Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Luxury Look Is Decidedly

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Luxury Look Is Decidedly

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Byline: By Karen Wilson

NO expense was spared on Hossain and Nicole Rezaei's pounds 1.3m home when it was converted from a number of traditional 19th Century cottages 10 years ago.

The couple have carried out substantial works to the property, creating a magnificent country home set within a 90-acre historic estate just two miles from the city of Durham.

Mr Rezaei sums up the home as "well designed, characterful, practical, peaceful, chic, secluded and safe".

He said: "There are not many places so close to a city where you have such a quality of life. It's tucked away in such a private, secluded area and it's very secure with double gates. Most people don't even know it exists."

No 2 Riverside Lodge is in the grounds of Burn Hall, a Georgian Country Estate dating back to 1821, and is nestled along the banks of the River Browney. The 3,500sqft property has two-acres of private grounds and comes with fishing rights but Iranian-born entrepreneur Mr Rezaei is usually too busy with his business empire to make the most of them.

He sold his company, Pride Valley Foods in Seaham, for pounds 20m last year and has since set up a health monitoring firm called The You Company as well as expanding his chain of Flatbread Cafes.

He believes Riverside Lodge would be ideal for a security-conscious business person, football manager or a retired person seeking quiet seclusion as the approach into the estate is from a private drive secured by double electric gates and controlled with an entry phone and CCTV.

"It would suit a variety of buyers," he said. "It's very well designed with each room seamlessly leading into the next. All four bedrooms have en suites."

The Rezaeis opted for high quality fixtures and fittings throughout. These include Amtico flooring in the kitchen, solid oak doors and exceptional finishes to its hand-made chestnut wood kitchen, utility room, bathrooms and en suites. …

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