Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

In a League of Its Own in a League of Its Own in a League of Its Own in a League of Its Own

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ORMER Newcastle United first team coach Steve Stone is selling his historic home in the heart of Northumberland.

FThe retired Premiership and England footballer and his wife Judith bought a wing of the elaborate Victorian property near Morpeth 11 years ago, and hold happy memories of raising their four daughters here.

Originally built in 1888 as a country home for local coal owner Charles Perkins, the couple have transformed the 19th Century wing in Whalton Park, Gallowhill, into a modern family home.

Judith said: "We already had a house within the grounds. At the time developer Peter Cussins was converting the building into apartments. This wing was left and they were debating what to do with it. We asked if we could buy it and they agreed. We worked closely with the developer and I was there to oversee everything."

Before the conversion, the building had a variety of uses. During the war it was used as a convalescence home for soldiers, while more recently it was a boarding school owned by the council. "I loved all the grandeur of it, the wonderful period features and the size of the rooms," said Judith.

"Having four children it had all the space we needed. We just loved everything about it."

Judith designed the interior of the property herself and was keen to preserve its stunning period features.

She said: "I kept a lot of the period features including the original doors, skirting boards, architraves, and detailed ceilings. I wanted to create a mix of modern and traditional. I've moved 13 times so I know more or less what I want when it comes to the interior."

Entrance to the property is via electric gates and large sweeping driveway. There is an entrance portico with tiled floor and reception room with marble fireplace.

The family/dining/cinema room, with its marble fireplace and log-burning stove, is a firm favourite. The orangery, with domed ceiling and log burner, is a wonderful space for the summer months, said Judith. …

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