South Street, Durham City


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  • Bedrooms: 5
For those familiar with South Street in Durham it s an address that needs little description except to say it is perhaps the most highly sought-after location of all in this historic city.

To go on postcode alone, however, would fail to recognise the particular and unique character of Sangreal House, which lives up to its name as the holy grail of properties as a beautiful city home with a private garden.

With a direct eyeline to the World Heritage Site Cathedral, city views do not come much better than this and here they are provided on all three floors of this charming townhouse.

Grade II listed and dating back to 18th century , its history includes a spell as a school in the 1940s-50s and its stunning, sinuous staircase was featured by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner in his famous architectural guides to Britain.

With a classically Georgian exterior, the property extends inside to more than 3,500sq ft with a series of generous rooms and versatile, light spaces that offer opportunities to meet a variety of needs.

The principal reception rooms make the most of the Cathedral and river views through bay windows at the front, one on the ground floor, the other directly above on the first floor. Widening to the middle of the house, the ground floor continues to a further reception room with an original range, a utility room and shower room/wc. With rear access to the garden, this area could be refigured to create an additional bedroom, a gym or a self-contained annex for a dependent relative.

The first floor is truly the heart of the home and an ideal entertaining space with a 25ft-long dining kitchen at the back opening through French doors to the garden. The kitchen boasts bespoke oak units, an Aga, Belfast sink and terracotta tile and oak flooring. Internally, it leads through a delightful sitting area and on through an archway to the exceptional dining room which has an oak parquet floor, period larder and original fireplace.


A fourth double bedroom on this floor could make an ideal home office or playroom. The second floor is home to three further double bedrooms, all with period fireplaces, and the family bathroom. The master bedroom is at the front with cathedral views through the sliding sash window and has a large en suite bathroom with a freestanding roll-top bath. The bay window on this floor belongs to the charming second room at the back.

The property is immaculately presented and is full of interest from the different floor levels to the original doors and generous room sizes and storage.

The pretty garden rear garden is private and enclosed with stone-paved seating and dining areas, a lawn and a fence and stone wall boundary.

South Street is within easy walking distance of the shops and restaurants of the city centre, and the riverside walk is on the doorstep. It is possible to walk to the mainline railway and bus stations. Sangreal House matches a prestigious address with a remarkable place to call home.

Agents Notes:

* Grade II listed

* Council Tax Band: G

* Refurbished sash window with draft proofing

* Pressurised gas central heating via radiators

* All main services

* Boarded loft

* Freehold


There are an estimated 500 listed buildings in Durham City, an indication of its historical value. The city offers many cultural sites of interest in additional to the castle, cathedral and colleges, including the Durham Light Infantry Museum, Oriental Museum and Palace Green Library, which house collections of national and international importance.The biggest commercial centre in the county, Durham has an indoor market, a fine array of independent shops and national chains, pubs and restaurants centred around a cobbled market square or on the riverside. Its 40,000-strong population enjoys excellent leisure facilities including the Gala Theatre, new public swimming baths and a thriving festival scene. The city is well served with private golf clubs and the home of Durham County Cricket Club at nearby Chester-le-Street hosts international matches including an Ashes test in 2013.

Durham City is a gateway to the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its moorland and forests providing endless footpaths, bird watching and other opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.

Durham benefits from excellent transport links and is just minutes from the main A1(M), A690 and A19 road routes. It is served by the East Coast mainline with regular rail services to London and Scotland and Newcastle International Airport is approximately 30 minutes away.


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