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Grand Designs Interior design inspiration from the region’s best Bistro No.95 - Gosforth Re-opens its doors with a brand new menu

Exclusive Villa Rentals Indulge in sheer luxury around the world

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Staying at Close House Each of our 31 bedrooms have been designed with fine furnishings and fabrics to ensure you enjoy the ultimate experience in comfort and luxury. Unwind in a bathroom which has been beautifully crafted with marble and sandstone tiles, snuggle into fluffy towels and bathrobes, before slipping between Egyptian cotton sheets beneath a sumptuous feather duvet.

destination... Close House is an elegant and beautiful 18th century mansion set in stunning Northumberland countryside. Located just 15 minutes from Newcastle city centre, this is an exceptional place to escape to for business and pleasure. A very warm welcome, fine food, elegant interiors, luxurious accommodation and a Championship golf course will make your experience unforgettable.

Dining at Close House Argent D’Or is a dining experience located in the main hotel at Close House. Enjoy sumptuous French cuisine with a British twist in the beautiful restaurant. The elegant furnishings and the stunning decoration combine with a modern influence to create an open, spacious restaurant.

No. 19 is a place where comforting food is served in a contemporary environment; where you can enjoy some of our region’s finest produce. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite after a round of golf or enjoying dinner you can relax in stunning surroundings.

Golf Close House has two stunning 18 hole golf courses, the Filly and the Championship Colt Course which offer a great challenge to golfers of every ability. The Championship Colt Course was opened in 2011 by Lee Westwood, the Attached Tour Professional. Less than a year after opening, the Colt Course has already been awarded a top 100 golf course status in England.

CLOSE HOUSE HOTEL & GOLF, HEDDON ON THE WALL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE15 0HT TELEPHONE 01661 85 22 55 WWW.CLOSEHOUSE.CO.UK When travelling to Close House using a SAT NAV please use NE41 8BL

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A very warm welcome to the Autumn/Winter 2012 Sanderson Young bi-annual magazine


hilst the housing market remains broadly in a plateau, the year 2012 has been an exceptional one for British pride, joy and success. The Jubilee earlier in the year was an amazing worldwide example of how this country celebrates its monarchy and admires its tradition and, even through the adverse weather, the celebrations were a tremendous success. The stunning Olympic Games in the summer of 2012 brought further pride and our athletes excelled in a diverse range of activities, raising inspiration for the whole country. Many congratulations to Team GB, the organisers and the volunteers who displayed the true characteristics of our country so well. Dictating this, the morning after Europe won the Ryder Cup, one feels a further sense of pride that our union has been recognised for its ability to come back from adversity and win such an exciting golfing event. I am sure we all hope that the same outcome can take place for the current financial problems experienced in Europe, so that our economies can come back stronger. Pride in what we do and how we do it is a great characteristic to employ and one which we must focus upon if we are to bring or keep our individual businesses in profit. Our main focus at Sanderson Young is to highlight quality business rather than quantity business. A recent study of my company’s performance against other estate agents within the region highlighted the fact that, in the majority, agents had 50 per cent, or even double, the stock levels that my local branch would enjoy, yet my company had more houses ‘under offer’ and ‘sold’ as a percentage of that stock. I have always said that I am much more interested in seeing a Sanderson Young board with ‘sold’ on it, than a Sanderson Young board with ‘for sale’ on it. The same parallel exists with many businesses; turnover is vanity and profit is sanity. The ability to be positive is our second focus. It is vitally important that we remain positive with our clients and that we discuss options available to them

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in order to resolve their housing problems. Pricing is undoubtedly the key issue, but not the only one, to discuss with our clients. The strength of our marketing and our brand highlight the features and benefits of a property and the exposure that the house enjoys over a strong regional, national and international marketplace, which is vital. The strength of the Sanderson Young website has been developed even further over the last 12 months, moving on from the initial App which can be downloaded onto iphones, into the mobile web; a quick easy and effective search engine which will be well suited to the future mobile technology and 4G broadband speeds which will roll out throughout Britain in the near future. 4G networks will give download speeds approximately 10 times the current speed of the current 3G network. This will lead to a far greater number of users on mobile devices and here at Sanderson Young we are already prepared for this, another sign of an agent being positive. Finally, I have seen many examples in the region of companies who are proactive and who are winning new business through their actions. My many congratulations go to Close House Hotel and Golf Club, where, over the late summer, not only did we enjoy fantastic golf on its stunning course, but we had a highly successful weekend of outdoor concerts – both Mamma Mia and Katherine Jenkins, which the organisers say will become part of a regular list of events in the North East and from which I am sure the hotel will continue to prosper. The expansion of Newcastle’s airport and the development of the new Emirates route, with a larger plane carrying more passengers and greater cargo, is a further success story within the North East. In the last year we have watched with pride as Nissan, in Sunderland, has reinvested in this region, turning job cuts into new jobs and a great new investment which looks set to continue in future years with the production of the Lithium-Ion batteries. This is one of our region’s most impressive success stories.

None of us really expect prices to move very far over the next 6-12 months and demand will be patchy, but, looking beyond this time, most economists see an ever brighter light at the end of the tunnel and a tremendous landscape of opportunity for significant growth. In many cases our residential lettings market has shown real signs of being undersupplied with new stock. There is an obvious shortage of new build houses becoming available within the region and analysts have been telling us for some time that the country’s housing stock will be significantly below required demand within two to three years. It makes sense if we are living longer that we will have a greater need for housing. In 2013 Sanderson Young is working with Cussins Homes in Alnwick to support the launch of their most inspiring new homes development, to be called The Limes at Swansfield Park. From this elevated site, overlooking the historic centre of Alnwick, Cussins Homes will create a magnificent contrast of local smaller and luxury family homes and it is sites like this that I hope will inspire great success for our clients. 2013 will continue to challenge all businesses, yet those who have pride in what they do, are proactive with policies and positive with their thoughts, will welcome the challenges ahead and, like our great sportsmen, will undoubtedly reap the reward of hard work in the future by taking action now. At Sanderson Young we look forward to helping you move home, whether you are buying or renting. My enthusiastic team will give you professional guidance and advice on how to achieve success. I very much look forward to hearing from any clients so that we can be part of your winning team in 2012/2013. DUNCAN G YOUNG Dip.Est.Man.FNAEA Managing Director SANDERSON YOUNG

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theStrengthofabrand We are informed constantly by marketing professionals of the power of branding, and we only have to look at multinationals’ logos -now instantly recognisable - to believe this to be true. However it is the association of that brand, and what it evokes in consumers’ minds that is important, not simply recognising colours or text. At Sanderson Young, after 12 years at the forefront of estate agency, we truly are brand aware. Our logo has not changed, neither has the focus on quality – something our brand truly stands for. We have worked extremely hard to develop and maintain the strength of our image, which has gone from strength to strength. We have further developed our brand with the focus on technological development, and have invested heavily in digital media and our online presence. We

have now launched our mobile website; aware that mobile web usage will astonishingly overtake that of desktop browsing by 2014. Online media has also enabled us to understand the precise impact of our brand, which is now truly international, with substantial hits each week from mainland Europe, United Arab Emirates and the USA. Our London clients also make up 20% of our monthly hit rate, demonstrating the reputation our brand has nationwide. Marketing your home through Sanderson Young will give you an association with a truly global and high quality brand, and an agent you can trust and rely upon. Janet Hopkinson, Operations Director, Sanderson Young tel 0191 2233500 or

buildingthefuture The Government has recently announced a set of measures to boost house building, with the coalition recognising that not enough has been done to assist the construction sector hit hard during the recession. In a move to encourage development and boost the economy, proposals include the relaxation of rules regarding the need for planning permission, additional funding for affordable housing and assistance to first time buyers through the First Buy scheme. Recognition of the need to assist the house building sector is positive news for the industry, as developers need the backing of planning authorities to encourage growth. Recent land sales handled by Sanderson Young have received an excellent response and it is clear that schemes can be delivered successfully if developers work together with local authorities and

also with potential purchasers. Competition is high for quality sites and growth both in the housing sector and the economy will come from an increase in housing. This is supported by changes to the National Planning Policy Framework; designed to simplify the planning process and support sustainable development. We hope that these changes will create an increased collaboration and consultation with local communities, allowing developers to win support for schemes. We are fortunate to be acting on a number of significant land disposals across the region and advising developers across the region, with many exciting updates in the near future. NJ Osborne BSc MRICS at the rare! office on 0191 2233500 or

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features 12 | Ahead of its time For Sale - magnificent Ghyllheugh Estate

30 | Play A hotbed of innovative, intriguing theatre

122 | Riding to the rescue Builder Jo Dixon talks about a new energy efficient building process

14 | Café culture meets bistro bustle New kitchen breeds a mouth watering new menu

36 | A sense of danger Risky outdoor family entertainment

124 | Interiors Grand Designs gallery, Fiona Barratt’s visions & Sam Gillan’s trends

16 | In full flight Dean Richard’s ambitions for Falcons great heights

38 | Forward planning Practical saving suggestions from Brewin Dolphin

132 | The new range His and hers head turners, the new Range Rover & the Evoque

20 | Far-flung Far East Luxury winter sun & winter sports retreats

40 | Getting the job done Sean Bullick, Chief Executive of NE1, on improving Newcastle

134 | Bright side here we come Newcastle’s £92 million regeneration highlights

24 | Circle of life Children’s stories of life by writer and illustrator Kim Lewis

70 | Onwards & upwards Gail McLean’s overview of the current residential rental market

136 | Tasting notes The art and science of wine from the region’s leading wine merchants

26 | Vintage affair North East’s exclusive vintage fashion fair

118 | In with the new A portfolio of new homes ventures around the region

138 | Tribute tree The unveiling of a very special artwork at St Oswald’s

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In 1900 Louis J Ames Esq, a local businessman, took a Greenfield site on



the banks of the River Coquet and started to build the Ghyllheugh estate

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aking four years to finish, it was ahead of its time and this beautiful Northumbrian estate is now being oered for sale as a whole with nearly 62 acres of grass pasture, 44 acres of woodland, 20 acres of gardens and grounds, and fishing rights. Ghyllheugh, the principal house on the estate, is an important country home, built in a substantial Victorian fashion and in a baronial style with a long impressive gated entrance and driveway; only at the last minute does one see Ghyllheugh as the drive sweeps around and into the courtyard. Once inside the internal accommodation is magnificent with impressive reception rooms including a formal dining room, stunning drawing room, an oak framed garden room and atmospheric snug. In keeping with modern

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day trends the integrated hand made kitchen with dining area is open plan, ideal for family dining and informal entertaining, and the cellars provide a utility room, wine cellar and gymnasium complete with sound system and mirrored wall. The bedroom accommodation is equally as impressive with eight bedrooms, three with en suite facilities, and there are a further two bathrooms. As well as the principal house the estate includes several additional buildings including two bedroom detached Garden Cottage, subject to a protected tenancy, an annexe which has been converted into independent one bedroom accommodation along with first floor oďŹƒces, and Ghyllfoot, a four bedroom detached house set into the dene with its own private

gardens and drive, a stone built stable block and garaging with tack room, loose boxes and workshop. Also available in the estate is a PPS7 designed contemporary Lake House which is in its conceptual stages and provides a ground breaking house. The Ghyllheugh Estate is a beautiful country residence in a superb, secluded setting just o the A697, yet only approximately 9 miles north of the market town of Morpeth and immediately accessible to Newcastle and its International Airport. It is situated within an area of outstanding natural beauty and the whole estate is available for sale through the joint selling agents Sanderson Young and Strutt & Parker. Further details available from rare! at Sanderson Young on 0191 223 3500. Price Upon Application



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The flagship regional office of Sanderson Young is prominently located at 95 High Street in Gosforth opposite The County and in the centre of the much improved retail area





Café & Bistro 95


afé 95 has been up and running for nearly two years. The café is beautifully housed in this much admired and refurbished building which opens its doors at 8am to those in search of a delightful egg and bacon treat or those in need of an early morning caffeine fix. The café by day serves an eclectic mix of breakfast appetisers, with smoked salmon, cooked hams and a

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variety of bespoke dishes to support the traditional poached eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce. The vibrant coffee shop atmosphere continues throughout the late morning and lunchtime when it reaches its peak for those looking for something a little different than the norm. Seasonal and fresh produce changes the menu regularly throughout the year and the coffee shop is

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Bistro No.95 SY

…a greater variety of international dishes and a new favourite of chargrilled burgers and steaks.

Bookings are taken for evening service by telephone:

0191 284 5533 Open Tuesday to Saturday 5.30pm to 10.00pm - Last orders 9:00pm

already well supported by a number of Newcastle’s business people, ‘shakers and movers’, celebrity, media and sporting types. The ambience along with the food is always reliable and exciting. Those in search of more caffeine can often be seen returning in mid-afternoon when this vibrant corner building calms for the first time during the day and gives time to read a book, catch up with emails on its in house wifi and enjoy a relaxing cappuccino. The onset of the school bell brings a number of early homework and late parent pick up children who are killing time until their drive home. Rod Davies opens the doors for the second time to create a candlelit, informal yet cosy and very welcome, international tapas bar. Tropical rainstorms and local streets turning into rivers had caused the professionally fitted basement kitchen to flood on two occasions. The only answer was to create a new ground floor kitchen which after 4 months of refitting has finally opened. Rod explained ‘I am delighted that I now have a place which will no longer be exposed to the extremes of the weather we have suffered and also a kitchen supported by three

chefs, where we can produce an even greater variety of international dishes and a new firm favourite of chargrilled burgers and steaks. Our supplier The Meat Merchant of Jesmond is justifiably proud of their meats and we will be adding to these over many exciting weeks to come, with traditional as well as contemporary sauces, potatoes, fries and salads, which I know will become a signature of the building’. The candlelit tables transform the building from 5.30pm onwards with those keen for a bargain able to purchase three tapas dishes for only £9.95 before 6.30pm. The truly worldwide mix of dishes brings in flavoured foods from South America, Asia, as well as India and Europe to give a true mix of inspirational choice. The wine list has also been readjusted to create affordable wines available by the glass or bottle, with soft background music and black and white images of Laurel & Hardy on the plasma screen TV, adding to the already pleasant mix of colours, a vibrant fish tank and an active high street admired from every table.

The bistro buzz and the option to drink a couple of glasses of wine with small dishes of food has already proven very popular and there is no doubt that Rod and his team will do their very best to ensure this corner of the High Street provides a very welcome, vibrant and friendly destination for families, couples and singles looking for a pleasant night out.

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Newcastle Falcons coach Dean Richards has all the credentials and the attitude attitude to lead the club back to great heights, as Alastair Gilmour discovers


Profile - Dean Richards

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erhaps his early career in the police force never allowed Dean Richards to play the bad guy as well as the goodie. It was a good grounding, though. The Newcastle Falcons coach is politeness itself, he’s elegantly mannered, he thinks before he speaks and certainly enjoys life’s finer attractions. He is quietly spoken, appears unflustered, is cultured and diplomatic. “Bombproof” would describe him fairly. That’s Good Cop, but when does Bad Cop surface?

Does he have dressing room “hairdrier” moments when everyone around him gets a verbal blasting? Probably, but the impression is that the Richards man-management style is closer to confidencebuilding and total support rather than tyrannical. He talks of “the boys” in his charge and though some of them look disarmingly youthful, it’s obvious he treats them on an equal footing, coaxing and coaching the best from them in character and athletic ability. Rugby is a game of character and Richards’ role is to develop that on an individual, team and club basis – and he is undoubtedly the man for the Falcons’ job, chosen by owner Semore Kurdi to stabilise the club

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“The ultimate thing is to get promoted,” he says of the Falcons’ 2012-13 season. “Everything is geared towards that. after its fall from Premiership high society to the Championship’s scramble for promotion. Richards also talks about getting the Kingston Park outfit back into English rugby’s elite in whatever time it takes – but really his eye is on the one-season clock, as it is for every Falcons supporter. Typically, he has committed his – and his family’s – foreseeable future to Newcastle and the North East. “I knew a little bit about the North East before I came here,” he says. “I’d done my research. I fell in love with the area and I share Semore Kurdi’s vision. “The one thing that everybody told me though was that you only have to get out of Newcastle a little bit and the countryside and scenery are absolutely beautiful. Also, people in the North East are fantastic and helpful and very caring. “My family’s here, it took a little bit of convincing because if you’re settled in a place and the kids have gone to school there it always takes a bit of time to adjust, but they’re all adjusting.” Richards’ youngsters are at the age – one 19, two 14 and one 12 – where relaxing a grip on best friends and home security take quite a bit of persuasion. They must have seen something in the region that clinched the family decision. “It can be quite difficult for them, but the place has so much to offer.” he says. “They’re the type of kids who enjoy the outdoor life – and there’s plenty of that here.” Richards enjoys the great outdoors himself with fishing, shooting and skiing essential to his relaxation, although a whirlwind summer and early rugby season have left him precious little time to pursue any of them. Then there are those finer points – a drop of good wine and some nice food.

“I’ve heard good reports on salmon fishing on the Tyne and the Coquet,” he says. “I also ski – not very well – and it’s quite frightening for people to see me coming down at them. “I love food and wine – and on the right day and the right occasion, fish and chips is the right food, provided it’s good, of course. I’m a big fan of the Duke of Wellington at Newton, near Hexham – the food is very good there and it’s a beautiful location. That view at the back from the restaurant is fantastic. “London is supposedly where all the best restaurants are, then you come to Newcastle and find it has everything that London’s got.” Before his Newcastle Falcons appointment at the back end of last season, Dean Richards had served a three-year ban from rugby for his leading role in what has been termed Bloodgate – getting a player at Harlequins to bite on a “blood” capsule to feign injury. Several other people lost their jobs but the Dean Richards who has emerged from that episode is humbler, stronger and even more determined to demonstrate that his qualities as one of the game’s top coaches have, if anything, been enriched by his forced absence.“I wasn’t proud of myself, but you move on,” he has said. “I thought about getting away from the game altogether, but that didn’t last very long.” He has no qualms about starting rugby life again in the Championship, a familiar state of affairs, given that he took over at Harlequins in 2005 after they too had been relegated. He led them back into the top flight at the first time of asking and moulded them into one of Europe’s most feared sides. “The ultimate thing is to get promoted,” he says of the Falcons’ 2012-13 season. “Everything is geared towards that. It’s not just Semore’s and the club’s position, it’s

what the players want as well. The boys are quite resilient, which is good.” Richards responds readily to questions about his time coaching FC Grenoble in France in 2004 – a decision that with hindsight wasn’t maybe the right one, but one that was influenced by his admiration for the country and its people. He also played for a season with Roanne in the 1990s. “I love France,” he says. “I love the carefree approach to life they have and that their reasons for working are to help them live a comfortable and happy life – which includes drinking wine, eating the best cheeses, lovely food, lovely coffee, socialising in the squares and in the bars. “Work is way down in their priorities – work is there for one reason, to earn enough for them to live the lifestyle they want to live. I don’t think they save for a rainy day, either – they live for today.” Dean Richards isn’t so cavalier as to simply live for today and hope tomorrow takes care of itself. He has the weight of the North East’s rugby fans on his shoulders for a start. Plus there are wider implications – everybody knows that the region responds positively in every department when its sport is on top of its game. Newcastle Falcons players understand that too, and have responded in appropriate fashion. They realise that had they not, Bad Cop would be waiting somewhere behind that dressing room door.

