Guide Price £1,250,000
The picturesque village of Sunderland Bridge derives its name from the nearby bridge that straddles the River Wear and use to carry the bulk of traffic along the old great north road. The village now houses some of the most sought-after residential properties in Co. Durham, one of which we are now delighted to bring to the market.
Homes like Westlands only come available for sale once in a lifetime due to their uniqueness and appeal as a true family home. Once purchased it is hard to move and find better accommodation elsewhere. The house has been in the current ownership for a number of years and has been extensively extended and improved by the current owners. The electric gates allow access to the sweeping driveway which dissects the formal gardens and the adjoining paddocks included in the sale. The formal gardens themselves extend to around 1 acre and include a delightful mix of formal lawns, mature orchard, lawned tennis court and sun terraces with several outbuildings, detached double garage and extensive detached greenhouse. The detached house sits proudly in an elevated position and enjoys fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. Adjoining the driveway and formal gardens the house has the added advantage of a 2-acre fenced paddock accessed from a 5-bar gate which also includes a detached timber 2 box stable block ideal for keeping family ponies close bay rather than in livery.
The quality and luxury of this home can only truly be appreciated on an internal inspection with the impressive reception hallway providing access to most of the formal rooms at ground floor to include the fully fitted kitchen with breakfasting room with access to utility. Study, living room with wood burning stove and rear entrance hall with cloaks/WC. The house also enjoys the benefit of 2 huge glazed extensions providing a further dining room off the kitchen and a garden room that wraps around the lounge and incorporates a contemporary wood burning stove and glazed access door to the formal gardens. At first floor a central landing leads to four good sized bedrooms, three with en-suite facilities and a luxury family bathroom.
This fantastic home offers a truly rural location and within walking distance of some fantastic walkways and bridlepaths alongside the River Wear as well as the nearby woodland trust and of course the local pub at the Honest Lawyer. All this and only 2 miles to the south of the historic centre of Durham City with its world heritage castle and cathedral complex as well as its eclectic mix of shopping, restaurants, bars and leisure facilities. It’s hard to believe that such a location exists with ease of access around the area via the nearby A167 as well as the park and ride facility at St Oswald’s and the well-respected schools at both Johnston, Durham High School for Girls and Durham School.