One of Northumberland's finest country houses.
The Estate which extends in all to approximately 36 acres surrounds the centrally placed principal house which has benefitted from an ongoing maintenance and improvement programme to provide a beautifully proportioned yet manageable sized family home. Additional accommodation includes a pair of two bedroom apartments providing additional income and the Lodge. The elegant Stable Block lies to the north of the house, built on three sides of a square, and is a rare example of a traditional stable block still used for its original purpose.
Whilst ideal for those with equestrian, livestock, fishing and conservation interests there may be development opportunities within the stable block for purchasers seeking an additional income stream. A particular feature is the Biomass boiler which significantly reduces the running costs of the house.
A tree lined driveway leads from the formal entrance gates and Lodge cottage to a large gravelled parking and turning area and the imposing Ionic entrance portico. Meldon Park, which is of attractive honey coloured ashlar stone construction under a slate roof, includes the 14,000 sq ft principal house with up to
ten bedrooms arranged over two floors plus further accommodation in the north wing where there is a two bedroom apartment let as a holiday cottage and a further two bedroom property let on an AST. In addition there is the single storey orangery and billiard room. The house feels light and welcoming due to the well-proportioned Georgian rooms with large windows having a mainly south and westerly aspect from the principal rooms. The family have worked hard to create
a modern family home whilst retaining the period architectural features, including marble fireplaces, decorative plaster work, cornicing and the feature decorative false bookcase. The accommodation is shown on the floorplan and includes:
The entrance Portico with Ionic columns leads to the outer hall with stone flagged floor and then into the magnificent staircase hall, which is a particular feature of the house relying for effect on symmetry and the grandeur of scale. Along the south front of the house lie three interconnecting rooms including the Library, with marble open fireplace, ornate ceiling plasterwork and a pair of double doors leading to the Anteroom and Drawing room beyond. The Anteroom has a bay window, wood parquet floor, and marble fireplace with wood burning stove and double doors opening through to the Drawing room. The Drawing room has the Wyatt picture window to the east end, marble fireplace, wood parquet and ornate plaster work. The Dining room has three sets of east facing windows, large black marble fireplace and plasterwork ceiling.
There are two Studies off the east passage. The large family Kitchen together with Parlour and Utility room are in the west wing and includes a large modern dining kitchen with tiled floor, range of modern fitted floor and wall units, wooden worktop and a central island with granite worktop. There is a separate family dining area beyond which is a Snug with high ceiling
and wood burning stove, well situated off the kitchen.
On the first floor the galleried landing provides access to the bedrooms which include the large principal double Bedroom with bay window, en-suite bathroom and dressing room (or bedroom ten). Bedroom suite two includes a double bedroom and adjoining large bathroom. Bedroom three is a twin bedded room next to a house Bathroom, double Bedroom four and stairs leading down to Bedroom five which is a twin bedded room with en-suite shower room. To the west of the landing there is a large upstairs Laundry, double Bedroom six with separate WC and shower room beyond which stairs lead down to the west passage off which there are two further double Bedrooms, single Bedroom and bathroom.
An attractive feature of the property is the John Dobson designed and listed stables built on three sides of a large open yard with a two storey mid-section with symmetrical single storey wings to each side. The stable yard retains many original period features and is a rare example of a stable yard still used for its traditional purpose. The yard incorporates 11 boxes, 2 tack rooms, a feed room and 3 garages and was partly re-roofed about five years ago. There are two upstairs flats including a two bed flat and a bedsit for staff accommodation. There is a separate timber built stable block providing a further five boxes.
The formal gardens mainly lie to the south and east of the house principally comprising lawns bordered by a gravel pathway and terrace walkway sloping down to a stone Ha-Ha wall. The mature trees provide good screening and the rhododendrons are a particular feature in the spring.
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