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Neil Gordon talks to Duncan Forster, MD of Blackthorn Timber Windows, about the advantages of choosing natural timber for double glazed windows and doors...


nce, uPVC seemed to be the only choice for double glazing units. Even owners of period properties, who felt ‘un-plasticisedpolyvinyl-chloride’ was out of keeping with the historic character of their homes, believed uPVC was more durable and easier to maintain than wood. But that was then, this is now. “All our timber windows and doors come with a 30 year warranty and have a life expectancy of at least 60 years,” says Duncan Forster of Northumberland based Blackthorn Timber Windows. “So we believe our products are much more durable and far better value than uPVC alternatives.” Duncan certainly knows both sides of the debate. After a spell working with uPVC double glazing he spent 6 years running a large specialist timber window and door manufacturer in Northumberland. Three years ago he went into business for himself. “I set up Blackthorn to offer traditional timber windows and doors with the benefits of modern double glazing and coatings combined with the specialist joinery skills and personal service needed to fit them properly,” Duncan continues. “Our turnover has doubled each year and we now cover an area from York to the Scottish Borders.” With uPVC still dominant in double glazing what is the secret of Blackthorn’s rapid success? “Modern materials can look OK in modern properties but equally they can be completely wrong in older houses. Timber however is more versatile so our windows and doors can be made to work perfectly with the existing architecture,” Duncan explains. “One

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of the keys to this is the choice of colour which can make the windows blend harmoniously with the building and its surroundings,” he continues. “We try to retain the existing look as much as we can and one of the things that our customers really appreciate is that their neighbours often can’t tell that their windows have been changed!” Apart from better aesthetics, Duncan goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure his soft and hardwood products outperform other materials in terms of practicality. “All our frames are pressure treated, weather sealed and painted before the glass is fitted to ensure maximum long-term durability,” he adds. “The spray-painted coating is equivalent to applying eight coats of paint by hand and it is formulated to last a long time.” “Our paintwork is guaranteed not to flake or crack for 10 years and when it comes to the end of this time they don’t have to be stripped back to the wood for repainting,” says Duncan. “A light rub down and one topcoat is enough to make everything look as good as new.” A better fit, better durability and easier maintenance are not the only advantages Blackthorn windows have over their rivals. Duncan’s time served joiners can incorporate a number of extra details that can add to each home’s individuality. “We can take period stained glass from existing windows and fit it between the new panes to preserve the cherished features of the original windows,” says Duncan. “We can also install special reflective glass to

increase privacy in rooms that may be overlooked, noise-reducing glass for properties on busy roads and even fit Venetian blinds inside glazing units that will never get dusty. We install single glazed windows for homes requiring listed building consent, arches for barn conversions and large glazed screens to allow the light and the view to flood into a room.” Besides cutting heating bills (Blackthorn’s windows typically reduce heat loss by 70%), choosing natural timber fitted by expert craftsmen can also add thousands of pounds to the value of a house – but don’t take my word for it, let’s ask an expert: “When it comes to home improvements and house sales, spending money on quality is crucial to achieving the best sale price,” says Duncan Young of Sanderson Young property agents. “To give a recent example, the seller of a 1950's house in Gosforth fitted brown uPVC windows but six months later the buyer insisted the timber frames were restored or the price reduced! Therefore my advice to anyone considering improving their home with double glazing is to look seriously at the cost implications of NOT installing proper timber windows and doors from Blackthorn.” For more information and to arrange a no obligation quote, contact Blackthorn Windows via their website

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A unique ambience in Heavenly Hua Hin


Holiday Introductions - Winter Sun


utumn/Winter may not be seen traditionally as the usual season to get that swimsuit, sun hat and super-cool shades ready, but the fashion elite have long been jet-setting to foreign climes for an oh-so-stylish winter break. And who says it has to be a privilege reserved for the celebrity jet-set? With the Euro under threat, and economies on the continent struggling to sustain the rather more

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modest and conventional holiday ideals, long-haul destinations have risen to the forefront as a cost effective option – and one must admit, they sound SO much more appealing. There no longer seems to be such a distance between the total price of a short-haul and long-haul holiday, and South East Asia particularly has benefited from this trend. Thailand has become slightly more “mainstream” in recent years, but there are still lesser-known locations in which to enjoy a relaxed and very authentic experience in classic five-star paradise. And, is Hua Hin the pick of the bunch! With its roots dating back to the roaring 20’s, reserved as a rainy season retreat for

the Thai nobility due to the construction of a direct rail line from Bangkok, the stage was set for this beautiful fishing village to become a favourite with Thais and tourists alike. The village even gained a royal nod – with King Rama VI commissioning a palace here in 1926. The first golf course was constructed in 1924, and the popular holiday sport still plays a large role in Hua Hin’s tourism to date, with an outstanding 9 courses in the locality. The crème de la crème is undoubtedly Black Mountain, with immaculate greens and breathtaking views. The Clubhouse serves an excellent array of Western and Thai food, and the open air restaurant is a wonderful place to while away an afternoon in the cool shade with a glass of wine and course view. What could be more lavish than a round or two with the most fantastic scenery imaginable, lush mountainous terrain in the distance and the scent of coconut palm trees? If you're a fan of Thai food – and let’s face it, who isn’t - just pound the streets of Hua Hin. Street food is abundant and very tasty, and the shoreline is

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Holiday Introductions - Winter Sports

agoldrush F Standards of accommodation and unique destinations are at the heart of the Sanderson Young Holiday Introductions ethos dotted with some excellent eateries with views of the sea. If you visit those serving locals rather than Western tourists, you're almost guaranteed to have hit a gold mine. Sanderson Young are therefore thoroughly excited to introduce two stunning new villas located in a luxury residential resort in this fabulous destination. The Address is a stunning, private compound and the grounds feature a private pool, beautiful terrace and opulent living spaces. Sleeping up to 6 guests, and with two neighbouring villas available, these properties offer an excellent opportunity for group and family travel, therefore further cutting costs and increasing the experience. Standards of accommodation and unique destinations are at the heart of the Sanderson Young Holiday Introductions ethos, and these villas are a perfect representation of this. All of the properties within our portfolio are carefully chosen both for the quality of their accommodation and for their location, which means you can simply relax – which is surely what a holiday is all about?

Another fashionable trend en çe moment is to embark on a “twin-destination” holiday – so why not match a relaxing beach holiday in Hua Hin with a weekend stopover in Bangkok, offering the discerning traveller that heady mix of city buzz and absolute luxury. Thailand really does have it all: beach, adventure, culture, not to mention great food, and after a few days of excitement in this wonderful and vibrant city, you will be ready to swap the city high life for the serenity of the South. Just a three hour transfer from Bangkok, Hua Hin is easily accessible via train and taxi. You can also choose to fly to Hua Hin; the flight takes about 35 mins, and the route is serviced by Thai Regional Airlines. Although it takes some time to reach your destination, with Emirates operating flights from Newcastle via Dubai there is very little hassle involved, and with the comfort of knowing your destination has been hand-picked by Sanderson Young in order to provide the highest standard of accommodation, you can relax in the knowledge that your holiday will be more than you had hoped for.

or those winter sports enthusiasts, where best to take a ski break than in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The resort of Villars has a long pedigree as a world class ski resort, and with Sanderson Young Holiday Introductions offering a simply stunning retreat in the height of alpine luxury, what better time to make that trip extra special? Chalet le Renne d’Or, lovingly translated as The Golden Reindeer, is aptly named in order to enjoy a pre or post Christmas break full of festive delights. But this special chalet is not quite the cutesy, traditional image such a name suggests – there is nothing on the agenda but contemporary cool. Bang and Olufsen full audio entertainment system, outdoor spa, fully fitted bar, billiard room and wine cellar… the list goes on. The architecture of this magnificent ski lodge is stunningly minimalist, with the heart of the house being a vast, dual height living area leading on to a south facing balcony with a spectacular panorama extending from Lake Geneva to Mont Blanc. Sleeping up to 12 guests, via six luxuriously appointed en-suite bedrooms, this is the perfect place to host 2-3 families for an exceptional holiday, and with the option of a private chef and housekeeping, you can concentrate solely on enjoying the slopes, and of course the 0après-ski! For a truly magical festive break, leaving memories to last a lifetime, Chalet le Renne d’Or offers much more than just a base, and having experienced such a golden year this Summer, why not continue to celebrate in style at the Golden Reindeer?

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-away Time to getaway in luxurious style with Sanderson Young Holiday Introductions

VillaCrystal -Italy

VillaNatasha -Spain

VillaAleka -Corfu




holidayintr The Italian Riviera is much dreamed of and never forgotten; a paradise of sun, sea and mountains renowned as one of the loveliest spots in the world. Villa Crystal is built into the landscape and blessed with panoramic views from mountain ranges to the bay of Bordighera, providing the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday in a modern, spacious property with beautiful gardens, terraces, a pool and hot tub.

Malaga is the gateway to one of Spain’s loveliest stretches of coastline and Villa Natasha, which is just minutes from the fashionable port of Puerto Banus, is the epitome of open-plan, contemporary luxury. With five bedrooms, six bathrooms, two living rooms, a cinema room and views over Las Brisas Golf and La Concha Mountain, the villa also has separate staff quarters, a pool, sauna and bodega.

North east Corfu is one of the loveliest areas this beautiful island has to offer and Aleka is a charming property built in the style of the traditional Corfiot country cottage, though with a lot more space and to a higher specification than the term might suggest. The villa is on a hillside overlooking St Stephano Bay and has open-plan living spaces and beautiful pool and terraces.


SLEEPS 10-12 12,000 EuRO PER WEEk


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for2012/2013bookings: For further information please contact: T: +44 (0)191 2233500 | F: +44 (0)191 2233505 | The Old Bank, 30 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1LX

VillaDamianos -Corfu

LaChenoiserie -France

ChaletCerisier -France




roductions Situated in beautiful north east Corfu, not far from the Rothschild family castle and overlooking St Stepahno’s beautiful horseshoe bay, Villa Damianos is a magnificent three-storey villa with spacious living spaces and beautiful grounds. Its views extend to Albania and the grounds feature terraces and a pool. Close to the bay and within easy reach of local boat hire, Damianos is a perfect holiday setting.

La Chenoiserie is fully staffed and the last word in luxury, offering spacious accommodation in the main property and garden cottage and set in a gated community within an acre of beautiful grounds with a pool, terraces and views over St Tropez bay. The villa is within walking distance of a fabulous beach, restaurants and bars and the famed Beauvallon Beach Club, and within easy reach of golf and tennis facilities.

Chalet Cerisier lies in a superb spot on the edge of the woods in Les Boise with a breathtaking view of Mont Blanc. This luxurious four-storey chalet is built in traditional Alpine style and has high ceilings and large windows, making the most of its unique setting. It is secluded but also close to ski lifts, summer trails and the many amenities of Chamonix town.


SLEEPS 8-12 £7,000 -£10,000 PER WEEk


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Jane Pikett meets writer and illustrator Kim Lewis,


loved for her children’s stories of life on a Northumberland farm


Profile - kim Lewis


im Lewis is the voice of my children’s early years. The teenagers, chronically unimpressed by almost everything their mother does, express something close to interest when I mention I am to interview her. The five-year-old, with whom I am now reading Kim’s books a decade after the older children, is wide-eyed. “Is that really her dog, then?” he asks of Floss the sheepdog, one of Kim’s most well-known characters.

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Floss was of course a real sheepdog, “the best we ever had”, says Kim. “She came up here on the train. A friend had spotted her on a council estate and knew she would be good.” Floss stars in a number of Kim’s stories of life on a 1,000-acre sheep farm in the North Tyne valley. As does James the shepherd boy, written in the image of her own son, for whom she began writing when he was three. I don’t know anyone with children who doesn’t love Kim’s stories and illustrations of life on the farm, though those days, sadly, are now gone. Kim’s two children, Sara and James, have flown and her husband,

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… I get lost in drawing and I love the fact that you can go so deeply into something.”

Flea, who farmed the sheep, died five years ago of motor neurone disease. It was a shattering event that heralded a crippling creative block. “I thought I would never write again,” she says. But now, Kim has found a new world where her drawings and print work illustrate the words of others. Her collaborations with writers take her, she says, “to places I might not otherwise go. This work fills something of the gap left by the farm.” She works in a neat studio at The Hearth Arts Centre in Horsley, a restored manse in rural Northumberland where you can see and buy her work. Her artist’s statement says that she hopes “to express the secret kingdom of thought and feeling which happens between words and images…to capture the traces words leave in your mind,” which is a beautiful way of describing her minutely detailed work. Kim and the poet Linda France collaborated on Border Song, which celebrates a love of the land, of spirit, and love. In Through the Garden Gate, Kim’s delicate drawings respond to Moorbank, Newcastle University's Botanic Garden, where Linda France was Poet in Residence, while in Flying, a series of wood

engravings, drawings and etchings illustrate Linda’s poems on the theme of birds. In Hay Meadows, Kim and garden writer Susie White describe a year in the life of a hay meadow, and in Sanctuary, Kim’s botanical linocuts celebrate Chesters Walled Garden in Northumberland with text by Susie, the garden’s creator. And now a new chapter has arrived for Kim through her work as artist in residence with theatre company Demi-Paradise Productions in Lancaster. Her drawings are inspired by their work on a production of Much Ado About Nothing and Kim gathered text and image inspiration for ideas about expressive hand gestures by following the actors, crew and design team during rehearsals. She is, then, building a body of work which is far removed in subject matter from life on the farm, though the process remains the same. Her exquisitely detailed drawings, she says, whether they are of sheepdogs, plants or actors’ hands, “are a way of having a really good look at things. “The drawings with Demi-Paradise Productions focused on hands and body language. Hands, I find,

express personality, mood, feelings more so than the face. I get lost in drawing and I love the fact that you can go so deeply into something.” Does she get stuck for ideas? “Never, but I do get stuck for time”, she says, which is no surprise when you consider that a book used to take her a year. No doubt her current work will become as well-known as her books, though for now it is they which have brought her international acclaim and given people all over the world a glimpse of the natural rhythms of the North Tyne - the passing of the seasons, the circle of life on the farm. Kim, who grew up in Montreal, Canada, and came to the UK as an art student - which is how she ran into Flea - has recently discovered that her mother’s family goes back to 1640s Newcastle. Perhaps that is why she has always felt this is her spiritual home and, when her son James was little and a friend suggested she write and illustrate a book for him chronicling the shepherding year, her pen, pencil, crayon and pastel so vividly illustrated this wild part of northern England. Now, she is reading those same stories for her grandson, Harry, named by her daughter Sara for another of her much-loved characters. And so the circle of life turns… For information about Kim Lewis’s work, go to and

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What do you get if you pair up a renowned textiles artist with an international fashion designer. Well, the North East's


most exclusive vintage fashion fair of course.

Liz Hands speaks to the two friends


Vintage Fashion

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hat do you get if you pair a renowned textiles artist with an international fashion designer? The North East's most exclusive vintage fashion fair of course. Liz Hands speaks to two friends who are aiming to bring authentic vintage style to the region. "Denoting something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind." - That's how the Oxford English Dictionary defines "vintage". And that's exactly the stance Mandy Pattullo and Jayne Turner take when it comes to deciding which

clothes can be included in the Newcastle Vintage Fashion Fair, and which just don’t make the grade. Imagine, if you will, they play the role of hi-end fashion bouncers. With pretty exacting standards, it takes a lot to get on their “guest list”. Dealers have to be true VIPs of the vintage world to sell at the event staged in the sumptuous surroundings of the Royal Station Hotel. That means they have to be selling clothing or accessories that are most definitely vintage and not just retro (don’t worry, we’ll explain the difference shortly). And, vitally, the items should not be

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We’re appealing to the more discerning customer who wants something that bit different… customised as altering them can kill their value. So, not only should they be in good condition, but they should also be ageing beautifully and gracefully without any artificial additions. To put it another way, if a perfect piece of vintage clothing were a person, then it would be someone like Helen Mirren (yes, she’s in her seventh decade, but she’s still current), rather than, say, plastic surgery devotee Janice Dickinson who freely admits to an array of alterations which have left little of her original self. As Mandy explains: “We’re not looking at crafting or customising and it’s not about t-shirts and denim. A lot of fairs tend to be aimed squarely at the student market and are more retro than vintage, where you pick up the likes of Human League t-shirts from the 80s. “We confine our dealers to those selling high-quality pieces from the beginning of the century up to the 70s. We’re appealing to the more discerning customer who wants something that bit different. They come to us to find that gorgeous little Chanel tweed jacket.” Mandy, 55, and 31-year-old Jayne, certainly know a thing or two about how to spot a quality garment. The pair met ten years ago when Mandy was in charge of the textiles course at Newcastle College and Jayne went there to teach. Nowadays Jayne has equally lofty credentials in her career as a fashion designer. You may not know it, but

you could have worn one of the garments she created at the former Consett blacksmiths in County Durham where she has her studio. Her love affair with vintage became something of an obsession after Jayne embarked on a work placement with Jessica Ogden, the designer credited with being the pioneer of salvage fashion. Now, Jayne uses distressed fabrics and collected trims, linen and lace in her creations and has sold intricate work to the likes of Topshop, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Abercrombie and Fitch, Coast and Monsoon. Some put Jayne’s designs into production just as they are and some use them to inspire what will eventually hit the catwalks and the High Street. Mandy’s focus is somewhat different. She works from a studio in a converted manse in Horsley, Northumberland, where she refashions old textiles into garments and framed pieces of art. But while what they do with textiles may be different, their shared passion for using vintage materials first sealed Mandy and Jayne’s friendship. Jayne sums it up neatly and self-deprecatingly when she says they came together through their “love of old things”.

“We’ve always gone to vintage fairs together,” she adds. “We used to go to Manchester and Leeds and, instead of going to Harvey Nicks, we’d take our cheque books and flasks of tea with us and off we’d go to ‘buy old rags’ as our husbands would say. Finally, fed up with travelling, the two revived the Newcastle Vintage Fashion Fair in 2011, inviting all the dealers they loved to come to the North East. It’s now a bi-annual affair which has tapped into the enduring vintage trend. While wearing vintage was once seen as the preserve of the bohemian art crowd, it has now very firmly hit the mainstream. Coming to the forefront of fashion consciousness when actress Julia Roberts wore that iconic black-and-white vintage Valentino gown to the 2001 Oscars, vintage is now worn by everyone from supermodel Kate Moss to teenagers who team a vintage Chanel jacket with their jeans and businesswomen who look for a one-off dress for their work do. And the Newcastle Vintage Fashion Fair has even converted people who weren’t previously into vintage. “My sister-in-law used to shop solely on the High Street and she bought a gorgeous sequin dress for >>

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We get people who live a vintage lifestyle and dress << her Christmas party and my mum came out with a beautiful fur jacket,” says Jayne. The beauty of the fair, she adds is you never know what you’re going to get. “It’s pot luck really,” she adds. “You can pick up anything from a beautifully tailored suit to a silk scarf for 99p. Last winter, we got silk dresses and a lot of garments with head-to-toe sequins. We got quite a lot of Dior jewellery too, but you just have to come along and see what there is.” One of the dealers setting up stall is Durham-based Amanda Simpson, who runs “I’ve got 1950s dresses, mink stoles and coats, and costume jewellery,” she says. Labels on offer from Amanda will include vintage finds from Jaeger and Windsmoor, famous for its tailoring, along with a unique Betty Page dress with printed pictures of Paris. Owner of Lake District vintage haven Kissing Cows Gail Storr is also set to attend. “We’ll be bringing a good selection of on trend vintage pieces and classic items including a beautiful 1960s wedding suit, a stunning 1950s hand-beaded dress, fur coats and cosy knitwear,” she says. “We source our items from lots of places, some of it thrifted locally and some from markets in Paris,


head to toe in vintage…

London, Europe, and American wholesalers. The best selection was on a market stall on Ko Phi Phi Island in Thailand where they sold beautiful vintage dresses. When we went back later to buy more, the stall had disappeared – it was like a mirage.” While most trends come and go, vintage shows no sign of waning, something Jayne puts down to the circular nature of fashion. “Whatever is in, vintage is always on trend,” she says. “If military’s coming back, or leather, you can find a military jacket or a leather skirt. The trends on the High Street for autumn/winter – brocade, lace, velvet – are all from vintage so people will come for the real McCoy.” The chance to buy something truly original could be why the fair has gained such popularity, regularly attracting 1,000 visitors over just six hours. Who would have thought a love of old things would lead to an event that really is the best of its kind?

The next Newcastle Vintage Fashion Fair takes place at the Royal Station Hotel on Sunday 11th November from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

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lways check the fit and try it on. Don’t look at the size because vintage sizes are very different to picking up a size 10 on the High Street. Look at how clean the garment is and think about how you can clean it if it’s not perfect. Check the armpits for sweat stains, because you probably won’t get those out. Make sure everything that should go with an item, like the belt, is still with it and check that the lining and stitching are in good condition. Men should look out for quality tweed. For women, search for old cashmere. It’s much softer and better quality than new, and buy tailored jackets you can wear with everything. For the home, buy linen to make into cushion covers and quilts to turn into throws. If you’re buying evening wear, look for labels like Bruce Oldfield and Jean Muir and, the Holy Grail of vintage finds would be an Ossie Clark piece from the 70s. Costume jewellery makes a great stocking filler. You can pick up a truly unique costume piece for between £2.50 and £15. Set yourself a budget before you go because it’s easy to get carried away. And, finally, haggle. Don’t be shy. Use any defects you see to get the price down.

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The North East is a hotbed of innovative, intriguing theatre


balletLORENT, Newcastle


iv Lorent possesses an almost ethereal, graceful beauty; a wide-eyed, childish face with a halo of blond hair, she is a Disney heroine made flesh. Yet she dislikes herself as a dancer and never casts herself in balletLORENT productions, preferring to watch every performance from the stalls where, she says, she “can feel the audience response”.

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But she has a dancer’s poise and grace and, even sitting on a squidgy sofa nursing coffee, phone, diary and pen, it is not only her movements (the sweep of an elegant arm, the crossing of a leg) which flow, but also the music of her speech. Liv, Belgian-born and North East-bred for the last 20 of her 40 years, is the creative force of balletLORENT; a company where the beauty of individuality is prized, where expression is limitless, unconfined by convention. “We are not a robot dance company,” she says. “All our dancers are different shapes, sizes and types.

Ravi Deepres Dancers Caroline Reece & Philippa White

Jane Pikett meets two of its most imaginative exponents

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Innovative her work may be, but there is no place in her productions, she says, for intellectual exclusivity “I don’t want people to pay for the privilege of being made to feel stupid” – and the company is constantly developing new audiences. “And if it works here in the North East, you know you can take it on tour,” she says. She trained as a dancer, but terrible stage fright and a dislike of her own style put her off performance. “I wanted to make dance, but with other people. It’s no hardship for me not to be on stage,” she says, adding that her inspiration comes from “the potential when people come together. Our collaborators on this performance are so amazing it feels almost unreal.” These world-class collaborators include Carol Ann Duffy, Murray Gold (music), Phil Eddolls (set design), Michele Clapton (costume); Malcolm Rippeth (lighting design) and Lesley Sharp (narration). Considering the quality of the people involved, it is incredible that the opportunities to see this production will be limited to a handful. “It costs so much to stage, so yes, this is limited-edition theatre,” says Liv. “You know, people give their life to dance and they end up with a cardboard box of photos and home movies and nothing else but memories. I love nothing more than sitting in an audience and feeling their energy, and hearing from people about their memories of performances that have touched them. That is the magic of our work.” Rapunzel by balletLORENT opens at Durham Gala Theatre in October 2012 and tours in the early part of 2013. balletLORENT is seeking rehearsal and storage space and business sponsorship. For details, go to


Theatre Sans Frontieres, Hexham


t is not unusual to feel enriched, excited, even inspired by theatre. But proud of yourself for going? Maybe when you’re on your first school trip to see Shakespeare, but not as a seasoned theatre-loving adult, surely? Well, the first time I saw Theatre Sans Frontiers, I did feel quite pleased with myself. Not because it was challenging or difficult, but because it was performed entirely in Spanish. The Spanish dramatist Lorca is familiar in translation, but as a conversational Spanish speaker (‘una cervaza por favor’) I hadn’t considered seeing his work in its original tongue until I was persuaded by a fan of Theatre Sans Frontieres, which produces and performs plays in other languages, mainly French and Spanish. The result was one of the most enriching evenings in the theatre I have experienced; an opportunity to enjoy the lyricism of language without the literal understanding of every word getting in the way. This performance of Amor en el Jardin (Love in the Garden) at Northern Stage was among my most memorable, for the best reasons, in any theatre. Co-artistic director of Hexham-based Theatre Sans Frontieres, Sarah Kemp, is instantly recognisable from that performance. She is delighted that I enjoyed it, but in the 21 years since she and three co-founders began TSF, she’s never been surprised that there are audiences. “With a background in educational drama, I always >>

We celebrate individuality.” Lorent’s work is always unusual, sometimes eccentric, invariably interesting, intriguing and emotionally charged. Her passion for her work is tangible and rooted in the fantasy of potential: “That moment when you receive an amazing piece of music in your inbox or open a parcel of costumes,” she says. Lorent is a lover of the magical, the serendipitous, the intriguing. When we meet, the company is developing a new show, Rapunzel; a new representation of the classic fairy tale adapted by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and co-produced by Northern Stage. This is a Sadler's Wells commission, which means it is a very big deal indeed. Artistic director Liv is inspired by the dark themes of the story. “We take the story and expand the themes, including those of love and yearning for children; the pain of childlessness and the lost child. The challenge is in making a production that children [over seven] can enjoy while adults love it on another level. It is dark and beautiful.” The fantasy and beauty of dance theatre inspires Lorent, who asserts that “every single movement, no matter how minute, must have meaning and beauty”.

