Every bride wants to find the perfect setting for her big day. For Nigel and Libby Oldham’s daughter however, that perfect setting wasn’t a million miles from home.
Their stunning stone-built property in Stocksfield, Northumberland, provided the perfect backdrop for Nicola and her husband to tie the knot as seen on homemaker’s front page today.
Nigel said: “One of our fondest memories of the house was when our middle daughter Nicola got married here. We had a marquee on one of the lawns and had 170 guests. It was the perfect setting.”
Nigel and Libby bought Bridge House around 15 years ago, and were attracted to its flexible family space and secluded setting.
Nigel said: “It’s a lovely family home. It had six bedrooms which was ideal for our family of three children, and still plenty of room for guests. It also has a beautiful private setting of 3.5 acres.
“When anybody comes to the home, they say gosh I never knew this existed. It’s nice and peaceful and private, yet right in the heart of Stocksfield.”
Despite its traditional look, the property was built in 1986, from reclaimed stone.
“The house is called Bridge House and although there is a little bridge over a tiny brook, it’s not because of that. It’s actually because the house was built out of stone that was reclaimed from a viaduct in Northumberland.
“The original owner bought the bridge and had all the stone shipped here to build the property out of old traditional stone.”
The huge reception hall is a feature of the house and the perfect space for welcoming guests.
There is also a drawing room with mahogany fireplace, dining room, and conservatory/garden room.
The kitchen is the hub of the house and includes a central island and Aga oven.
Nigel, who recently retired, said: “The lounge is a lovely big open space and holds lots of nice memories of Christmas, parties and family occasions. Personally I love our bedroom which has got a lovely bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and walk in shower.
“We also spend an awful lot of time in the kitchen. Having the Aga in there it’s always warm and cosy. It’s probably Libby’s favourite room as it’s so warm and inviting.”
There is also a utility/laundry room, study and office, and family sitting room.
Upstairs there is a master bedroom with dressing room and en suite
bathroom. There are five further bedrooms, one with en suite, main bathroom, and Jack and Jill bathroom.
“It’s such a versatile house and the secluded location is definitely a great selling point. It’s a family home with good sized rooms and four bathrooms. It’s perfect for modern living.
“The house is just a short walk to the train station, tennis club, and cricket club, while the village has all the amenities that you’d want including a wedding dress shop which has been used a couple of times!”
Despite their size, Nigel said the gardens are easy to maintain. There is a private driveway, and mature trees frame a number of lawned areas. The double garage benefits from an office, while the original stable block could provide either garaging or stables.
Bridge House holds many fond memories for Nigel and Libby, and provided the perfect space to raise Rachael, now 33, Nicola, 31, and Jonathan 28.
Nigel said: “The children have all left home now, so we’re moving to be closer to them down south.
“It’s been such a wonderful house for entertaining. We’ve had so many parties and each of the children celebrated their 21st birthdays here in marquees on the lawn. It’s been a real family home. If we could take the house with us we would.
- Bridge House, 13 Cadehill Road, Stocksfield, is for sale through Sanderson Young at £1.25m, tel: 0191 223 3500.