Middleton Lane, Middleton St. George, Darlington

£395,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 3
** WEALTH OF TRADITIONAL FEATURES ** ** SOUGHT AFTER VILLAGE LOCATION **

** RARE OPPORTUNITY IN TODAY'S MARKET ** ** THREE RECEPTION ROOMS/THREE DOUBLE BEDROOMS **

HISTORY OF THE PROPERTY

Number 8 Middleton Lane was originally built as a home for a senior police officer in the late 1800s. Law enforcement at the time was the responsibility of a Constable but it was thought that the village needed a more senior officer and land was purchased in 1881 from William Alexander Wooler Esquire; of Sadberge Hall, to build a suitable residence.

A substantial family home was built and occupied by the senior police officer and his family.

Later as the village became more law abiding and the make-shift prison in the village square was disused, the senior police officer s home was extended to include 2 cells and a reception room was converted into the police office and the house became the village police station. The property was also enhanced by a two storey extension to provide a kitchen and bathroom for the senior officer s family.

Throughout the years as police station the holding cells were rarely used. It has been reported that a Canadian airman, stationed at Goosepool airbase during WW11 and a stray dog were the only inmates.

The construction of 2 modern police houses one with an office attached, in The Square, led to the closure of the police station on Middleton Lane and it was sold in the late 1960s and converted back into a substantial family home.

BACKGROUND

The property has great history interest and character, both the scale of the house and the proportion of the rooms make it an ideal family home with ample scope for development to meet the needs of a range of buyers.

The house itself has wonderful presence with large spacious rooms, a generous driveway on the right hand side leading to a sizeable detached garage. Pleasantly positioned in the picturesque and sought after village of Middleton St George with many amenities but afforded the seclusion of its own private, enclosed gardens to the front and rear. The property is ideally located with riverside walks and golf course within striking distance.

Internally the house is ready for the buyer to make their mark and transform it into a forever home . Original features such as Parquet flooring, moulded coving and ceiling roses, traditional fireplaces, strong room door and a hand-pull entry bell create tremendous atmosphere but there is great opportunity for enhancement and extension, subject to relevant consent, together with some scope updating which is reflected in the asking price.

There are three sizeable reception rooms on the ground floor, two at the front of the property, perfect for entertaining family and friends equally suited to creating a space to work or to accommodate interests or leisure pursuit.

GROUND FLOOR

A sizeable entrance hallway giving a fabulous first impression, two excellent sized reception rooms both of which enjoy windows to both front and side elevations flooding the rooms with natural light. The DRAWING room to the left of the entrance has a coal effect gas fire and a very unusual strong room door leading to a workshop/ office space which was originally one of the holding cells in the house s previous life. The SITTING room to the right of the entrance has a traditional open fire with gas point. The DINING room is also well proportioned with windows to side and rear of the property. There is an inglenook fireplace with a log-burner style, electric fire. The fitted kitchen has windows to the side and rear provides a range of base and wall mounted units with laminate work surfaces and a stainless steel sink unit.

The rear porch leads to an ample covered storage area that takes you to the rear entrance of the workshop/ office and on to a useful utility room, incorporating separate low level WC, Belfast sink, plumbing for washing machine and space for tumble dryer and chest freezer together with wall mounted Worcester gas boiler.

FIRST FLOOR

Gently curving staircase leads to open landing area with a charming oval window to the front and windows to the rear elevations. The two double bedrooms to the front of the property benefit from windows to both front and side elevations, flooding the rooms with natural light; both have built-in wardrobes. The third double bedroom has a window to the side of the property. The bathroom with white suite comprising bath, pedestal wash basin and separate w.c.

EXTERNALLY

The home is superbly set back in its own grounds with mature gardens and large detached garage with dual access via up-and-over door to the driveway and open-out rear doors leading to service lane behind the property. There is a lighting and power together with a car pit for motor maintenance. There is generous parking to the front and side of the property whilst the rear mature garden is laid out as lawn and vegetable growing area with sizeable greenhouse. There are also two useful stores and a plumbed w.c., giving huge potential for development as a garden office subject to the relevant consent. The property is supplied with three-phase electricity.

ENTRANCE HALLWAY

SITTING ROOM

4.29mx4.78m (14'1x15'8)

DRAWING ROOM

3.68mx4.90m (12'1x16'1)

DINING ROOM

3.56mx4.80m (11'8x15'9)

KITCHEN

3.53mx2.87m (11'7x9'5)

LARGE COVERED STORAGE AREA

WORKSHOP/OFFICE

UTILITY

4.50mx2.06m (14'9x6'9)

FIRST FLOOR LANDING

BEDROOM

4.27mx4.88m (14'x16')

BEDROOM

3.25m max x 4.80m (10'8 max x 15'9)

BEDROOM

3.58mx3.68m (11'9x12'1)

BATHROOM

SEPARATE W.C.

EXTERNAL

LARGE DETACHED GARAGE

9.14mx3.05m (30'x10')

FRONT AND REAR GARDENS

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