Property Status:Sold (STC)
Ivy Cottage is a property with a sunny outlook, attractive, endearing and a home to make you smile. Nestling in the village of Holmside, it s cosy and cottagey from the outside but this belies its true scale, since it comes with two acres of gardens and paddocks, stables and a lodge with a bar, outdoor kitchen and hot tub.Dating back to the 1860s, it would be perfect for a family with a pony or other animals, or with plans to live more self-sufficiently in an idyllic setting. It really does offer the good life in a quiet, rural location between Durham city and Chester-Le-Street.Inside, it is equally spacious and a true family home with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 26ft open plan kitchen and dining space. An excellent range of cream units are complemented by black granite worktops and a black range cooker, a Belfast sink and a tiled floor. The kitchen flows seamlessly into the dining space which in turn opens into a large conservatory, making a great entertaining area with easy access to the garden in summer. The bright lounge at the front is a lovely space with a wood-burning stove for cosy nights in.A room off the lounge could be a home office, playroom or fourth bedroom, especially since it has a bathroom next door. It would, for example, be ideal for guests or a dependent relative.The three further bedrooms, one with a fireplace, are off the entrance corridor and are all beautifully presented. They are served by a newly refitted bathroom with a walk-in shower and attractive vanity unit.Far from having a small cottage garden, Ivy Cottage has extensive outdoor space comprising established gardens with fruit trees, soft fruit bushes and space to raise vegetables as well as the one-acre paddock, all with a woodland backdrop. Private and peaceful, and with a small river between the land and the wood, it provides a real escape. However, the location is equally convenient with an easy route to city shops, services and schools, and the A1(M).