Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heavenly Home; Dream Home in Association With

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heavenly Home; Dream Home in Association With

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THIS week's Dream Home is a little slice of heaven - quite literally.

And you only have to look at its name and read the Latin inscription set in stone above the front door for evidence.

The Old Rectory lies in the village of Redmarshall near Stockton. It dates back to Victorian times when it was built for the rector of the parish.

Domine Dirige Nos is its proclamation - which translates as O Lord, Direct Us.

The date printed above the front door is 1845 but, explains the home's current owner, parts of the Grade II listed house actually date back to the 15th century.

"We've been here for 17 years, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in a house like this," says the owner.

"There was a 15th century parsonage on the site but it got to a point where it needed some work, the church commissioners looked at it and it needed a lot of repair. It was demolished and this one was built using some of the original house materials.

"The listing shows that the staircase has a Victorian handrail but the spindles are 15th century."

It is hard to know where to start when it comes to describing the house.

With seven bedrooms and five bathrooms, not to mention a quarter of an acre of gardens, it certainly has a lot to offer.

Its features are plenty from the Gothic style stone arched entrance with double doors, to the original beef hooks in the pantry - mentioned when architect Edmund Sharpe first designed and built the property. Its current owners have spent their time restoring features like fireplaces torn out during the 1960s and have redecorated and renovated their way right through.

They like all of its rooms - the large and spacious kitchen, lounge diner and sitting room are all favourites.

"My favourite area is the kitchen - my wife is a good cook! …

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