When it came to naming their beautiful home in Riding Mill, Janet Proud had a fitting one in mind and Cartref, which simply means “family home” in Welsh, couldn’t have been more apt.
With five bedrooms and large gardens, their property on Marchburn Lane has provided the perfect family environment.
Janet and husband George bought the property 15 years ago and have made subtle changes to the house to suit their family needs.
The couple moved in with their son Stuart, while their daughter Katherine had already flown the nest.
Originally from South Wales, Janet said: “I remember when I first came into the house what a lovely feel it had about it. Even before I’d looked in any of the rooms. Although it’s quite a big house, it’s compact.”
Built in 1923, the detached house sits in beautifully maintained grounds. The gardens, with stream and woodland, were one of the factors that attracted the couple to the house.
Features include a reception hall, sitting room with bay window, cornice detailing and exposed wood-burning stove. The garden room is incorporated into the sitting room and has doors leading to a terrace.
George said: “Apart from the garden, my favourite space is the sitting room.
“It was originally two rooms and we’ve incorporated it into one room with a big French window and log-
burning stove in the middle of the room. It’s a lovely big family space.”
There is a gentleman’s study, hobbies room and dining room
Janet also loves the sitting room.
“It has the wow factor with the wood
burning stove in the middle and lovely views of the garden.”
The kitchen/breakfast room is well equipped with a range of integrated appliances. There is also a utility room.
Upstairs there are three en-suite bedrooms, two further bedrooms and a recently refurbished family shower room.
The location is one of the property’s best selling points, according to George. Cartref enjoys a secluded position, yet is just a few minutes walk from amenities in the village.
“It’s very tranquil here and the air is very fresh. We use to live in Gosforth overlooking the Town Moor.
“When we moved here you realise you don’t have the traffic noise, the town smells. The air here is so pure,” said George.
The gardens, which are particularly close to the couple’s hearts, are a feature of the property.
The acre of land includes lawned areas, stone-flagged terraces and patios. The lawns slope gently around and lead to a stone ha ha.
There are also summerhouses and sitting areas, as well as a stream and sunken garden.
There is also a double garage with workshop.
George said: “It’s a very sheltered and sunny garden. It has a stream running around the garden which is nice.
“When we moved here we said we’ll probably have about 15 years in the house before the garden gets too big for us and it’s time to move on. And as it happens it’s exactly 15 years since we moved in.”
The couple have decided to downsize but are keen to stay in Riding Mill.
George said: “We want to stay in the village as Riding Mill is a great community. We’ve had many very happy years at the house.”
Janet said: “I’ll probably miss the garden the most.”
- Cartref, Marchburn Lane, Riding Lane, is for sale through Sanderson Young at £795,000, tel: 0191 223 3500.