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Welcome As 2017 comes to a close, I’m delighted to welcome you to another edition of Home magazine.

We’ve had a great year so far, and are proud to say that we’ve completed more than 6,000 valuations of properties across the North East – a service we offer for free! This has resulted in a fantastic number of home owners selling their properties with us and we’re confident that 2018 will be just as fruitful. Going forward, we will continue to use our years of expertise to serve the needs of prospective buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants across the North East. We tailor the way we work to suit your needs, and look to reassure you that we have the skill, knowledge and experience required to help you with all your property aspirations. In this issue, we’ll once again be showcasing a selection of the beautiful homes we have to offer, along with helping you winter-proof your home and prepare for the festive season. We hope your 2017 has been as good as ours, and look forward to helping you with all of your property needs in 2018.

George Robinson Managing Director Robinsons Estate Agents

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Get into the Festive Spirit: Top Tips for Preparing your Home for Christmas With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the festive period and whether you embrace the glitz and glamour or opt for a more subtle approach to the season, we have some top tips for ensuring your home is ready!

Decorations: No Christmas is complete without a tree. Acting as the focal point in many homes, the tree often sets the tone so it’s important to decide if you’re looking for something classic or colourful. Once you’ve made the decision, extend this to the rest of the home. While many families will make a real effort in the living space, the remainder of the house can often be forgotten. Why not add embellishments in the kitchen, hallway and even the bedrooms to spread Christmas joy throughout the property? To really add a personal flourish, consider adding some handmade touches. Baubles and wreathes can be created quickly and easily, and are a fantastic way to help the kids feel involved in the decorating process. Colours: While changing the colours of your living space every season is somewhat impractical, incorporating winter tones can really help to create a mood. A bold curtain or a crimson rug in front of a fireplace will make the place feel more homely, while adding seasonal accessories like tea towels and oven gloves in the kitchen will act as a simple reminder that Christmas is coming.

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Furniture: The festive season is a time for family and it’s important to ensure a comfortable Christmas for all. Rather than relying on a mix-match of tables and chairs from various rooms, why not invest in a new dining table - allowing enough space for the entire family. Likewise, if you’re welcoming visitors from further afield why not spruce up your spare rooms? Ensuring your guests have a comfortable mattress and ample space to store their belongings can go a long way towards making them feel at home. Finishing Touches: One great way of adding a finishing touch is to bring the outdoors, indoors. Trimmings of holly and ivy, pinecones and artificial snow can help to create the perfect winter feel but be careful not to overdo it - you don’t want to create clutter! Exterior: While you’ll spend the majority of your time inside your home, it’s important not to forget the exterior. Whether you choose to go all out with flashing lights and lawn decorations, or keep it classic with a single row of white lights, you’ll show the world that you’re in the Christmas spirit!


Selling a property through the Modern Method of Auction Selling a property through auction has never been easier thanks to the Modern Method of Auction, developed by IAM Sold.

Traditionally, auction is seen as an option for those wanting to sell dilapidated properties to cash only investors to upgrade and sell on or put on the rental market. However, now this is far from the case and auction is a realistic option for a wide range of sellers and buyers. The Modern Method of Auction opens the market up to a considerably greater audience, as completion on the property will happen between 28 and 56 days, buyers are able to purchase with a mortgage. The Online Auctions marketplace continues to grow through a strong internet community, people thrive on the thrill which comes from easy transactions and a wealth of properties to browse through. Below are the 5 steps a seller will take to sell their property with IAM Sold through auction. This shows just how simple the whole process is.

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1. Free valuation IAM Sold will provide a free valuation of a property which will enable IAM Sold to agree a reserve price, this will be the lowest price the property can sell for at auction. 2. Property details & the legal stuff The IAM Sold team will gather property details and prepare all legal documents needed for action. 3. Generating interest IAM Sold will carry out an array of pre-auction marketing activities in order to generate as much interest as possible in the property and encourage competitive bidding.

4. Going live After 14 to 21 days the property will go live, bids can now be made on the property via the online auction in real time, 24/7. A specific end date and time will be set on the bespoke auction. 5. Auction end & completion The property will sell to the highest bidder who will pay a non-refundable reservation fee to secure the purchase. Completion takes around 28 to 56 days on average and the seller keeps 100% of the price achieved via auction, with no sales fees to pay.


What are the benefits of selling via auction? Buyer pays reservation fee When a property is sold via the Modern Method of Auction there are no seller fees to pay as the cost is covered by the buyer. The buyer will pay a non-refundable reservation fee to secure purchase, this reduces the chance of the sale falling through and indicates the buyers’ commitment to the sale. The fee doesn’t form part of the final purchase price. Speed and structure Exchange and completion must happen within 56 days, this provides more flexibility for buyers looking to purchase with a mortgage and enables an efficient and quick sale. Fixed timescales also provides clarity for both parties. Interest and fair market value The timescales allow for increased exposure, this is complemented by IAM Sold’s dedicated auction team who work tirelessly to gauge interest, arrange viewings and carry out negotiations. IAM Sold also employ a pricing strategy that increases interest and encourages more viewings and a quick sale on a property. Thanks to the increased exposure and pricing strategy, IAM Sold can guarantee the fairest price for a property plus the added assurance of a reserve price, ensuring the property won’t sell for anything less than the one the seller is happy with.