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into a small office at Queen’s Hall, Hexham, given for free. “We had a desk and a shared phone,” says Sarah. “We were incredibly grateful.” Still based at Queen’s Hall, this small company is internationally known and has recently returned from a stint in Melbourne. It collaborates with international artists to create theatre of puppetry, mime, shadow

play, clowning, music and video. Since 1991, TSF has produced more than 40 shows in English, French, German and Spanish and toured to theatres, arts centres, schools and colleges and in recent years to festivals in Tunisia, Egypt and China. In its upcoming production, TSF explores 500 years of wine trade between the Canary Islands and the UK. Full of songs, music and outrageous characters, Canary Gold is an adventure of history and theatre. “We write collaboratively,” says Sarah, “and this began with four of us getting together and improvising elements of the story of the trade in Canary wine from the 1600s to the present day. We ended up with a play set in a wine tasting in Canary Wharf. “It’s a fascinating process during which we end up with masses of material. You have to find ways of making associations without making them contrived. We draw parallels between now and then and portray historic events with contemporary relevance.” The play is performed in English, Spanish and French; a multi-lingual performance of which Sarah never tires. “The more you do, the more you discover you can do and the more opportunities come,” she says. “Language allows the discovery of cultures and humanity. It makes the world a richer place.” Canary Gold opens at Queen's Hall, Hexham on January 30, 2013 then tours UK venues until mid-February. For more info, go to

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law change

affecting ruralcommunities


-ChancelRepairLiability New plans to change the Chancel Repair Liability reviewed by Una Coulson, Head of Residential Property at Mincoffs Solicitors


What is Chancel Repair Liability?

hancel Repair Liability is a law which dates back to medieval times and came about when every parish had its own rector and he had rights which included levying taxes and income from the land in the parish but was also responsible for the repair of the church chancel, which essentially was funded from such taxes and income. Although this law has been rarely used, when it is used, it could mean potentially huge bills for homeowners. This was brought to the attention of the public when Andrew and Gail Wallbank received a demand for almost £1,000,000 to fund repairs of their parish’s medieval church. They commenced a legal battle and ultimately the Law Lords found in


favour of the parish council, leaving the Wallbanks with a £350,000 bill after legal costs. [1] This will all change from 13th October 2013 when new laws will come into force. New owners of land will only be bound by chancel repair if the latter is entered on the Registered Title kept at the Land Registry. It will put the onus on to the Parish Church Councils to identify the land owners and register their interest before this date. We can help clients by carrying out a Chancel Repair Search at the start of the buying process which would reveal whether there was any potential liability. If a potential liability is revealed in the search we can arrange Chancel Indemnity Insurance to protect the Purchaser against any risk of potential future liability. Enquiries can be made to the Land Registry before the 13th October 2013 for free and they will perform

a search. If your property is identified as being affected by this law then Chancel Liability Insurance is available which will insure the property against any future liability. Mincoffs is proud to have an extremely experienced Residential Conveyancing team with extensive experience in all aspects of Residential Conveyancing. We recognise that each of our clients have different needs and concerns and we endeavour to keep each one informed and up to date throughout the progression of the transaction in a clear and concise way. Providing an exceptional personal service to clients is of paramount importance to the team. In some cases, we are acting for the second or third generation of a family who have been with us as clients for many, many years. [1] £350,000 blow for church – BBC News 26 June 2003

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The great outdoors beats television as family entertainment hands down – and risks are part of the enjoyment, as Alastair Gilmour discovers


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Outdoor Pursuits


voice calls out from a tree 40 feet above ground level. Through the branches, a pair of hands yank on a pulley. The voice’s helmeted owner appears on a small platform and takes up the slack of a rope. A teenager zips along it, whoops with delight and jerks to a halt, bouncing up and down like a human yoyo. This is the High Ropes section of Beamish Wild, an open-air adventure playground at Beamish Hall Hotel in County Durham, where children act out grown-up fantasies and adults can’t help being big kids. It’s adventure and it’s excitement and enthusiastic screams can be heard all over the wooded estate. We even resist the temptation to shout “Geronimo” – maybe kids don’t do that now; it’ll be more like “Yoshi” or “Donkey Kong” – but secretly we ache to join in. The North East offers a full alphabet of outdoor activities from archery to windsurfing, with canoeing,

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mountain biking and paintballing in between. Rather than using our leisure hours to play on an Xbox or watching repeats of repeats on television, there are many of us who would much rather spend the weekend camping in a wigwam and engage in a whole host of healthy outdoor pursuits. All have one thing in common, though – there’s a sense of danger involved. However, there isn’t an activity anywhere that is free from danger, from lighting a campfire on a lakeshore to bodyboarding in the North Sea, and at the heart of parenting should be the desire to open children’s eyes to new experiences and to widen their horizons. We’ve all heard the well-meaning warnings about impending disaster: “That could take someone’s eye out”. What, a firelighter? “A swan can break a man’s arm with its wing.” Has any A&E department ever had to

deal with an arm smashed by a swan? If we never ride a horse, climb a hill, go out to sea in a heavy swell, or dangle on that zipwire, surely we’ll be depriving ourselves and our children of some of the best moments that life has to offer. And, if we decide that the likes of white-water rafting isn’t for us, then we have the option of not doing it again. “The danger is sometimes part of the excitement,” says Martin Hammill, brewery manager at Hadrian Border Brewery in Newcastle, and a former trawlerman. His adventure playground is the stretch of harbours between Craster and Holy Island.

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“I got my two lads into fishing because they grew up with me doing it for a job,” he says. “I also enjoyed fishing with a rod and line for a hobby and took them camping in the holidays. I got them a rod each. We now really enjoy sea fishing together and game fishing for trout and salmon. “And, it doesn’t matter if you don’t catch anything on the odd occasion, but its great when you do.” Back on dry land, Beamish Wild reeks of woodland and anticipation. Whether you’re five or 50 you can imagine turning savage, hunting intruders from other forest villages, or simply appreciating being let loose to swing, scramble and shoot arrows to your heart’s content. There are camps and clearings and “swamps” to cross on stepping stones and imaginative use of planks. Further on there’s some sort of game going on between a green helmet group and one in orange. It involves more ropes and swings, but it’s family fun with unity and togetherness making the game spin faster. It goes without saying that recreation five miles off the Northumberland coast is a different kettle of fish from that of a verdant country estate. Physical risks should be evaluated and minimised with all safety precautions taken, but it would be particularly sad if even the tiniest bit of danger were eliminated from our children’s lives. It’s only by getting out and doing things that they can begin to engage with one another – and the world at large around them. Martin Hammill offers his advice for fishing trips. “You need to tell the skipper what your experience is and – importantly – what your expectations are. If you have youngsters or those who are in any way disabled, ask if the boat or trip will be suitable – many of them are geared up specifically for family groups.

“Always go with a licensed or registered charter boat. They have to have insurance which makes their boats, equipment and operator competence subject to stringent safety checks. This gives them a Code of Practice certificate and dictates how far out to sea a boat can safely operate – I’ve often been out on boats where you’re nearer Germany than home.” Martin fished from Craster recently on an angling boat run by local fisherman Dougie Hogg and his sons. This sport lends itself to everyone, from hardcore wreck fishermen to youngsters just going for a few mackerel. “Dougie the skipper is very knowledgeable as he has fished these waters all his life for crab and lobster,” says Martin. “With the likes of him knowing all the hard ground, wrecks and reefs, sporting anglers can increase their chances of good-sized fish.” Picking our way along the forest trail at Beamish Wild (where some ancient-looking trees are definitely straight out of a Grimm’s fairytale), we come across several species of eagle sitting on perches jingling their secure leads. A snowy owl’s head swivels uncannily while it lets out a blood-curdling sound halfway between a whistle and a screech – let’s call it a wheech. A pair of bald eagles perch majestically on poles, the proud and haughty birds are magnificent reminders of why they symbolise the United States of America. Being close to nature in the raw on a fishing boat in the North Sea is exhilarating and steadying oneself to plunge 40 feet from a branch can be nerve-wracking, but as enthusiasts such as Martin Hammill will confirm, hazards are part of the excitement of outdoor pursuits. Listen. Did anybody else hear “Geronimo”?


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Gareth Davies, financial planning expert at Brewin Dolphin in newcastle,

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that can be put away into a pension pot for your elder years.

Trying to gain a step on the pension ladder when your finances are squeezed in the current climate can be tough. However, with the state pension age increasing to 68 by 2044, starting to save into a personal pension when you are young, could make a real difference in when you can afford to retire. TRAVEL How many of us drive or take the bus to work? Perhaps your distance to work could be a manageable walk or cycle, rather than a cramped commuter ride to the office. Not only would the fresh air and exercise do us a world of good, the savings made can also be put to better use. Currently a single bus journey in Newcastle is around £1.40. By walking or cycling to and from work you could save £14 a week. This could result in an annual saving of around £650.

Someone smoking 20 cigarettes a day, at a cost of £6, could save in excess of £2,000 in a year. EXERCISE How many of us join a gym in January with the aim of becoming more fit and losing the pounds. More often than not the pounds that are lost are from your bank account as gym attendance wanes. On a gym membership of £60 per month, this could save us around £720 per annum. Make more use of your beautiful city, walk, run or cycle through our streets and parks and it’s free.

SOCIALISING By no means should we be sitting at home counting the pennies we have saved, but become a money wise consumer. We live in a big city which offers a wide variety of restaurants, bars and entertainment. Sign up for the money saving sites to see the great deals on offer, or go out earlier and take advantage of pre-theatre deals. The average cost of a three course meal out is around £20. If you dine out once a week, take advantage of one of the many two-for-one offers and split the cost between you, that’s a saving of £520 in a year.

COFFEE TIME That ‘posh’ coffee on the way to work costs us around £2.50 a day. By limiting this treat to a Friday and filling your vacuum mug at home Monday to Thursday, savvy workers could save £10 a week, around £480 in the working year. LUNCH TIME The sandwich shop around the corner from the office is a popular destination for lunch but swapping this for home made lunches will help with the pennies (and also the lbs). By bringing lunch from home you are more aware of what you are eating and if an average lunch is around £3.50, this will save £17.50 per week. This is a saving of £840 over the working year. SMOKING Thousands of people give up smoking each year with a view to bettering their health. Why not also think about improving your finances at the same time?

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GARETH DAVIES IS A FINANCIAL PLANNING EXPERT AT INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT FIRM BREWIN DOLPHIN. GARETH DAVIES CAN BE CONTACTED ON 0191 230 7290 OR BY EMAIL: or visit The value of investments can fall and you may get back less than you invested. Any tax allowances or thresholds mentioned are based on personal circumstances and current legislation which is subject to change No investment is suitable in all cases and if you have any doubts as to an investment's suitability then you should contact us. The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily the views held throughout Brewin Dolphin Ltd. No Director, representative or employee of Brewin Dolphin Ltd accepts liability for any direct or consequential loss arising from the use of this document or its contents.

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hese are exciting times at the region’s leading girls’ school as Central Newcastle High has just unveiled its newly refurbished single-site Junior School at Chapman House in Sandyford Park. Central High’s increasing popularity has meant its younger pupils have finally outgrown their previous location in Gosforth’s West Avenue and moved into impressive redesigned and enhanced facilities just a few minute’s walk from Central’s senior school in Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond. The Junior School at Chapman House is set in five acres of private grounds and at its heart is a 19th Century villa designed by noted Newcastle architect John Dobson. This historic Grade II listed mansion is complemented by a beautiful chapel-turnedschool-hall and innovative new teaching areas designed to give girls, aged 3 to 11, the very best learning environment. The refurbished buildings are breathtaking and entirely in keeping with the innovative creative


curriculum offered at the school. The Junior classrooms are bright and spacious whilst the Nursery and Reception classrooms open out into the grounds to facilitate outdoor learning. “We have always been at the forefront of girls’ education in the North East and I am delighted to welcome the next generation to Chapman House,” says Head of Junior School Angela Charlton. “This is one of the most important developments in the school’s history and the girls are already benefitting from this truly unique learning environment which encourages each girl to explore, discover and achieve her full potential.” For more information on Central Newcastle High’s nursery, junior and senior schools, call 0191 201 6511 or visit the website:

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f I ran my own business, I would get pretty cynical about the endless succession of regeneration agencies and development organisations that promise much yet deliver little. However there is something very different about NE1 and I notice it the moment I park my car. The Dean Street car park, which is opposite NE1’s offices in Milburn House, is displaying a banner announcing that parking is free after 5pm. I am so startled I have to read the banner twice because it has been a long time since I’ve seen anything offering any help for the motorist.

“It is all part of our Alive After Five campaign,” explains Sean Bullick, who is NE1’s Chief Executive. “We noticed that there was a period between offices and shops closing at 5pm and the city centre’s nightlife beginning around 8pm when Newcastle seemed to grind to a halt. We decided to make a concerted effort to plug this gap by persuading retailers to stay open longer, organising better public transport and cutting car park fees.” Of course, late night shopping and other incentives to persuade people to stay in urban centres longer are nothing new but what is different about Newcastle’s

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Hosting sporting, cultural and arts events are crucial to re-establishing people’s habit of going into the city centre…

Alive After Five is that it happens every day and all year round, not just once a week or at Christmas. “It has been a great success,” says Sean. “The scheme has attracted nearly two million extra visits and generated over £100 million in extra income for city centre businesses but we have also seen other benefits. For example, lots of offices are noticing that their staff aren’t rushing out at lunchtime to run errands because they can now shop on their way home. The result is a more relaxed and more productive working environment.” Alive After Five is just one of the innovative projects NE1 has brought to Newcastle city centre. Others include the Pocket Parks, which transform rundown corners of the city centre into attractive places to sit and have a sandwich or take a break from a busy day. Another is the Newcastle City Marina which built a 130 metre floating pontoon, with fully serviced moorings, for visiting vessels right beside the Tyne Bridge. “We are very proud of the City Marina because this is exactly the sort of thing we were established to do,” says Sean. “Our remit is to take projects that have stalled or that can’t get off the ground and make them happen as quickly and efficiently as possible.” This is no idle boast. NE1 managed to get the City Marina open for business in just six months, a phenomenally short time for any major project, but as Sean says this is exactly what Business Improvement Development companies like NE1 are designed to do. If you are unfamiliar with BIDs perhaps I should explain. They are not national government organisations like the old Regional Development Agencies such as the recently dissolved One North East. Nor are they local government schemes like the very-much-active Newcastle and Gateshead Initiative. They are not voluntary organisations for business like a Chamber of Commerce or professional bodies like the Law Society.

BIDs are all of these things and none of these things. They are independent companies set up by local businesses with the specific aim of improving business conditions in their particular area. They are small but focused, typically covering just one or two post code areas, and paid for by a levy on the business rates. To start a BID the majority of eligible businesses must vote in favour of the idea and once established, they are run as private companies with a board of directors and an executive staff. “Of course we work very closely with local and national government agencies to source funding and other support but BIDs are becoming an increasingly popular way for business to co-operate with each other at a more immediate level,” says Sean. He goes on to explain that NE1 has a threefold strategy. Alongside their Operations programme, which implements the high profile projects mentioned above, there is the Leadership function and the Events function. “Besides Alive After Five and so on, the work of our Operations programme is perhaps best illustrated by our Street Rangers and our Clean Team,” says Sean. “These dedicated people react and resolve specific problems and whether its cleaning up litter or helping visitors with their queries, they bring a level of enthusiasm and professionalism to their roles which is second to none.” These front line staff are made up of a core team of paid employees supplemented by volunteers and typically NE1 have financed them though such schemes as the government’s Future Job Fund so pressure on levy payers is reduced. Indirectly, this means NE1 has cash to invest in new technology developed by local businesses such as the bike rental locks patented by Newcastle company Scratch Bikes. This type of proactive support for new business brings us very neatly to NE1’s second role.

“Our Leadership function involves looking at long term solutions for city centre problems,” says Sean. “Take Central Station, there have been lots of proposals to improve this important gateway into the city and NE1 is perfectly positioned to bring together the organisations that can make these desperately needed improvements happen. On a smaller scale, though no less important, we support such things as rolling out free Wi-Fi for Newcastle and the Newgate Centre that helps young people find jobs, training and support for starting their own business.” My hour with Sean is nearly up and we still need to talk about NE1’s third function which brings such spectacular sporting and cultural events such as Zapcat power boat racing, New Year’s Eve fireworks, World Cities Week and Newcastle Fashion Week to the city. “Hosting sporting, cultural and arts events are crucial to re-establishing people’s habit of going into the city centre,” says Sean. “Happily our events have been such a success, and generated such enormous amounts of new business, we are planning an expanded programme for 2013 including a new landmark occasion.” Sensing a scoop I ask Sean for more details. “Unfortunately I can’t say too much at the moment but it’s bound to be something special so do watch this space,” he says and I suppose that is a good place to stop. However if you want to know more about what Sean and his team plan for Newcastle city centre, look out for the free listings magazine, NE1, or go to the website

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Stunning entrance hall with magnificent chandelier | Cloakrooms | Drawing room | Family room | Dining room | Fabulous Herrington Gate kitchen with appliances | Wine room Breakfast room | Laundry room | Magnificent games room | Professional cinema | State of the art swimming pool | Changing room, showers and cloakroom | Steam room and sauna Jacuzzi | Galleried landing with fitness/leisure space | Gymnasium | Plant room | Master bedroom suite with ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and gentlemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dressing rooms and bathrooms | Two bedroom suites each with en-suite, dressing room and study | Four bedrooms, two of which have dressing rooms | Two Jack and Jill bathrooms | Nine car garage

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Newminster Abbey House Morpeth Set in magnificent grounds of circa 6.85 acres is this fabulous country residence on the western boundary of Morpeth. With its own private driveway leading through tall mature trees into the courtyard and private drive it was built in 1902 for the Renwick Family and features stunning architectural detailing and historical reference to Newminster Abbey. Additional to the main house are two, two bedroom apartments to the North Wing, currently let on a six month tenancy providing a monthly income. There is potential for development to the first floor of the triple car garage, as well as potential for residential dwellings to the northern boundary and parkland.

Entrance vestibule | Reception hall | Drawing room with stone fireplace | TV snug room Kitchen/breakfast room with painted cabinets, an Aga and walk-in pantry | Dining room with ancient oak panelling and 19th century fireplace with original seals from Newminster Abbey | Study and working office with professionally fitted furniture | Galleried landing Master bedroom with en-suite shower room | Fourth double bedroom, currently a dressing room | Two further double bedrooms | Family bathroom | Laundry room Restricted access to north wing where there are two, two bedroom apartments, one on the ground floor The grounds include a triple car garage with development potential to the first floor, two large single plus garages for the apartments, a south facing courtyard and walled garden, and adjacent parkland with large lake, two summerhouses, an African hut and greenhouse. Viewing is strongly recommended.

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Newfield House Field House Close, Hepscott, Morpeth Occupying a stunning site of 1.2 acres is this exclusive and highly luxurious modern mansion. The property, newly constructed between 2007 and 2008, provides one of the most impressive and beautiful homes in the region. It has a great deal of privacy and seclusion from its electronic wooden panelled double gates, with high hedge boundaries leading through to the driveway and courtyard, connecting around a circular fountain and leading in turn to the triple car garage. In addition to the principal house there is also a first floor apartment.

Marble entrance hall with cloakroom/wc and stunning gull wing staircase | Drawing room Dining room | State of the art cinema room | Study | Games room with cocktail bar Stunning swimming pool with beautiful lighting, doors to gardens, Jacuzzi, shower room, steam room and sauna | Kitchen by The Kitchen Centre with state of the art appliances Family dining area, breakfast room, and lounge | Laundry room | Master bedroom suite with terrace, dressing room, central sitting area and state of the art bathroom | Four further double bedrooms, all en-suite | Sixth bedroom and bathroom to second floor | Self contained first floor apartment with separate entrance, sitting area, state of the art kitchen, bedroom and luxury bathroom/wc This is an outstanding house with top of the range facilities as well as sound system, security, CCTV and highly impressive internal doors, ceilings and mood lighting. Hepscott is a very attractive village with good accessibility into Newcastle and Tyneside via the A1M, as well as the market town of Morpeth.

