Bradley Hall are delighted to welcome to the property market this prominent country hall in the hamlet of Espley. Situated on the outskirts of Morpeth just minutes from the A697 and A1, Espley Hall boasts all the positives of country living as well as easy access to the amenities Morpeth has to offer.
Set amongst 10 acres of private gardens and woodland Espley Hall was built in circa 1865 and fragmented into its current standing in 1969. The property is of some local and historical significance as a home to famous families including the Bainbridge and the Sanderson family. The property’s original architecture remains intact and internally the home has been tastefully kept.
The hall is approached through electric wrought iron gates down a tree lined gravel driveway and onto the front courtyard overlooking the extensive grounds. Access is granted through the front door internal porch with original tiling and into the magnificent main hall. There is a return staircase that goes up to a half landing and then back around with an impressive stained-glass window in the middle.
A dining room and drawing room are on either side of the main entrance hall and both feature bay windows overlooking the immaculate front courtyard and garden as well as period fireplaces – one with a ‘Clear View’ stove below. Beyond the reception rooms is a bright and spacious garden room with underfloor heating. The original glitter ball from when the hall was used as a wedding venue still hangs from a centre beam.
There is also a library leading from the main hall which has been converted to a comfortable home study but still holds the traditional characters of a library including handmade and fitted wooden shelving with ladders and a period fireplace with a ‘Clear View’ stove below that was fitted only 6 month’s ago. The dining kitchen is also accessed off the main hall it benefits from a large range of wall and base units, a tall pantry cupboard, double doors onto the side patio area and integrated appliances including a microwave, dishwasher and induction hob as well as space for a fridge freezer. There is also a large range aga that heats the water in the kitchen as well as the master en suite bathroom. Also on the ground floor is a handy utility room, dry store cellar, downstairs WC and boot room.
On one side, the galleried landing leads into the west wing of the upper floor where the master suite can be found with an adjoining dressing room and shower room. There are two further double bedrooms leading off from the same side of the landing which both have storage cupboards and overlook the surrounding grounds. There is also a family bathroom with a freestanding bathtub and separate shower.
Accessed from the other side of the landing is the east wing where two further double bedrooms can be found - the bigger out of the two still has the original window panes. There is yet another bathroom and WC to serve this side of the property.
Externally the hall is beautifully positioned within its substantial grounds. The expansive and well maintained two-tiered lawn provides a most picturesque setting for the house while the same mature trees that line the drive continue to the front of the property providing a private belt around the south and east periphery of the grounds. Through the woodland runs an idyllic stream with an ornamental stone bridge connecting it to a network of footpaths allowing walks around the grounds. To the side of the hall is a double garage with electric doors, a custom made greenhouse and an original summer house made in the Victorian era which was moved from the woodland to the front garden to be enjoyed fully.
Agent’s Notes: The subject property benefits from oil heating and operative sash windows with partial double glazing. A new 5000 litre oil tank was fitted 5 years ago, and a new thermostat system was recently installed to allow the upper floor to be heated separate from the lower floor. The next purchaser of Espley Hall will be gaining a truly remarkable building both inside and out.