Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gate Lodge, Great Home

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gate Lodge, Great Home

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Dave Ripley has swapped the hustle and bustle of Newcastle's Quayside for the fresh air of Northumberland.

The founder and managing director of CSD Sealing Systems, Dave has purchased the Victorian Gate Lodge at Hartford Hall, near Morpeth. He already intends to cycle five miles to work each day when the weather improves.

Dave, 31, had seen the project progressing at Hartford Hall and was impressed by the concept and scale of the enterprise, as well as the quality of the overall design.

He said: "The Lodge is wonderful with lots of space internally, but I confess I will have to hone my gardening skills."

For the owners of Hartford Hall, Ho Sanderson and Edward Aitchison, the restoration of the Gate Lodge was an ambitious plan. However, the location of the building itself was much enhanced by its proximity to the original, impressive, wrought-iron entrance gates to the hall.

While this spectacular feature will be restored, the gates will not provide the main access to Hartford Hall. …

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