Guide price £1,500,000
Londonderry Dene House Harbour Walk, County Durham Set back from the historic Seaham Harbour and Durham’s Heritage Coastline, sits this exceptional manor house. Situated close to the City of Durham, Sunderland and Newcastle upon Tyne with efficient access to the A19 and A1 motorways. There is an excellent rail link from Newcastle and/or Durham City to London Kings Cross with the fastest trains taking approximately 2hrs 50 minutes. Newcastle Airport is approx. 25 miles away and offers international destinations.
Londonderry Dene House was built in 1857 for the Chief Agents who acted on behalf of Lord and Lady Londonderry, a house of such importance it was awarded a blue plaque status in 2014. Nearby, the former home of Lord Londonderry is now a notable five-star Hotel and Spa; Seaham Hall.
Londonderry Dene House is an unlisted property that boasts a superb bespoke interior with an acute attention to detail. It has recently undergone a complete refurbishment to an exceptionally high-quality specification. The whole house has an incredibly light and spacious feeling with large sash windows making the most of the southerly aspect. Situated amidst approx. four acres of gardens, one and a half acres are formal and beautifully landscaped with the remaining land a natural Dene with a small stream. The grounds have been painstakingly restored and are well stocked with established trees, yew, box hedging and tropical specimens with superb borders that flourish within Seaham’s micro climate conditions.
Accessed via large electronic security gates, the impressive driveway sweeps around to the rear of the property within the grounds providing immediate access to the house via the lower ground floor.
From the front of the property, accessed from the beautifully tended gardens, is the main entrance portico that brings you into the welcoming ground floor hallway. It has a large original cantilevered staircase leading to two further floors with access off to various individually designed bedroom suites with bespoke bathroom ensuite facilities of a standard rarely seen. Set over three floors with a further lower ground floor that includes a large open planned kitchen and lounge suite leading to a spacious dining room. Accessed from the kitchen/lounge suite are the lower ground garden and terrace areas; immediately above, a well-tended croquet lawn with many individual features including garden sculptures. To the ground floor there is an impressive music lounge room including a separate bar with a further lounge leading to a games room and art studio.
The first and second floor accommodation comprises of 7-bedroom suites with various ensuite’ s of a high calibre and impressive design. There is a 1920’s arts and crafts wing that includes the master galleried open plan bedroom suite with free standing copper bath tub and ensuite. This wing offers a high degree of privacy on its own within the house and includes a television, sitting room immediately below the bedroom suite with a fully functioning self-contained dressing room with further ensuite facilities inclusive. Homes such as this come to the market infrequently and no other residential home within this area can rival it. Together with 9020sqft of gross internal accommodation, spectacular gardens, separate Dene and grounds, this property lends itself to a variety of options, but principally as a residential dwelling. Style, comfort and security are at the top of the list!
Bradley Hall are privileged to be instructed on such a home; it is rare that a property of this quality and finish becomes available and viewing, strictly by appointment, is recommended.