What are sellers and buyers saying? ‘‘IAM Sold’s services have been excellent and I would be happy to recommend them to anyone I find who is thinking of taking the same course of action in the sale of their property.’’ K.Toft, Seller

‘‘Purchasing my home through auction for the first time was slightly worrying, but from dealing with IAM Sold from the start, I felt like I had experienced professionals on my side, guiding the purchase through the different obstacles to get to completion. Helpful, informative and very supportive, highly recommend.’’ D. Pedley, Buyer ‘‘This was the best decision I ever made. Jess was amazing and patient with me and everything was clear and painless. I would use this service again.’’ S. Cox, Seller Interested in finding out more about IAM Sold? Call: 0845 5193 126 Visit: www.iamsold.co.uk Email: marketing@iam-sold.co.uk

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What’s On This Winter?

Your Guide to Events in the North East Winter is definitely a time for celebrations and while the weather has turned colder, that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy the region. So wrap up warm and enjoy some of the best events from across the North East!

Winter Wonderland, Adventure Valley November 25 - December 24 While there are many Christmas Grotto’s across the region, Adventure World Durham’s Winter Wonderland remains one of the most popular. A 90-minute experience, children are guided by their very own festive Elf and will meet real reindeer and other winter animals, even taking home twinkling Reindeer Dust. They’ll have the chance to get creative and decorate their own Gingerbread Man in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen before visiting Santa’s Grotto and choosing their own gift!

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Visit Fenwick’s Window

Peter Pan, Theatre Royal

Mid November - December 25

November 28 - January 21

One of the most anticipated events of the festive season is the revealing of the window display at Fenwick department store on Newcastle’s Northumberland Street. Whether it’s a traditional display like 2005’s The Snowman or a more modern take like 2012’s Reindeer Express, crowds of people will undoubtedly pay a visit to the store.

No Christmas is complete without a trip to the theatre and the Theatre Royal’s pantomime promises fun for all the family. Pantomime trio Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward return to the stage for another spectacular performance, this time taking on the classic story of the boy who never grew up. The theatre’s first production of Peter Pan in over a decade, the audience can expect laugh out loud comedy, special effects, amazing sets and a few surprises along the way!


There are some fantastic things going on all across the North East over the next few months, and we’ve rounded up a few of the best for you.

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The Snowman Classic Performance, The Sage December 22 - 24 The Sage Gateshead brings back one of its most popular festive events – a festive sing-a-long followed by Howard Blake’s The Snowman on the big screen, accompanied by a live performance of the score by Royal Northern Sinfonia.

New Year’s Eve Party Around The World, Seven Stories December 30 - 31 Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018 with Seven Stories as they explore when and how New Year traditions are celebrated across the world. Discover traditions, customs and celebrations from around the globe and enjoy themed story times, party games and crafty activities!

Edinburgh Christmas Markets November 18 - January 6 A little further afield, but we think it’s worth the trip! While there are plenty of Christmas markets taking place in the North East this season, the Edinburgh markets really do offer something special. Just a short train ride from Darlington, Durham or Newcastle, the Edinburgh markets span the whole of East Princes Street Gardens and George Street, and are home to some of the best food and crafts the city has to offer. In addition, there’s a pop-up ice rink, Ferris wheel, helter-skelter, carousel and even a Christmas tree maze which promises fun for all the family.

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Is your home winter ready?

The winter months can put a real strain on your home, but you don’t need to be an expert in DIY to prepare for the cold, wind and rain. There are lots of simple steps you can take to make sure your home is fighting fit. Here are our top tips to get your home winter ready:

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Gutters and drains Whilst clearing out your gutters and drains may not be the top of your priorities, this is an essential task for the colder weather. If they become blocked with debris, such as leaves and mud, it can cause leaks in your home. Loose or missing tiles Water damage is not only stressful, but can also be extremely costly and cause irreversible damage to your belongings. One way to combat this is to make sure any loose or missing tiles are replaced and secured before the winter weather strikes. Trees and plants If you have any trees close to your home, or plants growing up the side of your property, make sure they are properly maintained to avoid preventable damage to your home.

Get your boiler checked In the cold weather, there’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa with your heating turned on - but what happens if your boiler breaks? The last thing you want in winter is a home without central heating, so ensure you hire a qualified engineer to check it’s in shipshape. Insulation Not only does insulation help to keep your home toasty and warm, it can also save you a substantial amount of money on energy bills. The first place to start is by insulating your loft, as this is where you lose approximately one quarter of your home’s heat, then you may wish to consider cavity wall insulation. Check you’re on the best energy tariff No one should have to worry about whether they can afford to switch on the heating, so make sure you shop around for energy deals to make sure you’re on the best tariff. Using comparison websites is a quick and easy way to do so.


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Darlington Office

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Coniscliffe Road Darlington £435,000 An outstanding opportunity to acquire a five bedroom detached family home which is of the highest quality. It cannot be over stressed how deceptive this property really is as the current owner has literally transformed it into one of the finest homes current available in the West End. The improvement programme has included the addition of a two storey extension to the rear creating a fabulous family home with bi-fold doors leading onto landscaped gardens.

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Winchester Way Darlington £144,950

Back Row left to right: Lyndsey Reynolds – Negotiator. Graham Ayres – Mortgage Advisor. Peter Tevenan – Accompanied Viewer. Adam Boyd – Office Manager/ Valuer. Adam Gregory – Negotiator. John Stephenson – Accompanied Viewer. Libby Duffy – Negotiator. Front Row – left to right: Louise Thompson – Property Manager. Liz Carter – Administrator. Joy Cruddas – Senior Sales Progressor. Sally Newman – Negotiator and Caitlin Smith – Negotiator.

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A stunning three bedroom detached property competitively priced in today’s market located on a favourable corner plot on the sought after Haughton Grange development which lies within easy reach of transport links to the A66 and A1(M). It benefits from uPVC double glazing, gas central heating via a combi boiler, garage and the rear garden has a favourable South Westerly aspect thus gaining the majority of the Summer sun.


