Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Leaving Labour of Love for Sunny Spain

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Leaving Labour of Love for Sunny Spain

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In search of a new challenge, Janet and Trevor Beston moved to a charming Northumberland village eight years ago to run the shop and post office.

Hit by the effects of the foot and mouth crisis, the business, which was located within their family home, Braefoot, in Falstone, Hexham, sadly closed in 2001. Despite this, the couple transformed the stone-built home into a successful bed and breakfast enterprise. As well as extending the four- bedroomed home into a nine-bedroom property, they have created three reception rooms over three floors.

The house is within Northumberland National Park. Parts of Braefoot date back to the late 19th Century, according to Janet.

She said: "We think the house was built around 1865 as a single storey dwelling and a further storey was built on in 1913. It was originally a draper's or cobbler's shop, and from 1913 to 1948 was a family home. Wylam and Prudhoe Co-operative Society then bought the house and turned it into a shop and post office, which we ran until its closure."

Located at the foot of Hawkhope Hill, Braefoot, which means foot of the hill, is set in pleasant grounds with a burn running through. The property provides an ideal business opportunity for those wanting to continue to run the B&B, or for those searching for their dream family home.

Accommodation includes an entrance lobby, with oak panelled walls and stained glass arched window, leading to a spacious dining room with beamed walls and ceiling and sash windows providing views over the village green. There is a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and sitting room with south facing bay window, stone fireplace housing a wood burning stove and French doors.

Janet, who runs the B&B, said: "I love all of the house but especially like the downstairs lounge. It's nice and cosy in the winter with the log burning stove and has a really pleasant outlook over the surrounding countryside. …

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