Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Get Away from It All, but Not Too Far; around the Region Its Tantalising Beauty, Elegant Architecture and Exceptional Scenery Speak Volumes for Stocksfield. Aranda Garrard Finds out More

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Get Away from It All, but Not Too Far; around the Region Its Tantalising Beauty, Elegant Architecture and Exceptional Scenery Speak Volumes for Stocksfield. Aranda Garrard Finds out More

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WITH its fairytale cottages and beautiful period homes, Stocksfield is one of the most desirable and expensive villages to live in.

In the heart of the Tyne Valley, Stocksfield is a leafy suburban village, which has grown out of farmland and is now graced with elegant period houses.

It became a popular place to live for commuters after the arrival of the railway in the 1830s, though its magnetism is that whatever the season, it looks just as picturesque, with its barn conversions and pretty cottages surrounded by expanses of farmland.

For that reason alone, Stocksfield still holds its price, and the housing market is consequently tight.

There is a good mixture of properties for sale here, although first-time buyers without a deposit do struggle to buy into the area.

Many movers are professional people with families. It's an ideal location for city commuters, such is its quality of life and schools.

The area has seen its fair share of famous faces too, with Tim Healy, Jill Halfpenny and footballing stars having owned properties here.

Stocksfield is primarily a residential area, with only a handful of shops, including a hairdresser, family-run butcher and a garage.

For eating and drinking, there's a great little pub called the Doctor Syntax Inn, while for sporty types there are cricket, golf and tennis facilities.

Commuting to Newcastle takes about half an hour from Stocksfield's railway station and there's a half-hourly bus service to Newcastle.

Desirable spots include two-bedroom homes in Mount View Terrace, close to the station for about pounds 180,000, picturesque cottages in Cade Hill Road for about pounds 400,000 and luxurious homes in Apperley Road which can sell for well over the pounds 1m mark.

Stocksfield is great to explore on foot. At the Highland Cattle Centre in the village, visitors can experience life down on the farm. …

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