Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horses and a Very Intriguing History

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horses and a Very Intriguing History

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Byline: Anne Southby

RIC and Katherine Pattinson discovered a property that ticked all their boxes ... and has its own little place in history.

EThe couple had wanted a place they could develop with coastal views and good space both for their lively young sons, Harry and Tom, and to stable Eric's horse.

So when they spotted Broadhope, in Swarland , Northumberland, 16 years ago, the 1.8 acres of land and stables certainly appealed.

"We were looking for somewhere with land as I had a horse, and also somewhere we could develop," explained Eric, who wasn't put off by slightly overgrown and unkempt paddocks and the several rickety old sheds, which were simply removed.

But the couple also discovered their property, built in 1930 by the Fountain's Abbey Trust, had quite an illustrious former neighbour.

"Swarland Hall was situated behind the paddocks of Park Road," explained Eric.

"The hall was once owned by Alexander Davidson, who was Horatio Nelson's agent.

"The hall is no longer there, however there is a monument constructed by Alexander Davidson, in memory of his great friend, Horatio Nelson.

"Alexander Davidson also planted a number of trees to the front of Park Road, depicting the position of the ships in the Battle of the Nile."

Illustrious neighbours or not, the couple had plenty to do to turn the property into a dream home for themselves plus Harry and Tom.

"We have extended the property, by adding two new bedrooms, one with en suite, and a double garage," said Eric.

"We have fitted new windows, doors and soffits and a new kitchen, double oven Rangemaster and American-style fridge freezer.

"We have also fitted a new bathroom, fully tiled, with underfloor heating and spotlights. Outside we have rebuilt the chimneys and installed a natural stone patio area and landscaped the gardens. …

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