We live in a small village of about 200 houses in beautiful countryside. There are two thriving pubs, one of which is a well-known local eatery doing excellent evening and weekend meals. The nearest small town is Ponteland, six miles away, with several supermarkets, etc. There are about five buses a day to both Newcastle and Hexham, but a car is recommended for trips further afield (happy to discuss car-swapping)
Stamfordham is an excellent base for exploring Northumberland, including the fabulous and largely unknown Northumberland coast, North Pennines, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh and the Lake District are each less than 2 hours drive and there are several English Heritage and National Trust properties and gardens in the area. We’re equidistant (12 miles) from both Hexham, Tynedale’s market town with its Abbey; and Newcastle upon Tyne. The Georgian architecture of central Newcastle is a real gem, as is the industrial heritage of the riverside reflected in the multiple road and rail bridges across the Tyne “gorge”. The Sage Gateshead on the south bank is a world-class venue for classical, folk, jazz and all musical genres and is part of the cultural renaissance of the riverside that includes the Baltic centre for modern art.
Our home is on the edge of the village, with wonderful views particularly to the west overlooking a conservation area including a small river and floodplain with meadow flowers and orchids in June/July. It is on a quiet lane with a daily milk tanker collecting from the farms farther along but no through traffic. There are walks across open countryside from the door, and the surrounding countryside is superb cycling country. We can recommend loops of various distances taking in coffee shops and farm ice cream parlours! We are on the Sustrans Reivers coast-to coast cycle route.
The house was extensively adapted a couple of years ago with a new two-storey bedroom extension to the rear. The interior (bathrooms, kitchen, living rooms) have all been entirely refitted. It is fully centrally heated (oil), augmented with solar hot water heating and there are wonderful wood-burning stoves in the lounge and dining/sitting rooms (wood provided). The house is largely floored with oak wood. The kitchen has an induction hob, large larder fridge and separate freezer, (second large fridge-freezer in cellar) microwave, electric fan oven and dishwasher. It is open plan to the dining/sitting room, with the best views over the countryside and down the lane. There are two generously sized bedrooms on this level togehther with the main bathroom and small toilet, and an additional TV lounge. The master bedroom is on a lower level (the house is on a sloping site) with ensuite toilet and shower. There is a fourth double bedroom with ensuite toilet upstairs. There is a double garage and ample additional off-road parking. There is a cellar containing four adult-sized bikes, and a sea kayak(!) that you are welcome to use. Our TV watching is done on one of two computers which includes Freeview satelite channels. You are welcome to use the computer, or connect your own laptop to our wireless broadband connection.
We have no pets and our few plants need minimal care. We can arrange a cleaning service.
We are an NHS consultant working at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle and a teacher in a local village school. We have two teenage daughters. We are a fairly musical family and there is a piano in the TV lounge you’re welcome to use! We have a wide variety of books, computer and other games that are at the disposal of your children, and we still have (and can easily borrow to supplement) toys and books for younger children. We can provide house-swap references from friends locally who have encouraged us into it!
We are six miles from Newcastle International Airport with direct flights to Amsterdam, London and Paris; and near the North Sea Ferry terminal with overnight crossings to Scandinavia and Germany