Individual design and an eye for style are the hallmarks of Tom and Jacky Wilson’s striking home set in an enviable position on a quiet, tree-lined no through road – a hidden gem, as Tom calls it.
The couple, who both work in the creative hair and beauty industry, brought their artistic talents to bear when it came to the remodelling of their home, as Tom, 49, explained.
“We bought the house 19 years ago and had it totally revamped about 2006 – it was virtually demolished and rebuilt. We attracted quite a lot of magazine coverage from it, actually, as the designer was the very well-known local designer George Bond.
“He designed the whole thing to our plans. We knew exactly what we wanted, he just implemented it.”
The accommodation now flows seamlessly from room to room, beginning with the entrance lobby.
A large open-plan living room at the front of the house has a vaulted ceiling while the rear of the house is a magnificent 33ft breakfasting kitchen/sun room with bi-folding doors on to the back garden and decked terrace.
Recalling the work done by George Bond on his house, Tom said: “We knew we wanted the bi-folding doors and he was great. He spoke to us in depth about it and we said at the time we were party people, we used to have quite a few parties, about four or five a year, which is why we now have this large space at the back of the house.
“I’m a lover of open plan yet my wife like cosy so he did the downstairs as a total split. There’s one huge kitchen/sun/party room and the front of the house was open plan but the way he designed it it was quite cosy.
“We’ve since had it redone by Kye Ranson from Smith Ranson Interiors. Just slight redecoration with lovely quarry slate on the staircase and new wallcoverings. The kitchen is as it was and still looks terrific.”
Tom and Jacky, who runs Jax Hair Salon in Westerhope, live with their son Luke, 22. They moved to Westerhope when he was a baby.
“We previously lived in Collingwood Mansions by the pedestrian ferries in North Shields. It wasn’t the place to bring up a child, it was full of professionals, people with Monday to Friday homes, we just realised we needed more of a home for Luke.
“This house had been a doctor’s surgery and was then converted to a house and this old dear lived there for a couple of years when it was a little red-brick double-fronted bungalow.
“It was on a huge plot, still is on it. we’re very lucky in Highfield. Our neighbours’ garden runs back, I can’t put it into yards but there’s the whole length of one of the high streets in Westerhope before you get into your house.
“There are beautiful old stone houses around here, a real mixture, but we’re probably the most established road in Westeterhope.
“We’re only about 100 yards from the main road with shops, post office, restaurants.
“We’re a few hundred yards from the A1 north and south, we can be at the Metrocentre in three minutes, you can be in town in, literally, five minutes. Heading north, I work in Kingston Park and I can be there in two minutes, it’s fantastic.”
Tom added: “The garden has been landscaped, it’s very contemporary. We have a square holly tree, I got the gardener to cut it into a square because I saw one in Disneyland and said I wanted a square tree! We have a 5ft buzzard sitting in a holly bush, it’s a beautiful garden.
“We’re going to miss this place very much. However, we’re looking for a new challenge as we’ve done everything we can to this house really and it would be nice to find another project.”
- 9 Highfield Road, Westerhope, Newcastle, is for sale at £415,000 through Rook Matthews Sayer, tel: 0191 264 0937.