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Entrance vestibule | Reception hall leading to utility & laundry room and cloakroom Professionally equipped study | Kitchen fitted by Mowlem & Co with hand painted cabinets, built-in appliances and beautiful spotlighting | Open to magnificent family lounge with suspended ceiling and three sets of double doors onto the terrace | The lower ground floor connects to a garden room and elegant, formal drawing room | Master bedroom with its own private dressing area and hall, dressing room and luxury en-suite bathroom with double bath and double wet room | Four further bedroom suites

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Price Guide: ÂŁ799,500

This magnificent, Victorian five storey property has been significantly remodelled to retain impressive period features, combined with an understated elegance and contemporary specification. This stunning house, available with separate mews, is ideally located for access to the city centre and the cosmopolitan Jesmond.

Reception hall | Principal sitting room | Dining room | Kitchen at lower ground floor | Family area and garden room | Cloakroom and utility | First floor: Two double bedrooms, master with dressing area and en-suite | Family bathroom | Second floor: two further double bedrooms with en-suites | Third floor: fifth double bedroom with en-suite | Mews house accommodating two plus cars and an open plan lounge, studio with en-suite The stunning interior design of this house must be viewed internally to fully appreciate the qualities. Realistically priced to effect an immediate sale.

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Viewly Grange Farm Pity Me, Durham

Price Guide: ÂŁ2.25 Million

A 17th Century, Grade II listed, highly impressive farmhouse contrasting contemporary accommodation with period styling. In a very special setting, the property is set within circa 7 acres including lawned gardens, open terraces, enclosed paddocks and parking for many cars. It also has the benefit of a one bedroomed cottage.

Reception hall with magnificent orangery | Stunning sitting room and leisure/cinema area with log burning stove | Well equipped kitchen and breakfasting room | Dining room with period fireplace | Family room | Study and professionally fitted office | Leisure wing with large swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna and steam room, Jacuzzi and two changing rooms | Five double bedrooms, four with en suites and one currently a dressing room Viewly Grange Farm is well located on the outskirts of Durham within beautiful countryside and with superb views over the surrounding valley. It enjoys ease of access to Durham train station, Newcastle via the A1M, and local road links to neighbourhood facilities.

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Radcliffe Hotel Main Street, Corbridge

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Price Guide: ÂŁ1.6 Million

A very rare opportunity to acquire a distinctive and highly impressive three storey property in the centre of Corbridge. The property freehold is being offered for sale with its current use as a bed & breakfast and hotel occupation. The lease exists for the next 5 years and can be terminated with 3 months notice by the landlord.

9 letting bedrooms - 8 doubles and one single, all with en-suite facilities | One bedroom flat to second floor with lounge, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen | Ground floor: commercial kitchen, laundry & utility, managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office and central hall connecting to two principal reception rooms | Hard standing to front providing parking for many vehicles | Two parking bays to the rear and a beautiful garden This impressive property could be retained as a hotel and expanded to include a restaurant or returned to a private residential dwelling. Full details are available on file.

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Cherry Tree House West Park Road, Cleadon

Price Guide: ÂŁ1.3 Million

This beautiful, detached family house, built in 1874, occupies a significant, private garden site. It has been extensively remodelled and refurbished to a very high standard with new double glazing, a comprehensive alarm system, new gas central heating boilers and radiators, and a triple car garage and courtyard.

Reception hall | Ground floor shower room | Drawing room with south and easterly views | Sitting room also with south and easterly elevation | Dining room with double doors to conservatory | Kitchen & breakfast room with built-in appliances | Separate utility | L shaped conservatory and garden room opening from the dining room through to the kitchen | Six bedrooms | Family bathroom | Shower room | Private grounds Electrically operated gates and an entry telephone system link into the main grounds. To the front entrance there is a lovely walkway surrounded by brick pillars which connects into the mature woodland. This is a highly impressive house in a beautiful area of Cleadon Village and viewing is strongly recommended.

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Beckwith Lodge

Price Guide: ÂŁ1.25 Million

A good opportunity to acquire two beautiful homes within historic walled gardens. Silksworth Cottage, dating back over 300 years and Grade II listed, is a beautiful stone built two storey dwelling in 1.319 acres. It was purchased by the current owners in 2003 and the old barn and store buildings have been converted to create Beckwith Lodge.

Silksworth Cottage Family sitting room | Drawing room with feature fireplace | Dining room | Well equipped kitchen/breakfast room | Ground floor bathroom | Utility | Four bedrooms, one currently a study | En suite | Family bathroom | Double garage | Outbuildings Beckwith Lodge Ground floor accommodation | Fabulous porch to hall | Stunning reception room with double height ceiling and exposed beams with concertina doors to timber deck and superbly fitted kitchen | Three double bedrooms, two with en-suites | Family bathroom/wc Silksworth Cottage and Beckwith Lodge are to be sold together as two dwellings within one private enclosed estate. Both are Grade II listed and would suit those looking to house two generations of the same family close by, or those who entertain regularly and need guest accommodation.

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Silksworth Cottage & Beckwith Lodge Warden Law Lane, Sunderland

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Graham Park Road Gosforth

Price Guide: ÂŁ1.25 Million

An outstanding opportunity to acquire a very substantial semi detached and double fronted villa within one of Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier addresses. Situated on the south side of Graham Park Road it has impressive well proportioned rooms, beautiful fireplaces, a magnificent rear garden, a double drive and double length garage.

Tremendous reception hall with stunning staircase | Drawing room opening through archway to dining room | Family room overlooking the gardens Kitchen/breakfasting room, refitted in 2006, and with good quality appliances | Garden room | Cellar | Ground floor bathroom/wc, cloakroom/wc and large utility | Four double bedrooms, two with en suites and one with dressing room | Fifth double bedroom | Family bathroom/wc | Two further double bedrooms at second floor level Villas of this nature within Newcastle and Gosforth are highly individual and very rarely available to the market. This is an exceptionally rare opportunity for such an imposing house within a prime residential area. Viewing is strongly recommended.

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Occupying a stunning site in one of the North Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most privileged locations, is this fabulous detached Edwardian home. Overlooking the mouth of the River Aln and with a direct aspect to the south towards the magnificent landscape of the sea, it was converted into four separate dwellings producing a significant income from holiday lets. Priority is given to the sale of the building as a whole, although enquiries are welcome for individual apartments. The house has lovely gardens, an enclosed courtyard with large single plus garage and communal laundry room. The apartments include: Blue Dolphins: Ground floor | Porch | Sun lounge and dining area | Fitted kitchen | Lounge | Utility | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Shower rooms Ferry Steps: First and second floor maisonette | Lounge | Kitchen | Balcony with stunning views | 2 Double bedrooms | Shower room Cuthbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing: Ground floor | Living room | Open plan kitchen | Double bedroom | Single bedroom | Shower room Tidal Watch: First floor | Open reception area - kitchen and lounge with balcony enjoying views | 2 Double bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower room This impressive building could be returned to one detached residential dwelling or further improved in its current layout with potential for extensions and greater income.

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Greenlands Boldon Lane, Sunderland

Price Guide: ÂŁ1.15 Million

Greenlands, believed to have been constructed at the turn of the 20th century, was purchased by the current owners in 2006 and has undergone substantial works to improve the house. Occupying a substantial garden site it has great style and character, beautiful wood flooring, lovely tall ceilings, and superb fireplaces.

Impressive reception hall | Drawing room with Adam style fireplace | Conservatory with lovely views over the garden | Family room | Dining room with fabulous fireplace | Well equipped kitchen and breakfast room | Utility | Cloakroom/wc | Small gymnasium | Professionally fitted studio and office | Master bedroom with sitting area, dressing room and en suite | Three further bedrooms | Jack & Jill bathroom Planning permission has been submitted to create further bedrooms and the option of a swimming pool and leisure wing (details on file). This is a highly impressive home in a lovely area of Cleadon, well placed for local amenities, good schools and road links to Sunderland, Durham and Newcastle.

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North Avenue Gosforth

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Price Guide: ÂŁ1 Million

This fine, Arts and Crafts family home represents one of the larger style of semi detached, three storey homes available within its area. The house has a great deal of style and character with tall ceilings, super plasterwork, lovely fireplaces, fabulous gardens, triple length garage and parking area.

Entrance vestibule | Reception hall | Cloakroom and separate wc | Family study | Elegant sitting room with beautiful fireplace and large bay window Formal drawing room with doors to gardens | Kitchen/breakfast room with a range of light oak cabinets and an Aga Formal dining room | Utility & laundry room | Six bedrooms, one with en-suite | Family bathroom and separate wc | Shower room North Avenue is a very well respected and admired area of central Gosforth and has easy access onto the High Street with its shops, banks, offices and school as well as good road and public transport links into Newcastle city centre. A fine home in a lovely location for which viewing is strongly recommended.

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High Law House Lynn Law Farm , Whalton, Morpeth

Price Guide: ÂŁ950,000

An outstanding, stone built, detached luxury home, built in 1999 and with a 5.5 acre grazing meadow, stables, two loose boxes, two store rooms and a tack room. This luxury house, in this award winning development, is the largest in the former farm steading and has a great deal of character with fabulous views.

Reception hallway | Cloakroom/wc | Drawing room | Kitchen/breakfast/family room with hand painted cabinets | Utilty | Games room | Family snug room Concealed professional cellar accommodating 1200 bottles | Master bedroom with luxury en-suite | Three further double bedrooms all with en-suites | Block paved driveway with parking for many cars | Stone built, triple garage Planning permission was granted in December 2008 for the conversion of the loft space to provide a luxury suite which would accommodate two double bedrooms and a bathroom. Externally, the gardens are attractive with lawned areas, borders and terraces. A highly impressive home with easy access into Morpeth and Newcastle.

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Westcliffe Elmfield Road, Gosforth

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Price Guide: £850,000

The final completion of this stunning development has taken place with the construction of Westcliffe, unique within the development being the only detached stone built three storey home, overlooking its south facing private garden. With features including bespoke timber sash windows and glazed Juliet balconies, the accommodation extends to 2900 sq ft with 4-6 bedrooms depending on preferred layout. Externally there are fabulous landscaped gardens, a private, sunken patio area with a glazed balustrade and an integral double garage. Westcliffe completes the phenomenal success of this beautiful scheme and complements the developers, the Adderstone Group, on their attention to detail and fabulous creativity.

Reception hall through to double garage | Lounge with doors to terrace | Breakfasting area | Kitchen with Schuller cabinets and appliances | Superb open plan lower ground floor with doors to terrace and which could easily divide into a cinema room and living room or alternatively 2 bedrooms | Fabulous master bedroom with dressing area and potential study, built in robes, en suite and staircase to gallery above with “Cathedral” ceiling and exposed oak trusses | Two further bedrooms Jack & Jill en suite | Family bathroom

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Greystoke Surgery Kings Avenue, Morpeth

Price Guide: ÂŁ850,000

Located on a beautiful, mature 0.4 acre site is this fabulous doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surgery and medical practice. Kings Avenue is regarded as one of the best residential addresses in the heart of Morpeth and has easy access to the Sanderson Arcade. This is certainly a very fine building and due to relocation the freehold is now available.

Well suited to other medical users, especially dentists, therapists or as a professional headquarters for accountants, lawyers and other business users | Extensions at ground floor level create a good reception area and a variety of consulting/store rooms | The first floor accommodation is well suited to the public | Staff accommodation to second floor | The building would provide a single dwelling and a prestigious family home | Opportunities also exist for the possible redevelopment of the site into alternative uses, subject to planning and building consent The Greystoke Surgery is a fine building in the heart of Morpeth and creates an exciting opportunity for a variety of current or prospective future uses. All enquires to Nicola Osborne and Duncan Young on 0191 223 3500.

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Tankerville Terrace Jesmond

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Price Guide: ÂŁ795,000

Built in 1881, this impressive, three storey, double fronted terraced house enjoys a superb location with good access into Newcastle and Metro facilities at West Jesmond connecting throughout Tyneside. It has undergone substantial improvements and provides beautiful quality accommodation with original features.

Reception hall | Drawing room | Family sitting room | Dining room | Cloakroom/wc | Cellar | Kitchen/breakfast room with solid oak units and built in appliances | Utility | Four double bedrooms, the master with en suite bathroom/wc and fitted wardrobes and a lovely fireplace | Family bathroom/wc with double shower | Drying room | Self contained, two bedroom apartment to second floor The property has independent gas central heating and alarm systems for the house and apartment. The gardens are laid out to the front and rear, with a beautiful patio terrace, separate off street parking and a recently refurbished garage with electrically operated doors. This is a delightful house in a super area.

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Westfield Avenue Gosforth

Price guide: ÂŁ699,999

Superbly located in a very popular area of Gosforth, is this substantial three storey semi detached house. The property has a west facing rear garden enjoying excellent sunshine throughout the summer months, with a stone flagged terrace and lawned garden with a summerhouse and timber decked area.

Vestibule | Cloaks storage | Separate wc | Inner hall with corner fireplace | Sitting room | Dining room | Breakfasting kitchen with fitted cabinets and builtin appliances | First floor: four bedrooms, two which are large doubles, one with en-suite | Family bathroom with separate shower | Second floor: fifth bedroom, shower room and large eaves storage cupboard | Block paved terrace and garden to front | Single garage The house has a great deal of style and character with high ceilings, cornicing, and panelled doors as well as gas central heating and an alarm. It is very well located in the heart of Gosforth with good accessibility to the High Street. A beautiful period home for which viewing is strongly recommended.

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The Mount Coldingham Sands, Coldingham, Eyemouth, Scottish Borders ‘The Mount’, a magnificent 19th century house perched above Coldingham Sands, has recently been remodelled to accommodate four luxurious homes. The redevelopment of The Mount has been carried out sympathetically with the style of the original building, and with great attention to detail.

The Mount The original main house to the centre of the building is known as ‘The Mount’, an imposing home with a large reception hall, two large reception rooms, and a very impressive kitchen. It has a ground floor fifth bedroom / study, and a shower room. There are four first floor bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities.

Price guide: £695,000 The East Wing The house in the East Wing is beautifully appointed. It accommodates three first floor bedrooms, a ground floor bedroom and three bathrooms/shower rooms. There are two reception rooms, of which the principal lounge is magnificent, and a choice of kitchen.

Apartments The redevelopment has seen the creation of two spacious two bedroom apartments within the West Wing. Both have private gardens and enjoy panoramic views overlooking the bay.

Price guide: £249,950 This year Coldingham ranked first in a ‘Daily Telegraph’ survey of best places to relocate to. The magnificent walks, beaches and coastline that abound, are some of the best in the UK. It is rare that truly beautiful properties in such a privileged setting present themselves for sale.

Contact the sole selling agent Sanderson Young on 0191 223 3500

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Price guide: £675,000

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City centre crash pad, country mansion, suburban family homeâ&#x20AC;Ś the rental market is vibrant and exciting. The flexibility and versatility of renting appeals to many, and we are here to introduce your property to our wide range of tenants waiting. City, coast or country â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we would be happy to market your property.


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Gail McLean offers an overview of the current residential rental market


here have undoubtedly been some major changes to the residential housing market over the past 5 years, and one of these has been the perception of the rental market. With many more people having to, or indeed choosing to, rent in this climate, there has been a shift in the category of tenant, and an overlap of the sales and lettings markets. This trend is definitely strengthening the quality of business at Sanderson Young, and head of Regional Lettings, Gail McLean, is extremely proud to announce yet another target smashed, with 2012 being their most successful year, ten years in a row. “We have proven ourselves once again, surpassing expectations and building on our strength to create an unrivalled service within this highly competitive environment.” Gail is also encouraged by the security offered in this market, with tenants choosing to stay longer in rented properties. “Where once the sales and lettings market were seen as very separate entities, we are definitely finding that rentals slots within a buying process, often with homebuyers achieving a successful sale on their own house, with a view to rent for six to twelve months whilst they make their onward purchase,” she says. “Buyers want to make sure they are in the best possible position should their dream home come onto the market, and be safe in the knowledge that they have the luxury of not having to rush into a purchase.” The sales and lettings team are also working together

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much more, in order to fully service a client should the market not support a sale. “We have achieved two rentals just last week from a client who was struggling to sell investment properties, and we will then pass this back to the sales team when the tenancy is coming to an end, so there is a great deal of communication and dedication over both departments.” As well as this influx of new business as a result of difficult economic conditions, let’s not forget rental properties have been extremely popular in their own right over the past ten years. “We have very loyal landlords, who have used us for a number of years due to the service levels we provide and the quality of tenants we attract. We concentrate on secure, longer term lets, with the average term now being around 12 months. Many more tenants wish to stay on much longer than this of course, and my longest tenancy is now an incredible seven years!” Due to the rising popularity of rental, the department have also noticed some trends coming through due to high demand for particular locations. “There are several hotspots within the Newcastle area where rent is actually rising due to bidding wars,” says Gail. “The city centre is still as popular as ever, with demand purely down to location and quality. We have

recently rented a two bedroom apartment in St Ann’s Quay for £950pcm, and a one bedroom apartment in the same development for £650pcm.” “Suburban family homes in Gosforth and Jesmond also attract fantastic levels of interest. We have recently rented a five bedroom family home on Jesmond Park West for £2000pcm and a five bedroom townhouse on Carlton Terrace for £2500pcm,” adds Gail. However, rural areas are creating a niche in the market, with serious renters looking for long term lifestyle changes. “We have become truly regional, and our presence is also strong in the Tyne Valley, Ponteland and South Northumberland.” Sanderson Young have diversified further at the Alnwick office, with a fully managed service being set up to service North Northumberland. “We can now offer landlords throughout the region an extremely professional service, which also includes a full rent protection policy.” So what does this Autumn/Winter hold for Sanderson Young Regional Lettings? “The lettings market is extremely fast-paced and exciting, and at Sanderson Young we are embracing technological advancements, using iPads on valuations and viewings in order to match the tenant to their requirements, and promoting our mobile website and iPhone app to keep our target market enthused.”

For information about rental properties, and the services Sanderson Young can offer both landlords & tenants, contact gail McLean, tel 0191 223 3510 or email

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Sanderson Young’s regional lettings division is larger and more active than ever before which means it’s never been so easy to get moving

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Carlton Terrace Jesmond

Price Guide: £2,500 pcm

An impressive, mid terraced family home within this development of luxury town houses. It has great style with high ceilings, marble fireplaces, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. There is a town front garden, rear courtyard garden, a four car mews garage with self contained apartment above, and residents parking.

Reception hall | Drawing room with doors to music room | Lower ground floor - day to day living area with family room, dining and garden room with glazed atrium and doors to terrace, kitchen with extensive appliances, utility, wine cellar and cloakroom/wc | First floor – two en suite guest bedrooms | Second floor – master bedroom with his and hers dressing rooms and en suite | Third floor – double bedroom with en suite Carlton Terrace is particularly popular because of its location in the heart of Newcastle, with immediate accessibility to offices, hospitals and universities.This property, offered unfurnished, is a fine example of period living in a highly desirable location and viewing is highly recommended.

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Park Villas Gosforth

Price Guide: ÂŁ1,800 pcm

A period town house, situated in a tranquil location within the popular Newcastle suburb of Gosforth. Presented to a high standard the property has been the subject of a comprehensive refurbishment in recent years and offers many rooms with good proportions, high ceilings and period detailing throughout.

Reception hall with charming decorative staircase | Drawing room with original wooden shutters and an open fire with marble surround | Elegant dining room Library | Breakfasting kitchen, designed by Mowlem & Co and with integrated appliances | Sitting area | Utility | Separate wc | Cellar | Five first floor bedrooms, one with en suite | Family bathroom | Attic studio | Sixth bedroom, shower room and separate wc Externally there is an attractive front garden, an extensive walled rear garden, and a driveway leading to the garage. Despite its tranquil location the property, which is offered unfurnished, is conveniently located within walking distance of Gosforth High Street and only a short walk from the Town Moor.

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Featherwood Tranwell Woods, Morpeth • Stunning detached family home • 5 Bedrooms • Unfurnished • En suite facilities • Contemporary & stylish throughout • Sitting within five acres of woodland • Entertaining areas in garden • Private & tranquil setting • Sought after location • Excellent road links to A1, A19, Tyne Tunnel and Newcastle Airport as well as Morpeth and Newcastle

Price Guide: £1,950 pcm Arlington Court Gosforth • Stunning 3 bedroom semi detached home • Furnished to a high standard • Bespoke fixtures & fittings throughout • En suite facilities • Top of the range kitchen & bathroom ware • Dining room • Summer entertaining courtyard • Double garage

• Sought after location • Excellent road links

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Barmoor Deadridge Lane, Corbridge • 5 Bedroom Victorian semi detached house • Unfurnished • Stunning location • Well kept gardens • Private drive • Many period features • Historic village of Corbridge • Local amenities • Fabulous river and country pursuits • Available now

Price Guide: £1,695 pcm Rose Cottage Lindisfarne Road, Jesmond • Stunning detached cottage • 4 Bedrooms • Unfurnished • Gas central heating • Stunning well maintained gardens • Swimming pool • Double length drive

• Ideal Jesmond location • Close walk to all local shops

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• Excellent road links

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Montagu Court Gosforth • 2 Bedroom apartment • Spacious accommodation • Bespoke fixtures & fittings throughout • Breakfast area to kitchen • Dining/lounge • Underfloor heating • Sit out entertaining balcony • Stunning open country views • Allocated car parking • Sought after location

Price Guide: £1,500 pcm Fencer Hill Square Gosforth • Stunning apartment • 3 Double bedrooms • En suite facilities • Bespoke fixtures & fittings • Private sit out garden • Use of on site gym/sauna room for owner/occupiers • Allocated car parking

• Sought after development • Excellent road links • Local amenities

Price Guide: £1,200 pcm 95 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4AA | T: 0191 223 3510 76 | collection

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Eastcliffe Mews Gosforth • Outstanding mews house • Exclusive development • Bespoke fixtures & fittings throughout • 2 Bedrooms • En suite facilities • Single garage • Private gated entrance into development • Sought after location • Short walk to Gosforth High Street • Local amenities

Price Guide: £995 pcm Oak Tree Cottage Otterburn • Stone built cottage within a barn conversion • Stunning accommodation • Many original features • 1 Bedroom • Furnished or unfurnished • Private garden • Allocated car parking for two cars

• Open plan living/dining & kitchen A second very similar cottage in the same development, featuring a wood burning stove, is also available.