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Adam Boyd Office Manager / Valuer

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Barmpton Lane Darlington £350,000 This is truly an outstanding opportunity to acquire a large FOUR BEDROOM FAMILY SIZED PROPERTY which lies on Barmpton Lane in the Haughton area of Darlington. The property is sure to be in high demand and is of a very high quality. No expense has been spared in transforming this into a property well worthy of an early internal inspection.

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Barlby Drive

Church Lane

Darlington £129,950

Barton £250,000

Robinsons Estate Agents are privileged to bring to the market this modern, stunning two bedroom semi detached property newly built in 2014 pleasantly positioned on the sought after Oakfield Lodge development which lies within easy reach of local shops, amenities and schooling. Quality fixtures and fittings can be found throughout having been maintained and presented to a show home standard and we have no hesitation in recommending an internal viewing.

An outstanding opportunity to acquire a beautifully maintained and improved two/three bedroomed detached bungalow. Stands on a slightly elevated site within the desirable village of Barton. It has been extended and improved to a high standard and must be seen to the interior to be fully appreciated. The bungalow would, in our opinion, be an excellent home for the needs of a small family or retired couple.

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Durham Office

...here to help you move Tel: +44 (0) 191 386 2777 • Email: info@robinsonsdurham.co.uk • 1 Old Elvet, Durham City DH1 3HL

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Oatlands Way Pity Me £325,000 Extended four bedroomed detached family home. The floorplan briefly comprises: inviting hallway, comfortable lounge with front bay window, exquisite kitchen/ dining room and upvc double glazed conservatory. There is also a downstairs cloaks and useful utility room. The first floor has four good size bedrooms, the master having en suite shower room and there is a family bathroom/wc fitted with an attractive white suite. Gardens front and rear, driveway and garage.

Prospect Place

Sandgate

Coxhoe OIRO £109,950

Coxhoe £189,950

Two bedroom mid terraced house. Entrance hall, cloakroom/WC, useful utility/storage cupboard, kitchen, lounge and dining area. The first floor has two double bedrooms and bathroom/wc. Driveway to the front, enclosed garden to the rear.

Four bedroomed detached house. Entrance vestibule, lounge, dining room, kitchen, utility room and cloakroom/wc. To the first floor there are four bedrooms, en suite and bathroom/wc. Externally there are gardens, block paved driveway and garage.

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Keith Mason Senior Manager

Michael Hughes Manager/Valuer

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Lindisfarne Road Newton Hall £330,000 Four bedroomed detached house. Large reception hall, cloakroom/wc, spacious lounge, dining room, garden room extension and large fitted kitchen/breakfast room. To the first floor there are four bedrooms (two with fitted wardrobes and master with en suite shower room/wc) family bathroom/wc with a Jacuzzi bath. Externally there is a detached double garage, double tarmac drive, large open plan front gardens and large enclosed rear gardens.

Griffiths Court

Rainton Cottage, South St.

Bowburn £110,000

East Rainton £189,950

Three bedroom end terraced home. Entrance hallway, downstairs cloaks/WC, kitchen/diner and lounge. To the first floor there are three bedrooms and a bathroom/WC. Gardens front and rear, single garage and driveway.

Fantastic detached cottage dating back nearly 100 years. Attractive lounge, dining room and kitchen. Stunning master bedroom, two further bedrooms and a bathroom. Low maintenance garden, driveway and detached garage.

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Spennymoor Office

Lynne Blaney Branch Manager

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Tel: +44 (0) 1388 420 444 • Email: info@robinsonsspennymoor.co.uk • 11 Cheapside, Spennymoor DL16 6QE

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North Road Spennymoor £144,950 Rarely available three bedroom semi detached house located in the highly desireable area of north road. Approximatley half a mile from spennymoor and local schools and amenities. With UPVC double glazing and gas central heating the property briefly comprises of entrance porch, hallway, lounge with feature fire surround, attractive and seperate dining room, three well proportioned bedrooms and shower room, front and rear gardens with parking.

Woodward Road

Parkside

Spennymoor £104,950

Spennymoor £119,950

WOW! What a beautiful property! Viewing essential. This lovely home is still under the NHBC guarantee and benefits from UPVC double glazing and gas central heating. The property comprises of Entrance hall with staircase, contemporary style kitchen/ breakfast area, two bedrooms and attractive bathroom, allocated parking and single garage.

Viewing is a must! This lovely two bedroom semi detached bungalow sits in the desirable Greenways Estate. Highly recommended for viewing, the property has been refurbished to a high standard with a full re-wire, new heating system and fully re-plastered and decorated. The bungalow briefly comprises of entrance vestibule, inner hallway, lounge, superb recently fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and attractive shower room, well maintained plot with parking for 2/3 cars and detached garage.

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Bishop Auckland Office

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Anthony Smyth Branch Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 1388 458 111 • Email: info@robinsonsbishop.co.uk • 120 Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland DL14 7EH

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Station Road Witton-le-Wear £360,000 This is a stunning five bedroom detached home in the sought after village location of Witton-Le-Wear, occupying an elevated position on the north bank of the River Wear. Over the years the dwelling was originally three cottages though late in the 1900’s was returned to one large family property. The accommodation is spacious and flexible and is ideal for a growing and ever changing family. A viewing comes highly recommended.

Manor Road

Front Street

Bishop Auckland £220,000

Cockfield £105,000

In the private location of Manor Road, St Helens is this spacious and well presented three bedroom detached bungalow which sits on approximately three quarters of an acre of land. Accessed by private gates with large gardens to all sides, off street parking space for numerous vehicles and the potential to extend in any direction.

