The Bank, Barnard Castle

Guide price

Bedrooms: 3
The Ancient Manor House is one of Barnard Castle's oldest domestic buildings. It was formerly the residence of the Stewards of the Manor from the time of Henry VII until the reign of James I. Remodelled in the early 1600s, the origin of the house is believed to date back to the 11th century. By the 18th century the extended house had become The Punch Bowl, one of the principal coaching inns of Barnard Castle. Today the three bedroom home retains a wealth of original and restored features including oak beamed ceilings, 17th century doors and impressive stone fireplaces.


Bishop Auckland 15 miles, Darlington 16 miles, Durham 25 miles, Newcastle upon Tyne 42 miles, A1(M) 15 miles. Please note all distances are approximate. Situated in the historic market town of Barnard Castle, this property provides easy access to the amenities within the town and its surrounding area. Darlington and Bishop Auckland are both within close proximity, while the cities of Newcastle, Durham, York and Leeds also easily accessible. There are main line train stations at Darlington and Durham, with International Airports to be found at Newcastle and Leeds/Bradford. The property lies within easy reach of the A66 and A1(M) bringing many areas within commuting distance.

Ground Floor Accommodation

From the moment you step into the magnificent oak beamed sitting room of The Ancient Manor House you realise you've entered a truly unique home steeped in history. This light-filled reception room features an ancient oak mantel, free-standing log-burner, flagged stone flooring and exposed sandstone walls. An impressive stone fireplace takes centre stage in the well-equipped kitchen which leads out to the private walled south-facing courtyard garden. The rear part of the house has been re-roofed, the property has been rewired and all radiators replaced. All the exterior windows and doors have been replaced with new hardwood to the original pattern, most Heritage double glazed.

First Floor Accommodation

The first floor sitting room boasts bay windows with seating, a heavily beamed ceiling, wide wooden floorboards, exposed sandstone and an historic stone fireplace. During the reign of Mary Tudor the steward of Barnard Castle was Sir James Shuttleworth. The inscription A.S M.S Ano. Dmi. 1621 carved into the first floor Tudor fireplace is believed to celebrate a marriage in the Shuttleworth family. The first floor also comprises a third bedroom, currently used as an office, and a separate utility room. The house bathroom has a splendid claw-foot bath, tumbled travertine tiles and underfloor heating.

Second Floor Accommodation

A wooden staircase leads to a spacious light-filled main bedroom with vaulted ceilings and wooden floorboards.


A stone-flagged rear courtyard with climbing roses and honeysuckle presents great opportunities for soaking up the sun and al fresco dining. Overall, the property is well suited to full-time living and would also make an excellent second home or holiday let.


The property is believed to be offered freehold with vacant possession on completion.

Local Authority and Council Tax

Durham County Council Tel: 03000 26 00 00.

For Council Tax purposes the property is banded B.


Particulars written in October 2023.

Photographs taken in October 2023. Garden photographs taken July 2023.

Services and Other Information

Mains electricity, gas and drainage, and water are connected. Gas fired central heating.

01833 908027

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12 The Bank, Barnard Castle, County Durham

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