panelling from the ship was used for the floors. A lot of all of the old features have remained and we have just given it some tender loving care, focusing more on the outside and the garden area.

“The property stands in the grounds of the former lodge entrance to the Gibside Estate, where there was once a little stone cottage which the builder knocked down.

“He used all of the old stone work in the gardens and put in some lovely stone planters and chimney pots, so there are some lovely features.”

Comfortable and stylish accommodation includes an entrance porch which opens into a beautiful reception hall fitted with oak panelling and a staircase to the first floor.

Two elegant and generously proportioned reception rooms have original leaded-glass windows. There is also a sun room with garden views, and a breakfasting kitchen with focal fireplace, stove and solid marble flooring.

In addition, there is a rear porch with storage cupboard, walk-in pantry, garage and extensive storage room. Four good sized bedrooms, including the master with en suite, and a family bathroom, are to the first floor.

Lochhaugh Lodge, the home of Ann Contin, in Rowlands Gill which is for sale
Lochhaugh Lodge, the home of Ann Contin, in Rowlands Gill which is for sale

Ann continues: “It has beautiful elevations and is very well built structurally. The brickwork is all original. It’s just a very nicely designed house. The old fireplaces from the period remain, the old panelling has been refurbished. It stands pretty much the same as constructed. I really love it. It’s got so many quirky features.”

There is also huge potential to develop the property further. Outline planning permission is in place for a four-bed detached dormer bungalow to be constructed in the grounds.

Permission, now lapsed, was granted to convert the large garage and lower ground floor into a two-bedroomed annex. Ann says: “It’s very private and is in a very big plot of just over three-quarter of an acre. It’s very close to Thornley Woods and is in a lovely location on the fringe of woodland next to Derwent Water park. We see lots of wildlife, like pheasants, squirrels and deer.”

Gardens are a particular feature and include lawns, patio and seating areas, mature trees and shrubs, water features, and a summer house.

Ann adds: “It stands so well elevated that you can’t fail to be delighted by its exterior design. It’s a very light and spacious home, and the quality of the workmanship is excellent. I’ll be very sad to leave it.”

  • Lockhaugh Lodge, Glamis Crescent, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, is for sale at around £750,000, through Your Move Chris Stonock, tel: 01207 544498.


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