This is a recently refurbished, modernised and spacious three bedroom terraced property in the popular location of Front Street, Cockfield. In our opinion this is an ideal purchase for numerous buyers including first time buyers and investors and we feel this property is ready to move straight into.

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Chester-le-Street Office

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Michael Hughes Manager/Valuer

Tel: +44 (0) 191 387 3000 • Email: info@robinsonscls.co.uk • 45 Front Street, Chester le Street DH3 3BH

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Highfield Rise Chester-le-Street £275,000 An incredibly spacious and rarely available four bedroom detached family home. Located in the traditionally popular Highfield Rise development the property comprises of entrance hallway, large inviting living room, dining room, downstairs wc, refitted kitchen and utility room. To the first floor there are four bedrooms, en suite facilities and a refitted bathroom. Externally there are gardens to the front and rear, a large driveway and a double detached garage.

Langdale

Lilac Grove

Birtley £159,950

Chester-le-Street £78,500

A superb three bedroom semi-detached house which is located in a sought after residential area close to local shops, schools and bus routes. Presented in good decorative order throughout, the property offers deceptively spacious family sized accommodation with the benefit of gas fired central heating and uPVC double glazing. An internal inspection is highly recommended to appreciate the property fully and all of the fitted carpets, floor coverings and blinds are included.

Having an extended lease we offer to the market with no chain this well maintained, pleasantly situated and rarely available two bedroomed top floor flat. Located within a quiet cul-de-sac on a sought after development the property has a floor plan comprising: entrance lobby with stairs to first floor, large living room, kitchen, two good sized bedrooms, both with fitted storage/wardrobes, and a bathroom. Externally there is a lawned garden and garage.

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Crook Office

Alex Riley Branch Manager

...here to help you move

Tel: +44 (0) 1388 763 477 • Email: info@robinsonscrook.co.uk • Royal Corner, Crook DL15 9UA

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Clement Way Willington £320,000 Situated on a newly developed residential housing estate in Willington is this most impressive Six double bedroom detached family home with the benefit of a double garage and private rear garden. The house would be perfect for a growing family having spacious accommodation throughout and the master bedroom having a walk in dressing room and en-suite bathroom. An internal viewing is a must to fully appreciate this immaculate family home.

Greenways

East End

Sunnybrow £179,950

Wolsingham £74,950

This greatly extended three bedroom detached family home which stands on a larger than average plot in a pleasant cul de sac and enjoys open views to the rear. The home should prove be ideal for family living, having spacious accommodation throughout and long driveway leading to integral garage. An internal viewing comes highly recommended.

Situated in the ever popular village of Wolsingham is this cosy, stone built one bedroom cottage which has recently undergone a programme of refurbishment, and benefits from being warmed by gas central heating via combination boiler and is fully double glazed. The house would be ideal for a holiday cottage and is within strolling distance of the market square.

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Sedgefield Office

Anita Purkis Branch Manager

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Tel: +44 (0) 1740 621 777 • Email: info@robinsonssedgefield.co.uk • 3 High Street, Sedgefield TS21 2AU

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Tel Aviv Trimdon Station £325,000 Outstanding four bedroom detached home situated on the edge of Trimdon Station. Re-designed and refurbished in recent years, we believe this immaculate home offers excellent accommodation for family dwelling. Large family room/ sitting room, conservatory, ‘L’ shaped open plan Kitchen/Dining room. Ensuite to Master Bedroom with dressing room. Pleasant south facing garden and garage. EPC E

Queens Drive

Newohm

Sedgefield £349,950

Bishop Middleham £295,000

A superb six bedroom detached family home which has been further enhanced with the addition of a stunning kitchen and generously proportioned orangery. The accommodation is situated over three floors with and incorporating a shower room to the second floor. Gardens to front and rear with driveway and garage. EPC D

A spacious three bedroom detached property which is located in the picturesque village of Bishop Middleham. Occupying a good sized plot, this deceptively spacious property offer living accommodation which comprises of lounge/diner, study, wet room, utility, three bedrooms to the first floor with family bathroom. Well maintained gardens with garage. EPC D

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Coxhoe Office

Karen Powell Branch Manager

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Tel: +44 (0) 191 383 9994 • Email: info@robinsonsdurham.co.uk • 14, West Terrace, Coxhoe, Durham, DH6 4HP

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The Avenue Coxhoe £565 pcm Spacious and recently refurbished three bedroom mid terrace home. The property has a wealth of benefits including three bedrooms - with the master benefiting from en-suite bathroom - living room, modern fitted kitchen, utility room and downstairs WC. The town of Coxhoe which is just a short drive from the historic Durham City has good access to schools, amenities, recreational facilities and motoring links which includes the A1M giving access to many of the region’s major towns and cities. Available immediately on an unfurnished basis.

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Tweddle Terrace

The Grove

Bowburn £425pcm

Coxhoe £495pcm

An excellent two bedroom end terrace house located approximately 3-4 miles from Durham City and 2 minutes from the A1M. The property benefits from gas fired central heating, UPVC double glazing, garden to the front, yard and off street parking to the rear. Briefly comprises of lounge, recently refitted kitchen/breakfast room with built in appliances. To the first floor are two bedrooms and a new bathroom with white suite and over bath shower. A lovely light and airy house at a realistic rent.

Three bedroom family home comprising of entrance hall, lounge, kitchen and bathroom, whilst to the first floor are three bedrooms and separate w.c. The property also boasts UPVC double glazing throughout and gas fired central heating. Externally there is an open plan front garden whilst to the rear is an enclosed garden with lawn and patio area. There are also facilities for ample storage. Driveway and garage provide off road parking.

