Derwent Lodge is an imposing, architecturally impressive and expansive Victorian residence, situated in a sought-after position at the edge of the Shotley Bridge conservation area, close to the River Derwent; with three reception rooms, five bedrooms and four bathrooms, this magnificent house boasts generous accommodation and a plethora of period features, beautifully combined with some recent contemporary alterations and spacious mature gardens and grounds.
Built in 1867, forming the west wing of the building, the house has much to offer to those seeking a substantial family home or semi-rural retreat with its secluded situation along a private drive and with countryside surroundings yet conveniently close to Shotley Bridge village, Consett, Newcastle, Durham, Northumberland and the Tyne Valley.
The large hallway, with wood-burner and elegant sweeping staircase, provides a wonderful entrance and leads along to the formal dining room and the drawing room both with bay windows and feature fireplaces and further to the sitting room and conservatory, at the east side of the house, while the tastefully fitted kitchen, with its central island unit and Aga range, is located in the centre of the ground floor, with steps to the boot room/porch, and also provides a further dining space, which is ideal for those everyday meals or less formal entertaining. There is also a utility room and cloakroom/W.C., just beyond the stairs.
The stunning galleried landing is one of Derwent Lodges aesthetic delights, which is a fitting sight to behold having climbed the curving staircase to the first floor, which provides five generously proportioned bedrooms - three with contemporary en suite shower rooms and a large, luxurious family bathroom.
There are extensive gardens to three sides of the house, predominantly lawned and with mature borders, along with footpaths and terraces. There is a cobbled courtyard to the rear, with a driveway providing ample parking space for several cars. The courtyard is shared with the adjoining property, Derwent Mews, and provides access to a garage and stables that may also be available by separate negotiation and which have previously had planning permission for conversion into a two/three-bedroomed annexe (the plans, now lapsed, can be viewed on request). There is also a large wood store, which could potentially be made into a double garage.
The central heating system runs on mains gas and the house has wooden-framed windows.
Derwent Lodge is nicely set back from the A694, between Shotley Bridge and Ebchester, and has the advantage of being well placed for countryside pursuits while also being within easy reach of local amenities including schools, shops, pubs and restaurants. Nearby Consett offers essential facilities while Hexham, Newcastle and Durham are all within 16 miles, and the A1(M) can be easily accessed. There are stations in Stocksfield, Newcastle and Durham, with Newcastle airport also approximately 16 miles away.