Price Guide: £400 pcm The property is also available to buy at offers over £100,000

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• Wonderful village location and only 40 minutes from Newcastle

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St Anns Quay Quayside • 2 Double bedroom apartment • Furnished • En suite facilities • Sit out entertaining balcony • Outstanding river/bridge views • Allocated car parking space for one car

Price Guide: £950 pcm The Turret Wylam Manor, Wylam • 2 Bedroom home • Eye catching property • Circular staircase into Turret • Spacious accommodation • Allocated car parking space for one car • Stunning grounds

Price Guide: £895 pcm 55 Degrees North City Centre • 2 Double bedrooms • Apartment • Furnished • En suite facilities • Stunning city views • Heart of city centre

Price Guide: £860 pcm The Arcade Belsay

• 2 Bedrooms • Terrace house • Unfurnished • All newly refurbished • Stunning garden • Village location

Price Guide: £800 pcm 95 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4AA | T: 0191 223 3510 78 | collection

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Baltic Quays Gateshead Quayside • 2 Bedroom apartment • Furnished to a good standard • En suite facilities • Outside balcony/terrace • Great quayside location

Price Guide: £825 pcm Lime Square Quayside • 2 Double bedroom apartment • Furnished to a good standard • En suite facilities • Balcony • FREE use of on site gym • Great quayside location

Price Guide: £775 pcm St Peters Wharf St Peters Basin, Quayside • 2 Bedroom apartment • Furnished • En suite facilities • Separate fitted kitchen • Balcony • Great location for river walks

Price Guide: £750 pcm Knightsbridge Court Gosforth • Furnished • En suite facilities • Separate modern fitted kitchen • Central Gosforth location • Excellent road links for metro/bus routes

Price Guide: £700 pcm 95 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4AA | T: 0191 223 3510 collection | 79

• 2 Bedroom apartment

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The Manse West Avenue, Gosforth

Price Guide: ÂŁ650,000

A handsome, five bedroom, stone built semi detached house with superb, well proportioned accommodation over three floors. Refurbished to an exceptional standard it blends contemporary kitchen and bathroom fittings with period features including marble fireplaces, sash windows and decorative ceiling cornicing.

Hallway | Cloakroom/wc | 20 ft Living room | 22 ft Dining room | Fabulous kitchen/breakfast room | Utility room | Guest double bedroom with ensuite shower room | Three further first floor bedrooms | Stylish family bathroom/wc | Second floor master bedroom suite with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom/wc | Landscaped gardens | Off street parking Well positioned on one of Gosforthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most highly sought after residential roads the property has a lovely, lawned front garden, with a stone wall and attractive wrought iron railings, with a further, small lawned garden to the side, timber decked terrace and a driveway providing off street parking.

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Cragside House, Cragside Cottage and Cragside Farm Cottage have a superb elevated position overlooking Eastgate village, Rookhope Burn and the ‘Bainbridge Memorial Methodist Church’. The properties are within a few minutes walk of the picturesque Rookhope Burn waterfalls and beyond, lovely rural and woodland walks. The traditional stone built houses, formerly known as Eastgate Home Farm, are steeped in history with the oldest house being Cragside House, circa 1640, which was originally built as the Bailiffs House for the Bishop of Durham’s hunting park and was later occupied by the Bainbridge family in the 1800’s. The charming properties have lovely, private gardens and Cragside Farm Cottage has a small paddock circa 0.784 acres. A great opportunity to purchase all three properties, ideal for families with dependent relatives or there is business potential as holiday lets or bed and breakfast.

Cragside House: £350,000 - Three reception rooms, living room with recently restored inglenook fireplace with multi fuel stove | Refitted kitchen | Utility/wc | Five bedrooms Two bathrooms, recently refurbished and refitted | Stone built double garage Cragside Cottage: £310,000 - Two reception rooms | Kitchen/breakfast room | Utility/wc | Four bedrooms | En-suite to master | Bathroom Cragside Farm Cottage: £295,000 - Two reception rooms | Kitchen | Store | Three bedrooms | En suite bathroom/wc | Shower room/wc | Stone built single garage | Paddock approx 0.784

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Reid Park Road Jesmond A superb opportunity to acquire a detached, three storey family home in a lovely garden plot set back from Reid Park Road. It has a double drive and on site parking, as well as an integral single garage. The rear gardens are ideal for families, with lawned areas and well stocked borders. The house has been well extended and is double glazed with gas central heating and an alarm system.

Reception hall | Sitting room with door to terrace | Dining room | Kitchen with built-in appliances | Breakfasting area Garden room with doors to terrace | Utility | Large, well appointed master bedroom with en-suite | Two further double bedrooms | Single bedroom | Family bathroom | Roof space converted to provide fifth double bedroom

This is a lovely family home with good amenities on the doorstep, including the delightful walks in Jesmond Dene and excellent shopping and transport links close by. Viewing is strongly recommended.

Price Guide: ÂŁ635,000 Moorside North Fenham A beautiful, semi detached period house with mature private gardens overlooking the allotments and Town Moor, two driveways and a detached garage. The superb seven bedroom family home has accommodation set over three floors, and has retained many of its period and traditional features including cast iron fireplaces, decorative ceiling coving, beautiful original panel doors and door plates, and sash windows.

Vestibule | Reception hallway | Cloakroom/wc | Sitting room Dining room | Conservatory | Kitchen/breakfast room | Utility room | Three first floor bedrooms | Study | Family bathroom/wc | Separate wc | Four second floor bedrooms Bathroom/wc | Superb views over the Town Moor | Mature gardens | Two driveways | Detached garage

A fabulous family home on this popular residential road, with excellent access to the Town Moor, major road routes and the city centre. An internal viewing is essential.

Price Guide: ÂŁ599,000 95 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4AA | T: 0191 2130033 84 | collection

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GOSFORTH REGIONAL OFFICE The Coach House White Side Bank, Riding Mill A beautiful stone built, detached house dating back to circa 1860, enjoying a private position in fabulous surrounding grounds. The property is accessed via a shared driveway, lying in the grounds of The Glebe, with a gated entrance to private, mature gardens with parking for several cars. The Coach House has been fully refurbished to an exceptional standard, providing impressive and spacious accommodation.

Reception hallway | Charismatic, spacious living room with stone inglenook fireplace, multi fuel stove and doors to gardens | Farmhouse style kitchen/dining room with bespoke cabinets | Utility | Study/bedroom three | Shower room/wc Master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom | Second double bedroom | Family bathroom

The gardens are stunning with raised flower beds, mature trees, a stone flagged terrace and patio area and an internal courtyard. This is a lovely house in a unique and beautiful location.

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Price Guide: ÂŁ550,000

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Highbury Jesmond A superb, five/six bedroom traditional family home overlooking the Town Moor and allotments. The three storey, end terraced house is ideally placed for access to the city centre, excellent schooling, as well as the great variety of shops, restaurants and cafes of Brentwood Avenue and Acorn Road. The excellent family home has a lovely town garden to the front, a small courtyard area and a single garage.

Vestibule | Reception hallway | Cloakroom/wc | Living room Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | First floor drawing room/bedroom | Two further first floor double bedrooms Family bathroom/wc Generous second floor bedroom with versatile play/dressing room | Fourth double bedroom | Box room | Front garden Rear yard | Single garage

Many original features are retained including beautiful marble and cast iron fireplaces, decorative coving, moulding and roses. Tasteful refurbishment includes superb double glazed timber sash windows.

Price Guide: ÂŁ549,000 Montagu Court Gosforth A fabulous, three bedroom luxury apartment, positioned on the second floor of the prestigious lower block within Montagu Court. The property has been refurbished to an exceptional standard with contemporary kitchen with NEFF appliances, Jacuzzi bathroom suites and Bang and Olufsen audio system with surround sound throughout.

Communal entrance with lift to 2nd floor | Entrance hallway Principal living room with balcony and south facing open aspect views | Dining room with cocktail bar Kitchen/breakfast room | Cloakroom/wc | Master bedroom with dressing area and luxury en-suite | Two further double bedrooms | Jack and Jill bathroom/wc

Externally the property benefits from two secure garages, south facing balcony with open views over the Town Moor and ample resident and visitor parking. No upward chain.

Price Guide: ÂŁ495,000 95 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4AA | T: 0191 2130033 86 | collection

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GOSFORTH REGIONAL OFFICE Moorfield High West Jesmond A beautifully presented and elegant period house, circa 1906, located on Moorfield, with fabulous south facing, open aspect views across Little Moor. The four bedroom, three storey family home is ideally positioned for Gosforth High Street, with its numerous shops, cafes and restaurants, Jesmond shops and amenities, all schools and the nearby Metro Station with links to the city centre and airport.

Vestibule | Hallway | Sitting room | Superb formal dining room | Spacious kitchen/breakfast room | Utility room and shower/wc | Impressive drawing room | First floor bedroom Family bathroom/wc | Three further second floor bedrooms Town garden | Rear courtyard | Internal viewing essential

This spacious family house has retained many lovely original features with marble and cast iron fireplaces, decorative ceiling moulding and roses, stripped pine doors and sash windows.

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Price Guide: ÂŁ475,000

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St Thomas Crescent Newcastle A handsome, Grade II listed double fronted, four storey period house in a fabulous position in the heart of Newcastle city centre’s conservation area. Located off Queen Victoria Road and near to Leazes Park, it is ideal for the University, RVI Hospital, Central Train station and city centre. The location is well regarded by academics and medics because of its ease of access and the period nature of the homes.

Entrance vestibule | Reception hallway | Living room Kitchen/breakfast room | Two lower ground floor bedrooms Shower room and store | Two large first floor bedrooms Dressing/box room | Second floor bedroom | Family bathroom/wc | Town front garden | Fabulous landscaped courtyard garden | On street permit parking

The property has gas central heating, an alarm, period features including cast iron fireplaces, lovely high ceilings with decorative plasterwork, stripped wood floorboards and a stunning ‘Oriel’ window.

Price Guide: £450,000 Lanesborough Court Gosforth An impressive ground floor conversion apartment with fabulous period features from the original building with stone arch work, original decorative columns, and large sash windows overlooking the grounds. The superb open plan apartment has a double bedroom to the mezzanine level with en-suite bathroom/wc, and benefits from sunny south and west facing aspects, Villeroy and Boch fittings and integrated kitchen appliances.

Private entrance from courtyard | Hallway | Superb open plan living space | Dining and study area | Fitted kitchen | Utility room | Shower room/wc | Mezzanine double bedroom with fitted wardrobes | Well appointed en-suite bathroom/wc Single garage and allocated parking | Landscaped communal gardens

Lanesborough Court is well positioned for Gosforth High street, with its wide variety of shops, cafes and restaurants as well as easy access into the city centre. No upward chain.

Price Guide: £299,000 95 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4AA | T: 0191 2130033 88 | collection

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GOSFORTH REGIONAL OFFICE Oaklands Gosforth A very well appointed, beautifully improved semi detached house with great style and character. In a prime area of Gosforth it has good access to Gosforth High Street and easy commuting into Newcastle.

Hallway | Sitting room | Living room with doors to rear Kitchen/breakfast room | Cloakroom/wc | Utility | Store room | Five double bedrooms | Family bathroom | Shower room

Price Guide: £650,000 Bienvenu Hill View, Beamish An impressive, individually designed detached house in an elevated position with rural views. The generous family home has accommodation over three floors, a double garage and driveway. No upward chain.

28ft Living room | Family kitchen/dining room | Conservatory | Ground floor bathroom/wc | Six bedrooms | Family bathroom/wc/laundry Games room/snug | Landscaped gardens

Price Guide: £475,000 The Barn Brunton Lane, Brunton Bridge, Gosforth A superb, stone built barn conversion with private entrance and gardens. It is well positioned off Brunton Lane with easy access to local shops and Metro Station at Kingston Park. No upward chain.

Hallway | Cloakroom/wc | 25ft Living room | Dining room | Study | 22ft family kitchen/breakfast room | Utility | Four double bedrooms, one en suite | Family bathroom | Garage

Price Guide: £465,000

A lovely five bedroom, three storey, stone built 18th century period home overlooking the village green. Situated within a conservation area it has many period features and attractive gardens.

Hallway | Living room | Dining/family room | Kitchen/breakfast room with AGA | Four bedrooms | Study/5th bedroom | Family bathroom/wc Shower room/wc

Price Guide: £435,000 95 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4AA | T: 0191 2130033 collection | 89

Woodend Cross Terrace, Ryton

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Montagu Court Gosforth A beautifully presented, three bedroom apartment on the 7th floor with superb views. It benefits from gas central heating, UPVC double glazing, a modern fitted kitchen with appliances and two balconies.

Hallway | Cloakroom/wc | Open plan living/dining room Kitchen/breakfast room | Two double bedrooms, both en suite | Third bedroom/study | Communal gardens | Garage

Price Guide: £415,000 Green Close Stannington, Nr Morpeth A beautifully presented, four bedroom detached house, well positioned in a quiet cul de sac. The superb family home has a lovely landscaped garden, rear patio terrace and attached double garage.

Entrance porch | Hallway | Living room | Garden room | Dining room Kitchen/breakfast room | Four bedrooms, one with en-suite | Family bathroom | Double block paved driveway

Price Guide: £399,500 Mount Close Killingworth A deceptively spacious six bedroom, three reception room detached house, extended and refurbished to a high standard. It has generous gardens, terraces/patio, a double garage and a double width driveway.

Hallway | Cloakroom/wc | Living room | Dining room | 27ft Garden room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Six bedrooms, master with en suite with ‘Jacuzzi’ bath | Family bathroom/wc

Price Guide: £345,000

Eastfield Road Benton A lovely, four/five bedroom, traditional semi-detached house on this popular residential road. Lovingly refurbished with traditional features retained including oak panelling and traditional fireplaces.

Dining room | Living room | Living area/kitchen | Utility | Four bedrooms, master with dressing area and en-suite | Bathroom/wc | Attic room/bedroom five | Garden | Garage

Price Guide: £320,000 95 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4AA | T: 0191 2130033 90 | collection

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GOSFORTH REGIONAL OFFICE Moorfield High West Jesmond A lovely four bedroom terraced house in an excellent position with many period features. Adjacent to the allotments it is ideally placed for Jesmond/Gosforth High Street amenities and access to city centre.

Hallway | Living room | Dining room | Breakfast room | Fitted kitchen Four bedrooms | Bathroom | Separate wc | Town garden to front | Rear yard with decked terrace

Price Guide: £315,000 Beechcroft Kenton Road, Gosforth A three bedroom apartment with west facing aspect on the third floor of this exclusive development. It has lift/stair access, a secure entry phone system, double glazing and gas heating. No upward chain.

Private hallway | Living room with bay window | Sun lounge | Dining room | Fitted kitchen | Three bedrooms | Shower room/wc | Separate wc | Garage | Communal gardens

Price Guide: £299,950 Treherne Road High West Jesmond A well presented, three bedroom period house, well positioned for nearby Metro Station, Gosforth High Street, Jesmond and Town Moor. It has period features including marble fireplaces and sash windows.

Hallway | Living room | Dining room | Fitted Kitchen | Three bedrooms Family bathroom | Small town garden to front | Rear yard | No upward chain

Price Guide: £279,950

A lovely, five bedroom, three storey mid terrace house blending fabulous traditional features with contemporary fittings. Externally is a front town garden and decked rear courtyard providing parking.

Hallway | Living room | Dining room | Family kitchen/breakfast room Five bedrooms | Stylish family bathroom/wc | Shower room/wc No upward chain

Price Guide: £279,950 95 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4AA | T: 0191 2130033 collection | 91

Windsor Terrace South Gosforth

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Abbotsford Terrace Jesmond A well presented, two bedroom apartment on the second floor of this imposing conversion. It benefits from two allocated parking spaces, communal gardens and excellent transport links from Jesmond Metro.

Communal entrance with stairs to second floor | Hallway with entry phone system | Living room with cast iron fireplace | Dining kitchen Two double bedrooms | Bathroom/wc

Price Guide: £265,000 The Bruce Abbotsford Terrace, Jesmond A unique, top floor two bedroom conversion apartment within Brandling Village. Local shops, cafes/ restaurants of Osborne Road/Clayton Road are within walking distance, with transport links from Jesmond Metro.

Communal entrance with stairs to second floor | Hallway | Living room with vaulted ceiling | Fitted kitchen | Two double bedrooms Bathroom/wc | Communal gardens | Allocated parking

Price Guide: £245,000 Albany Mews Montagu Avenue, Gosforth A spacious, three bedroom, second floor apartment in need of modernisation. It offers excellent potential and versatile accommodation with south facing balcony and open aspect views over the Town Moor.

Communal entrance with stair/stairlift access | Hallway | 20ft living room | Dining room | Kitchen | Three double bedrooms | Bathroom/wc Shower room/wc | Garage | No upward chain

Price Guide: £235,000

Saville House The Grove, Gosforth An outstanding, two bedroom, second floor apartment in this delightful Victorian conversion in a most sought after address. It must be viewed to appreciate the location and quality of accommodation on offer.

Communal entrance | Hallway | Stunning open plan living room | Fitted contemporary kitchen | Two double bedrooms, one en-suite | Family bathroom | Allocated secure parking

Price Guide: £229,950 95 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4AA | T: 0191 2130033 92 | collection

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Tankerville Place Jesmond An elegant and stylish, two bedroom, ground floor apartment. It has been fully reconfigured and refurbished to a high standard with Villeroy and Boch bathroom suite and contemporary fitted kitchen.

Lobby | Private hallway | Formal living room | Breakfasting kitchen Two double bedrooms | Bathroom/wc | Private rear courtyard with parking | No upward chain

Price Guide: £229,950 Grove Park Oval Gosforth A well presented two bedroom first floor apartment in a sought after position within the development in central Gosforth. Grove Park is convenient for easy access to High Street and South Gosforth Metro.

Modern apartment | Sizeable reception hall | Open plan living/dining Contemporary kitchen | Two double bedrooms | Bathroom | En-suite shower room | Balcony | Parking space

Price Guide: £215,000 The Drive Gosforth A spacious, well presented, two bedroom, second floor apartment on this prime residential road in central Gosforth. It has been refurbished to a high standard, with contemporary kitchen and neutral décor.

Communal entrance with stairs to second floor | Hallway | Living room Dining room | Extended contemporary kitchen | Two double bedrooms Bathroom/wc | Study area

Price Guide: £189,950

A four bedroom detached house in a quiet cul de sac, with a long driveway, single garage and lawned rear garden. The generous family home has UPVC double glazing, gas central heating and no upward chain.

Hallway | Living room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Four bedrooms | Family bathroom/wc | Garage and driveway providing parking | Rear garden | No upward chain

Price Guide: £189,950 95 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4AA | T: 0191 2130033 collection | 93

Austral Place Brunswick Green, Wideopen

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High Quays City Road, Newcastle A fabulous, second floor, two bedroom duplex apartment with Juliet balconies to the living room and bedrooms. Tastefully decorated it has a southerly aspect and spectacular river/bridge/Quayside views.

Communal entrance with lift/stair access | Hallway | Open plan living/dining room | Kitchen | Two bedrooms | En suite | Bathroom/wc Allocated parking | No upward chain

Price Guide: £185,000 Highbridge Gosforth This attractive, two bedroom apartment is positioned on the second floor of this popular development in Gosforth. The property is well presented and has gas central heating and double glazing.

Reception hallway | Living/dining room | Fitted kitchen | Master double bedroom with fitted storage | Second bedroom | Bathroom/wc Neutral décor | Allocated parking

Price Guide: £159,950 St Anns Quay Newcastle Quayside A lovely, one bedroom apartment in this prestigious development with easy access to Newcastle’s bustling Quayside. It is located on the river side of the development with fabulous bridge/quayside views.

Entrance hallway | Open plan living room/kitchen | Double bedroom with fitted storage | Bathroom | Allocated parking | River fronted apartment | No upward chain

Price Guide: £141,500

Russell Court Adderstone Crescent, Jesmond An extremely well appointed two bedroom first floor retirement apartment, on this prestigious road in the heart of Jesmond. It has been fully refurbished to provide contemporary kitchen and shower room/wc.

Communal entrance with lift/stairs to first floor | Reception hallway Living room | Kitchen | Two bedrooms | Shower room/wc Residents/visitor parking | No upward chain

Price Guide: £125,000 95 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4AA | T: 0191 2130033 94 | collection

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mortgagelenders arethesame (in most cases they aren’t even similar!) There still seems to be a general misconception of what a Mortgage Adviser actually does…


ny broker can tell you what the cheapest rate in the market is, but this misses the point. Can this product actually be obtained, meeting affordability, credit score and other aspects of lending widely varying lending policies and is it the best to fit your personal circumstances? Whilst 5 years ago it could be argued that all lenders were the same, recent examples have seen maximum borrowing amounts of between £325,000 and £650,000 for the same clients! Every day there are tales of woe from all areas of the consumer market about people who bought the cheapest products which turned out to have a sting in the tail and cost a lot more in the long run. A professional mortgage adviser provides a service that a borrower cannot obtain direct from a lender and certainly not from a comparison site, neither of which actually advise on products. The key issue is around advice. For those who want to take out the biggest loan they are ever likely to have without obtaining any kind of advice then the internet is a wealth of information. However, the cheapest product does not take into account the myriad of personal requirements and future flexibilities a client may need. First Time Buyers may need a hand to hold throughout the process and should always look to obtain proper advice. For high net worth individuals also, the whole range of highly competitive products, available through Private

Banks, who offer a more flexible approach to underwriting, remain the preserve of the more respected broker and are generally not widely advertised even online. For those who are generally time poor or need to move quickly, the service a broker provides can take the pain and hassle out of the process and ensure that deadlines are met without you breaking sweat. There are two key words here, advice and service. A mortgage is the largest commitment that most people will ever make and to do this without taking full advice and comparing all the options available is a risky game, especially with all the small print and fees that surround mortgage products. Service is also key. Securing the property of your dreams often means moving quickly, with many advisers having personal contacts within the lending organisations, rather than having to go through the

layers of process that walking into a bank branch often entails. This means that any potential issues can often be anticipated and the whole process smoothed. Helping a busy client to complete the mortgage application, prepare all the documentation and liaise with the lender, valuer, estate agent and solicitor to ensure deadlines are hit is a time consuming process and this is all part of the brokers service. There is also the aftercare service, not only looking at how clients can protect their new home, but advising them each time their mortgage product comes up for renewal or their circumstances change mid-term. The days of a broker simply looking down a list of products and pointing at the lowest rate are thankfully long gone. As mortgage criteria toughens, professional mortgage advisers who provide genuine advice and look to add longevity to a relationship based service, seem to be increasingly in demand.