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Stockton Office

...here to help you move Tel: +44 (0) 1642 607 555 • Email: info@robinsonsstockton.co.uk • 21 Bishop Street, Stockton-On-Tees TS18 1SY

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The Green Thornaby £334,999 A luxurious five bedroom detached residence situated on arguably the best plot on The Green, Thornaby. With grounds dating back to the early 1900’s, this impressive home retains a lot of its original features and boasts impressive gardens, 45ft detached garage, stunning views and well maintained accommodation spread over three floors.

Meet some members of our experienced team Mark A. Smith - Senior Manager/ Valuer - Mark is one of the longest serving Managers at Robinsons and has worked as an Estate Agent since 1994 and is accredited to NAEA and ARLA. He has even appeared in ‘Homes Under the Hammer’ Mark loves sport, especially football and follows his team Middlesbrough, dedication and loyalty are 2 of his qualities as he has been a season ticket holder for over 30 years. Claire Aitken - Senior Sales Negotiator - Claire has been with the company since 2007 and worked in the property industry for 12 years, her role is Senior Sales Negotiator and is very well respected not only with the company but within our town as many clients come back to use our services due to her excellence in her role agreeing many sales in her time with the company, in her spare time she loves interior design and cooking.

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Claire Etheridge - Lettings Property Manager - Claire has recently passed her ARLA exams and has risen through the ranks. She started in 2006 as a junior, moved into the administration team and now is a Property Manager successfully managing over 150 properties. Claire loves her holidays and keeping fit. Lindsey Nicholson - Sales Progressor - Lindsey has many excellent qualities you need in an Estate Agent, always has a positive outlook and a good listener, she has over 20 years experience in the property industry and has been with Robinsons Stockton from day 1 since December 2001. Lindsey loves travelling and socialising with her family and friends. Ken Tweddell - Accompanied Viewer Ken has been with the team since 2005 and is very popular with buyers as he has many years of wisdom and experience to help and guide buyers for their property needs. Ken is the font of all knowledge and a regular pub quiz goer and  usually on the winning team, a true gentleman.


Mark Smith Senior Manager

Michael Naylor Valuer

Free valuations for sales & lettings - call us today! O N IN A H C

Dalby Close Billingham £310,000 An immaculately presented 4 bedroom detached family home which is situated in the popular Wolviston Court area, this Yuill built detached house briefly comprises of entrance hallway, cloaks/WC, lounge, dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, landing, 4 double bedrooms, en suite to bedroom one and family bathroom/WC. This property has attractive rear garden with an open aspect view with a south westerly facing aspect.

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Arden Grove

Durham Road

Fairfield £175,000

Stockton £139,950

A 3 bedroom semi detached home with gardens, driveway and single garage. The home which is warmed by gas central heating also has uPVC double glazing throughout with some windows being recently replaced. This impressive property is situated on a good size plot and would appeal to a variety of buyers including a young family.

This three bedroom mid terraced home has been finished and maintained to the highest possible standards. Warmed by gas central heating the home also has a benefit of uPVC double glazing, ample on site parking and 2 reception rooms with a lovely fitted kitchen and bathroom. Viewing essential!

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Hartlepool Office

...here to help you move Tel: +44 (0) 1429 891 100 • Email: info@robinsonshartlepool.co.uk • 106 York Road, Hartlepool TS26 9DE

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Coniscliffe Road Hartlepool £429,950 ALL SERIOUS OFFERS CONSIDERED - PART EXCHANGE CONSIDERED. A greatly extended 6 bed detached residence in a secluded position with features incl. gas CH, DG, extensive south facing rear garden, off street parking & double garage. Briefly comprising: cloak/WC, 4 reception rooms, conservatory, superb kit., breakfast area, utility, garden room plus wet room & sauna, 6 bedrooms, bedroom 1 with walk-in robe and sumptuous en-suite, en-suite to bedroom 2, luxurious bathroom and attic store room.

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Endeavour Close

Park Road

Hartlepool £385,000

Hartlepool £319,950 O.N.O.

A stunning & unique 5 bedroom detached residence offering significantly enhanced and extended accommodation. Features incl. 3 separate reception areas, 5 en suites/bathrooms, conservatory, double garage with stairs to a study/storage room over, gas CH, uPVC DG & burglar alarm. The gardens are attractively landscaped with driveways to each side providing off street parking.

SELDOM AVAILABLE!! An impressive 5 bedroom, extended detached house which is complemented by its generous sized rear garden which is approx 110’ in length. Features incl. 5 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, conservatory, ground floor shower room and 1st floor bathroom, gas CH & uPVC DG. Externally are 2 garages, with the rear garden enjoying a high degree of privacy and a sunny aspect.

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Debbie Watts Senior Manager

Craig Purkis Manager/Valuer

Free valuations for sales & lettings - call us today! ER D R N E U FF O

‘Pathways’ The Green Hartlepool £289,995 NO CHAIN INVOLVED!! A deceptively spacious cottage offering enhanced & extended accommodation with the benefit of 4 generous bedrooms, 2 reception rooms and 2 shower/ bathrooms. This unique property commands a prominent position overlooking the Village Green, with a generous plot, double garage and parking for to up to 3 cars. Improved in recent years with a beautiful re-fitted kitchen, whilst also benefitting from uPVC DG & gas CH.

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Cath Hill Close

Chichester Close

Hartlepool £167,500 O.N.O.

