Houghton-Le-Side, Darlington

Guide price

Bedrooms: 3
Originally a single-storey barn believed to date back to the late 18th century, it was converted into a dwelling house around 1840, when the second storey was added. An adjacent 2-storey stable block was built at a later date.

A tree lined drive leads to a parking area and carport with roof-mounted solar panels.

Accommodation includes three reception rooms and kitchen opening onto each other: A large lounge with bay window and woodburning stove, a cosy snug with original fire surround, a fully-fitted kitchen with ceramic tiled floor and a further dining area in the large bay window with stunning views to the south, and an impressive full-height dining hall with exposed stonework and sloping ceiling. The dining area is accentuated by the gallery landing above.

Stairs lead from the hall to the gallery landing, lit by a triangular dormer, and give access to first floor accommodation. The two double bedrooms, and single bedroom currently used as a study, are all east-facing for the morning light. A light and airy main bathroom has a corner bath, and a large shelved cupboard housing the LPG boiler, hot water cylinder and washing machine. The shower room can form a main bedroom ensuite.

Externally the site, which covers approx. one third of an acre, has several distinct levels, with small garden areas set into each, variously designed as suntraps and sheltered spots. The mature trees and planting provide structure and ambience, while the upper and lower drives give access to the different parts of the site.

The two-storey former stable block, currently used as storage space and workshop, houses many features removed from the house for re-use when the barn was rebuilt. With planning and listed building consents for conversion to residential use still current, it has the potential to create a large extension to the main house, a granny flat or home office.

Garden House is undoubtedly a one-of-a-kind, grade II listed Victorian property with the added benefit of stunning countryside views to the south. It is situated in the peaceful hamlet of Houghton le Side, yet only a few minutes away from Darlington and the A1M. The current owners purchased the property in the late 1980s in a derelict condition, completely rebuilding it to form the current Garden House, remodelling and restocking the gardens.

General Remarks

Tenure: Freehold

Services: Tanked LPGas, Solar Panels (Feed-in Tariff until 2037), Underfloor heating to the ground floor, Multi-fuel stove, Mains water, Shared septic tank drainage with the neighbouring property.

Council Tax Band E.

Rights of way: Now with solicitors, agreement has been reached to move the existing vehicular right of way benefiting the neighbouring property of Fairmead to the new lower drive. The existing pedestrian right of way over the upper drive will remain. There is a public foot path running along the southern boundary.

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Nick & Gordon Carver - Darlington

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