Kirkhill sits beautifully within its wild and wonderful surroundings, cradled in the idyllic village of West Thirston with the sound of the River Coquet flowing in the background. This is a fabulous and spacious 1399 sq ft Grade II listed, three double bedroom house. The accommodation is arranged over three floors and also includes a large landscaped garden with scenic views. This property offers an abundance of period features and character along with contemporary finishing touches to the bathrooms and the kitchen, that have been chosen for their high quality as well as simplicity. In each room there is a cornucopia of treasures and vintage detailing that pay homage to the heritage of the house. This truly is an attractive and enchanting family home, where you can enjoy the best of both worlds, explore the delights of the Northumberland countryside or hide away in blissful tranquillity.
What’s inside Kirkhill?
Please refer to the floor plan provided for individual room sizes and layout of the accommodation.
Kirkhill is approached via a newly tarmacked small road where you will then come to the private parking area for two cars. Going through a five bar country style wooden gate takes you into the front garden and pathway with steps that leads down to this very charming family home.
Entrance door leads to:
A very spacious and wonderfully light entrance porch with a large arched sash window that overlooks the front garden. The window has some lovely wooden shutters. The porch has enough room for shoe racks and room to store other outdoor apparel. You’ll also find the Worcester boiler here, ceramic tiled flooring and a CH radiator.
Turning left from the porch takes you into a great room to use as both a utility and a downstairs cloakroom. There is plumbing for both a washing machine and a dryer. WC, and a worktop area with an integrated stainless steel sink and cupboards below. Tiled flooring and half tiled walls. CH radiator. Window looking out to the front of the property.
Going through a half glazed door from the porch takes you into this charming and modern Pol Kefton bespoke kitchen that has been fitted out with very high quality Siemens appliances. There is a wide range of Italian solid oak fitted cabinets and cupboards that have pull out shelves and under lighting, with quality silestone countertops. The kitchen is both practical and beautiful with contemporary finishing touches like the integrated Siemens electric oven, Siemens combination microwave oven, a Siemens warming draw that is fantastic for those family gatherings and large meals, integrated Siemens dishwasher, inset stainless steel sink, integrated Siemens griddle hob as well as a five ring gas fire burner. Above the hob and gas cooker there is a Siemens chrome extractor fan. There is a stunning working fireplace with an exposed brick and solid timber surround – this space is currently used to hold the included Siemens American-style fridge/freezer.
This kitchen feels like a lovely family space and with the sash window with wooden shutters, it feels very characterful too. The window overlooks the nearby woodland. There is enough room for a table and chairs in this kitchen. The ceramic tiled flooring continues into the kitchen, one CH radiator. You’ll also find a large storage cupboard that is perfect for storing away the ironing board and other large home items.
Following on from the kitchen takes you into this attractive and incredibly welcoming lounge. It has an amazing homely feel with all of the period features such as the sash windows with detailing on them that gives them a Church look, the stripped back wooden flooring, the picture rail detailing on the walls and the inviting fireplace with original brick heart and a log burning stove to keep you toasty warm all year round. The windows also have window seats with storage cupboards beneath. You’ll find the perfect spot to sit and admire the picturesque views of the bridge that goes over the Coquet River. This is a spacious room too, meaning there is also plenty of room to have a large dining table and chairs for when you have large family gatherings. Two CH radiators.
First Floor (Access from kitchen):
The staircase is fitted with carpet and has wooden balustrades that have been painted and off-white colour. Towards the bottom of the staircase you will find a further storage cupboard.
Fitted with carpet and there is an arched sash window that overlooks the front garden. There is a small storage cupboard above the door that leads to bedroom three.
A very generously proportioned and well lit double bedroom with the most wonderful scenic views out of the arched sash window to the bridge that goes over the meandering Coquet River. Opening the window will allow you to drift off to sleep and wake up to the soft sound of the water. There is ample room for large wardrobes. The room is fitted with carpet and has a CH radiator.
A lovely double bedroom that again has beautiful views out of the sash window overlooking the bridge in the village and the flowing Coquet River. There are fitted wardrobes painted in a cream colour along one wall with plenty of shelving and hanging space. The original stripped back wooden flooring really adds character. One CH radiator.
A fabulous and exceptionally spacious family bathroom that is fully tiled and has a white three-piece Villeroy and Boch suite consisting of a wall hung WC with a concealed flush, a ceramic wash basin and a bath with a double mains fed shower above. There is a chrome ladder style towel radiator. Arched sash window that overlooks the attractive garden and has wooden shutters.
A further staircase that is fully carpeted leads you up to the attic room.
Master Bedroom with en-suite WC:
A very cosy feeling yet spacious master bedroom located in the eaves with sloped ceiling and original exposed timber beams. Lots of built in storage to two of the walls, a TV point, two Velux style windows, a CH radiator and fully fitted with carpet. There has been a re- fitted (2010) en-suite WC consisting of a Villeroy and Boch white two-piece suite and storage cupboards. The floor is fully tiled and the walls are half tiled. There is also a Velux style window in this room.
What’s outside Kirkhill?
The front of the property has a very sweet pathway and steps going from the front door, through the garden and up to the entrance gate. The garden has a lovely raised lawn area with a sunk-in trampoline. There is also a patio area that is perfect to sit out in and watch the sun rise with your morning coffee or watch it setting as you enjoy a glass of wine with the sounds of birds chirping and the river flowing. From the garden there is a side gate that takes you to the pathway and access to a beautiful public walk.
This property benefits from having a spectacular raised location meaning that in the warmer months you can sit out in the garden whilst listening to the sound of the River Coquet flowing and admiring the views over the village and the Cheviots in the distance.
At the top of the garden there is a spacious outbuilding that is perfect for storing all of your gardening equipment and could be an excellent workshop space. Electric and lighting to this outbuilding.
What Propology love about Kirkhill:
We love this handsome period property that has been lovingly and thoughtfully updated over the years by the present owners, but still retains a strong sense of antiquity. We love how this home offers an abundance of traditional features and character, which includes everything from original brickwork, working wooden shutters on the sash windows, exposed stonework and aged timber beams to the period fireplaces. There is a wonderful feel throughout this home and it has a lovely atmosphere. The garden is a dream on milder days and even if the weather turns you’ll be happy to admire the views from indoors and enjoy all the comforts of this gorgeous home. This is a home for lovers of style and history with a desire for that escapism that you can get in such a quaint Northumbrian village.
West Thirston is situated 1 mile from the A1, roughly mid way between Morpeth, approximately 10 miles south and Alnwick approximately 10 miles north making the location of this home an excellent base should you need to commute. There is also a main bus route should you wish to leave the car keys at home. The village of West Thirston is separated from the village of Felton by the River Coquet that runs through the centre of both villages. The charming old bridge at Felton is pedestrianised making for a very pleasant stroll to the village amenities. The bridge is used by the local community for many events such as traditional bring and buy sales and the annual duck race. There is a post office, village shop, a hairdressers and beauty salon, doctors surgery, a primary school and historic church. For food be sure to book in advance at the Running Fox for breakfast and The Northumberland Arms for lunch and dinner. We think this home is not only practical but is located in a desirable country chic spot yet you can travel easily being so close to the A1.