Barnard Castle's oldest house is up for sale at £500k offering potential buyers a range of residential and commercial opportunities. 

The Grade One building with a prominent position in the County Durham town,  featured a popular interior shop and restaurant before the previous owners announced with sadness they were closing two months ago. 

Eleanor Dinnes and her mother Louise had transformed their property into a treasure trove of goodies selling everything from cards and gifts to soft furnishings. The Northern Echo: Blagraves, Barnard Castle

But they decided to close because of personal circumstances and ill health.

The house has now been put on the market by Addisons of Barnard Castle and promoted by Rightmove.

It is advertised as a "rare find" with a fabulous and most unique business/home offering a fantastic range of residential and commercial opportunities".The Northern Echo: Blagraves, Barnard Castle

The property has enjoyed a rich and varied history over its many years with a plethora of original features remaining from its 1400's origins.

In 1484, it was given by Richard III to Joan Forest, whose late husband had been the Keeper of the King’s Wardrobe and who had reputedly smothered the princes in the tower.

In 1648, Oliver Cromwell slept upstairs when his army was camped on the demesne nearby during his Civil War campaign.The Northern Echo: Blagraves, Barnard Castle

Since its early beginnings, the property has had many guises from a family home, mystery museum, public house with its own brewery located within the cellars and rope makers to name but a few.

Since its purchase, the owners have lovingly undertaken improvements and conservation work to the property and have ran a popular restaurant, shop, cafe' and licensed bar.

There is potential for further works and expansions to be made not only to the main house but also to Magwich Hall (Detached Victorian Building).

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The Northern Echo: Blagraves, Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo: Blagraves, Barnard Castle