We are delighted to bring this fabulous Grade II* Manor house to the market. Only 5.8% of all listed buildings are this important to achieve this listing having more than special interest. Whitfield Place was originally part of the Pack Horse Inn dating back C14. In C17 King Charles II frequently lodged here and is believed to have ridden his horse up the grand staircase - be this true or false this magnificent piece of architecture is steeped in history and boasts an abundance of original features. Nikolaus Pesvner, the great German Art and Architectural historian featured this property in The Buildings Of England.
DESCRIPTION If you have a passion for the aesthetic beauty of historic homes with unmatched architecture that has withstood the test of time, then this is the property for you.
Whitfield Place is steeped in character and boasts many original features from each century, from the Jacobean light single-chamfered stone-mullioned windows, filled with lattice glazing; stone- flag roof, exposed beams, vast inglenook fireplaces, salt cupboards, a priest hole (possibly suitable for a wine cellar) C18 wood panelled walls concealing a cupboard that formerly housed a box-bed and of course the magnificent grand oak staircase rising to the first and second floors - resembling a tower from the rear aspect.
Whitfield Place forms part of what was formerly the Pack Horse Inn. The Inn was converted into three cottages in 1677, two of which are now Whitfield Place. The stone inscription is still above the door along with the house name adjacent to the window of bedroom two.
Last century sadly the property became disused until around 1971 when Rev. Norman Maddison started taking an interest and consulted his friend who was an architect who agreed to help if he took on the project and so it began. It was then that the fireplaces were uncovered from under a ton of rubble and layers of wallpaper, as well as the oak staircase and the panelled walls. This arduous renovation won the Rev. Maddison and Architect Ronald Pooley a North East Civic Trust award in 1975.
This incredible property briefly comprises; entrance hall, drawing room, snug, garden room, kitchen, rear hallway with the grand staircase, shower room, utility area and dining hall to the ground floor.
To the first floor there are four bedrooms and the family bathroom and to the second floor there is a study and an attic room
Externally there are approximately three-quarters of an acre of garden which has several different characteristics.
There is also a derelict coach house which isn't listed and could be restored to its former footprint (subject to necessary consents) creating a beautiful two storey building for a variety of purposes, for example, a summer house, a garage, or perhaps an art gallery with a balcony to appreciate views of the garden.
ENTRANCE HALL The solid oak front door which has a stone pediment over, opens into a small hallway having exposed floorboards and a useful cloak cupboard. Pine doors lead into the drawing room to the left and the kitchen to the right.
DRAWING ROOM 16' 2" x 10' 7" (4.93m x 3.23m) A spacious yet exceptionally inviting sitting room boasting a magnificent stone arched inglenook fireplace with copper canopy and an open grate - perfect for cosy gatherings around a roaring fire in the winter months. There is also a small cupboard to the left, historically used to lock away salt as this was an expensive commodity and was given only to the cook. The ceilings are low and heavily beamed in oak whilst the décor is of pastel shades with warm tartan carpeting. To the front aspect is a window seat beneath original stone mullioned leaded windows benefiting a view to the front cobbles. A relaxing ambience is felt in this room especially when the sun rays catch the leaded glass. The rear staircase rises from the left of the room to the first floor and there is a stone arch leading into the snug.
SNUG 13' x 12' 11" (3.96m x 3.94m) Situated to the rear of the property, a useful extension to the main drawing room for family gatherings or entertaining friends. Boasting an impressive vaulted beamed ceiling, stone fireplace housing an electric wood burning effect fire with flagstone hearth, French doors opening out on to the patio with views over the impressive south facing walled gardens and a further window encouraging extra sun light. To the side of the snug there is a long thin store room which is believed to have been a kitchen many years ago, making you appreciate how times have changed so much. It does however have a far more practical use now with shelving for books. To the right of the snug there are double doors opening into the most recent addition - the garden room.
GARDEN ROOM 16' 8" x 8' 5" (5.08m x 2.57m) The garden room was built in 1975 and is a beautifully bright and warm area benefiting full length windows and a hardwood door opening onto the terrace to fully enjoy the glorious gardens. The wood panelled and beamed ceilings are painted in pastel shades with a contrast of natural and painted stone walls finished with a terracotta quarry tiled floor. Access to the kitchen is opposite the hardwood door, whilst there is a door to the side leading to the inner hallway and Grand Oak staircase
INNER HALLWAY Entering through an original door with hand made furnishings into the main hallway which presents the impressive oak, close-string open-well staircase with high grip handrail on fat turned balusters; moulded square newel posts, broad turned spindles, melon finials and pendants - one of the main features of the property. To the rear of the hall there are steps down into the shower room where there is also a hidden priest hole which could perhaps be utilised as a wine cellar. To the right of the hall is a useful utility area with cupboard currently housing the washing machine and an oak door opening into the dining hall.