Hartlepool £179,995

PRESENTED TO SHOW HOME STANDARDS!! A stunning 4 bedroom, 3 storey semi-detached house with gas CH, uPVC DG and briefly comprising: entrance hall, cloak/WC, spacious kitchen/dining room, lounge, fitted wardrobes & sumptuous en-suite to master bedroom, en-suite to bedroom 2 and a bathroom/WC. Externally is a rear garden, off street parking and integral garage.

A spacious 3 bedroom detached bungalow occupying a prime corner position with gardens to 3 sides, off street parking, hard standing area and detached brick built garage. Features incl. gas CH, uPVC DG and solar panels. Briefly comprising: entrance hall, spacious lounge, fitted kitchen/diner, 3 bedrooms, the master benefitting from built-in wardrobes, and a modern bathroom.

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Middlesbrough Office

...here to help you move

Richard Watson Branch Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 1642 313 666 • Email: info@robinsonsmiddlesbrough.co.uk • 26 Stokesley Road, Middlesbrough TS7 8DX

Need a survey? ring us for a quote today LD SO

Woodvale Coulby Newham Tastefully refurbished by the current owners and now offering a stunning four bedroom property that can only be truly appreciated with an internal viewing. Comprises of entrance hall, study/family room, open plan lounge and dining area which opens into the conservatory. Kitchen, with utility room and ground floor cloaks/ WC. The first floor there are four bedrooms, master with en-suite and family bathroom.

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The Birches

Meet the team

Marton Standing on a good sized plot in a pleasant cul de sac location within this popular Marton development. In good decorative order throughout. A particular feature of the property is the good sized south facing rear garden which is private and features a full width covered and decked patio and veranda which provides an ideal entertaining space.

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We are very proud of what we are achieving in Middlesbrough, and this success is due to the hard work, experience and friendliness of our Middlesbrough Team. With over 50 years of experience it is no wonder we are the Agent of Choice in the area. (Left to right) Richard Manager/ Valuer , Becky Negotiator, Nicky Administrator, Elaine Negotiator, and Geoff Mortgage Consultant.


Ingleby Barwick Office

Richard Watson Branch Manager

...here to help you move

Tel: +44 (0) 1642 762 944 • Email: info@robinsonsinglebybarwick.co.uk • Barwick Lodge, Ingleby Barwick TS17 0RH

Free valuations for sales & lettings - call us today! LD SO

Raydale Beck Ingleby Barwick We are pleased to offer for sale this three bedroom detached house which is located in the sought after Sober Hall area of Ingleby Barwick. The property stands on a large corner plot pedestrianized to the front with a pleasant open aspect. There is a large front garden with established shrubs, a private decked patio to the side, a driveway with garage and a south facing rear garden.

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Houghton Banks

The Office

Ingleby Barwick We are pleased to offer for sale a five bedroom three storey detached house standing on a good sized plot. An internal inspection is highly recommended to appreciate the property fully as it offers excellent family sized accommodation with the benefit of gas central heating and Upvc double glazing. Built by Yuill homes to their ‘Chartwell’ design.

With a prominent position in Ingleby Barwick our recently refurbished office is a welcoming place to pop in and speak to the team about any aspects of buying or selling property, renting or becoming a landlord, Danny, Cheryl, Dawn, Donna & Elaine are vastly experienced in all aspects of property and are on hand to help.

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As 2017 comes to a close, I’m delighted to welcome you to another edition of Abode magazine.

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t Fine & Country, we have over a decade of experience in providing the highest quality service to both prospective buyers and sellers and look forward to continuing to build upon our success in the future.

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This month we’ll once again be showcasing a selection of the beautiful homes we have to offer, along with providing advice on how to add value to your home, sharing tips for keeping your garden blooming this winter and highlighting some of the best events from around the North East this Christmas! We hope your 2017 has been as good as ours, and look forward to helping you with all of your property needs in 2018.


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Thinking about a loft conversion?

Winter Gardening Tips

Whether you need extra space for guests, or a private home office, get the most out of your home without the need to extend.

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From investment properties to forever homes, we have something for everyone this season.

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Rainbow Hill Nursery Set foot into our Rainbow Hill Nursery at Durham High School and you won’t want to leave. Housed in a bright, well-equipped space, our purpose–built Nursery is an ideal environment for your daughter to begin her learning journey. Add to that our caring, well-qualified staff, and it’s hard to see what more any parent could want. Purposeful play makes Nursery a fun and magical learning experience and our outdoor learning area is perfect for bear hunts and den-building or concocting magical potions in the mud kitchen. Eid, Diwali and the Chinese New Year give us the excuse to dress up and celebrate while finding out about other cultures.

In Rainbow Hill Nursery, children are encouraged to develop independence, confidence and an appetite for learning. You can be assured that your daughter will be in a very safe environment here where she will be nurtured and cared for. Your daughter can join Rainbow Hill Nursery as soon as she has had her third birthday and we’ll invite her to spend time here before she begins to help her feel at home.

Junior House Any visitor to Junior House at Durham High School for Girls will be struck by our friendly, family atmosphere. Our girls feel safe here and know they are valued by staff who care for them. Teachers take the time to get to know every girl well so we can meet her needs and help her develop socially, morally and spiritually into a confident, happy individual. Our girls enjoy coming to school; they are excited about learning and take pride in their work, showing it off at any opportunity, including when their grandparents are invited to visit. With a stimulating curriculum and exciting lessons, classrooms are busy, creative places of active, individualised learning. Music, PE and languages are taught by specialists and from Year 5 the girls have the fantastic opportunity of lessons in the Senior Science labs.

Outside the classroom there are trips for each year group linked to the curriculum and plenty of outdoor learning. Our impressive range of extra-curricular activities ranges from Latin Club to Irish dancing as we believe the more opportunities we can provide, the more talents the girls will discover and the more their confidence will grow.


