OUTSTANDING HISTORIC MANOR HOUSE OCCUPYING A PRIME POSITION WITHIN THE CITY OF DURHAM
Crook Hall, a medieval Manor House built circa 1217 is one of the oldest inhabited houses in Durham City. The Medieval Hall merges into a Jacobean Manor House which itself leads into the main accommodation within the large Georgian three storey town house. The accommodation in the house extends to approximately 6,517 sq ft with well-proportioned rooms many having a southerly aspect with views towards the Cathedral. The accommodation is flexible in terms of configuration, providing many options for a purchaser depending on whether they wish to occupy the whole house privately or with mixed private and commercial use. (See floorplan)
The Georgian house is of brick construction under a slate roof whilst the older parts are built of sandstone under a Welsh slate roof. The medieval hall is believed to have been restored in the 1980s at which time the new circular turret was added. The upstairs attic room above the Jacobean drawing room was restored in 2009 when that part of the house was reroofed. One of the joys of the house is the variety of architectural styles and features. These include the Medieval Hall which is well suited for commercial or private use as a party room with a minstrels gallery leading into the Jacobean section characterised by large rooms, the historic staircase and open fires before proceeding into the Georgian house typically characterised by well-proportioned light rooms, attractive fireplaces, shuttered windows, painted panelling, cornicing and recessed display alcoves. The main house could provide six or seven bedrooms depending on personal requirements.
To the rear of the house is a detached two storey Coach House (1,053 sq ft) currently providing office space on the ground floor and a separate one bed first floor apartment being perfectly situated for home working or letting out.
The Gardens: The Crook Hall Gardens are one of the key features of the property having been described by Alan Titchmarsh as tapestry of colourful blooms. The gardens are designed as a series of rooms including the Cathedral lawn, the Shakespeare garden, silver and white garden and the walled gardens with a more open larger lawned garden area between the house and the delightful pond. Outside the formal gardens lies the vegetable garden and grass paddocks, ideal for those with livestock or ponies or simply as a further conservation area from where there are views across unspoilt countryside.
Garden Gate Cafe - The vendors built and successfully ran the Garden Gate Café with adjoining maze and private carpark which lies immediately to the south of the property and is edged blue on the sale plan. This area extends to approximately 1.17 acres and may be available to the purchaser of Crook Hall. The timber clad café which has won design awards has generated increased turnover since trading commenced in 2015. It comprises of a two storey timber clad building with ground floor café, kitchen, storage areas and outdoor seating terrace together with a well-designed and attractive first floor two bedroom apartment which can be separately accessed and has been very successfully let. The café and apartment together have a gross internal area of 1,967 sq ft. Informal discussions with the planners suggest potential for conversion of the property into a single residential dwelling (purchasers must make their own enquiries) alternatively the business could be run as before as a café and holiday apartment. The adjoining carpark not only supports any commercial ventures at Crook Hall and the café but also
provides consistent income as a standalone asset.
Guide Price - £1,750,000 for Housel and Gardens
£3,000,000 for whole including cafe and carpark
View payable Stamp Duty for this property