A renovated church, a £2m mansion and a DIY challenge are among the most viewed Northumberland properties on Zoopla last month
It’s a property conversion to raise the spirits of house lovers and appropriately it has taken place in a church. And it’s no wonder that The Old Chapel in Bellingham was one of the most viewed Northumberland properties on Zoopla in May.
Each month the property website reveals which houses have attracted the most hits from visitors to it. May provided a rich variety of choice in Northumberland, ranging from the church conversion to a Grade II listed farmhouse with fantastic views to a £2m mansion in Darras Hall.
It seems the county has maintained its tradition of popular properties to suit every budget and taste. We begin with the converted chapel, on the market for offers over £495,000.
Built in 1856 and converted in 1986, the care and attention that has gone into every detail is apparent, with the thoughtful retention of original features displaying the full history of the property yet at the same time creating remarkable open living that is ideally suited to modern requirements.
Nestled on the outskirts of Bellingham on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, it is currently run as a holiday let that has proved both popular and successful.
The stunning vaulted ceiling soars overhead for the full length of the chapel, with exquisite stained glass on display along with a host of further windows with stone surrounds that bathe the whole in natural light. This vast principal living area has more than enough space for comfortable seating and a large dining table and chairs.
Stairs lead up to the magnificent pulpit and onwards to the mezzanine level. Tucked behind the stairs is yet more reception space in the relaxing sitting room/library with a warming biomass stove set within a feature fireplace.
Striking stone arches atop decorative pillars open to the gorgeous kitchen. There is another living room with French doors to the gardens and three bedrooms.
The mezzanine bedroom sits above the sitting/room library and overlooks the body of The Old Chapel. Light cascades from the ornate windows onto a luxurious four poster bed that sits centrally to the remarkable and expansive room.
The second property on the most viewed list is The Farmhouse, Alnwick. It has a guide price of £600,000 and has proved so popular the vendors have agreed a sale on it and viewings have been suspended whilst the prospective buyer details are checked.
Whilst the views over Alnwick and beyond are truly amazing, the gorgeous stone facade of this Grade II listed residence absolutely steals the show with the elegance and visual simplicity of its symmetrical Georgian design.
It’s rare to find a farmhouse in Alnwick with such a stunning open aspect and in close proximity to the town centre, as well as having a generous amount of matures gardens. With four reception rooms and five wonderfully spacious bedrooms, there is room to spread out.
Onto property three, a mid terraced house in Seventh Row, Ashington, on the market for a guide price of £109,950. The property briefly comprises a kitchen, lounge, three bedrooms and a recently upgraded bathroom. Externally there is on street parking to rear and a landscaped garden to front.
Property four is a stunning mansion in Edge Hill, Darras Hall, with a guide price of £1,999,995. This six bedroom stone built contemporary mansion has been designed by its current owner with luxurious detailing and leading-edge technology.
The property boasts a highly impressive IT infrastructure with control panels controlling lighting, heating, audio and security which can also be controlled and monitored remotely. The first and second floor includes smart underfloor heating and great natural light from the second-floor balcony giving the property excellent natural sunlight.
The final property is West Turn Pike, in Glanton, on the market with a guide price of £110,000. It is a traditional detached cottage enjoying a peaceful rural location approximately 10 miles from Alnwick.
The property requires refurbishment but has potential to make an ideal second home or holiday cottage. The accommodation comprises sitting room, kitchen, one bedroom and bathroom while there is a decent garden to the rear of the cottage with external storage buildings.