Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

GREAT Expectations; A Great Country House Built by John Dobson Has Been Re-Purposed. Simon Meechan Has a Closer Look

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

GREAT Expectations; A Great Country House Built by John Dobson Has Been Re-Purposed. Simon Meechan Has a Closer Look

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Byline: Simon Meechan

amed architect John Dobson designed the grade II-listed Longhirst Hall, which has recently been re-purposed into four luxury homes.

FHailed as "the first of Dobson's great country houses" when it was built for William Lawson in 1824 by Grey Street's world class designer, the 21st century architects have left the best features - but are letting the new owners finish off the interiors with their own touches.

This seven-bed unit is marketed by Strutt and Parker for PS1.65m.

It boasts an original main entrance and a breathtaking portico, supported by giant Corinthian columns which wouldn't look out of place on Grey Street itself.

It opens up to a spectacular central hall and an imperial sweeping staircase. The dome above is a direct replica of the one in Rome's Pantheon.

Main reception rooms would make amazing venues for a party to impress guests, and their full-height windows look out over a garden which Capability Brown would have been very proud of. …

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