A stunning blend of old and new
From its grand 19th Century facade, to its bespoke 21st Century interior, this stunning manor house certainly has the wow factor. Just a stone’s throw from Seaham Harbour in County Durham, Londonderry Dene House is steeped in history.
Built in 1857 for the chief agents who acted on behalf of Lord and Lady Londonderry, the property was awarded a blue plaque status in 2014. Nearby, the former home of Lord Londonderry is Seaham Hall hotel and spa. Londonderry Dene House recently underwent a complete refurbishment and offers light and spacious rooms with stunning touches.
Combining traditional features like large sash windows and fireplaces, with contemporary styling, the house offers a tasteful blend of old and new. Set in around four acres of formal landscaped gardens, the grounds of the property have been painstakingly restored.
The house is entered via large electric security gates, with an impressive driveway sweeping around the back of the house. A grand entrance portico leads to a hallway with original cantilevered staircase.
The property is set over three floors with a further lower ground floor that includes a large open planned kitchen and lounge suite leading to an attractive dining room with fireplace. From the kitchen/lounge suite there’s access to the lower ground garden and terrace areas including a well-tended croquet lawn with an array of features including garden sculptures.
The perfect space to entertain, the ground floor also includes an impressive music lounge room including a fabulous bar and billiards room. A further lounge leads to a games room and art studio. The first and second floor accommodation comprises seven bedroom suites with various impressive en suite facilities.
There is a 1920s arts and crafts wing that includes the master galleried open-plan bedroom suite with free- standing copper bath tub and en suite. This wing offers a high degree of privacy on its own within the house and includes a television and sitting room. Ideal for wine connoisseurs, the house benefits from two wine stores.
As well as the landscaped gardens, there is also a natural Dene with small stream. The beautiful gardens are well stocked with established trees, yew, box hedging and tropical specimens that flourish within Seaham’s micro climate conditions.
Londonderry Dene House, Harbour Walk, Seaham, County Durham, is for sale through Bradley Hall at a guide price from £1,500,000, tel: 0191 383 9999.
Credit: By Francesca Craggs for The Journal Homemaker – read the full version here http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?pbid=ab9d673b-f65e-4ace-a189-96b8eea75e13
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