Development potential at this idyllic rural home
Some five miles north-west of Otterburn, the close-knit village of Rochester straddles the A68 trunk road leading to the Scottish Borders.
And to the south of the village stands Todlaw House, a sturdy, stone-built detached home, more than capable of withstanding the harsh weather this part of the county can inflict on occasions.
Todlaw House will provide the eventual buyers with a perfect family home, tucked away in an idyllic landscape, as well as the wonderful opportunity to develop the one-acre site in which it stands for two new-build properties.
The house is surrounded by generous gardens and wooded grounds, from which the new-build homes will not detract.
Depending on your needs, it can be simply adapted as a three or four-bedroomed home.
A welcoming entrance hall, completed with tiled floor, leads to the staircase to the upstairs rooms.
Built off the left of the hall, a door opens on to an imposing living room of a sizeable proportion offering views across open countryside. A period stone inglenook fireplace, with a solid fuel stove, is a commanding focal point.
To the right of the hall is a substantial tiled-floor breakfasting kitchen, with an oil-fired Aga and fitted units, including an integrated oven.
Beyond the kitchen is a fully-plumbed utility room, leading out into the formal gardens to the side and rear of the home.
There is a sizeable raised flagged terrace, perfect for al fresco dining and barbecues in the long, sunny summer evenings. From there, there are steps leading to a gravelled parking area.
Venturing upstairs, the largest room has a large cast iron fireplace with two windows looking out over open countryside and allowing natural light to flood in.
Hence, it has been used as a sitting room, but could easily be converted into a master bedroom, should the need arise.
The other three bedrooms can each easily accommodate a double bed, with ample room for storage.
The tiled family bathroom contains a built-in linen cupboard, shower, panelled bath, WC and hand basin.
But it is the potential development site, to the rear of Todlaw House, which separates this house from other similar properties on the market and may appeal to would-be purchasers.
The site was roughly grassed, but has been cleared, ready to allow the proposed development to go ahead.
And to add to the appeal, the site comes complete with mature trees in the vicinity, covered by a tree preservation order and a woodland management restriction.
The planning authority, Northumberland National Park, has already granted consent for the construction of two three-bedroomed houses.
As is commonplace in national parks, there are fairly strict criteria attached to the owners or occupiers of the new homes.
Residence is restricted to those either already living within the perimeter of Northumberland National Park for more than three years; those born in the National Park and returning to it or those moving into the National Park whose occupation or profession is deemed important to the park.
* Todlaw House, Rochester *