Derwent Lodge and Derwent Mews comprise the two wings of this imposing, architecturally impressive and expansive Victorian residence, situated in a sought-after position within extensive grounds and land - over 9 acres - at the edge of the Shotley Bridge conservation area and the River Derwent, with fishing rights.
The main house, Derwent Lodge, has 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, which include fishing rights to the river. Derwent Mews, which has previously been used as an adjoining annexe to the Lodge, has reverted to a separate residence but would still make an ideal home for additional family or potential rental property/holiday let, and offers a charming and well-proportioned three/four-bedroomed house, which is currently undergoing some further updating including installation of a new kitchen (due to be completed early 2020).
Built in 1867 - forming the west wing of the building - Derwent Lodge 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.
Comprising the east wing, Derwent Mews offers a versatile and relatively spacious home with scope for a variety of uses as either additional annexed accommodation or a separate residence. From the central hallway there is access to the living room, overlooking the garden, a generous kitchen/dining room (currently being fitted), sitting room/bedroom - also looking out over the garden - utility room, boot room with shower room/W.C. and a garage/boiler room, which houses the oil tank.
There are extensive gardens to three sides, predominantly lawned and with mature borders, along with footpaths and terraces and with access to the River Derwent and fishing rights. There is a cobbled courtyard to the rear, with a driveway providing ample parking space for several cars. The shared courtyard provides access to a large garage, two outbuildings and two stables, 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 an additional double garage, and there is an area to the north of the residence, below the driveway, with a large glass house that may have the potential for an additional property to be built in its place (subject to the relevant local council consents / planning). The central heating system to Derwent Lodge runs on mains gas and the house has wooden-framed windows. The separate heating system for Derwent Mews is oil-fuelled.
Set back from the A694, along the private driveway, between Shotley Bridge and Ebchester, the houses have 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.