An attractive country house with classic Georgian appeal set within extensive gardens in a woodland setting and a convenient location.
Reception hall 2 Reception rooms Living kitchen Cellar, Gun room 5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms (one en suite) Landscaped gardens and lake Tennis court, Summerhouse and cabin
Knot garden, The house is situated within a setting sheltered by a stand of mature beech trees and further areas of woodland. Broomshiels Hall is grade II listed as being of historical and architectural importance. It forms the most significant part of the structure with its delightful Georgian proportions and symmetry which appeals to so many.
The current owners have undertaken a significant and sensitive refurbishment project throughout the house. There have been a few clever and sympathetic extensions completed in recent years to extend the internal accommodation and improve the amenity and outdoor space. The garden room and pavilion overlooking the lake are testaments of the vendors attention to detail. The availability of Broomshiels Hall presents an exciting opportunity to purchase one of Durham’s finest houses.
The entrance is into a most welcoming and quite formal reception hall with a wood burner providing heat and a focal point although fitted bookcases and casement doors provide further fine features and an impressive carved oak staircase rises out of the hall to a galleried landing.
The drawing room would be for many the centrepiece of the house with a pretty and elegantly carved stone fireplace with stone hearth and windows (and a french door) in the south and east elevations. The French door leads out into a "room" in the garden on the south elevation with a most attractive parterre, rose clad pergola and pond.
The smoke room or dining room also has a fine feature fireplace. The floor to ceiling panelling and pretty corner cupboard are the most striking features of this room. It is conveniently located off the reception hall and not too far from the kitchen.
An inner hall provides a convenient anti-room and useful storage space whilst the breakfast kitchen is without question the heart of the house. A blue 4 oven Aga is situated within a fully fitted Newcastle Furniture Company kitchen with various integrated appliances and an island unit, all beneath polished granite work surfaces. The kitchen provides ample space for family and informal entertaining and has the added benefit of beautiful views of the gardens, especially of the courtyard garden on the southwest end of the house. The garden room forms delightful sitting room with wood burning stove set within a carved stone mantel and surround with fitted bookshelves either side. The theme of high ceilings continues into the garden room together with multi-pane sash windows and a door leading to the pretty courtyard garden.
The domestic offices, an all important part of a large sized country house are arranged with most practicalities in mind. The boot room is situated next to the back door, a gardener’s WC is immediately outside. A passageway runs along the back of the kitchen providing ease of access to an excellent utility room with tiled floor and floor drain and an attractive and modern work surface with space and plumbing for various appliances below. A gentleman’s cloakroom with anti-room is at the end of this corridor, close to the inner hall.
A door in the southern elevation between the garden room and the kitchen is used for every-day access.
The extensive cellar is accessed out of the staircase hall providing space for the gun room, wine cellar with original bins and various further compartments, all with lighting and practical ceiling heights for use as storage space.
The first floor accommodation is arranged off a well lit galleried landing. The staircase has an impressive carved oak banister with elegant spindles, a high ceiling and elegant cornice. There are 5 bedrooms and 2 bathroom facilities on the first floor as well as a separate WC. The bedroom accommodation is all arranged off the central landing.
The principal bedroom is a dual aspect room with high quality fitted bedroom furniture and a spacious en-suite bathroom providing a bath, high pressure shower, basin set within mirrored vanity unit and WC. There is a fine feature fireplace in the principal bedroom with cast iron dog grate and timber surround.
Bedroom 2 has high ceilings, some fitted wardrobe furniture and a similar (operational) fireplace to the master bedroom. It has fine garden views.
The modern house bathroom and separate WC serve the remaining bedroom accommodation. This bathroom was fitted by the vendors recently and has all the comforts and style of a modern day bathroom including under-floor heating beneath travertine tiles, top of the range ceramic fittings, a stylish bath and modern shower.
Each of the remaining bedrooms can be described as double rooms. Bedroom 5 is accessed through bedroom 4.
Each constituent part of Broomshiels Hall has its own merits. The elegance of the Georgian proportions of the interior and south facing elevations will appeal to most however the extent and nature, including a high degree of privacy and tranquillity of the gardens will be a very significant factor for those looking for rural living.
There is an appealing combination of formal landscaped gardens in the area immediately surrounding the house. Further from the house are less formal grounds in an area which includes the tennis court and a lake. Not only does the lake provide a focal point for the abundance of wildlife but it can be enjoyed from inside as a consequence of the vendor’s creation of the pavilion
The pavilion is formed by a billiard room and a double garage. The billiard room measures 25’ x 20’6’’ (7.6m x 6.25 m). It is large enough to take a full size billiards table and there is a wood burning stove for home comforts. It is wired for satellite TV. This room provides a superb space to be used by young and/or old family members, perhaps as a retreat or more likely for boisterous fun. The double garage, as part of the pavilion measures 20’6’’ x 16’6’’ (6.25m x 5m). The all weather tennis court completes the scene at the "leisure end" of the garden.
The kitchen garden has a recently constructed aluminium framed greenhouse on brick base. There are espalier trees and ornamental plantings around the periphery. There is an enclosure for hens and dog kennels nearby.
Practicalities have not been ignored and the outdoor space is serviced by useful outbuildings including an additional double garage with electrically operated up and over door and a general purpose shed in the wood as a log store.
Whilst the driveway is shared by three other dwellings, there are no public rights of way or access across the property.