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Senior House Is it possible to take excitable, hectic, distractible, uncertain, endearing, dreaming, aspiring 11 year old girls and, in 7 years deliver polished, balanced, focussed young women, with top grades and the easy confidence they’ll need to meet a challenging and vibrant world? In a word – yes!

From Day One in Senior House, girls are directed to excellence in their work and humanity in their relationships by a caring and well-trained staff. They become strong individuals with an unassailable academic core and a broad hinterland encompassing drama to Duke of Edinburgh, poetry to politics, athletics to art. In short, they become fully alive. A door opens into Senior House. The whole world beckons.

Sixth Form Our Sixth Form has its own identity: students have their own suite which includes a common room, kitchen and study. Sixth Formers are also very much part of the whole school community and many take on responsibilities throughout the school. Our excellent results at A Level are down to the fact that girls are taught by highly qualified specialists in small classes, while benefiting from exceptional pastoral support throughout these crucial two years. But there’s so much more to life in the Sixth Form than work. Our enrichment programme includes guest speakers, life skills and current affairs, as well as the ‘survival cookery’ you’ll need if you’ve never looked after yourself before!

Girls and staff go out of their way to make new students feel at home. Whether you have been at Durham High for years, or have just joined us, within a few weeks those distinctions will be forgotten. Before long you’ll feel as if you’ve been here forever and you’ll leave with excellent qualifications and friends for life.


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What are the best uses for your extra space?

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TOP TIPS

There are lots of reasons why you may think about a loft conversion, but whether you need extra space for guests or want a private space for a home office, it’s important to get the most out of your space.

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ou may be shocked to hear you only require a minimum head height of 2.3m for a loft conversion, meaning almost all loft spaces are suitable. However, the sloped ceilings and strange angles found in lofts can appear challenging, so here are some of our favourite tips for using your space wisely.

> Lower your windows Lofts are a fantastic place for natural light, however you can sometimes miss out on the views outside your home by adding your windows too high. By lowering the height of your windows, you can benefit from both a light, airy space and external views.

> Take your conversion to a new level Does your loft have a particularly high ceiling? If so, you may want to consider maximising the space by adding a mezzanine. This could be used as a lounge area, study, or bedroom space.

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> If there’s space, find a use for it In a loft it’s not unusual to find tight spaces and, of course, slanted ceilings. However, that doesn’t mean you have to compromise. For example instead of leaving a tight space empty, add shelving to create extra storage. You should also consider having bespoke furniture built to fit the space.

> Is there room for a staircase? A staircase can take up a lot of space in the room below your loft, and can also be quite costly, so if you’re looking for a little extra storage, why not consider using a strong ladder?

> Be creative A loft conversion is a perfect chance to show off your creativity, so don’t be afraid to do something different.


- Don’t let the trees go bare HELP YOUR GARDEN THRIVE THIS WINTER

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s winter approaches, here’s some ideas to brighten up your garden using plants, shrubs and berry bushes to add colour, depth and scent throughout the snowy season:

> Winter flowering plants While most winter bedding plants flower in spring, pansy, viola and primula will bloom during milder spells. Hellebores, or the Christmas rose, flowers in January too, adding a dash of pink, red and white to your outside space. Finally, firm favourites, snowdrops and irises bloom early in the year and make for an ideal winter bouquet.

> Evergreen shrubs Evergreen shrubs keep their colour all year round and add real depth to your garden. A camellia is a flowering evergreen shrub which boasts exquisite pink to red flowers and blossoms throughout the winter.

> Climbers A clematis cirrhosa ‘freckles’ can be relied upon to brighten up bare outdoor walls with a mass of cream and maroon or violet flecked flowers, from November to March.

> Berry bushes A berry-filled holly or virginia creeper bush can add a splash of colour to your garden, as well as provide a much-needed sanctuary for birds and wildlife during the winter months.

> Herbs Invest in some winter containers and you can benefit from a rich array of scented, evergreen perennials, such as such as rosemary, thyme, lavender and sage. With the short winter days, remember to position your containers so your plants can gain as much sunlight as possible.

> Winter vegetables Brussels sprouts and kale can be picked throughout the winter, providing you with a steady supply of seasonal vegetables – ideal for meat dishes and warm, hearty soups.

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Lion Bridge 5

Wynyard ÂŁ475,000

- For Sale A substantial five-bedroom family home. Occupying a corner position in a quiet cul-de-sac close to the golf course. The elegant lounge has French doors at the back, as does the family room, which opens onto the patio and lawn leading to a secluded garden. The kitchen is open plan to a dining area at one side and onwards to the family room while a formal dining room to the other side creates a fabulous run-through entertaining space. The dining room could also be used as a playroom or a sitting room. The kitchen is fitted with cream units and complementary worktops with built-in appliances, and benefits from a utility room next door which gives internal access to the garage. Hardwood flooring runs from the Dining area to the hallway, a staircase leads to the first floor. The master bedroom is fitted out with wardrobes, a dressing table, and en suite bathroom. The second bedroom also has a en suite. Three further double bedrooms share a family bathroom.

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Waterside 7

Hartlepool ÂŁ665,000

- For Sale A property with unique features and character offer views to the golf course, this exclusive seven-bedroom, three-storey home. Finished to the highest quality throughout, the oak staircase offers instant appeal to a welcoming hallway. Its impact is immediate, with a feeling of space and light with the two reception rooms through double doors to the right and left. The lounge has a wood-burning stove. The high specification continues into the dining kitchen which has an individual layout of island and peninsular units and granite tops. Offering built-in stainless-steel appliances and a range cooker, pantry-style storage and adjoining utility room. The kitchen leads open plan into a conservatory dining room and has doors opening to the garden. This is in addition to the main formal dining room at the front of the house and a further lovely family room with French doors to the garden, all together providing a superb amount of space for entertaining and for family. A fitted home office completes the ground floor.

