Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Family Home in Heart of Village

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Family Home in Heart of Village

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Byline: Francesca Craggs

UILDING their own dream home had always been Marisa and Keith Dixon's ambition.

BAnd discovering the perfect leafy plot on which to build it was the icing on the cake. The couple built Maple Lodge in the heart of Hepscott village, Morpeth, in 2008. The stunning family property sits on the site of a former gate lodge and orchard, and is surrounded by mature trees and an abundance of wildlife.

Marisa said: "The vision was to create a family home and it's something that Keith has always wanted to do.

"It was the plot that really attracted us. It's in a wooded setting and the wildlife is stunning. We get regular visits from red squirrels, owls and pheasants."

Combining traditional and modern features, the couple have spared no expense in creating a spacious family home.

Spanning 4,300sq ft of living space, features include underfloor heating and a multimedia sound system. There are also marble floors, oak doors and an oak staircase.

"It's so quirky," said Marisa. "We didn't spare any expense as we never envisioned leaving there.

"Everything is high quality and really well built. It's also very economical."

The house is accessed via electric gates with entry phone access. There is a drawing room with fireplace and sitting room which overlooks the garden. The property also has a formal dining room which Marisa and Keith use as a gym.

Marissa's favourite room is the sitting room. She said: "The front lounge is lovely, but the back lounge has to be my favourite. It overlooks the back garden through floor-to-ceiling windows.

"It's lovely and light and bright, and has a lovely aspect into the garden. Although I wanted a traditional house, I wanted a lot of light so there are lots of windows throughout."

The garden room, in the shape of a gin gan, is another popular space. It is a multi functional room and provides stunning garden views. But the cinema room is the firm favourite with the couple's children Adrian, 32, Andrew, 30, and Steph, 23, when they visit from London. …

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