Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Home's Just What Doctor Ordered

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Home's Just What Doctor Ordered

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Byline: Anne Southby

WHEN Amanda Ashburn first spotted Oakfield House she knew it was just what the doctor ordered. The former doctor's home and surgery was brimming with potential and had plenty of room for her large family.

"We were already living in a five-bedroom property in the area so knew the area and required more space - and realised what a great project this house would be," explained Amanda.

So mother-of-four Amanda and her husband set about an extensive upgrade of the six-bedroom property which encompasses both a main house and annex as well as a coach house which is now ripe for renovation.

"We bought the house in April 2008 and spent a year renovating it before we moved into it in April 2009," says Amanda.

"When we purchased it, the house was being used as offices and consulting rooms and the annex operating as a surgery.

"We converted the house and surgery into living accommodation."

And it was certainly not a task for the faint-hearted.

"We have replaced 32 windows, replastered every room, put in two new heating systems, new bathrooms, wood flooring, replaced internal and external doors," said Amanda.

"We have landscaped the back garden, fenced the back garden where required, installed electric wooden gates, surfaced the driveway and had CCTV installed."

And the new-look home is sympathetically upgraded with more than a nod to its heritage.

"We have kept the original features like the fireplaces, cast iron bath and wood floors," said Amanda.

There's certainly more than just a hint of period splendour about the property that spreads over three floors - starting with sweeping driveway that leads to the imposing stone-built exterior of a property originally built in the 1860s.

Natural light floods through the many contemporary sash windows and the high ceilings just add to the feeling of space. …

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