November's Property of the Month: The Dower House, Castle Eden

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The Dower House, Parklands Hall, Castle Eden
Price: £700,000

Michael @ IgoMove says …
“Our chosen home of the month for November is this beautiful and historic five-bedroom house in a premier location.
“The Dower originally dates back to 1875 when former Tory politician Rowland Burden – who’s vision led to the creation of the Castle Eden railway - owned it. It was converted in to four houses 32 years ago after a period operating as the village hall.
“This exceptional property is full of character and tucked away in the south wing end aspect of the building. It was the old servants’ quarters to the castle itself, so is secluded from the main road and sits beyond the castle gates.
“The generous kitchen was originally the plant nursery so the Dower has huge windows all around. Its panoramic views overlook Castle Eden golf course.
“There are features in keeping with the main Castle such as the high pillars, decorative stonework and it has high ornate ceilings. It retains some original features, like the original archways that connected the rest of the Dower quarters.
“We anticipate this property will gather interest far and wide, particularly from those seeking a period building. It’s close to Durham and the A19 so is an excellent spot for commuting too.
“It has been enjoyed and lovingly maintained by the current owners for over 27 years. Now it’s time to pass on the baton for the next generation of custodians.”
Rooms …
Five double bedrooms (two with en-suite facilities), a bright study, two family bathrooms, guest cloakroom, snug/drawing room, impressive lounge, a south facing contemporary kitchen and a beautiful hallway/reception.
Interior …
Exceptionally maintained inside and out. Its ornate high ceilings, decorative plasterwork, original shutters, magnificent fireplaces, sash windows, servants bell make it a must for a viewing. There is solid granite work surfaces in the kitchen, with integrated appliances including the dishwasher and microwave. It needs to be seen.
Exterior …
You can’t help but be impressed by the secluded approach with access via a private gravelled drive and courtyard.
There is a large garage and it boasts finely manicured and landscaped gardens with established shrubbery and mature trees, with golf course views and impressive vistas of both countryside and the sea beyond the boundary.
The Dower’s grand facade oozes charm and sophistication, with ornate stonework in keeping with the same Castle architect’s design.
*For a more detailed description of the Dower’s rooms click here