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- Stunning family home plus annex
- Much improved and extended by the current owners
- Extremely high specification throughout
- Approximately 12.5 acres land
- 6 stables and assorted outbuildings
- Tennis court
- Cinema room
- 3 Recently constructed holiday cottages
- Gated entrance
- Rural location, beautiful views.
Forest Lodge is situated in the pretty and sparsely populated hamlet of Knitsley in a sheltered setting with a phenomenal outlook to the south and east across gardens and paddock land, approx. 12.5 acres. Overwhelmingly transformed by the existing owners and briefly comprising, 5 beds, 4 baths, annex, tennis court, 6 stables, 3 beautiful holiday cottages and much more, quite simply one of the finest homes in County Durham.
The property has extensive and free flowing formal and informal internal accommodation and there is an excellent bathroom to bedroom ratio on the first floor. The approach to Forest Lodge from the country lane is through handsome gate piers, and electric gates into a sweeping gravel driveway with ample space for parking. The front door is beneath a pillared portico giving entrance to the formal reception and staircase hall. The principal reception rooms are located off this central hall. A tasteful Karndean floor has been laid in the reception hall. The drawing room is a large and comfortable room with a solid roof conservatory reaching out on the eastern elevation, giving access into the garden and terrace. The view from the dining room overlooks the eastern facing patio. The magnificent living kitchen forms the heart of this country house. There is a cleverly arranged combination of rooms which cater for modern day living and entertaining including the sitting room, cinema room, home office, and utility/dog's room. The beautiful bespoke kitchen designed and hand hand made by "The Traditional Furniture Company in Sheffield" comprises a range of wall and base units with various integrated appliances including two hide and slide self cleaning ovens, steam oven, a microwave, and complete with silestone work surfaces. There are steps up into a family dining area and a door to the terrace. The utility/larder room is fitted with similar units with polished granite work surfaces. The utility/dog's room which has the benefit of a built-in dog shower, an inspired piece of design to suit country living animal lovers. The first floor accommodation is arranged off a superb galleried landing. There are five double bedrooms and four bathrooms, three of which are en suite facilities. The master bedroom is an appealing room with a Juliet balcony overlooking the gardens, grounds and paddocks to the south, it has a dressing room and en suite shower room. There are two luxuriously appointed en suite facilities in the guest rooms and the house bathroom has floor to ceiling travertine tiles and first class bathroom fittings including a large bath and walk-in wet room area.
Gardens & Grounds
The grounds and land which complement Forest Lodge are an important attribute to this property. The enclosed nature of the property will suit those looking to withdraw from the hustle and bustle of daily life together with the convenience of the location. The gardens have been carefully designed to require little maintenance yet offer a most attractive setting. There is an appealing combination of landscaped gardens in the area immediately surrounding the house along with a tennis court. Further from the house are less formal grounds and a kitchen garden, beyond which are the post and rail fenced grass paddocks. The view of the forestry in the middle distance and arable land on the horizon is quite special in summer and of course with the changing colours through the autumn and winter.
Outbuildings and Equine Facilities
There is an excellent range of timber stables set in a courtyard around a concrete yard with central drain. These stables comprise six loose boxes and useful ancillary storage space which could be turned into further stables. There is an outdoor school or menage close to the stables. The property comprises about 12.5 acres.
The stable block and the holiday cottages have the benefit of a separate access from the country lane.
Viewings strictly by appointment with ELITE ESTATES ***7 DAYS A WEEK*** CONTACT 0845 6044485 / 07495 790740
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