Property of the Day: Shotley Hall, County Durham

A neo-Gothic mansion with acres of private parkland

THE PROPERTY: Built in 1863 by the architect Edward Robson, this Grade II-listed building has been lived in by members of the same family for over 150 years. Set within more than three acres of parkland, the High Victorian neo-Gothic building is extremely private.

THE LOCATION: As well as enjoying private rural surroundings, the house has the small village of Shotley Bridge on its doorstep, complete with a local pub and restaurant. Meanwhile, the town of Consett is less than three miles away and the cities of Durham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne are 30 minutes by car.

THE INTERIOR: With nine bedrooms on the first floor and a grand dining-room, this is a fabulous house for entertaining. The third floor is accessed via the rear staircase, offering even more bedrooms or the potential to be converted into a self-contained flat.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The home includes 10 William Morris stained-glass windows, many designed by Morris specifically for Shotley Hall. The Morris influence also extends to the brass fireplace and the beautiful wrought-iron staircase in the main hall.

BUY IT NOW: £1,350,000 with Savills

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