Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Plan Your Great Escape

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Plan Your Great Escape

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Byline: Mieka Smiles

THIS period property is one that can't fail to impress. Its green-fingered owners were attracted by its seven acres of adjoining land, but prospective buyers could also be bowled over by its period charm and original features.

Newminster Abbey House has so much on offer that it is hard to focus on just one outstanding aspect. But it wasn't always that way, as owner Bill Lynch, now retired, said: "We liked the look of the house and the amount of garden - both of us are keen gardeners. That was a real draw.

"It needed a lot of work initially.

It had to be completely gutted which took us in all five to six years.

"The kitchen was completely gutted and the bathrooms. The carpets needed replacing and the walls re-plastering. It hadn't been done for years."

Newminster Abbey House, near Morpeth, in Northumberland, dates back to 1902. It was first acquired for the Renwick Family and the dining room within the house is well noted in historical documents.

The dining room retains the original wood panelling and has a handmade fireplace with carved pillars depicting the monastic background of the house. The stained glass bay window also includes a monastic seal.

"There are seals on the dining room stained glass windows depicting the five abbots of Newminster Abbey House.

"There is also a big old wooden fireplace in the dining room with a carving of the five abbots," says Bill, 65, who bought the house with wife Isobel, 63, in 2002.

Accommodation includes an entrance vestibule, reception hall and cloakroom. From the reception hall doors lead off to principal accommodation including a drawing room, TV snug room, dining room, study/office, kitchen and breakfast room.

A wooden staircase leads up in two turns to the galleried landing.

There is a master bedroom with en suite, four bedrooms, a utility and laundry room and bathroom.

The property also gives the new owners an opportunity to earn extra income. Bill said: "There are two adjoining apartments and we get a monthly rent from those. We gutted those and refurbished them to a high standard. …

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