Its not often a family home such as Hallgarth is offered for sale. This handsome four bedroom, triple aspect Victorian stone house stands proudly on the High Street within the conservation area of Amble. Despite its High Street location the property is situated near the top of the Street being close enough to walk to the main throng of the town yet private enough to enjoy the rural coastal setting. The ‘pièce de résistance’ is the incredible view from the rear of the house that stretches from the marina towards Warkworth Castle and the estuary of the River Coquet.
Maintained and very well cared for Hallgarth has retained many of the traditional features you would expect from a Victorian period property such as bay and sash windows. The sash windows have all been professionally replaced with double glazed windows that retain the traditional sash style but provide insulation from the coastal climate. High ceilings, original working shutters, traditional window panels, detailed cornice and centre roses, delft racks and deep timber skirting boards are all intact. A rustic Inglenook fireplace, cast iron fireplace, original sandstone floor to the kitchen and decorative plasterwork are all features of this beautiful home.
Hallgarth has been a family home to the current owners for over 20 years and could continue as such to new owners however, there is also fantastic potential as a holiday home due to the excellent location and popularity of Amble and the Northumberland Heritage Coast as a tourist destination. However you choose to spend your time being outdoors is key. We all like to be beside the seaside and you need only open your back door here and you’re there.
What’s inside Hallgarth?
Hallgarth is located towards the top of the High Street and is accessed via double electric gates and a single gate. The stunning views are evident to the left of the house as you approach the front door which leads to a lobby area with original ceiling cornicing, half glazed door leads to the main hallway which features a solid oak floor, original decorative arch and door to meter cupboard. Double radiator and door accessing the principal living rooms (reception rooms, kitchen, ground floor cloaks/wc/shower room and utility area)
Reception Room 1 currently used as a sitting room measures 14ft 9 by 14ft 9 excluding the bay window area. This room is situated to the front and side of the property so not only enjoys views of the beautiful tiered garden but also benefits from the spectacular open aspect views of the marina, coast and estuary from the triple panelled beautiful bay window which is easily the best seat in the house. There is a further sash window to the front elevation, both windows have working shutters. There is a fabulous Inglenook fireplace with inset multi-fuel burning stove which brings a cosy and welcoming feel to this lovely room. There is also original ceiling cornicing and rose as well as a TV and telephone point and double radiator.
Reception Room 2 measures 14ft 9 by 14ft 9 excluding bay window and is currently used as a dining room. There is also a beautiful triple panelled bay window and a single panel sash window to the side elevation with both windows having original working shutters. There is also an open fireplace with tiled surround and hearth. As well as a delft rack there is original cornicing and a centre rose with a vintage solid brass six- candle centre light.
Breakfasting Kitchen measures 11ft 6 by 14ft 5 and is fitted with a contemporary range of oak style wall and base units. There is a breakfast bar area, a fitted wine rack, electric oven and five ring gas hob with stainless steel extractor hood over, a contemporary square sink, integrated fridge freezer, dishwasher and double larder style units. The original pantry remains which provides additional storage, there is a sash window to the side with working shutters and a beautifully restored original sealed sandstone floor.
Ground floor WC and shower room measures 4ft 5 by 8 ft A contemporary suite with WC and wash hand basin, a double shower unit and daisy style rainshower head fed from the CH mains.
Utility Room measures 9ft 2 by 7ft 3 and features the original stone wall, there is solid oak flooring and a sash window with lovely views to enjoy whilst tackling the laundry. There are a range of fitted wall and base units with oak work surfaces, space for dryer and washing machine, radiator.
A lovely staircase leads up to the first floor landing which has a window to the side, there are original decorative plaster work and the original roof beams are exposed and a remote controlled Velux window brings a rustic light feel to the first floor.
Study/Dressing Room measures 7ft 8 by 4ft 10 has a telephone point and houses the combination central heating boiler.
The Master bedroom measures 14ft 9 by 12ft 10 and has sash windows to the front and side elevation with stunning open aspect views over the marina, dunes and Warkworth castle, there is a TV point and double radiator.
