Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Luxury Home Fit for Family

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Luxury Home Fit for Family

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Byline: Vicky Robson

OMETHING truly unique is what Linda Scarr had in mind when she designed her own home almost 30 years ago.

STogether with her late husband Ray, Linda put her heart and soul into creating this fabulous fivebedroom property which is situated in an exclusive, semi-rural residential estate in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.

She was eight months pregnant at the time and proudly attributes most of the work to Ray, who sadly died five years ago, aged 54.

"My husband and I built this house in 1987," says Linda, 59.

"We bought a plot of land, had an architect design it and then had it built by a local builder. We both sat down and wrote a list of what we'd always wanted to have in a house.

"I wanted a bedroom big enough to fit a sofa in and a very large kitchen, and my husband wanted to have it as open plan as possible. We both wanted it to be a bit quirky and unusual too.

"I had always wanted a Victorian spiral staircase, so we sourced one from a company down in Wales and we had a local builder install it for us. All of the houses on the street are self-built, so it's a very unique place to live."

The couple's attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the build. A decorative entrance and reception hallway with stained-glass inserts and a beautiful canopied sitting area with pillar surrounds, along with rustic feature fireplaces, add to the home's character and appeal.

Setting the precedence for the rest of the property, the hallway provides a great circulation of space. From there, a remarkable family room showcases the beautiful return spiral staircase which leads up to the first-floor landing.

A lovely feature of the home, it has traditional spindles and decorative steps. Also in the family room is a focal point brick fireplace set back into an imposing chimney recess and open grate coal-effect gas fire.

A generous sitting room has exposed ceiling beams, chimney breast and brickwork with a beamed lintel and log store, and coal-effect fire. …

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