FOR A NO OBLIGATION AND CONFIDENTIAL REVIEW OF YOuR OPTIONS SANDERSON YOuNG PRIVATE FINANCE CAN BE CONTACTED ON 0191 284 3723 OR EMAIL: Innovation Financial Management Limited trading as Sanderson Young Private Finance is an appointed representative of Personal Touch Financial Services Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. We do not normally charge a fee for mortgage advice; however this will be dependent on your circumstances. If a fee is charged our typical fee is £250 YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT kEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTgAgE.

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3 Different Tastes of Italy… Fratelli - Ponteland | Sabatini- Newcastle Quayside | Prima - Newcastle Quayside A FAMILY RuN ITALIAN RESTAuRANT GROuP OWNED BY BROTHER-IN-LAWS FABRIzIO, SABA & PAuL BERNARDELLI

Ristorante Fratelli

Sabatini Ristorante

Prima Ristorante Italian

Bell Villas, Ponteland, Newcastle, NE20 9BE Open Mon-Weds 9am-10pm; Thurs-Sat 9am-10.30pm; Sun 9am-9pm

25 King Street, Newcastle, NE1 3UQ Open Mon-Sat 10.30am-10.30pm

40-46 The Side, Quayside, Newcastle, NE1 3JA Open Mon-Thurs noon-10.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-11.30pm

Tel: 01661 872195 Web: Email:    With its combination of soft sofas, big booths and stylish tables this smart 200-seater restaurant is the perfect place to indulge in a selection of classic and contemporary Italian cuisine, cocktails and even an early morning coffee. Ristorante Fratelli is a stylish, chic and dazzling place to meet friends or to enjoy a family celebration.

Tel: 0191 2614415 Web: Email: For more than 19 years, Sabatini has been a beacon of Italian cuisine from its prime location on Newcastle’s quayside. Having recently undergone an exciting refurbishment, the family-run restaurant continues to provide diners with the very finest in authentic Italian and Sardinian food in contemporary surroundings. If you haven’t already discovered this gem of a restaurant, make plans soon to.

Tel: 0191 2331011 Web: Email: Newcastle’s lively Quayside, with its fashionable bars and busy restaurants is certainly the place to be seen in the city, and Prima is situated slap bang in the middle of it all, under the old high-level bridge. Choose a table in the spacious stone walled dining room or in the atmospheric front room, where pizzas are made before your eyes and you’re guaranteed a meal to remember.

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With an enviable position in this popular village, our Ponteland office is ideally placed to serve not only the prestigious Darras Hall Estate, but also the Tyne Valley and south Northumberland, and we are privileged to handle the sale of some of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most unique properties. With unrivalled service levels and experience, our team has an excellent reputation for quality marketing and an uncanny ability to match buyers with their dream home.


Coates Institute Main Street Ponteland NE20 9NH T: 01661 823 951

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Errington Road Darras Hall, Ponteland

Price Guide: ÂŁ595,000

This wonderfully spacious, four bedroomed, detached family home is situated on an attractive private garden site and is beautifully presented with a lovely feeling of light and space throughout. Having been remodelled 2 years ago it has been finished to a high standard and offers a ready to move into family home.

Entrance porch | Reception hall | Lounge with multi fuel stove | Dining room with door to sun room | Study/5th bedroom | Sun room with double doors to patio Breakfasting kitchen with an extensive range of wall and base units | Utility room | Four bedrooms, three with en suites | Family bathroom | Double garage Extensive gardens | Gas central heating | Sealed unit double glazing | Electric gated access The property lies within the Darras Hall estate, within good commuting distance to Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle International Airport and only a short distance from local amenities in Ponteland including shops and a golf course as well as renowned schools. Viewing is highly recommended.

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This beautiful, centrally located private park with its fabulous pillared entrance provides a magnificent home to 19 newly built 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, as well as 2 bespoke luxury conversions of the former main house into fabulous 3 bedroom properties. This exciting scheme in the heart of Ponteland will be framed by its tall mature trees and its majestic setting, creating beautiful apartments within such a privileged location.

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Woodvale Darras Hall, Ponteland

Price Guide: ÂŁ550,000

This deceptively spacious, detached family house is located at the head of a cul-de-sac on a mature garden site, with gardens to all sides, as well as a driveway providing ample off street parking. This unique property provides a lovely family home.

Entrance hallway | Cloakroom/shower room | Sitting room with patio doors to garden | Dining room | Large kitchen with an extensive range of wall and base units | Breakfast room | Family room/garden room with French door to garden | Utility room | First floor lounge with patio doors to Juliet balcony Four bedrooms | Two en-suite bathrooms | Family bathroom | Double garage | Mature gardens to front and rear This is a lovely spacious family home set in a cul de sac off Linden Way which has easy access to Middle Drive and The Broadway. Local bus services link into Ponteland village centre, with its beautiful churches, public inns and restaurants. The area links easily into Newcastle upon Tyne and the International Airport.

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The Farmhouse East Coldcoates, Ponteland


Price Guide: ÂŁ499,950

A detached brick built Grade II listed family home, circa 1720, in a tremendous location just north of Ponteland. It has lovely south facing gardens, a small paddock, walled garden, and an adjacent brick built barn with planning permission to be connected to the existing house, with a glazed atrium passageway.

Reception hall | Family lounge with traditional fireplace and archway to dining room (planning permission exists to demolish existing dining room to create a double storey with dining room and fourth double bedroom with en suite) | The lounge also connects to a conservatory/garden room Family sitting room with period fireplace and southerly aspect | Kitchen/breakfast room with walk-in pantry | Three double bedrooms | Bathroom A fence and gated entrance to the property creates a large courtyard with parking for many cars and there is a super garden with recreation areas. The house has easy access into Ponteland village with its shops, restaurants and schools, as well as easy transport links into Newcastle. A beautiful country home.

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Hand Forth Lodge Woolsington A fabulous opportunity to acquire a 1960s detached bungalow on a beautiful mature site surrounded by tall trees. The gardens are a fabulous feature of the property with beautiful terraces and sitting areas and there is a large drive and courtyard as well as a triple car detached garage with excellent storage. Hand Forth Lodge is very well situated for its ease of access to Newcastle and the International Airport.

Porch | Reception hall | Dining room | Sitting room with beautiful fireplace and door to terrace | Conservatory with views | Kitchen & breakfast room with built-in appliances | Utility | Cloakroom Master bedroom with dressing room and shower room | Two further double bedrooms | Fourth bedroom, currently a study Family bathroom The house has gas central heating, double glazing and an alarm system. This is a lovely property in a great location and viewing is strongly recommended.

Price Guide: ÂŁ725,000 Houghton School House Heddon-On-The-Wall Houghton School House is a magnificent stone built detached house, set back from the road leading between Heddon-on-the-Wall and Horsley. The property enjoys a lovely setting, with beautiful views at the rear overlooking the adjacent farmland and countryside. The gardens are set out to the front south elevation and to the side west elevation and are a very attractive feature.

Entrance vestibule and hall | Drawing room with marble fireplace Study | Elegant dining room | Fitted kitchen & breakfasting room with appliances | Rear entrance hall with cloakroom/wc | Master bedroom with en-suite shower room | Three further bedrooms, one with en-suite | Family bathroom | Gardens Courtyard Double garage

The house dates back to early 1800s, is Grade II listed and has great style and character. It was purchased by the current owners in 2007 and since that time has been much improved with fabulous interior design.

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Locksley Cottage East Wallhouses Locksley Cottage was constructed from its previous agricultural use into a luxury home in the year 2000. It was acquired by the current owners at that time and has provided a beautiful family home which is deceptively larger than its external appearance. The house has beautiful stonework, double glazed windows in a traditional sash style with Heritage colour paint, contrasting very well with the beautiful stone.

Principal hall | Cloakroom | Study | Kitchen & breakfast room with Aga | Utility room | Dining room with beamed ceiling Drawing room with inglenook | Master bedroom connecting to a bathroom and dressing room | Guest double bedroom with en-suite shower room | Two further double bedrooms | Family bathroom The house has oil central heating and a comprehensive alarm. It is well presented and decorated with neat lawned gardens, a large curving drive, a double garage and a two acre grazing field and paddock.

Price Guide: ÂŁ625,000 Western Way Darras Hall, Ponteland This superbly appointed, extended three bedroom detached property is located on the popular estate of Darras Hall. It has been extensively extended to create three bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, a spacious lounge, and an exquisite kitchen opening up to the dining area. There is also a garden room, utility room and cloakroom/wc.

The property is set within approximately a quarter of an acre of easily manageable gardens with a large paved patio and a driveway providing ample off street parking and giving access to the garage.

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Reception hallway | Lounge with French doors to garden room Exquisite kitchen/ dining room with an extensive range of wall and base units and built-in appliances | Garden room with French doors to patio area | Cloakroom/wc | Three bedrooms all with en- suites | Utility room | Attached garage | Gardens to front, side and rear elevations

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Station Road Heddon on the Wall We are pleased to bring to the market this well proportioned, three bedroom double fronted semi detached bungalow set in the picturesque village of Heddon on the Wall. The village, with its lovely country pubs, petrol filling station and easy access into Newcastle City Centre, A1, A69 and Newcastle International Airport is ideal for commuting.

Entrance hall | Lounge with patio doors leading to the rear garden | Kitchen, fitted with an extensive range of wall and base units | Three bedrooms, the master with a dressing room | Family bathroom with four piece suite | Gardens to front and rear Detached garage

The property has undergone a number of improvements and benefits from gas central heating via a condenser combination boiler, UPVC double glazing and security alarm system.

Price Guide: Offers over £250,000 Eastern Way Darras Hall, Ponteland Located on a prominent, 0.3 acre corner site is this beautiful, extensively renovated detached family home. The gardens are beautifully landscaped and there is a double garage and driveway parking.

Fitted kitchen | Breakfast room | Cloakroom/wc | Sitting room Conservatory | Morning room | Dining room | Four double bedrooms, two en-suite | Luxury family bathroom

Price Guide: £595,000

Old Station Court Darras Hall, Ponteland Attractive two bedroom link detached bungalow, a short walk from Broadway shopping centre. Available for immediate occupation, it would ideally suit a retired couple or single person.

Entrance hall | Cloakroom/wc | Large attractive lounge/dining room Conservatory | Fitted kitchen | Two bedrooms | Bathroom/wc | Garage Attractive gardens | Minimum age limit

Price Guide: £270,000 Coates Institute, Main Street, Ponteland, NE20 9NH | T: 01661 823 951 104 | collection

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Dunsgreen Ponteland A link detached family home with potential to extend, subject to planning consents. Situated in this excellent location it has been realistically priced to take into consideration the updating required.

Entrance porch | Hall | Cloakroom/wc | Lounge/dining room | Fitted kitchen | Three bedrooms | Bathroom/wc | Gardens | Driveway parking Garage | Double glazing | Gas central heating

Price Guide: £250,000 Castle Hill House Wylam An impressive, two bedroom, second floor apartment within communal grounds with security gated access. Wylam offers excellent commuting possibilities to Newcastle, Carlisle and Hexham.

Hallway | Lounge | Breakfasting kitchen | Master bedroom | En-suite Second double bedroom | Bathroom/wc | Allocated parking space Security phone system | Communal lift

Price Guide: £199,950 Church Close Dinnington An attractive two bedroom detached bungalow situated in a cul de sac. Finished to a high standard it has an attached garage, double glazing and gas central heating. Well positioned for access to Newcastle.

Entrance hall | Lounge | Fitted kitchen | Two bedrooms | Beautiful contemporary bathroom | Gardens to front and rear | Garage | Internal inspection recommended

Price Guide: £195,000

A ground floor retirement apartment within walking distance of the Broadway shopping centre. It has electric heating, UPVC double glazing, and warden assisted pull cords in every room.

Entrance hall | Living room | Fitted kitchen with integrated appliances Two bedrooms, master with fitted wardrobes | Bathroom/wc Communal gardens | Residents parking

Price Guide: £145,000 Coates Institute, Main Street, Ponteland, NE20 9NH | T: 01661 823 951 collection | 105

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31-33 Bondgate Within Alnwick Northumberland NE66 1Sx T: 01665 600 170

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The East Pavilion Belford Hall, Belford

Price Guide: £400,000

The East Pavilion is a fine sympathetic conversion apartment to the east wing of imposing Belford Hall. With accommodation over two floors the three/four bedroom home is beautifully appointed with fabulous kitchen and bathroom facilities, blended with traditional features including feature fireplaces and sash windows.

Reception hallway | Imposing drawing room with stunning views over the gardens | Formal dining room | Contemporary fully fitted breakfasting kitchen with integrated appliances | Cloakroom/wc | Stunning master bedroom with en-suite shower room | Second guest double bedroom | Single bedroom | Bedroom four/study | Bathroom/wc Garage | Use of central residents dining hall and lounge The East Pavilion has shared use of Belford Hall’s 5 acres of landscaped and well tended grounds and has a single garage with ample, additional parking space to the gravelled area to the rear of the hall. Belford is a short drive from Northumberland’s magnificent coastline, and has excellent road links via the A1 to Berwick and Edinburgh in the North and to Tyneside in the South. Access to the East Coast Mainline is available at Berwick upon Tweed and Alnmouth.

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ALNWICK OFFICE Freelands Alnmouth Road, Alnwick A handsome, Grade II listed house, circa 1837, occupying a beautiful, mature garden site. The beautiful 5 bedroom period home offers excellent accommodation over two floors in the main house, with a later Victorian extension over three floors. Many period features retained including stunning Georgian twelve pane sash windows with working shutters, decorative ceiling coving and roses and the original cellar.

Vestibule | Reception hallway | Drawing room | Dining room Kitchen/breakfast room | Shower room/wc | Study/home office | Conservatory | Boot room | Laundry | Store | Cellar Five bedrooms, master with en-suite | Family bathroom/wc Separate wc | Two attic rooms with development potential Outhouses | Kitchen garden | Lawned gardens | Large driveway Freelands is a beautiful family home, ideally positioned for easy access into Alnwick town centre, the Castle and Gardens, as well as for the A1 for commuting to Newcastle and the remainder of the region.

Price Guide: £695,000 The Green Gate Alnmouth Road, Alnwick A handsome, stone built, four bedroom semi-detached property in a prime position on Alnmouth Road. The property boasts stunning, south facing grounds of circa 0.6 acres, with sweeping driveway and garage. Built in 1909, this Edwardian family home offers spacious, traditional accommodation, lovingly restored by the current owners to expose stunning flooring, traditional fireplaces and decorative ceiling coving.

Within walking distance of Alnwick town, The Green Gate offers an excellent opportunity for a unique property with further potential for extension and improvement. Rare to the market, viewing is essential.

Price Guide: £485,000 31-33 Bondgate Within, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1SX | T: 01665 600 170 collection | 109

Entrance vestibule | Central reception hallway | Formal sitting room | Family room | Conservatory | Dining room Breakfasting kitchen | cloakroom/wc | Four spacious double bedrooms | Family bathroom/wc | Attached garage Stunning, south facing rear garden | Front driveway

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Park House Harbottle A charming 18th century Northumberland farmhouse, positioned on the outskirts of Harbottle village which is nestled in the beautiful Coquetdale valley. With spectacular views across the Harbottle Hills the property retains much of its period charm and character with modern additions to include leaded double glazing, multi fuel burner fire and oil fired central heating.

Vestibule | Lounge | Formal dining room | Sun room with access to the patio area | Attractive breakfasting kitchen with integrated appliances | Utility | Shower room | Four double bedrooms, two with wash hand basin vanity units and one previously used as an art room/office with a small sink and external access door | Family bathroom

The property’s site extends to approximately half an acre with south facing gardens, a stone outbuilding, a small paddock area with greenhouse, garden sheds and chicken run, garage and parking for up to six cars.

Price Guide: £525,000 The Old Church Rooms Church Street, Longframlington An attractive five bedroom detached family home with accommodation set over three levels within the charming rural village of Longframlington. Newly constructed in natural stone, the property benefits from oil fired central heating to radiators, double glazed sash style windows, ample parking to the front and an enclosed garden to the rear.

Entrance hall | Cloakroom/wc | Generous kitchen/dining room with French doors to the rear garden and double access doors to the lounge | Utility room | Lounge with open fireplace | First floor: master bedroom with en-suite | Two double bedrooms | Family bathroom | Second floor: two good sized bedrooms | Garage

The village of Longframlington is approximately 9 miles south west of the historic market town of Alnwick and is well positioned for commuting via the A697 to Morpeth and Newcastle upon Tyne to the south.

Price Guide: £349,950 31-33 Bondgate Within, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1SX | T: 01665 600 170 110 | collection

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Wellfield Gardens Development Alnmouth This fabulous development is located on the periphery of Alnmouth, within walking distance of the village centre and only two apartments remain. Both set to the first floor, the two bedroom apartments benefit from contemporary fixtures and fittings throughout, a Juliet balcony to the living room and exquisite tiling. There is also a private video screen entrance system, stair/lift access, underground garaging, and residents/visitor parking.

Two bedroom, first floor apartments with lift and stair access Reception hallway | Spacious 20ft living room with Juliet balcony | Dining kitchen with integrated appliances | Two double bedrooms, the master with fitted Hammonds wardrobe and en-suite | Bathroom/wc | Single garage Allocated parking | Communal gardens Constructed to an exceptional standard with integrated kitchen appliances, luxury bathroom suites with ceramic/travertine tiling, en-suite facilities to master bedroom and full floor coverings throughout. Last remaining 4 bedroom townhouse at £395,000, now released.

Price Guide: £250,000 Prospect Place Alnmouth Attractive, well presented, three storey period terraced Grade II Listed property. Ideal as a main residence/holiday home/investment or coastal retreat it benefits from many traditional features.

Hall | Superb fitted kitchen/breakfast room | Cellar | Traditional lounge Four double bedrooms | Bathroom/wc | Shower room/wc | Parking available in private lane

Price Guide: Offers over £350,000

A well proportioned terraced property, minutes walk from Seahouses Harbour and centre with views from the second floor to the coastline. Ideal as a main residence or holiday home/investment.

Car port | Lobby | Utility | First floor: three bedrooms, the master with en-suite | Bathroom/wc | Second floor: spacious lounge/dining room with balcony | Fitted kitchen

Price Guide: Offers over £200,000 31-33 Bondgate Within, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1SX | T: 01665 600 170 collection | 111

Dawson Square Union Street, Seahouses

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The School House Eglingham Village The School House is a charming, Victorian stone built, double fronted home, well positioned in the centre of this attractive and popular village. The property dates back to circa 1869, along with the adjoining former school. The region’s gems are all accessible; within minutes from Chillingham Castle and the summit of Ross Castle, with views of the Northumberland Heritage coastline and The Cheviot Hills.

Reception hallway | Dining/family room | Sitting room Study/ground floor bedroom | Kitchen | Shower room/wc Two double bedrooms | Bathroom/wc | Detached garden room | Attractive and generous lawned gardens | Stone patio and barbeque area

Constructed of stone with slate roofs, the property has been tastefully modernised, with oil fired central heating, timber framed double glazing, ground floor shower room, and detached garden room

Price Guide: £220,000 Well Strand Rothbury A well presented, two bedroom first floor apartment in the heart of the village. It benefits from contemporary fittings including timber frame double glazing, fitted kitchen with appliances and master en-suite.

Living room with views over the River Coquet | Kitchen | Master double bedroom with en-suite | Second bathroom | Shower room/wc | Integral garage | Parking | No upward chain

Price Guide: £169,950

Linsley Cottage Wellfield, Warkworth A charming, three bedroom detached cottage, circa 1912, in a delightful position overlooking the river. Recently refurbished to a superb standard it is ideal as a main residence or second/holiday home.

Lobby | Hallway | Living room | Dining room | Stylish kitchen/breakfast room with Travertine tiling and Range cooker Three bedrooms | Family bathroom/wc with separate shower

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Allerburn Lea Alnwick A spacious, four bedroom detached house, well positioned in the first phase of this popular development. It has an attached double garage, tarmac driveway, and fabulous south facing gardens to the rear.

Hall | Cloakroom/wc | Living room | Conservatory with doors to patio Study/dining room | Breakfasting kitchen | Utility | Four bedrooms, one en-suite | Family bathroom

Price Guide: ÂŁ335,000 Duke Street Alnwick Attractive 3/4 bedroom stone terraced property with well proportioned accommodation recently modernised and extended into the loft. It benefits from new gas central heating, double glazing and rewiring.

Hall | Lounge | Dining room | Fitted kitchen | Bathroom | Two double bedrooms | Study area | Loft providing bedroom and plumbing/wiring for en-suite | Town garden | Courtyard

Price Guide: ÂŁ165,000 Pottergate Alnwick A well presented modern luxury apartment in the heart of Alnwickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservation area, minutes from numerous shops/restaurants. Benefiting from gas heating, hardwood double glazing, entry phone, and parking.

