Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Wealth of Choice in Morpeth; Keeping an Eye on the Property Market Where You Are ... WITH a Wealth of Historical Landmarks and a Wide Variety of Characterful Homes, the Villages around Morpeth in Northumberland Have Become Property Hotspots. CHRIS KNOX Finds out More

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Wealth of Choice in Morpeth; Keeping an Eye on the Property Market Where You Are ... WITH a Wealth of Historical Landmarks and a Wide Variety of Characterful Homes, the Villages around Morpeth in Northumberland Have Become Property Hotspots. CHRIS KNOX Finds out More

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LIVING in the market town of Morpeth is an appealing prospect for professionals looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

The area surrounding the quaint market town offers not just the peace and tranquility of the countryside, but also has many large, characterful properties.

The villages surrounding the town also attract a number of affluent professionals who are keen to take advantage of the area's superb transport links which make it possible to escape the madding crowd without being too cut off.

Mitford, Pegswood, Cambo, Bolam, Stannington and Longhirst are just some of the villages that make up the postcode area of NE61, which has about 13,400 homes and a population of approximately 30,200.

At pounds 238,369, the average house price in this area is higher than the national average of pounds 229,398.

Longhirst Hall is a prime example of the elegance and grandeur that NE61 has to offer.

Designed by John Dobson, the hall is typical of his classical style, inspired by the buildings of ancient Greece.

It now offers hotel accommodation, a golf course, restaurants and bars and caters for weddings and other events.

For those who want to enjoy the flora and fauna of the surrounding area, Bolam Lake has much to offer, from fishing to biking, and boating to natural history.

A number of castles can also be found in Northumberland and Mitford has one of its own. Built as a motte and bailey between 1066 and 1100, the castle's ruins are a clear reminder of the village's fascinating past.

Pegswood village was originally developed around its colliery, but since its closure, it has primarily become a commuter village.

Tim Hawe, head of property sales at estate agent George F White's Alnwick office, said: "NE61 is an area encompassing the town of Morpeth and many of the rural communities around it. …

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