The Old Vicarage
- Historic six bedroom detached residence
- Situated on the north banks of the River Tyne
- Grade II* Listed property with magnificent features
- Close by to local facilities and transport links
This magnificent, stone built, historic detached residence occupies a fabulous site on the north banks of the River Tyne in Ovingham. With the backdrop of the church behind it and superb mature trees, the house enjoys a great deal of privacy and seclusion. It has a delightful high stone wall boundary and gated entrance, leading through to the private courtyard of the property which is capable of accommodating many vehicles; planning permission has been passed for the construction of a detached double garage, with store and workshop, which is currently valid.
The Old Vicarage was gifted to the church commissioners in 1919 by the first Baron of Stamfordham, in commemoration of his son, Captain John Bigg, who was killed in the First World War. The property was purchased by the current owner’s family in 1982 and since then has been refurbished and further improved, modernised and updated, on a number of occasions.
This delightful, intriguing, and impressive house is a beautiful private home which has the opportunity to facilitate two or three generation living with its North Wing being incorporated into the main dwelling more recently.
The property has the benefit of two vehicular accesses, one from the north into the neighbouring Garden Cottage and separated by a gateway leading into the private grounds of the house, as well as there being a single garage owned by The Old Vicarage. To the Western elevation, a private local lane leads up to the double gates, set into the high stone wall, which gives a second vehicular access into the grounds. The property also has a lovely old stud panelled pedestrian gate into the tall wall, adjacent to the church for easy pedestrian access.
The Old Vicarage is a fascinating building, which has been carefully maintained, and the recent owners have become tremendous custodians of the house. It provides accommodation on three levels, with the ground floor being extremely impressive.
Entrance reception hallway | Cloakroom | Separate WC | Utility room | Inner hallway with impressive wood panelling | Double drawing room with delightful views to the south, a superb fireplace, and fabulous nave shaped windows which we understand date back to the 1370s | Fabulous lounge and day to day sitting room with lovely Inglenook fireplace with crest emblems set into the recess, original southern entrance door and windows overlooking the gardens | Dining room, formerly the kitchen, with a southern aspect and views, and the last reception room of the original house is to the south western elevation, which leads to the more recently added conservatory garden room, built with a timber apex under slate; this is a stunning room which enjoys fabulous views of the Westerly gardens and the sunsets
The former North Wing, branching off to the rear and side of the house, was an independent dwelling and was incorporated in more recent years into the principal house. The whole of the ground floor has now been converted to provide one stunning large kitchen, breakfast and dining room, with its old 1600s beams and characterful windows. It is a highly impressive living area, with a state of the art modern day kitchen, central island, and beautiful fitted furniture. The old cooking Range is set into one side of the room, dating back to the 1690s. The modern integrated kitchen with its electric and gas cooking facilities and refrigeration is delightful. It leads to a small sun lounge with a fitted bar and lovely views over the west facing gardens | There is a staircase leading from this area to the first floor accommodation above, where there are two large double bedrooms and a recently refurbished bathroom/WC
The main staircase in the principal house is wide and broad and gives a shallow incline to the first floor accommodation, where there are four double bedrooms and two bathrooms | There is a staircase leading to the second floor, with dormer windows to the south, where there are two lovely attic bedrooms and a third bathroom, giving a total of four bathrooms to the house.
Externally, to the front, South and side Western elevation, the principal gardens are laid out to include a number of very impressive walkways, paths, and terraces, which follow the sun throughout the summer months. The western garden is very impressive and includes a separate raised up dais with protected gazebo to the hot tub above, a lovely summerhouse which is set above a raised terrace, and a lovely seating area.
The walkways connect through different terraces surrounding the garden and there is a tall stone retaining wall, which leads down to the lower terraces as it connects down to the banks of the river towards the village park. The views from this area overlooking the river beneath are stunning. The gardens are very well stocked with a number of beautiful trees and lovely shrubs and plants.
The Old Vicarage at Ovingham is a true Northumbrian fine country residence, which has such a historic background. It is Grade II* Listed, representing some of the magnificent features that exist, including doors, windows and beams, many external and internal features which are privileged to conserve and protect for the future. The modern refurbishment of the house and the presentation of the stunning kitchen, as well as the delightful fireplaces, must be viewed to be fully appreciated.
Ovingham is a very impressive Northumbrian village, close by to Wylam and Corbridge. It is supported by good local facilities with an excellent public inn, and in nearby Prudhoe there is a five minute walk to easy train links into Newcastle and towards the Tyne Valley and Carlisle. The natural countryside surrounding, and the beautiful walks, are very impressive, and the easy road links via the A69 are very much a benefit of the house.