If you’re looking for a barn conversion with charm and character, this south facing, beautiful Grade II former 1825 Northumberland Estates Farm Steading will appeal. Restored in 2007 with great care and skill, by local craftsmen to a high specification, resulting in a rustic, heritage home with contemporary accents. The main accommodation is a handsome, two double bedroom farm steading with 26ft lounge, complete with exposed stone hemmel arched windows that overlook the garden and a separate, detached two storey Dovecot, your very own hideaway directly on your doorstep.
As a Grade II listed building, the exterior and internal design were subject to strict conservation planning rules, resulting in a splendid piece of history restored to its former beauty alongside contemporary styling to create a rural lifestyle suited for modern living. With open plan spaces and high vaulted ceilings, natural light is abundant throughout this gorgeous home.
All internal doors are solid oak brace and ledge style with traditional wrought iron hinges, latches and fittings, windows and external doors are all factory made hardwood frames with high efficiency double glazing.
There are green credentials here too, as all of the electric lighting is low energy or LED. The heating system installed at the time of conversion is underfloor hot water pipes throughout, maintaining a constant warm temperature. Heating and hot water is provided by an Air Source Heat Pump, this extracts warmth from the external atmosphere, even when temperatures are sub-zero outside, by a process similar to reverse refrigeration. Fuelled by mains electricity, the pump has a separate metered consumption of 5900 kWh in 2015 at a cost of around £760 on the current tariff with the Co-operative Energy. Some of this is off-set by the solar electricity the property generates.
There are solar photo-voltaic panels that generate around 2,000 kWh per annum and feed in tariffs in 2015 of £875. FIT payments are increased annually by RPI, tax free and guaranteed until May 2036.
Important note: No commercial holiday letting is permitted at this development.
What’s inside The Dovecot, 3 Longdyke Steading?
Please refer to the floor plan provided for individual room sizes and layout of accommodation.
Access to the property is to the rear of the small hamlet, through the private gate to the garden.
Timber hardwood door with glazed strip panel to:
Beautiful pitched roof with original oak rafters and oak lintels, dual aspect room with Velux skylight, additional window to the front elevation, and one window overlooking the garden. Fitted with a quality range of shaker style oak units, solid granite work surfaces, double Belfast sink with Franke tap. Rangemaster ‘Professional’ range cooker with 2 electric ovens and separate electric grill, five ring gas hob. Full width Rangemaster extractor hood (external exhaust) and full height stainless steel splash-back. Integrated Bosch washer-drier and dish-washer, Hotpoint fridge freezer. Natural stone flooring.
26ft reception room with gorgeous exposed hemmel arches with doors leading to patio and garden, impressive double height ceiling with solid oak beams, reclaimed brick fireplace and chimney with cast iron gas ‘real flame’ stove. Engineered oak flooring and oak staircase leading to:
With window overlooking open countryside, low tog neutral coloured carpet.
Stunning double height room with exposed oak rafters, large double walk in wardrobe with oak doors and wrought iron fittings, low tog neutral coloured carpet.
Double bedroom with stunning double height ceiling, exposed oak rafters, fitted double wardrobes with oak doors and wrought iron fittings, low tog neutral coloured carpet.
Contemporary style bathroom with travertine wall and floor tiles, large shower enclosure with shower, low level wc, wash hand basin, exposed oak beams, electric heated towel rail, window.
Separate Dovecot in the grounds of the property.
Beautifully proportioned original 1825 farmyard stone, two storey dovecot.
Stunning, large stone feature hemmel arched double glazed window is the focal point of this peaceful room.
Ground Floor Shower Room/WC
With low level wc, wash-basin and shower room.
Feature timber and steel spiral staircase to first floor:
Beautiful room, with pitched roof ceiling and Juliette double glazed door to the South, three heritage skylights, flooding the room with natural light.
Converted from a cow shed with stone arched double wooden door, 5.63 x 3.39 meters with 19 square meters (205 square feet) of additional storage in the fully boarded loft.
The hamlet consists of seven properties, all currently occupied. The estate is managed by a committee of all residents, each household has a share in the Longdyke Management Company Ltd. The shared facilities are LPG gas tanks, in the garden of Number 6, which are maintained by Calor, the shared driveways and an aerobic sewage treatment plant. All households currently pay £25.00 per month (£300 per annum). Managing the estate is not onerous and the meetings of the management company are usually social events.
What’s outside The Dovecot, 3 Longdyke Steading?
Charming south facing garden with raised vegetable beds, 10 productive cordon apple and pear trees on the East wall with alpine strawberries below, large patio, natural stone boundary walls and path. Double parking bay outside garden with path directly to front door. Feature wild-meadow adjacent to garages (not part of the title property but planted by present owners and maintained by residents).
What Propology love about The Dovecot, 3 Longdyke Steading and the location
We love the charm and rustic vibe this home exudes. Where past and present blend harmoniously together to create a stylish modern home. The Dovecot is very special and offers a private hideaway, or separate living quarters for family and friends. The setting is gloriously rural, yet only 3.5 miles to Alnwick which is both practical and convenient for travel and access to amenities. Whether it’s the architecture or peaceful countryside location that you love, this rustic retreat, packed with character and original features should please the most avid of barn conversion fans.
Alnmouth Station is 2 miles from the property with East Coast Mainline connections to Newcastle (30 mins) London (3.5 hours) and north to Edinburgh (1 hour). The quaint town of Alnmouth, with its foodie pubs and magnificent sandy beach is only 3 miles down the hill. There are good road and public transport links giving access to the Northumberland Heritage Coast with its endless castles and breathtaking scenery.