Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

There Are Still Plenty of Chances to Make a New Life in the Country

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

There Are Still Plenty of Chances to Make a New Life in the Country

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Despite stricter planning guidelines leading to less building on greenfield land, there are still plenty of new rural developments across Northumberland, County Durham and Weardale.

We find out what's available for those seeking the good life.

Hartford Hall

LIVING on your own unspoilt country estate, yet still having city life with all it offers close at hand, is the kind of lifestyle that many of us dream of. Now, Hartford Hall in Northumberland is helping make this dream a reality. Located on the wide pastures above the banks of the River Blyth known as Ha'penny Fields, 25 new homes are under construction.

Acres of woodland, alive with protected species, surround and shelter the development ( and yet it is just a 15-minute drive from the heart of Newcastle.

Whether detached, semi-detached, terraced cottage or apartment, each home is wired for Smartcomm installation and has a sophisticated security and entertain-ment system providing sound in every room via discreet speakers set into the ceiling.

It also offers the option for multi-room broadband Internet, satellite TV and video entry, tel: (01670) 787000.

Widdrington Station

GRAINGER Homes' Grangewood development in Widdrington Station, Northumberland, offers buyers the perfect solution when looking for a suburban family home.

From pounds 114,995, this development features 36 two, three and four linked, semi-detached and detached bedroom homes.

The development is less than 10 miles from Morpeth and has easy access to the A1.

Each property has a luxury fitted kitchen and all of the detached properties come with garages (some double). Some semi-detached properties also come with garages, tel: (01670) 791652 or head office on (0191) 269-5995.

MILL House Farm in Barrasford is a haven for those seeking a peaceful life away from it all in the country. The development by Anvil Homes is set on the site of a former farm stead and has views across the North Tyne Valley.

Six homes are available at Mill House including the three-storey Thirlwell show home. The views from the second floor are outstanding.

Each of the homes has four bedrooms, a built-in double oven, hob and extractor plus an integral fridge/freezer and dishwasher.

The homes have oil fired central heating, a sophisticated security system and Broadband is available. For a limited period Anvil will pay purchasers' stamp duty, subject to conditions, tel: (07747) 676035.

THE Northumberland countryside provides the backdrop to one of Bowey Homes' rural developments in the peaceful setting of Tarn Breeze, Longhoughton.

The Palm is an impressive three-bedroom home featuring a ground floor living room with French doors to the rear garden alongside an open-plan family room and fully fitted kitchen, which leads to a utility room and cloakroom. …

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