Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Haven Offers the Best of All Worlds

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Haven Offers the Best of All Worlds

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Byline: Francesca Craggs

WHEN it comes to location, it doesn't get more ideal than Marion and Neil Mac Pherson's stunning period home in Hexham.

Tucked away on a secluded leafy site, yet within walking distance of the town centre, it couldn't be better situated for family life.

The couple bought Viewlands, on Osborne Avenue, 15 years ago and raised their daughters Maggie and Katriona in the property.

Marion said: "We were attracted to the house because of its position. It has a lovely south facing garden and is on a tranquil spot at the end of the cul de sac.

"It's a great family house because it's close to the schools and you can walk into town in five minutes. However, you don't feel like you're in the midst of the town. We have neighbours but we are surrounded by trees so it's very private."

Built in 1911, Viewlands is located off a tree-lined avenue and has a wealth of period features including large bay windows and open fireplaces. And the couple have extended the property to include a large kitchen/family room as well as converting a former coach house.

The house also includes an entrance lobby with original quarry tiled flooring leading to an entrance hall with period ballustrated staircase. There is a living room and dining room, both with attractive period fireplaces. There is also a study and sitting room. The large kitchen has a breakfast area with cathedral-style ceiling and French doors to the terrace. There is also a cloakroom and utility room. Marion said: "I spend most of my time in the kitchen. There is an Aga, large family dining table and sitting area. I like the homely feel about the kitchen. It's a very sociable area.

"The front reception rooms are all very sunny because they are all south facing."

The first floor has a landing with balcony providing garden views. The main landing provides access to four double bedrooms, bathroom with contemporary suite, and separate shower room.

"All of the bedrooms are double and a good size and we have four large reception rooms. …

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