A substantial detached property within over 20 acres, in a stunning setting
Lane Head is a substantial stone-built house that offers in excess of 5,200 sq. ft. of accommodation, featuring a wealth of period details and immense character, including exposed stonework and timber beams, original fireplaces and sash windows throughout. The property, with 16th century origins, started life as a bastle house and has since been sympathetically extended and renovated, resulting in a truly exceptional country home. Sitting within about 22.4 acres, the house is accompanied by two barns, both arranged over two floors, one being stone-built and the other in timber. They offer potential for conversion (subject to necessary planning permissions), to provide guest accommodation, home office space or to generate a rental income.
Upon entering the house there is a dining hall, with flagstone flooring, and a fireplace with inset woodburning stove, providing excellent dining space for formal occasions. There is a large and comfortable triple-aspect sitting room also with a fireplace with inset multi-fuel stove, and with a door providing direct access into a conservatory, which affords views across the gardens and surrounding countryside. There is also a family room and a light and airy garden room, with a magnificent vaulted ceiling, a Calor gas stove, and panoramic windows taking in the magnificent views. Bi-folding doors open this room out to the kitchen/breakfast room, thereby creating superb entertain space.
The kitchen boasts an electric Aga, in addition to a gas cooker, and is fitted with a comprehensive range of units that are also evident in the adjoining utility room. Additionally, on the ground floor and with its own outside access, there is a substantial studio with a vaulted ceiling and skylights welcoming plenty of natural light, and stairs rising to the first floor where there is a bedroom/sitting room/home office, the whole combining to create a self-contained annexe.
There are five additional bedrooms on the first floor, including the generous principal bedroom, with four of the bedrooms benefitting from fitted storage. There are also two bathrooms, one of which has a separate WC.
The house is set within far-reaching gardens and grounds, with stunning views of the surrounding rolling countryside and hills. At the front of the property there is a large gravel driveway with a turning circle and parking area, while a second parking area with a carport for multiple vehicles is located nearby.
The gardens include extensive lawns as well as an enclosed vegetable garden, and paved terrace areas that provide superb outdoor relaxation spaces. Surrounding the property there are a variety of fields, paddocks, meadows, woodland and enclosures, providing the opportunity to run the property as a smallholding, rearing and grazing livestock, or for a variety of alternative uses.
The property enjoys an enviable secluded rural location in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with wonderful panoramic views over the Allen Valley, yet is within easy distance of local facilities catering for day-to-day needs. The small village of Whitfield, two miles away, has a village pub, a café and grocery store, while the thriving village of Allendale, about three and a half miles away, provides a selection of local amenities, including a post office, village supermarket, butchers, doctors surgery, primary school, village hall, tea shops, a number of public houses, and a golf course. Further facilities are available at Haydon Bridge, while the bustling market town of Hexham offers a good selection of shops, larger supermarkets and leisure facilities.
Schools in the area include the Allendale Primary School, and for secondary, Haydon Bridge Community High School and Sports College.
The A69 is close-at-hand, and offers good access towards Newcastle upon Tyne, the A1, Carlisle and the M6, while stations at Haydon Bridge and Hexham provide services towards both Newcastle and Carlisle.
From Hexham, follow Allendale Road/B6305 for just over 5.5 miles, bear left onto the B3604, and proceed for about 4 miles and through Catton to Allendale Village. Turn right onto Common Bank towards Whitfield and follow the road for about 2.3 miles, then turn right at the crossroads (signposted Oakpool). Follow the road for 0.2 miles, turn left (across a cattle grid) and proceed for an additional 0.4 miles. The entrance to Lane Head will be found on the left hand side. (If coming from Allendale village, Sat Nav will take you to the property).Read all
- 5 Reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Utility room & 3 Cloakrooms
- 5 Bedrooms
- Sitting room/bedroom 6/home office
- 2 Family bathrooms
- 2 barns
- Gardens & grounds, in excess of 22 acres
- Hyperfast B4ARN fibre optic