Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Old Meets New in Family Home

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Old Meets New in Family Home

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Byline: Nicola Hall

THE expansive lush green countryside at Bamburgh House was just one of the reasons it was snapped up four years ago by Paul and Lisa Wilkinson.

Now, having to leave behind their four-bedroom family home in Northumberland to start afresh in another city, the Wilkinsons are hoping the modern-meets-rustic barn conversion will find a happy new owner.

Middle Farm served as a pit village during the early 1900s with the Wilkinsons' home being the largest property on the development. Pit labourers would collect their wages from the house until the estate became a working farm for the next 50 years.

In 2005 the properties were converted and became homes for local professionals, which is when the Wilkinsons finally found their dream house.

"Originally we lived in one of the smaller properties," said Paul, 35, managing director of a clothing company. He and wife, Lisa, a flight attendant, wanted more space to raise their children Zack, five, and Esme, two. The Grange, with its spacious interior, half-acre of land and large driveway, was the perfect location.

"We'd always loved the area," said Paul. "It's a really tranquil place. We moved across the village green but it was a beautiful plot with a huge garden so it was worth the inconvenience." The Wilkinsons have renovated the semi-detached farmhouse into a contemporary home with a rural feel.

"We liked the look of a stone-built property but it was just a shell inside," explained Paul. "We changed almost everything. The original stonework was beautiful.

"We replaced all the doors with oak, moved the kitchen and repositioned walls so it was open plan. It gave us the opportunity to style the house the way we wanted it. Despite all of the modern gadgets, the house still retains the feel of a converted barn."

The house, near Cramlington and Seghill, has a log-burning stove with an original stone chimney breast as well as an impressive kitchen with solid oak units, work surfaces and built-in appliances. …

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