Northumberland Properties - The Hollies, Berwick, a Victorian family home with the wow factor
PUBLISHED: 02:22 30 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:20 20 February 2013
The stunning Victorian house in Berwick could make the perfect family home, as Amanda Griffiths discovers
The Hollies is for sale through Smiths Gores Berwick office, priced 695,000 01289 333030, www.smithsgore.co.uk.
When Claire and Paul Weeks were looking for a new family home, Claire knew The Hollies in Berwick-upon-Tweed was the one almost instantly.
When we first saw it I only got as far as the hallway before I knew, she says. Its just so lovely, light and open and all the other rooms open up directly off it and that just sold the house to me. I thought, actually it doesnt matter what the other rooms are like, they can be changed if necessary, she laughs.
Claire and Paul moved into the Victorian property at the beginning of 2003 with their three sons Marcus, now 20, Alastair 19 and Charles 13 and set about making it their own.
Featuring a large sitting room with dining area, a separate family room and kitchen downstairs along with utility and boot room off the kitchen, there was plenty of room for family living, space for boys to be boys and socially the property soon lived up to its potential as a great party house with Claire saying theyve hosted some great family events and Christmas drinks receptions in the property.
The detached, stone built Victorian property still retains its original cornicing and terracotta tile floor in the hallway and the Weeks have only had to do the minimal amount of work to the property to make it home.
We havent had to do a much to it really, says Claire. We gutted the kitchen and started from scratch because the previous owner had put in a false ceiling and to me the room just didnt look how it should have done. Other than that we added a bathroom to the guest room at the back but that was about it.
The previous owners had converted the garage into an office, which I use as my studio. I paint colourful, lively watercolour pictures of hens, chickens and cockerels, some of which are on the walls.
I love the sitting room/dining room but also the kitchen because its so central and of course because it was designed specifically to suit our needs as a family, she says.
The kitchen forms the heart of the home, with fitted cream solid wood units including a central island unit, Leisure rangemaster cooker, fridge freezer and integral dishwasher and to the rear is a pantry/boot room and generous sized utility room with direct access to the gardens.
The sweeping staircase in the hallway, which took Claires breath away when they first viewed the property, leads to the first floor with five double bedrooms including the guest room with en-suite bathroom, primarily accessed by a rear staircase and the family bathroom.
Each of the bedrooms has its own vanity units with scope to add en-suites at a later date should a new owner the property is for sale from Smiths Gore estate agents wish to do so.
They dont build houses like this anymore, with high ceilings and good sized rooms its indicative of the Victorian period when it was built, but I think what also sets it apart is the amount of surrounding space.
We have a big garden to the front and the back all surrounded by a wall which runs right round the property.
Everyone always comments on how quiet it is, yet were only ten minutes walk from the railway station with trains into central Edinburgh or Newcastle only taking about 45 minutes so it would be great for commuters.
The print version of this article appeared in the May 2012 issue of North East Life
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