Bedroom 2 measures 14ft 9 by 12ft 10 with sash windows to the front and side elevation. TV point and double radiator.
Bedroom 3 measures 11ft 6 by 13 ft 9 with sash windows to the side elevation. There is a beautiful cast iron fireplace, TV point and radiator.
Bedroom 4 measures 9ft 10 by 7ft 10ft with a sash window to the front elevation, a single radiator, TV point, loft access via hatch and ladder.
Family Bathroom/WC measures 9ft by 7ft 3 and is fitted with a contemporary white suite and contrasting black granite tiled walls and floor with underfloor heating, there is a double end bath, wash hand basin, concealed cistern WC. There is a walk in wet room style shower area with daisy rainshower head ran from the mains CH, there is also a shaver point and chrome radiator. A window to the rear elevation provides amazing open aspect views.
What’s outside Hallgarth?
There is private driveway to the front of the house with heritage block paving and parking for three cars. There are raised flower beds and a pretty garden area that is well stocked with mature shrubs and flowers
Garage/Workshop area is on the opposite side of the house away from the driveway and front entrance. There is an electric roller shutter door that leads to the garage and workshop/storage area. There is also potential for a sun room that the sellers already have planning permission for. Further details can be provided to any potential purchasers and are available upon request.
The landscaped rear gardens are two tiered with a sun terrace to one and a lawned area to the other, the gardens are beautifully maintained and have an abundance of flowers and shrubs. There are plenty of sitting areas to relax and soak up the far-reaching spectacular views which include the bowling green, the marina, estuary, dunes and Warkworth Castle.
Venturing out? Leave the car and walk down Queen Street which is home to an array of long established independent shops, banks and pubs. There is a local dentist, medical centre and leisure complex with gym and swimming pool.
What Propology love about Amble
For wildlife Amble is home to the UK’s only puffin festival celebrating the 36,000-bird colony nesting on nearby Coquet Island, an RSPB seabird sanctuary. You can watch these charismatic birds from May to early August by taking a Puffin Cruise sailing from Amble harbour. Other seabirds and wildlife are in abundance in these shores, including Roseate terns and seals.
For sea faring activities The award-winning marina has its own Yacht club and there are also numerous aquatic activities to enjoy including a surf school, sailing, kayaking, raft making, and sea fishing or just messing about in rock pools. A chat with the local fishermen will tell you why Amble is synonymous with the sea; tales of bygone years and tradition won’t fail to impress you.
The future Looking to the future it’s exciting for Amble over the next decade, plans for this small traditional working harbour include developing an aqua-cultural growth sector – possibly involving the local rearing of mussels and oysters – building on historic links with the fishing industry by creating a seafood centre with its own small business hub encouraging new fish restaurants and other sea related businesses.
Food glorious food Ice cream, fish and chips? You will find award winning boutique ice cream makers Spurelli alongside the harbour and two fantastic fish and chip shops close by. For finer dining check out Zecca literally on your doorstep specialising in traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist and fresh fish from Amble’s very own harbour, the restaurant also boasts a traditional wood fired pizza oven & open kitchen. Dine at The Old Boat House on Amble Harbour this seafood bistro is set in an old boat shed, brightly lit, with rustic wooden floors and tables. It has an open kitchen with a wood-fired oven serving fresh local produce and there are big windows to enjoy the sea views. It also has the most inviting fish selection we’ve seen outside London or Padstow.
Shopping for goodies Search out bargains at the town’s lively Sunday market on the harbour and all this without venturing out of the neighbourhood. For a wider range of amenities the market towns of Alnwick to the north and Morpeth to the south are easily accessible. The Historical village of Warkworth is only 1.4 miles away and picturesque Alnmouth is less than 6 miles both have Links golf courses.
Getting there Access to Amble is via the A1 or the Northumberland Coastal Route there are commuting possibilities from the East Coast mainline station at nearby Alnmouth and Newcastle International airport is approx. 30 miles away.