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Black Wood 5

Wynyard ÂŁ720,000

- For Sale A substantial property perfect for entertaining, From the hot tub, fire pit and barbecue area to the AstroTurf and soft rubber play space and games rooms. Generous proportion rooms and high-quality fixtures and fittings. Double doors to the hallway open into a formal lounge with stunning feature fireplace, a separate dining room. The kitchen has an excellent range of cream units with granite worktops and island and built in appliances including a range cooker. Travertine flooring runs throughout and a practical utility room next door. The kitchen not only leads open plan into the family room, with three sets of glazed doors opening to the patio and garden, Heading upstairs from the hallway, the staircase turns left and right to a large landing with storage. The master suite comes with a walk-in dressing room and a beautiful en suite bathroom. The second bedroom also has en suite and the remaining 3 bedrooms share a family bathroom.

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Green Lane Cottage 5

Wynyard ÂŁ449,000

- For Sale A beautiful home full of character with a small paddock and self-contained annexe only add to the appeal for a family with animals, while the conservatory and timber deck with a hot tub. A large dining kitchen complete with ceiling beams and a log burner, The kitchen has a tiled floor, a generous array of units, a range cooker. The lounge has a inglenook fireplace with log burning stove and opens into the conservatory giving access to the garden and outdoor dining area. A boot room with WC off the kitchen could make a home office or playroom since there are additional utility space. Upstairs there are five double bedrooms, all with pleasant views. The master bedroom has built-in wardrobes. The large family bathroom has a corner bath and separate shower cubicle. The annexe has its own entrance yet is attached to the main house and boasts an open plan dining, kitchen and sitting room, a bedroom and shower room.

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The Plantations Wynyard SOLD

selling some of the region's finest homes

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15 The Plantation is at the heart of Wynyard Village. Four reception rooms, five bedrooms, four en suites, a magnificent conservatory and gardens. The property stands on a corner plot in a quiet cul-de-sac. At the front, the attractive approach is via a sweeping blockpaved drive bordered by lawn and trees with parking and a triple, detached garage. The oak front door opens into a spacious hallway which extends to the full depth of the house to French doors at the far end. The quieter, left side of the house is occupied by a study and generous lounge with a feature fireplace and a dining kitchen, a family room leading into the conservatory and utility space. A dining room at the front completes the ground floor, all of which is beautifully presented. The kitchen is fitted with cream and aubergine units, with a centre island and integrated appliances and a walk-in pantry. The conservatory extends across the back of the property and is accessible from the lounge, hall and kitchen. It also benefits from underfloor heating, fitted blinds and French doors opening to the garden.

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The Wynd Wynyard SOLD

selling some of the region's finest homes

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59 The Wynd has woodland views to the rear. With three generous reception rooms, five double bedrooms with two en suites, storage, ample parking and a garden. The layout offers formal entertaining space and rooms in which to relax. With a double integral garage and blocked paved driveway. The entrance opens into a hallway of which all the ground floor rooms lead. The lounge comes with a feature inglenook fireplace housing a log burning stove and French doors opening to the patio that runs across the back of the house. Also making the most of the garden views are the separate dining room, conservatory and breakfasting kitchen, which leads to a utility room. The kitchen has a range of integrated appliances and granite worktops. A further family sitting room with French doors and study. Upstairs, the galleried landing opens an abundance of light. The master bedroom has fitted storage as well as a bathroom en suite. The second bedroom also has an en suite shower room making a lovely guest room that also benefits from built-in wardrobes.

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The Old Forge Witton Park SOLD

selling some of the region's finest homes

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A home with history, the peace and tranquillity that surrounds. The buildings stand as they did 200 years ago and lots of original internal features have been preserved including stone sills, beamed ceilings, fireplaces and exposed stone and brick. Together with a range in the kitchen, timber doors with latches, stripped floorboards and wood burning stoves complemented by old school-style column radiators, it all adds up to the kind of vintage charm that is highly desirable in a cottage. Stylish lighting, contemporary travertine flooring with underfloor heating in the living room, a modern kitchen with integrated appliances, double glazing throughout and a fabulous bathroom ensure the cottage is as comfortable as it characterful. The two reception rooms are a generous size, with a feature made of the full height chimney breast in the living room thanks to a mezzanine level that provides a study or library space upstairs. The two bedrooms are equally well proportioned while the bathroom with its contemporary free-standing bath and walk-in shower is a relaxing haven.

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Broom Hill Farm Ebchester SOLD

selling some of the region's finest homes

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Broomhill farm, a stunning 5 bedroom detached property. The accommodation is beautifully presented throughout and boasts many period features including beamed ceilings, stone Inglenook and log turning stove along with a modern twist with state of the art fitted kitchen. As well as renovating the house the vendors extended it to the side to provide a fabulous sun lounge which doubles as a lounge and dining room and is also a superb space for entertaining with French doors that open out onto a large decked area for eating outdoors. A breakfasting kitchen which is fitted with a slate floor, high gloss units and island with granite worktops, integrated appliances, including an indoor barbecue and hot plate grill, a range cooker set. The property has four bedrooms upstairs and a fifth bedroom room on the ground floor with a shower room next door. The characterful master bedroom comes with a contemporary en suite shower room and the other rooms share a luxury bathroom with a freestanding bath. The Garden includes several raised beds, four greenhouses, outbuildings, fruit trees and chicken run.

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