SHOWER ROOM White suite comprising low level W/C, pedestal wash hand basin and shower cubicle with electric shower.
UTILITY AREA Useful area with storage cupboard having plumbing and space for the washing machine.
DINING HALL 15' 8" x 15' 7" (4.78m x 4.75m) An impressive room steeped in character providing an excellent atmosphere for formal entertaining. Boasting a large stone inglenook fireplace with flagstone hearth, panelled walls with wall lights and a concealed cupboard which was originally a box-bed, two further storage cupboards,a large half octagonal bay window with generous window seating and heavily beamed ceilings. Warm décor and carpeting.
KITCHEN/DINER 16' x 12' (4.88m x 3.66m) Shaker style kitchen with an array of eye level and base units finished in cream satin wood with an oil fired dual oven Aga as well as an integrated electric oven and ceramic hob, inset one and a half bowl sink and drainer, integrated dishwasher and a larder cupboard and space for a fridge freezer. There is also ample space for a breakfast table and chairs. Neutral décor, oil filled central heating radiator and solid oak flooring.
MAIN FIRST FLOOR LANDING Grand oak return staircase rising to the first floor landing giving access to the master bedroom and bedroom four. Leaded windows to each aspect and level of the tower encourage natural light to flood through.
MASTER BEDROOM 15' 11" x 12' 8" (4.85m x 3.86m) Situated to the front of the property above the dining hall also benefiting a half octagonal bay with stone mullioned lattice windows and generous window seating, a stone inglenook fireplace, exposed floor boards and oil fired central heating radiator.
BEDROOM 4 12' 2" x 6' 5" (3.71m x 1.96m) Single bedroom with neutral décor and plain carpet, oil central heating radiator and leaded window providing a pleasant outlook of the gardens and beyond. Original door leading into bedroom three.
BEDROOM 3 9' 4" x 9' 9" (2.84m x 2.97m) Adjoining room to bedroom four with separate access from the rear landing. Neutral décor with plain carpet, oil central heating radiator and leaded window overlooking the rear garden.
REAR LANDING A second landing providing access to bedroom two and the main bathroom as well as bedroom 3. Staircase descending into the drawing room with leaded window overlooking the gardens
BATHROOM 12' 9" x 6' 6" (3.89m x 1.98m) Situated to the front aspect having a white three piece suite comprising; panelled bath with electric shower over and screen, pedestal wash hand basin and low level W/C. Tiled splash backs, neutral décor, oil central heated double towel rail, plain carpet and stone mullioned lattice pane windows with views to the front.
BEDROOM 2 11' 4" x 10' 3" (3.45m x 3.12m) Second double bedroom also situated to the front of the property with oak beam to ceiling, dainty cast iron Victorian surround, neutral décor, plain carpets, oil central heating radiator and stone mullioned lattice pane windows.
SECOND FLOOR 40' x 16' 1" (12.19m x 4.9m) Accessed only via the grand staircase with leaded windows to each aspect, as well as a stained glass window at the top of the tower. The second floor is split into two elements - the study which has been partially renovated and boasts A frame roof beams and trusses with a Velux window to the rear aspect and the second element is the attic currently used for storage however, with the necessary consents there is real potential to create two further bedrooms and a 'Jack and Jill' En-Suite bathroom on this floor with heritage Velux windows.
EXTERNALLY To the front of the property there is a large cobbled area providing parking for several cars. There is also pedestrian and vehicular access to the side of the property via the Causeway. From this access there is a derelict Coach House which is not listed and as such could potentially (subject to necessary planning consents) be restored to its former self - a two storey building which has endless possibilities, one of which may be a garage to the ground floor with a first floor summer room complete with a balcony overlooking the glorious gardens.
To the rear of the property there is a secluded south facing terrace with access from the garden room. Steps lead down into the impressive walled gardens which are mainly laid to lawn but have an abundance of mature trees - one of particular interest is a hybrid walnut/hazelnut tree, there are well stocked herbaceous borders, shrubs and seasonal bulbs displaying a plethora of colour throughout the year. To the foot of the garden there is a vegetable garden, fruit trees and a greenhouse whilst to the side is a 'secret garden' hidden within mature shrubs and stocked full of roses and spring daffodils creating a fragrant retreat in which to relax.
INFORMATION It is important to be mindful that listed buildings have stood the test of time through devotion and ongoing maintenance which, although would be no more regular than any other building, materials may be costlier to stay in keeping with the original, so it is important to budget for this as well.