Perfect country hideaway on edge of flower meadow
THE owners of this gorgeous, grade two listed home had been house hunting for three years until they found what they were looking for.
“The beatiful, private setting was amazing and we looked it and immediately thought ‘this is the one for us,’” says Roger Mason.
He and his wife Penny bought the house four years ago and have since carried out an extensive renovation.
The work carried out includes a new roof, new plumbing and wiring and a major redesign of the interior.
“It hadn’t been touched for 20 years and it didn’t have central heating, just three storage heaters for the whole place, so it was freezing. Part of the back wall was bowed out and when we knocked it down and rebuilt a third of the house, so we thought we may as well re-organise the layout at the same time,” says Roger.
The couple now have a cosy home that works perfectly after moving the kitchen to the other end of the house.
The property, which dates back to the 15th century with Georgian and later 20th century additions, has retained its period features. These include sash windows, beams and fireplaces.
Rooms include a breakfast kitchen with a four-oven Aga stove and bi-folding doors which open out onto a flagged patio space.
A dual aspect log-burning stove separates the kitchen area and living space, keeping both warm.
An inner hall with cloakroom leads to a sitting room, dining room, study and a utility room, which also has access to the garden.
Upstairs, there is a new master bedroom suite with dressing area and en-suite and there are three further bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Outside, there is a garden with a stone hen house and shed; a garage and six acres of ancient wildflower meadow and pasture.
The land is dissected by a small stream and interspersed with mature trees and hedges, which give it the feel of a parkland setting.
Roger and Penny are selling to downsize but are sad to leave their ideal home.
“It’s been a heart rending decison but we want to move somewhere smaller,” Roger explained.
Foxgrove is on the edge of the small village of Newsham. The village is close to Richmond, Barnard Castle and Darlington.
PRIVATE SETTING: Foxgrove is a grade two listed home which has been extensively renovated. The property dates back to the 15th century.