Communal entrance | Lobby | Hall | Spacious open plan living space with dining area and fitted kitchen | Two bedrooms, one en suite Family bathroom | Allocated parking

Price Guide: ÂŁ169,950


Tel: 01665 579224 

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Holly Cottage Eastfield Hall, Warkworth A well appointed, stone built, semi-detached family home within the tranquil grounds of Eastfield Hall, enjoying views of the surrounding open countryside towards Northumberland’s Heritage Coastline.

Lounge/dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Bedroom four/snug Utility | Shower room/wc | Additional ground floor bedroom | First floor: two bedrooms, both en-suite

Price Guide: £350,000 Farthings Old Swarland A charming and substantial, 3/4 bedroom, stone built detached bungalow with stunning south facing gardens and views. Substantially improved to provide contemporary fittings, home office and tasteful décor.

Hallway | Living room | Breakfasting kitchen | Dining room/bedroom Three further bedrooms | Bathroom/wc | Cloakroom/wc | Garage | Home office | Outbuilding/store

Price Guide: £315,000 The Old Bank The Old Bank, North End, Longhoughton A two bedroom, stone built converted barn in the centre of this coastal village, with private courtyard garden and detached garage. It has traditional features, gas central heating and double glazed windows.

Entrance hallway | Cloakroom/wc | Sitting room | Attractive garden room Dining room | Fitted kitchen | Two double bedrooms, both en- suite and one with walk in wardrobe

Price Guide: £245,000

Crawley Dene Powburn A four bedroom mid-link property, sympathetically designed using natural stone and slate. Benefiting from oil heating and double glazing it provides effortless living within this exclusive development.

Hall | Separate wc | Open plan living room | New conservatory/dining area constructed in 2012 | Fitted kitchen | Three double bedrooms Single bedroom | Family bathroom | Garage | Gardens

Price Guide: £195,000 31-33 Bondgate Within, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1SX | T: 01665 600 170 114 | collection

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Your invitation to view two of Bamburgh’s finest homes now ready to move into. Mizen Court is an exclusive enclave of 8 architecturally designed, award winning, stone built homes nestled in the heart of the beautiful coastal town of Bamburgh. These two properties now come completely furnished with exquisite designer furniture from Riviera Maison in every room including the garden.

The Forfarshire Mizen Court, Bamburgh, Northumberland NE69 7BG This spacious and elegant 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom town house oozes style and quality. It benefits from an abundance of natural light, a fully landscaped garden and natural sandstone patio with two private car parking spaces. Ground floor: Entrance hall with oak flooring, bespoke hand-painted kitchen with limestone flooring and Bosch appliances, open-plan family room opening onto landscaped garden and patio, 2 bedrooms, luxury shower room and wc. First floor: Living room with feature full height bay window, double bedroom,Villeroy & Boch family bathroom. Second floor: Master suite featuring full height bay window, en-suite shower room, views of sea and Bamburgh Castle.


including complete designer furniture collection from Riviera Maison

Darling House Mizen Court, Bamburgh, Northumberland NE69 7BG This imposing 3 storey, stone built, detached, family home provides 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and panoramic open views of the Cheviot Hills and the magnificent Northumbrian countryside. It has been exclusively designed for relaxing family living and entertaining with magnificent rear gardens facing south west. Ground floor: Snug and oak staircase to hall, cloakroom and wc, bespoke hand-painted kitchen with limestone flooring and Bosch appliances, open-plan family/dining room opening onto landscaped terrace and garden, Bose multiroom audio visual system. First floor: Living room, 3 double bedrooms, 3 Villeroy & Boch bathrooms – 2 en-suite. Second floor: Master bedroom suite featuring magnificent panoramic views to The Cheviot Hills, luxuriously appointed en-suite bathroom, and additional bedroom.




including complete designer furniture collection from Riviera Maison

Telephone: 01670 516123. To download a brochure visit

PLUS Integral garage, private off street parking for 2 cars, beautiful landscaped garden

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hall green, bank toP, west boldon Fabulous new develoPment beautiFully located in the centre oF west boldon village

beautifully located in the centre of the village of west boldon is this fabulous new development of 10 x three bedroom town houses and 7 x two and three bedroom apartments. î ˘e properties, with private gardens and parking will be traditionally constructed in brick and very accessible to excellent road links. west boldon is a highly desirable village and ideal for commuting into sunderland to the south and tyneside to the west. it is hoped that the properties will be available towards late summer 2013 and early expressions of interest are welcome now through the sole selling agents sanderson young.

For Further details contact 0191 2130033

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The regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new homes are creating landmarks for a new North East, and we work with the best developers to introduce superb developments at every level of the market. Our portfolio of country, coastal and city homes all have one thing in common - quality, value and that all-important location - which means thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been a better time to invest in a new home with Sanderson Young.


The Old Bank 30 High Street gosforth Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1Lx T: 0191 223 3500

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The new homes market continues to enjoy increased confidence and interest…

witht hth ht the Sanderson Young New Homes Division has gone from strength to strength, and even in a market where house builders are under pressure to produce affordable schemes with on-going government restrictions, we are extremely proud to be the agent of choice for some of the Region’s premier developments. We act for developers from initial land acquisition and scheme development, through to marketing high quality developments and handling the sale and completion of each individual unit. Characterised by quality design and construction, at every price range, developments handled by our New Homes Division are situated in superb locations in

sought-after areas of the city, coast and country. From starter homes to executive housing, excellent development opportunities are on-going, which is extremely positive news for the housing sector. Large scale builders and regional, independent developers have some exciting advances in the pipeline which are demonstrating the recognition from planning authorities in the need to assist further growth. Janet Hopkinson, Operations and New Homes Director, is thrilled with the opportunities arising in the North East, adding “I am particularly pleased to have recently received instructions from Cussins, a long established local company, who have now secured a prestigious

site within walking distance of Alnwick Town Centre. This will be the fourth development that we have sold on their behalf and it is a pleasure to work with a builder who prides themselves on delivering a quality product and being committed to customer care.” Strong relationships are key in order for successful schemes being developed and sold with confidence. “We are also in talks with several other homebuilders who we have established connections with who are coming to the forefront with new opportunities.” The developments featured on these pages display the continued growth and popularity of such schemes, which is extremely positive news for all involved.


The Mount


North Gosforth

Coldingham Sands


Barratt Developments’ luxury homes site at Greenside on Kingston Park Road in North Gosforth has achieved great success, with 60% of the development now sold. Only 11 four, five and six bedroom detached homes remain, with attractive garden plots and garaging. A show home is open on this pleasant site which is conveniently located close to the A1 and Newcastle.

A magnificent 19th century house, sympathetically redeveloped to create four luxurious homes perched above Coldingham Sands, ranked first in a Daily Telegraph survey of best places to relocate to. Comprising of 2 four/five bedroom houses and 2 spacious, two bedroom apartments they have been remodelled with great attention to detail and have stunning panoramic views of the bay.

This unique development of stone built barn conversions blends seamlessly with the surrounding countryside, offering panoramic views of Bamburgh Castle and the Cheviot Hills. The finish of this development is of exceptional quality, with contemporary kitchens and bathroom suites. There are only two properties remaining, which are available to view via our Alnwick office.

Prices from £330,000 gosforth office, tel 0191 213 0033

Prices from £249,950 rare! office, tel 0191 223 3500

Prices from £295,000 Alnwick office, tel 01665 600 170

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Peel House

The Limes

Hall Green

Main Street, Ponteland


Bank Top, West Boldon

This prestigious development on the site of Bellway’s former corporate headquarters, centrally located in the heart of this admired village, is now over 50% sold with only 7 luxury apartments remaining. With excellent transport links to Newcastle upon Tyne, as well as Newcastle International Airport, Ponteland offers wide ranging local amenities including popular restaurants and bars.

This new development is nearing launch, with building estimated to commence later this year. 72 properties at Swansfield Park, Alnwick, including family homes and initiative to help those wishing to get on the property ladder will be available at the site, constructed in a heritage style with sympathetic leaning towards traditional Northumbrian design. Off plan sales will be underway by the end of the year.

A fabulous development, beautifully located in the centre of the highly desirable village of West Boldon, and ideally placed for commuting to Sunderland and Tyneside. Comprising of 10 three bedroom town houses and 7 two and three bedroom apartments the traditionally constructed properties will have private gardens and parking. Available towards late summer 2013.

Prices from £165,000 to £525,000 Ponteland office, tel 01661 823 951

Prices on Application Alnwick office, tel 01665 600 170

Prices on Application gosforth office, tel 0191 213 0033

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Neil Gordon explores The Limes, an elegant new development in Alnwick from noted North East house builders Cussins...


orth-east house builders Cussins are about to start work on the first development in the west of the town for decades. When complete, The Limes will offer buyers a choice of 72 two, three, four and five bedroom family homes, all with gardens and luxury specifications normally found in much more expensive properties. Cussins, should need no introduction for discerning house hunters, this family run company has been building quality homes across the North East since 1926. The family have lived in the region for generations and have recently relocated their head office to Alnwick’s main street, the curiously named Bondgate Within. They design each home individually to suit its location, a policy that is particularly relevant in an historic town like Alnwick. The Limes occupies a spectacular position on a hillside overlooking the mediaeval market town, with glimpses of the coast beyond. Designed to make the most of the topography of the site, every property will enjoy spectacular views of Alnwick’s famous castle. This impressive site enclosed by rustic stone walling and stunning mature trees deserved something special. The plans do not disappoint and it is clear how much care and attention has been lavished on every element of this development. The homes will blend seamlessly with Alnwick’s

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historic buildings. Built from a traditional combination of natural stone, heritage brickwork and render, with wooden windows and doors, and a mixture of clay and slate roofing, it is clear that these stylish homes will not be let down by the quality of materials. Centred around a grand sycamore tree and green, you get the feeling that this development with its traditional design and quality materials really will be a fantastic place to live. It will certainly appeal to those buyers who want the charm and character of an older property yet with the convenience, efficiency and practicality that comes with a new home. At the time of writing work was beginning at The Limes, with the properties available to buy from the end of October 2012. Not surprisingly, the development is already attracting considerable interest from house hunters keen to raise families in a town offering an enviable quality of life. The development lies on the edge of open countryside and next to a golf club yet is a short walk from Alnwick’s excellent schools, supermarkets, theatre and town centre. Unlike many towns, Alnwick still boasts many small, independent shops ranging from traditional ironmongers and grocers to specialist tea merchants and deli’s. The mediaeval marketplace is the hub of the town, skirted by cafes this cobbled square is host to weekly markets and is a great place to pick up local farm

produce. It’s also home to numerous events throughout the year including a week long international music festival, a food festival and a book festival. The health of the local economy relies on the fact that Alnwick is a major hub for north Northumberland whilst increasing numbers of tourists are using Alnwick as a base to explore the national park and stunning coastline only five miles away. Visitors also come to see the glorious medieval castle and the famous gardens designed by the Duchess of Northumberland. In regard to transport, rail travellers are served by the East Coast Main Line station at Alnmouth, five miles away, whilst road users have excellent access to the A1, with Newcastle only half an hour’s drive to the south. The Limes will allow a new generation of families to discover the delights of living in Alnwick. Prices for homes at The Limes are expected to start at under £90,000 for a two bedroom property, rising to around £300,000 for a five bedroom detached family home. For more information or to register your interest contact the sole selling agents Sanderson Young’s Alnwick Office on 01665 600170 or visit Cussins’ website

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An elegant development of 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom bespoke family homes set in idyllic surroundings and perfectly positioned within the charming market town of Alnwick

The Limes

Swansfield Park, Alnwick


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Neil Gordon talks to Joe Dixon, MD of Gosforth based JD Joinery & Building Services, about an energy efficient building process...


f you are a fan of television property shows you may have already met Joe Dixon. He is one of the good guys in the BBC series Cowboy Trap in which bona fide builders (like Joe) put right the atrocious mistakes made by the cowboys of the title. “I’ve done two series with the BBC and they’re very particular about who they use as their good guys,” says Joe. “They contacted me through the Federation of Master Builders and I had to supply a lot of background information, references and testimonials.” I am talking to Joe on the top of a windswept fell near Whitfield, deep in the heart of the North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Behind us is the first storey of what will be a superb, stone-built house but what is the link between Joe, the BBC and this new family home? The answer is a quality assurance system called the Passivhaus Standard. “As a company, we’ve always been committed to delivering the very best standards when it comes to build quality and customer services and this includes embracing new technologies and practices,” says Joe. “In short we have adopted the European Passivhaus standard because it helps us build better quality homes and living environments for our customers.”

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Joe adds: “Passivhaus has become the world’s leading energy efficiency standard because it requires the use of materials such as super-insulation, which is about three times better than the insulation required by UK Building Regulations, draft proofing which is about sixteen times better and high performance windows that are about twice as good. These materials, combined with the range of specialist skills needed to install them, keep solar heat in and the cold out, so cutting a building’s energy use.” The Passivhaus standard certainly makes impressive claims about reducing domestic carbon emissions and fuel bills but what are the practical benefits for the householder? Let’s look at the numbers: The home Joe is building at Whitfield is approximately 180m2. The average home owner in the North East could expect to pay around £1,500 per year for heating and hot water but with Passivhaus their fuel bill could be slashed by around 90% to £180 per year. That’s a colossal saving of £1,320 over a twelve month period,

so Passivhaus seems to be an ideal solution for a new home built in an environmentally sensitive area - but can the system be used in other locations? “Yes,” says Joe. “New buildings built to Passivhaus standards are popping up all over the UK and it can even be applied to existing buildings.” Besides being a member of the Federation of Master Builders, Joe is also a member of the Passivhaus Trust, as is his architect Mark Siddall of low energy architectural practice LEAP. Mark is one of the UK’s leading experts in Passivhaus buildings and has trained Joe’s highly skilled workforce. “An added benefit of becoming a member of the Passivhaus Trust is that it allows us to raise our game in every aspect of our skills and expertise,” Joe explains. “So whether it’s a loft conversion, extension or new home we can transfer the exacting standards required by Passivhaus into every job. From compiling accurate, comprehensive quotations to ensuring we turn up when we say we will, everything we do is geared to delivering the best for the customer. After all, we never forget it is their home!” Joe’s company, JD Joinery & Building Services Ltd, undertakes the full range of building projects all over the North of England and their record of previous work is outstanding. From a breathtaking extension of a property in Bamburgh to the innovative energy saving property at Whitfield, Joe and his workforce consistently deliver on their promise to deliver the highest standards.

For more information on how Passivhaus can help new buildings, extensions and loft conversions become more energy efficient, contact Joe at JD Joinery & Building Services Ltd, 0191 285 5568 or go to For more information about the Passivhaus Standard go to

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Fiona Barratt has completely gutted her London home and is busy furnishing her stunning Georgian Manor house in Northumberland. She talks to Liz Hands about how she creates her consummately luxurious interiors.


Interiors Profile


hen empress of fashion Eleanor Lambert said: “Taste is a sharpened eye for the beautiful, the interesting and the unusual – coupled with the talent to apply all of these to one’s life,” she could easily have been talking about Fiona Barratt. For renowned interior designer Fiona clearly does have a beautiful life. She splits her time between her stunning Georgian townhouse in London and her sprawling Manor house in Northumberland, all the time juggling spending time with family – she is married to recently-retired footballer Sol Campbell and is mum to 15-month-old Isabella – with keeping an international clientele happy.

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But while Fiona admits having all of that on her plate can be “physically and mentally draining,” she says it is simply a matter of being “supremely organised”. Organised she may be but clearly talent and hard work play a big part too. The Barratt surname has become synonymous with Barratt Homes, founded by Fiona’s grandfather Sir Laurie Barratt, and with Peter Barratt’s garden centres, run by her mum and dad Angela and Peter. Now, with business acumen clearly running in the family, the Barratt moniker is becoming just as well known for interiors. A former Newcastle Central High pupil, Fiona studied at Chelsea’s College of Art and Parsons School of Design in New York before spending three years working for Kelly Hoppen. She launched her own company in 2006.

Fiona counts Richard Branson among her clients, having designed his ski lodge in Verbier. She has just finished a new-build beach house in Majorca and is currently working on a 400-year-old watermill in Surrey. But her own homes are her labours of love. Fiona gutted her six-storey Grade II-listed Chelsea townhouse and has created a home that exudes the kind of style which has become her trademark – luxurious yet warm “When we bought the house it hadn’t been touched

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for the best part of 40 years so it needed to be completely gutted,” she explains. The results are simply stunning. Digging out the basement under the garden and removing one floor has created a magnificent kitchen and a banquette seating area complete with a three-tier chandelier. On the first floor is a formal sitting room with a wide corridor area, which Fiona and Sol have made into a library. A lift takes you up to the top three floors where there are four bedrooms, all with their own en suites. But it is when you reach the very top floor, with its wall of windows that you get to Fiona’s favourite part of the house. “You can open up all the windows and sit outside, where we’ve got a fire. There are views over

the river and Battersea on one side and the gardens of Chelsea on the other side. It’s amazing to have so much peace in London.” And it is that get-away-from-it-all feeling Fiona adores when she comes to Northumberland. “By the end of the week, I feel I really need it,” she says. Creating such a haven at Hallington Hall, Corbridge, for her hopefully growing family – Fiona makes no secret of the fact she wants more children – has, however, taken time, hard work and vision. “We’ve had to strip everything right back,” she says. “As we were doing it, we were finding more things wrong. The front façade was simply falling away because there had been a fire at some point, so the front wall

was gradually edging away from the rest of the house.” While some may have been fazed by such a daunting project, Fiona now just needs to add the finishing touches. “It’s about 50% furnished so far because it’s a work in progress, we like to find things on our travels.” The contrast between Fiona’s city and country lives is marked by different styles of decorating. “Our London home is very calming and cool with a lot of greys. But in the country, our morning room has a lot of dark browns. It’s cosy and warm. We’ve got seagrass wallpaper, beautiful chunky wool carpet and lots of antiques.” It is in this relaxed atmosphere Fiona feels most creative and Northumberland is where she is doing most of the designs for a new range of “very textural” furniture she plans to launch within the next 12 to 18 months. With yet another project on the go, and a move in the pipeline in London to a new apartment, it is probably just as well former England defender Sol, who has just retired after two decades in the game, is giving her a hand. “He’s always loved architecture and is now getting involved to help make business decisions about how we expand. My Mum and Dad worked together for 30 years so I grew up with parents who worked together and now it’s nice Sol and I get to do the same thing.”





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granddesigns Stuck for inspiration when it comes to decorating your own home?

Well, this quartet could just hold the answer. Four of the region’s top interior designers open the doors on their latest projects to give Liz Hands a peek at their style


gewate Based in Gateshead, Brid n Crichton-Jones, headed up by MD Darre d-made kitchens, specialises in creating han ng furniture. ndi bathrooms and free-sta ng touches to a trio shi fini the The firm has put ating hi-end looks for the of its latest projects, cre home. the of most-used rooms was commissioned to r ate gew Brid , rth In Gosfo and boot room. Its hen create a bespoke kitc h grey has been paired wit Suffolk kitchen in dove to open d nte wa lly rea e “W s. brushed steel handle s Darren so we’ve carried out the whole area, say flooring throughout one features like the limest to en the colours through the space and we’ve tak the conservatory.” lt e the chimney breast bui Stand out pieces includ for ting sea h wit nd isla e around the Aga, the larg the tall cabinetry around the clients’ children and freezer. the American-style fridge gewater again used its Brid m, In Wall, near Hexha l given it a much softer fee Suffolk kitchen but has ngs, ndi rou sur ion ers onv to tie in with its barn-c nite worktops. And in using oak handles and gra been working on a has r Burnopfield, Bridgewate e used the Chichester new-build, where they hav finish. “It’s much vel kitchen to give a high-le “so rather than a n, rre Da s say ” more detailed, ” uld mo ings on the doors. Shaker-style, you’ve got ng usi s, the bathroom Here, they’ve also fitted her than tiles. “We rat lls wa the on ng panelli finish and detail than ter bet a wanted to achieve lds,” says Darren. And you usually get in new bui paid off as that has rk clearly, their hard wo r. offe er und ady alre property is ter r-in ate gew rid w.b ww

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RuTH BOND Design and fashion graduate Ruth Bond recently scooped two major national accolades, Kitchen Design of the Year (over 25K) and Bathroom Design of the Year (under 15K), the first time in the history of the Design Awards that both prizes went to the same person. “The bathroom project was a refurbishment in an old Victorian house for a couple used to staying in niche hotels and who enjoy spa breaks,” explains Ruth. “They wanted to lighten up the dark, small space and achieve a luxurious, welcoming environment with a relaxing spa feeling. I think I was subconsciously inspired by a sparkling white rock called the Scala di Turche on holiday in Sicily. The starting point however was a mosaic tile sample of white stone circles-within-circles that I discovered on a research trip to a porcelain factory  in Spain. Textural interest and natural materials are combined with metallic elements to create this subtle yet extraordinary bathroom.” In her kitchen design, Ruth says she was aiming to achieve a family area with “plenty of light and space”. She was inspired by current “less is more” trends, adding: “It is as far removed from a standard fitted kitchen as possible while still practical.”

JENNIFERBERNARD After graduating from Edi nburgh College of Art, Jennifer went to work for an architectural practice and a wallcoverings com pany before launching Bernhart Interiors 4 yea rs ago, an unprecedente d success with turnover set to hit £1m this year. Currently working on a full redesign in Jesmond ’s Adderstone Crescent Jen nifer has overhauled everything from coasta l to city centre houses as well as turning a care home into somewhere we’d all like to live. At Castle Garth in Northumberland, Jennifer’s brief was to cre ate the interior for a high-end rental home tha t was “for all seasons”. She says: “We didn’t wa nt to create a typical hol iday home interior with deckch air stripes and shells so we opted for a colour and texture palette reflective of the beautiful, rugged landscapes of Northumberland. She has also designed for The Manor House in Gosfort h, a residential home wh ere Jennifer says “we wante d to provide an interior more akin to a boutique hotel than a care establishment” In London ’s Kensington, Jennifer redesigned a luxury apa rtment. “It was our aim to maximise and counterac t the spatial limitations by creating a light and airy interior,” she says. “We use d a neutral colour palette in tandem with reflective surfaces and carefully-con sidered lighting.”

