Guide Price £2,250,000
This truly spectacular modern mansion is situated in what has arguably become one of the best residential locations, on a exclusive development of only a handful of similar mansions.
Isabella House however is located at the head of the development and occupies a double plot extending to nearly 1 acre of formal grounds. The raised location offers superb views over the adjoining golf course, towards Durham City and beyond over the Durham countryside and hills. The facilities within the Ramside complex are close by where you can enjoy two 18 hole golf courses, driving range, superb club house facilities, a spar, gym and swimming pool complex as well as the 4 star hotel with its range of restaurants. The estate has in effect established itself with a ‘country club’ feel to it and the future plans for Ramside Hotel and Spa will create even bigger and better facilities for the use of the hotel residents and residential owners.
Located only 2 miles to the East of the Historic city of Durham, Isabella House, not only provide a country feel but has the benefit of excellent communication links via J62 of the A1(M) as well as train services on the east coast mainline from the city’s main train station for locations throughout the country. The Castle and Cathedral complex within the city have a World Heritage status and the city itself provides a delightful mix of shops and leisure facilities together with boating on the river and country walks, running and bridles paths dissecting the green open space and woodland seen in abundance all on your doorstep.
Developed in 2015 by the current owner occupiers, the house has been finished to an exceptionally high standard, seldom seen in mansion which extends to over 10,000 sq ft of GIA including outbuildings. Not many homes in the North of England can boast to have been the Northern finalist in the Building excellence awards (2015), for ‘Best individual new home’. The extensive plot also provides plenty of carparking (up to 6/8 vehicles) to the front elevation and to the detached triple garage, all accessed and secure from the stone exterior boundary wall and remote electric mono wood gate. The extensive, professionally designed grounds, have matured over the period and, whilst not a necessity being next to a golf course, do provide a high degree of seclusion and privacy with an interesting mix of soft and hard landscaping and delightful areas to enjoy the peaceful surrounds and stunning views.
The house has been built to code 4 for sustainable homes and achieved the highest A star rating. The mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system provides a comfortable condensation free environment all year around and is extremely efficient. The house itself also enjoys a Home Automation System allowing lighting, heating, ventilation, multi room audio and video, security/CCTV and much more to be controlled under one complete system. Control 4 and KNX technology empowers the owner with full control of everything happening in and around the home whether you are in the kitchen or on the other side of the world.
Internally the house shows no compromise with the huge solid door leading into the fully glazed central reception with it impressive sweeping ‘Cliff Chapman’ staircase who is famous throughout the world and boasts the creation and design of the famous staircase in the Tiffany Gallery New York, with other works spanning from Miami to Northumberland. The home oozes quality with every turn from the internal door finishes, lighting and luxury fitted dining kitchen with feature full wall wine cabinet. On ground floor the house enjoys an abundance of light though the wall to ceiling glazed units in most of the rooms with French door also leading to the stunning gardens. The central reception hallway leads to cloaks/wc, study with fully fitted furniture, cinema room with fitted cinema chairs to enjoy the experience, drawing room, games room, family room, utility, and large living/kitchen room.
At first floor the contemporary staircase leads to a galleried landing and to the principle bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom. The glazed gable wall of this room offers one of the best views in the house. There are a further 3 bedrooms on this level all with en suite and dressing facilities as well as a luxury fitted family bathroom suite. Two further sets of stairs from the landing provide access to 3 further rooms at second floor level with stunning views and an additional bathroom. In total the house can provide up to 7 bedrooms or the second floor can be used as a separate suite with lounge and sleeping space for guest, staff, or family members.
In addition to the internal space the home also enjoys additional accommodation above the detached triple garage which has window and services to provide separate living space, office, recording studios or as a ‘blank canvas’ for the successful buyer to use as they wish. The fully detached garden room with raised sun terrace also boasts an endless pool which allows you to swim against a broad, deep current that is adjustable to any speed, stroke or ability. This is the best and most cost-efficient swimming machine on the market with minimal running costs and maintenance. The garden room also enjoys a fully glazed outlook onto the sun terrace, large tiled relaxation and sitting area as well as shower and changing facilities.
A true ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to acquire one of the best houses to come available in the north east and one not to be missed.