Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Delightful Derwent

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Delightful Derwent

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Byline: Michael Connolly

WITH sweeping panoramic views of the Derwent Valley and neighbouring woodland, Derwent View certainly lives up to its name.

The property is nestled between the villages of Hamsterley Mill and Ebchester, County Durham, and it was the close proximity to beautiful countryside that first drew Alf and Lynne Harrison to the area five years ago.

Not only is the Derwent Walk readily accessible, offering a variety of scenic routes and delightful vistas, but there is an abundance of wildlife in the woods.

"The wildlife is another thing that attracted us," said Lynne, who has recently started teaching Italian at Teams Meadow in Dunston. "We've occasionally had deer in the garden, pheasants, squirrels, rabbits and lots of birds.

"We get red kites above which attract a lot of people. We're in the middle of the countryside. At the back it's all trees. It's very pleasant. Beautiful."

The property was built in an elevated position and, as the ground floor is split-level, it appears as three storeys from the front and two from the back.

When the couple first moved in, the 11-year-old house had stood empty for several months and was in need of some tender loving care.

Lynne said: "It needed completely redecorating." The fixtures and fittings are to a high standard, with ceramic tiled floors, low-voltage inset lighting and built-in wardrobes.

The upper ground floor has a kitchen with a range cooker and an Americanstyle fridge-freezer, a lounge, dining room, and a family room with French doors, which looks on to an outdoor eating area and garden at the rear.

Plus, with terraced lawns, a gravelled area, shrubbery and mature trees for added privacy, it's also a property for gardening enthusiasts.

"We do enjoy the gardening a lot," said Lynne. "My husband does the hard work and I just do the easy things."

Upstairs there are four bedrooms - two with pleasant views to the front - a family bathroom, and an en-suite shower room to the master.

A Catholic church and schoolhouse once occupied the land, before both were demolished to make room for two adjacent properties. …

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