High Street, Bishop Auckland, DL14 0AY £230,000

An apparently traditional, pretty cottage in a terrace facing south over the green, 21 High Street seems to represent all the characteristics of a charming village property. Yet this stone-built home in popular Witton le Wear is surprisingly modern, especially in its layout which is ideal for a modern family. With both social and private living space, an open plan kitchen and dining room, excellent storage, contemporary bathrooms and even a Mediterranean-style outdoor dining area, it has everything to meet the demands of family life in a lovingly created home. Renovations haven t been at the expense of character though, and at its heart it remains a versatile, period home with many original features including timber beams, stripped pine doors, wood floors and open fires. It all combines in a home of true charm and appeal that s cosy and cottagey, contemporary and stylish. Laid out over four floors, there are an unexpected two reception rooms, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Stylishly presented throughout, on the lower ground floor is a lovely room with ceiling beams. Depending on requirements, it could be a TV lounge for teenagers, a home office, playroom or third bedroom. On the ground floor, the front entrance porch with its quarry tile floor opens into a beautiful lounge with a Georgian fireplace. This leads up stone steps into the open plan dining room, which has a cast iron range and French doors that allow in plenty of natural light and open out to the ceramic-tiled courtyard garden with canopy. The kitchen is very well fitted with an excellent range of contemporary grey units, oak worktops, a Belfast sink, attractive tiling and Velux windows, together with a walk-in laundry. Further storage runs along the full depth of the property with access doors from the back and from the pretty cottage garden at the front.

The excellent use of space continues the first floor which accommodates fully fitted office space on the landing, two lovely bedrooms with stripped floorboards and built-in storage and a stunning family bathroom. The master bedroom has stunning views over village rooftops to the castle. The second floor is dedicated to a characterful, split level attic bedroom with beams, exposed brickwork and an en suite shower room. It s clear that a lot of care has gone into choosing a style and features that reflect both the best of period charm and contemporary living, all brought together successfully in a highly desirable country home in a village with excellent links to regional center s and main transport routes.
The property lies approximately 15 miles to the south west of the historic City of Durham and is set in a picturesque rural village. The village boasts a fabulous village green and Witton Castle Country Park is situated over the River Weaer from the Village, and consists of a majestic 15th-century castle and grounds. The village also boasts two pubs and there as well as there being plenty of beautiful places to visit nearby. Hamsterley Forest, the tranquil Low Barns nature reserve, the Wear Valley Railway and picturesque walking countryside are all easily accessed. For the commuter the A68 provides roads links to the region's main centres also making the rest of the North East easily accessible.
* Oil fired central heating via radiators * Fully double glazed * Freehold * Council Tax Band B * EER F32
Via Fine and Country, Durham Tel: 0191 384 2277

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