Dere Street Homes’ Longhirst Hall development has been shortlisted for two prestigious RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) Awards in both the Building Conservation and Residential Categories.
The original Hall dates back to 1824 when the Lawson family commissioned John Dobson to build their country residence – the same architect who designed Newcastle’s famous Grey Street and some of the region’s most elegant buildings – and has been described as his finest classical design.
The £8m conversion project has seen the original Grade II listed hall converted into five truly spectacular family homes, only one of which remains for sale, with the later additions which were part of the Longhirst Hall Hotel and Conference Centre being converted into nine spacious three bedroom townhouses and 20, one, two and three bedroom apartments.
Russell Edwards, of North Shields based Edwards Architecture, commented, “We were delighted to be commissioned by Dere Street homes for this incredible development which has brought new life to one of the region’s finest buildings. Our task was to marry the construction challenges of working in a Grade II listed building with the demanding internal specifications and attention to detail and quality of finish required by our client to produce stunning homes. We had to retain as many of the historical features and details as possible in addition to not only meeting, but frequently surpassing, modern building specifications.”
The winners of the RICS NE regional awards will be decided at the Annual Dinner on Friday 26 April.
Surrounded by mature woodlands and the landscaped lawns of the original Hall, the development offers residents the perfect location to enjoy the rural lifestyle. Located off the B1337 road, just a few minutes away from the beautiful Northumberland coastline and the new Morpeth Bypass, Longhirst is close enough to links to the new road to allow easy commuting to Tyneside and beyond, whilst being far enough away to retain its truly rural setting.
The final conversion is the spectacular Orangery which offers a three level, five bedroom period home of staggering proportions and includes a large gym, media room and home office located in the property’s lower ground floor. The impressive ground floor features a 31’ by 30’ open plan bespoke kitchen with stunning central island unit leading to the living/dining area. Two large double bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities complete the ground floor. The magnificent master bedroom, spacious by any standards at some 31’ by 18’, features full en-suite facilities, a separate dressing area and is located on the first floor together with two additional double bedrooms.
The Orangery is released for sale at £925,000.
The development also offers one final two storey townhouse at £375,000 and a range of apartments ranging from one bedroom to three bedroom designs from £149,500 to £289,500.
Full details are available from Joan O’Connor, Development Sales Manager, Thursday to Monday 10.00am to 5.00pm on 01670 791825 or www.derestreethomes.co.uk. Development Post Code NE61 3NA.