Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rural Idyll Is an Easy Commute

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rural Idyll Is an Easy Commute

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Byline: Anne Southby

WHEN Courtney Fenwick first set eyes on the property that was to become her new home the attraction was instant.

The stone-built barn conversion was in need of a bit of care and attention but for Courtney it was just perfect.

"We were moving from Haltwhistle, in Northumberland, to be closer to family and friends," she explained. "We wanted to move back to the Newcastle/Gateshead area but we didn't want to move from the countryside.

"This house has the best of both worlds, you feel like you are far out in countryside but you are only a short drive away from Newcastle.

"We fell in love with the house as soon as we viewed it. It had been sitting empty for a while and needed some TLC but we could see the potential. The house had all of the features we loved such as the sash windows and fireplaces."

But turning The Coach House, in the village of Lintzford, near Rowlands Gill, in Tyne and Wear, into a beautiful blend of modern and traditional was no small undertaking.

"The house had been sitting empty for a long time and looked really unloved," said Courtney. "The decor was really dated with yellow walls and ceilings and red patterned carpet. The garden was really overgrown. It just looked a bit sad."

But it would be well worth the effort.

Courtney said: "We have completely modernised throughout. The house needed a lot of repairs and fixing up too.

"The major change has to be the staircase. We've fitted the feature light fitment and large mirror and had the stairs painted white to really bring out the features. The garden has had a complete overhaul too."

And the results are, indeed, striking, with room after impressive room.

There is a spacious reception hallway with cloakroom and, of course, that staircase. Stroll through to the lounge with its dual aspect windows, separate formal dining room with feature fireplace, the attractively fitted and well-equipped kitchen and utility room.

Climb those stairs to the spacious landing and four double bedrooms - the master bedroom has an en suite shower room - and family bathroom. …

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