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GEORGEBOND Jesmond-based George Bond, who counts a host of superstars among his clientele, became a  household name after appearing on ITV’s Better Homes as its resident designer. He and his team have just completed a stunning revamp in Cleadon for someone he would only say “is in football, but not a footballer”. “My brief was to make the house habitable and glamorous,” he says. “It was very dated and Edwardian, so some of it was quite ugly. I asked if they would mind if I started again and that’s what I did, knocking walls out, putting in a new staircase and making rooms bigger.” Because his client loved American Cherrywood, that was used for doors and floors and a handmade kitchen in three shades of walnut is a key focal point. The dining room is traditional with a warm red colour scheme and, upstairs, three rooms were knocked into one to form one large bedroom and dressing room. “We’ve become close friends and, when I go for dinner and stand in the entrance hall, I think: ‘Did I really do this?’ It still takes my breath away.”

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ritain truly has been “Great” this summer, and Jubilee and Olympic fever set the scene for a focus on culture and legacy. This theme has carried through to interior design and products that tell a story. There are some really great small companies who are differentiating themselves from the ‘norm’ by experimenting with culture, and Samantha Gillin is an advocate of this ideal; as a young, individual and truly unique entrepreneur who has found a definite niche in the Northern market. After studying Interior Design at University, Samantha set up a quirky interiors shop in Whitley Bay, along with a design consultancy. Sam has graciously offered her advice with a trend forecast for Autumn/Winter, to help us amateurs pour new life into our homes. “It’s time to scrap the uniform and strict colour scheme; mix it up with contrasting colours in similar tones that bounce off each other beautifully. Eclectic patterns and fabrics work well so don’t be afraid to

TYPOG O RA OG R PHY H HY Typography is also coming out on top this season. Whatever your style, typography is a great way of personalising your home. There are so many products available at the moment such as letter cushions, decorative wall lettering and personalised frames. What is Sam’s pick of the bunch? “My favourite personalised frames have to be the custom made ones I stock by Vintage Playing Cards. They are made from original playing cards and make a quirky ‘modern antique’!”

contrast subtly. Strong geometric patterns mixed with bold floral British prints create lots of character and interest,” says Sam. “If contrasting prints isn’t for you another way of adding interest are contrasting textures, try contrasting heavily woven knits with silk, or pair a tartan with crushed velvet.” “Easier said than done” I hear you all say! So let’s break it down into simple terms, with Sam’s three key trends to brighten up those cold winter nights.

GEOMETRICS “Geometric patterns and prints, influenced from Mexican, South American and Scandinavian design, are at the forefront of designers’ schemes this season. The great thing about this trend is its adaptability.” So how can a mere mortal achieve this stylish look? “The geometric pattern has such presence it can be combined with most other prints without appearing lost. Prints I feel work best with geometrics have to be floral, brightly coloured damasks and animal print.” So what are Sam’s top tips for a stress-free design overhaul? “The geometric look can be as bold or as subtle as you like, so why not brighten a neutral room with a full-on feature wall of a patterned paper, or add one or two accents some throw cushions or a single statement chair. Bright patterns can really shine when used in small quantities and can be a great addition to most design aesthetics. I have a fabulous pink geometric chair in stock at One Six Three for only £175.”

BESTO T FBRITISH TO After the Jubilee and the Olympics it seems our patriotism is sky high, causing a demand in all things British. “Traditional British Interior Design can be embraced in many different and refreshing ways. I’m not talking about Union Jacks and Keep Calm posters. I’m talking about Heritage and how we can adapt these traditional looks to our own homes, both old and new.” So what are Sam’s key themes on this trend? “I’d choose a mixture of patterned floral fabrics to upholster traditional furniture. Paisley wallpaper helps to create a cosy feel, and Mulberry Home’s Ivory Paisley paper has to be my favourite. To keep the mood fun, go for quirky accessories such as the Horny Beast decorative deer antlers I have in stock. This fabulous company use brightly coloured mounts which fit beautifully in both modern and traditional settings. And finally, what better way to embrace English design than a chunky Chesterfield.”

If even these hassle-free tips seem overfacing, then Sam can take the stress off your hands. Her interior design service can range from advice on a few accessories to a full home makeover. After all, your home is your most important and expensive possession, so why not make it extra special? With Christmas nearing, turn your property into more than just bricks and mortar. For further information please contact Samantha gillin: Mobile: 07772351585 | Shop: 0191 4473136 Email: | OneSixThree Interiors, 161 Park View, Whitley Bay, NE26 3RF

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Range Rover/Evo





he Range Rover has always been a firm favourite for not only the Royal family, but also sportsmen and leading business people and even our very own local leading estate agent! Launched back in 1970 the car was never actually designed to be a luxury vehicle. The original car had vinyl seats along with a plastic dash that was designed to be hosed down by owners. Hardly oozed class! Considering the Range Rover has been with us for 32 years, this current car is the 4th Generation and it looks quite long and athletic, or a much more butch

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Evoque. The new sleeker shape not only looks sporty but it weighs a substantial 420kg less than the outgoing model. The car is the first SUV to have an all aluminium structure. The Range Rover has been given revised aluminium suspension, which will help the car to drive much flatter, and it will also give customers much more confidence in corners. Land Rover has introduced a next generation Terrain Response System, which monitors the road constantly and it selects the appropriate settings. The interior promises to be even plusher with digital dials, massage seats and electric split tailgate. The

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excellent dual view screen has been carried over from the outgoing model and this allows passengers to watch a DVD while the driver concentrates on the satellite navigation map and instructions. In order to make the dash look less cluttered, there has been a 50% reduction in switchgear. The gear lever has been replaced with a rotary dial box first seen in the Jaguar XF. Passengers sitting in the rear will find the rear leg room greatly improved. The wheelbase has been extended by 40mm and rear passengers now have an extra 4.7” legroom. Emerging markets like China and Russia will be able to order a long wheelbase model, this will increase the wheelbase by an extra 150mm. As the Range Rover is going to be facing stiff competition from Bentley, Aston Martin, Maserati and Lamborghini there is going to be more emphasis on making the car much more luxurious. A two-seat rear passenger cabin will give passengers much more room to stretch out and enjoy the ultimate in luxury. Top-of-the range models should cost around £150k, but they will feature a teak lined boot, twin electric rear seats and his and hers rear iPads. Anyone looking to buy the King of the Road or Off Road should look no further and dash down to your local Land Rover dealership.


he most eagerly anticipated car launch last year was the Evoque and Land Rover had taken deposits for a massive 18,000 before the car was even launched. The car has gone on to become a sales phenomenon as waiting lists grew quickly and people were paying over list price to have the must have car this year. Land Rover and their suppliers running out of parts didn’t help as waiting lists became even longer. This car is the smallest Range Rover ever and it has the BMW X1 and Audi A3 firmly in its sights. Victoria Beckham designed the car’s interior. She has gone on to design a bespoke, more macho model that would be driven by David which is available for an eye watering £80k. Range Rover has however really aimed this car at women. They predict 90% of buyers will be new to the brand and they will also be much younger than traditional owners. The car turns heads wherever you go with the rally look wheel arches and glittering front lamps. The squat design is like no other Suv on sale at the moment. When you step inside the car, you are greeted with an array of glistening switches and dials. The rotary dial

gearbox is carried over from more expensive models, as is the great split view screen. The car is available in either a three or five-door model; the original concept was based on the three-door model. The five-door model has an extra 1.2” of extra headroom and accessing the rear of the three-door model is quite hard. Rear passengers will find it quite claustrophobic. Boot space is ideal for the supermarket run and there is enough room for two medium sized suitcases. To save weight, the designers have used Aluminium in the bonnet, roof and in the suspension components. The car weighs 1.64 tonnes and it is the lightest Range Rovers on sale. The car was launched with either a 2.0lt petrol engine or a 2.2lt diesel engine. Although the petrol engine is not as agricultural as the diesel, it will not be the best choice for resale. In a move that has shocked most die-hard Land Rover fans a two-wheel-drive Evoque was introduced and another market segment has opened for Land Rover. Although this car is based on the Freelander chassis it looks a million dollars and a year on this car is still turning heads. Bob Arora owns Sachins Restaurant, Forth Street, Newcastle, and is available for independent car tests, tel 0191 232 4660 or email

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Eric Idle’s lyrical appeal from the 2012 Olympics has already been taken up on Tyneside. Brian Nicholls explains…


RIC Idle’s Olympic song and dance was a wow because Always Look on the Bright Side is an ideal antidote for “recession”. Newcastle and its coastal neighbours already have their bright sides. The city’s getting a £92m triple fillip from government to speed the presently slow-growing Science Central quarter (within a Newcastle United cheer of St James’s Park); a once jaded area behind Central Station (romantically now called “Stephenson Quarter”); and urgent transformation of neglected East Pilgrim Street. Newcastle, one of Britain’s six Science Cities, is applying science and technology to progress energy

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conservation and quality of life for ageing folk. Science Central promises the city centre’s biggest commercial development in a decade, with people there day and night, where Newcastle Brewery once stood. It’ll rise in phases over 20 years - new streets with offices and shops forming science infrastructure. Homes too, many for students. A hub for science start-ups will feature – vital this, since earlier ambitions to attract multinationals look premature. And Newcastle University's Institute for Research into Sustainability will be progressing transport and marine sciences there commercially. Newcastle Science Company chaired by Paul Walker – who gave Newcastle global status in software when heading Sage plc - already works on three objectives: Ensuring the words “Newcastle” and “excellence”

always go together on matters of ageing and health, stem cell and regenerative medicine, and sustainability, maximising science-based businesses and inward investment, and drawing locals, especially young people, into scientific achievements. Good news: bright young entrepreneurs are already being encouraged there. The start also on a £200m Stephenson Quarter marks Newcastle’s first mixed-use development for three years: 300,000sq ft of offices, apartments and two hotels, reviving 10 acres beside elegant offices and railway-arch shops already introduced. And Stephenson? Think George and Robert who, from 1823, ran the world’s first locomotive factory here now an events venue. Elsewhere... “High spec with soul” – alongside that description the name Toffee Factory sounds an oxymoron. Yet the factory, rebuilt from near-total detritus to a clean, colourful brick and glass exterior, emblematic of Ouseburn Valley’s new-era business, provides now 24 excitingly furnished and serviced

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Science Central

Crowne Plaza, Stephenson Quarter

offices suited to creative media - with waterside views, rooftop terrace and courtyard, apple and fig trees, low carbon biomass heating, performance spaces too. You can sail through work there, using mooring posts to arrive and depart by boat. An iconic chimney tower survives – now sootless. Duncan McEwan, of Hedley McEwan group officed there, speaks for many: “We love working in a regenerated building with so much history springing back to life.” Ouseburn: home now also to the UK’s first book museum for children. Home to artists and creative jewellers. An urban village where 300 small firms and 2,000 lucky blighters work alongside a farm, stables, galleries, a cinema, studios, music venues and good pubs. Unrecognisable from the Ouseburn once a grimy, noisy waterfront cradle of Newcastle’s industrial revolution. Even toffee making must have been sheer relief from the iron, lead and chemical works then. That sad old seaside lady Whitley Bay and her neighbour Tynemouth are recovering from their decades-long desertion by holidaymakers who

discovered the Mediterranean. Whitley’s famous Spanish Dome, a Grade II Listed building, is being restored and redeployed in a £60m seaside resuscitation. So rich is this building in funfair and ballroom memories, epitomised by Dire Straits’ anthem Tunnel of Love, that thousands queued recently to visit an exhibition there of photographic nostalgia - from the 1912 opening to 1990s closure. Tynemouth Station, 130 years old and also threatened with demolition in 1986, is also a lively beauty again, not just a Metro stop, thanks to 30 years’ campaigning by local resident Ylana First and other Friends. Its glazed canopies, spandrel brackets and other ornamental wrought and cast iron, and wide, gently curving platforms have never looked lovelier. One of the nation’s top 5% of buildings architecturally (Grade II* listed rating), it’s now a station cum visitor attraction with markets, book fairs, art shows and other events. Nearby, Tynemouth’s derelict lido may also be revived. Opened in 1925, it attracted besides swimmers thousands of spectators for its Miss Tynemouth and bonny baby contests, again until the mid-‘90s. North Tyneside Council’s getting public stick about some alternative uses proposed for the Dome and the lido. Surely the Dome would make an ideal audio-visual visitor centre, recounting not only its ballroom and funfair era but also the entire North Tyne seaboard’s near-3,000 years of rich history and culture. Penrith has its Rheged, Largs in Ayrshire its Vikingar! experience – attractions both, whatever the weather. And 7,000 petitioners want Tynemouth’s lido an outdoor pool once more – “safer than the sea for children”. One local journalist remembers being agog in the 1960s when Tynemouth’s entertainments officer then, Tony Reay, championed the pool because Tynemouth got more sunshine than any other seaside resort in the country, and he had figures proving it! Now if only they could bring that sunshine back as well...

Toffee Factory by Garrod Kirkwood

Tynemouth Station

Ylanacallstheshots It was at a philosophical meeting in the Lake District, of all places, that Ylana First initially learned by chance her local Tynemouth station might disappear. It was destined for Beamish Museum - to be a mere rebuilt exhibit, replaced by a modern Metro halt. The idea appalled. This was late 1970s. Ylana, now 79, launched a campaign using all means possible to have it restored and retained. A photo exhibition of its past glory alerted townspeople to impending loss. A flea market at the station won 5,000 more defenders. With 150 Friends of the station Ylana ran book fairs, art displays and other entertainments to raise money meriting match funding. By 1981 she had political backing locally. Support came also from her Euro MP, The Guardian and Today on the radio. Community Service Volunteers came aboard, English Heritage too. She wrote a paper, made a CD. In 2007 she received an MBE. But only in 2009 did sufficient public funding guarantee victory. A development company took it up. Ylana finally triumphed. "Never lose hope in something like this," she advises. "Democratic process works slowly sometimes. But I'm very pleased at what has been achieved."

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There’s an art, and a bit of science, to choosing the perfect wine. Three of the region’s leading wine merchants talk to Liz Hands about the



chemistry between what’s on your plate and in your glass.


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Dennhofer was established in 1972 in Newcastle’s Bath Lane, before its premises were knocked down to make way for the St James’ Boulevard revamp. So, already living in Stocksfield, Heinz decided to move lock, stock and bottle to the village in 2000, where he now stocks around 400 wines. He too prefers to get samples to “taste in our own surroundings instead of being abroad where everything tastes better.” “We don’t want to buy something and get it home only to find it doesn’t suit the Northumbrian weather.” Heinz mainly supplies local restaurants, working with them to compliment their food menus. “But we’re happy for people to come in and ask for advice,” he says. “We’ll always make a suggestion. It’s lovely to go for spicy food when the weather turns

wintry, but people find it difficult to pair Asian food, Chinese or Indian, because of that spiciness. With Chinese, a Gewürztraminer always goes very well or a Torrontes, which is a nice white, or the Grüner Veltliner, which is an Austrian grape variety. “A lot of people want something warmer to drink rather than a dry white at the moment but Viognier is still a really pleasant autumn drink or a Malbec, particularly from Argentina, as it’s a nice heavy wine. “For us, there are always a few samples to try in the early evenings, it’s not a bad job at all.” Dennhofer Wines, The Rookery, Newton, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7UN T: 01661 844 622

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Richard Granger Wines While Alastair Stewart, who heads up Richard Granger wine merchants in Jesmond admits he fell into the business following a stint “flying jets in the air force,” he now has more than three decades’ of wine knowledge. And, while you may think the life of a wine merchant is all about flying to exotic locations for tasting trips, that could not be further from the truth. “We taste everything here in Newcastle because if it tastes good on a day like today,” says Alastair while a steady drizzle falls from grey Newcastle skies, “it’s going to be good. People go on holiday and think a wine’s the best thing since sliced bread, then get it home and think it’s awful. But it’s not the wine’s fault, they’ve been seduced by the sunshine.” But while Alastair is clearly qualified to offer advice, he says he only offers suggestions because “wine is very subjective. You should start with what you like.” Rather self-depreciatingly, given Alastair’s palate is obviously more sophisticated than most, he says: “It’s not rocket science. I’m a keen amateur cook and, without sounding too much like Heston Blumenthal, you have to understand the chemistry between the food and the wine, understand how


those elements react in your mouth. So, if you’ve got a crisp, clean, dry Sauvignon Blanc and you try to match that style with halibut cooked with a cream sauce, put the two together and it will curdle in your mouth and be most unpleasant. If you stick with the sauce, that means going for a fatter wine. You also have to think about texture. If you’re having butternut squash soup, with a very velvety flavour, a lot of white wines would work but not be textured enough. You need to go for grape varieties like Pinot Gris or Viognier which have lovely aromatics and a slightly oily quality. “I have stylistic favourites. I’m a bit of a traditionalist so if I could only choose a couple of wines, it would be white Burgundy and red Burgundy, a Chardonnay, which is a bit of a dirty word at the moment, and a Pinot Noir.” Richard granger Wines, West Jesmond Station, Lyndhurst Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 3HH T: 0191 2815000 E:

Carruthers and kent

Food matching is a passion for the two women behind Carruthers and Kent – Claire Carruthers and Mo O’Toole – who deal with everything from customers popping in to their Gosforth shop to ask what would go with their Thai curry, steak or spaghetti vongole to clients who want a wine selection for a party. “One of the Friday night off the cuff’s was a guy who came in and asked what he could put together with a Japanese banquet,” says Mo, adding: “Gewürztraminer is a good bet.” Devoted to stocking boutique winemakers, Carruthers and Kent regularly hosts food and wine events. On St George’s Day, they paired up with The Feathers Inn, serving delights including wild rabbit pie teamed with Cantina Mesa Buio Carignano del Sulcis. A meze night with food blogger Anna Hedworth has led to Mo and Claire discovering a new favourite – the Chateau Ka Source Blanche 2011 from Lebanon. “It’s a polished blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Viogner, Chardonnay and Muscat,” says Mo, “with hints of exotic fruit and honey.” As the weather turns colder and we long for more comforting food, Mo and Claire are brimming with suggestions. Campbells Bobbie Burns Durif 2009 from Australia will be the perfect pairing with game and lamb with its aniseed flavours and woodiness. For beef stews and red pasta dishes, Mo describes the Piano del Cerro as “the best we’ve tasted in southern Italian

wines”. Another one for meaty dishes, or hard English cheeses, is the Domaine Cap Martin Vieilles Vignes 2009, which Mo says is a “big, big wine”. But if you’re ever stuck about what goes with what, you can always just drop in to ask what to have with your Friday night dinner. Carruthers and kent, 3A Elmfield Road, gosforth Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4AY T: 0191 213 1818 E:

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trriibutteetree Duncan Young unveils a very special artwork at St Oswald’s Hospice…


s most of us know, St Oswald’s Hospice has been providing specialist care for North East adults and children for over 25 years. What we may not know is that an astonishing 70% of the £9.5 million per year needed to fund the Hospice’s work comes from voluntary donations and an increasingly popular way to help raise this money is to start a Tribute Fund. These funds are not separate charities, they are ways for an individual or group to work with St Oswald’s to raise money and commemorate a loved one. Most Tribute Funds are named after a particular person and established for a set period of time or to raise a specific amount. “Tribute Funds are a vital part of our work in more ways than one,” explains Director of Fundraising Anita Ball. “Apart from the money they generate, these funds are an invaluable way of helping people come to terms with the loss of someone close as it allows their fund raising to become very personal to themselves, their family and their friends.” For some time the Fundraising Team at St Oswald’s had been looking for a way to acknowledge the importance of such funds and it was a visit to Scotland that gave Anita and her colleagues the idea for the Tribute Tree. “Glasgow’s Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice has a sculpture of a tree in their lobby and those who have started a fund can, if they wish, add a leaf to this tree,” says Anita, “When their fund has achieved its purpose, the donor is presented with their leaf as a memento. It


was such a positive way of marking the achievements of hardworking fundraisers we thought St Oswald’s could benefit from a similar tree.” The idea was raised at an appeal committee meeting and Duncan Young, of Gosforth based estate agents and property consultants Sanderson Young, was keen to support the idea. After much searching, local artist Andy McDermott, of Ouseburn’s Test House 5 artists’ group, was chosen to create the St Oswald’s Tree. “We looked at a lot of designs and a lot of artists,” says Anita, “But Andy’s vision was the one that most closely matched ours.” Andy’s tree is certainly extraordinary. Four steel rods support a lattice of branches to which a maximum of sixty detachable leaves can be fixed. Like a real tree, it sways gently in the breeze and casts a very natural shadow. If you look closely, you can also see that the artist has used the spaces between the branches to form the pattern of a flower. The commemorative leaves will be made of copper and will gradually turn green as they become coated with a natural patina of verdigris. Each leaf will be engraved with the name of the fund to be acknowledged but you can’t ‘buy’ a leaf by itself. The only way to add a leaf to this tree is through establishing a Tribute Fund. “It really is a beautiful piece of art,” says Anita. “It can be seen from the inpatient unit and the chapel and we hope those who work so hard on behalf of the Hospice will agree it is a wonderful addition to our lovely Cloister Garden.”

involved Tribute funds are for those who want to remember their loved one by making a commitment to raise money in their memory. Setting up a Tribute Fund is a very personal decision and you may want to take time to consider it. A member of St Oswald’s experienced fundraising team can talk to you about whether a fund is right for you. For more information about Tribute Funds and the Tribute Tree, contact Carole Jacobs at

0191246 9123 or via the St. Oswald’s website:

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