Stunning home modelled on Yorkshire farmhouse
A STUNNING home, newly-built just four years ago and with fabulous, far-reaching views, is for sale on the edge of a popular village.
Phoenix House, in Hedley on the Hill, offers the opportunity for home working, with a customised office space over the garage and a cafe at the back of the property which caters for cyclists and ramblers. It also has three-quarters of an acre of land where a bungalow could be built.
John Clark has lived in Phoenix House since it was built in 2013. He shares the home with partner Anne, but actually lived in the adjacent house until he was 25. In fact, 50 years ago, his father Ray nearly bought the land where Phoenix House stands.
John said: “The sale fell through and for 50-odd years the land was standing empty until I bought it.
“Phoenix House is nearly identical to a house I saw in Wensleydale. I met a farmer who was kind enough to give me a look around his house and all the architect’s drawings to use.
“For me, this is a long, sad story and a bitter-sweet house because I had a lot of input from my dad. He pretty much decided on the viewpoint for the house and set out the lines for the foundations to give me the best view.
“Six weeks after moving into the house, Dad died. But a year earlier, I’d taken him down to Wensleydale and he was able to walk around and see how this house would look. We knew that style of house would suit being rebuilt here, which is why I called it Phoenix House.
“After Anne moved in, we noticed there were a lot of cyclists going past, so we decided to open a cafe for cyclists and ramblers.”
Phoenix House has been built to a high specification with generous room sizes and a mixture of contemporary and period styles. The large, triple-aspect dining kitchen has underfloor heating and both a Rayburn and an Aga, along with modern units and beamed ceiling.
On the other side of the hallway is a generous sitting room with inglenook fireplace and a garden room off.
On the first floor is an en-suite master bedroom, two further double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes and a bathroom. The second floor has two attic rooms.
John said: “I’ve tried to have a combination of contemporary and original style. The house is built from random reclaimed stone from Yorkshire mills. There’s also a summer house and the sun room which are used for visitors.
“I now sell factory equipment, but my former career was horticulture and landscaping, so I’ve put in two ponds.
“I overspent on the landscaping and a four-car parking area is now just being finished off. In addition there’s a gravelled area at the front which could probably take four or five cars.”
He thinks Phoenix House would suit a working family or a couple, with the property having CCTV for security and to see when cafe customers are approaching.
He and Anne are moving as his mother now lives with them and they need a place where the layout would suit her better, but he will be sad to leave his childhood memories.
“I’m also going to miss the views from here, they’re spectacular,” John said.
“I can see 30 miles ahead of me to Northumberlandia and the Blyth power station. When I cast my eyes slightly to the right, I can see Newcastle Airport tower and further right, there’s a slight sea view.”