Romaldkirk, Barnard Castle
£595,000

Guide price

Bedrooms: 3
A charming, stone built detached property situated in a prime position, centrally located on the village green within the highly desirable village of Romaldkirk, County Durham.

This superb, Grade II Listed cottage dating from the 1700 s has an abundance of charm and character throughout and features a rare and unusually large walled garden in the front and rear.

April Cottage comprises three bedrooms, three bathrooms and offers great potential to extend and create approximately 275 square feet of independent living accommodation in the detached outbuilding (subject to consents). The property enjoys lovely views from every window, including over the village green, the gardens and the Dale. This trophy cottage, situated in the heart of Teesdale, only minutes from Barnard Castle and Middleton, is ideal for those searching for the ultimate in quiet English village living.

Location

The village of Romaldkirk is situated in Teesdale, about 6 miles from the market town of Barnard Castle. Darlington (population 650,000) is 22.5 miles away about 35 minutes by car and hosts a mainline train station to London (only 2.5 hours to Kings Cross). Durham is 28.5

miles, Newcastle upon Tyne 39 miles and Leeds 85 miles.

Comprising three very picturesque village greens, and a population of about 150 residents and 55 dwellings, Romaldkirk is home to the famous Rose and Crown Hotel, Romaldkirk Church, the Kirk Inn and an active village hall community. The immediate region boasts a superb range of recreational activities, with walks, bridleways, fishing and cycling routes all on the doorstep. There are primary school facilities in nearby Cotherstone and Middleton in Teesdale.

Barnard Castle has a full range of amenities including a post office, bank, hardware store, various healthcare facilities, a wide variety of independent and national shops, several public houses, the castle ruins, fine restaurants, and Morrisons, the major regional supermarket.

Barnard Castle offers various schooling options at nursery, primary and secondary levels, including Barnard Castle School, and is home to the Bowes Museum and its nationally renowned art collection.

April Cottage is ideally located with quick access to both the A1(M) (27 minutes) and the A66 (16 minutes). (Please note mileages, population figures and timings are approximate).

Ground Floor Accommodation

A heavy traditional front door, complete with antique lockset and 6 iron key, opens into an entrance hall with period doors entering into the sitting room and drawing room.

The drawing room has exposed beams and a period cast iron fireplace with open fire. Two sash windows provide superb views of the village green, garden and the distant dale.

The sitting room features a reliable wood-burning stove on a slate hearth with timber lintel, exposed beams and a sash window overlooking the village green and front garden. Built-in shelving grace the wall to the right of the fireplace. A door off this room accesses a cupboard under the stairs containing a safe and shelving. A period door opens to the kitchen.

The large kitchen, with plenty of room for an eight-person dining table, forms the heart of the home, with pine-fronted kitchen cabinets, granite worktops, and a racing-green oil-fired, double-hob Rayburn.

The kitchen has a separate electric oven, fridge and dishwasher, exposed beams and quarry tiled flooring, a stainless steel sink and an exhaust fan.

With windows on two sides, the kitchen has sunny views over the large walled garden to the south and east. A glazed door opens from the kitchen into the rear coat-and-boot vestibule, where a feature window provides additional natural light to the kitchen and sitting room. The cottage s back door to the back patio, driveway and rear garden is glazed.

From the coat-and-boot vestibule, a glazed door opens to the utility room, which has a south-facing window, a stainless steel sink, plenty of storage cabinets, a wall-mounted electric plate warmer, a freezer, a washing machine and dryer, and a sliding door to the ground floor bathroom, which contains a WC, sink, heated towel rail, extractor fan and shower.

The quarry tiles continue throughout the coat-and-boot vestibule, utility room and ground floor bathroom.

First Floor Accommodation

Upstairs, an exposed stone wall graces the landing, with exposed beams and period doors leading to each bedroom. There are two large cupboards on the upstairs landing.

The principal bedroom is spacious, with superb views over the village green and the dale, a cast iron feature fireplace, substantial storage cupboard over the stairs and a period door leading into an en-suite bathroom.

The fully-tiled bathroom contains a white Heritage bath tub, an open-ended glass-walled shower with dual rainwater head and fully adjustable hand-spray, a hand sink, bidet, heated towel rail and WC.

A south-facing window maintains privacy and provides views over the back garden.

The second bedroom has plenty of room for two single beds or a king-size bed, a sash window overlooking the front garden and village green, a period cast iron feature fireplace, a heated towel rail and a traditional washstand.

The third bedroom has room for two single beds and has a south-facing window overlooking the back garden. A fitted wardrobe/airing cupboard in this bedroom contains the hot water tank.

The upstairs house bathroom has a four-piece bathroom suite including a bath, hand sink, bidet, heated towel rail and WC. A south-facing window overlooks the back garden.

Externally

The property is approached via a lane which runs around the perimeter of the village green. A pair of timber 5-bar gates open into a substantial gravelled driveway with room to park several cars.

A timber covered car port sits against the stone garden wall, adjacent to the two garden sheds, the coal bunker and wood store.

Within the walled garden sits a 275sf detached outbuilding with skylight, loft space and two glazed doors at the front.

This building has potential to be converted into a self-contained annex, home office or holiday let, (subject to necessary consents), and has electrical power currently connected.

April Cottage benefits from very well-maintained gardens on three sides, with a superb collection of flowering plants, bulbs, mature shrubs and trees.

The gardens to the front are approached on foot directly from the village green, through a white picket gate in the front stone wall. A stone paved pathway leads up to the front door.

Lawns with lavender borders are situated on either side of the pathway in the front, and a wrought iron gate in the side wall separates this garden from the lane and the rear of the house. Hedges and trees create additional privacy.

The rear garden has 12 high stone walls, shared with Romaldkirk Hall, and a wall plus fence along the lane to the south and east.

A sunny stone patio, with raised stone planters and room for a table and eight chairs, is perfect for outdoor dining and sits right outside the kitchen window and the cottage s back door.

The rear garden has a large lawn, mature borders housing a variety of all-season flowering plants and a stunning magnolia tree.

The rear garden enjoys lovely views to the south and east over the dale.

Services

Mains electricity, water and drainage is connected. Oil fired central heating.

Tenure, Local Authority & Council Tax

The property is offered freehold with vacant possession upon completion. Durham County Council. For Council Tax purposes, the property is banded F.

Wayleaves, Easements & Rights of Way

April Cottage is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing rights including rights of way whether public or private, light, drainage, water and electricity supplies and all other rights, obligations, easements, quasi easements and all wayleaves or covenants whether disclosed or not.

Areas, Measurements & Other Information

All areas, measurements and other information have been taken from various records and are believed to be correct but any intending purchaser(s) should not rely on them as statements of fact and should satisfy themselves as to their accuracy.

Viewings

Strictly by appointment via GSC Grays.

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