Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Peaceful Haven; Dream Home in Association With

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Peaceful Haven; Dream Home in Association With

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FROM the peace and tranquility of their lounge, the owners of this week's Dream Home can look out over their gardens and simply enjoy the views.

For there's not another building in sight and their lush green oasis is a perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors in all their glory.

Smooth, green lawns, a thriving vegetable patch, pond, orchard and even a private woodland number amongst the delights in their private corner of the village of Hurworth near Darlington.

But that's not all. For their four-bedroom home has its very own slice of history -standing on land that once belonged to the original Rockliffe estate. It is now neighbour to the luxury hotel and golf course since developed there.

Cote Ghyll has passed through three generations of the same family -who have all loved living in its peaceful grounds.

"It was built in the 50s," explains owner David Gent, who lives in the house with his wife Rosemary.

"It was part of the original estate at Rockliffe and was auctioned in 1948 when Lord Southampton sold the estate.

"It has a beautiful garden," he adds, of his favourite thing about his home. "And it isn't overlooked at all, it is totally private and yet still just 100 yards from the main road. "You can walk from here to the hotel too.

"Sitting in the lounge, I can't see another building."

It was Mrs Gent's grandfather Albert, a farmer, who bought seven acres when it came up for auction in the late 1940s -eventually building Cote Ghyll to live in with his wife.

Mrs Gent still has the original auction catalogue and map outlining the lots on offer. "Everyone in Croft and Hurworth knew Albert. He had a white beard, a bowler hat and he always wore a flower from the garden. He even had his own seat in the Croft Spa Hotel," adds Mr Gent.

Mr and Mrs Gent extended the bungalow in 1990, turning it into a family home with four bedrooms and a self contained annexe for Mrs Gent's mum.

A keen gardener, Mrs Gent still has a large vegetable and fruit plot on the same site of the old land let by Lord Southampton to locals as allotments. …

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