Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Peacock Perfection

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Peacock Perfection

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A SENSE of history and a feeling of quality are just two of the many attributes of Peacock Gap House. The property was built in the first decades of the 19th Century and in the 1840s the elegant Georgian house was an important coaching inn on the Great North Road, the main arterial highway from London to Edinburgh.

Restored in 2008 to its former glory, Stone Homes has retained the original spirit of Peacock Gap House but has incorporated 21st Century technology to reflect the needs of modern living.

The philosophy behind the rebuild has been the same as employed in the conversion of a traditional stone barn - to restore and refurbish the local sandstone of the main structure, but to cut and handcraft reclaimed stone cills, quoins and lintels to the original design where replacement is necessary.

The interior walls are covered with sound-proofing and heat-retention lining and wet-plastered throughout, but in some key locations the natural stone walls and wooden beams are left exposed to give character.

The front and back exterior doors are made in solid timber, replicas of the traditional Georgian style. Similarly, the windows, direct copies of period sash cord-and - weight frames, are manufactured in timber and double glazed for insulation and sound proofing.

Working with great care to make as little disturbance to the environs as possible, the original garden to the front and south side of the house is left untouched in the building process and has great charm with mature trees and shrubs set around lawns.

Along the north side of the house, the driveway leads to the double garage with remote-controlled door operation, constructed in natural local sandstone maintaining the overall feel of the property throughout.

The entrance porch opens on to a spacious hallway with solid oak staircase. To the left of the hall is the dining room/study and to the right is the lounge, fitted with period-style open fireplace. …

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