Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Modern 'Village' Eases the Stress; Seeking Somewhere Special Close to the Northumberland Coast? Karen Overbury Visits a Modern "Village" Which Is Already More Than Half Sold

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Modern 'Village' Eases the Stress; Seeking Somewhere Special Close to the Northumberland Coast? Karen Overbury Visits a Modern "Village" Which Is Already More Than Half Sold

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Byline: Karen Overbury

DRIVING into rural Northumberland, you can leave the stresses and strains of your working life a long way behind. And arriving at the north Northumberland coast brings a warm, relaxed mood.

The pace of life is slower, calmer and so very, very enticing.

It's no wonder that so many visitors leave determined to buy that "little place" for weekends and holidays.

And it's no surprise that such properties are increasingly in short supply.

Coastal properties that come on to the market in Northumberland are generally snapped up - even in these "challenging" times. And there is always great interest in new developments.

Those looking to buy a holiday property, retirement home or somewhere to live away from the hustle and bustle should visit Village Farm, a collection of new and converted stone-built properties with slate roofs.

Each of the 14 homes is different, varying in design and size, ranging from two to five bedrooms, has been a labour of love and undoubted hard work - plus a huge investment - for Chris Carlisle, managing director of developers Country and Coastal Homes. To say he is enthusiastic about the project is an understatement.

He has lived and breathed the project for more than two years. And the development is now finished - just a few finishing touches when I visited on Wednesday.

The site is off the main street in North Sunderland, a charming livedin village a mile from Seahouses and only three miles from Bamburgh and only 50 miles from Newcastle. The opening is discreet and the development beyond is a delightful surprise. The landscaping of the site, with its neat country gardens, is impressive and it already has a livedin and cared-for look.

The land was once a farm, with a range of abandoned buildings which have been renovated and their names kept - The Bothy, The Granary, The Forge. …

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