Let's move to Stanhope
PUBLISHED: 17:48 30 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:20 20 February 2013
The friendly market town has plenty going for it
Stanhopes star is rising. In a recent survey of market towns, Stanhope showed the steepest rise in property prices, with averages over ten years rising by 158 per cent. So what are the attractions of Stanhope?
Well, for one thing although prices have risen here, they remain competitive with other areas, and the town is perfectly located for commuters Newcastle is around 40 minutes away, Durham nearer. Others work from home, and with Stanhope offering many local services, they have less need to travel.
Joan Woodall, of Woodalls Greengrocers, said: Ive lived here all my life, and its lovely to look up the dale on a nice day. When Ive been away, Im always glad to come home. And its quite a safe place to live in everybody looks out for each other.
Friendly people also drew Les Mitchell from Barnard Castle to become licensee of the Grey Bull pub. I used to come here to help Stanhope Band, he said. We came in this pub and it was nice and friendly.
Joan and Les are not alone in enjoying the views: the surrounding dale is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and was Europes first Geopark. Historically, the geology provided lead, lime and ironstone but today, the geology underpins tourism. Activities on offer include walking, cycling, swimming, skiing, shooting, fishing and riding the Weardale Railway. In Stanhope, the Durham Dales Centre offers craft shops, refreshments, and visitor information.
Stanhope is also a working rural town with an annual Agricultural Show and services including banking, healthcare, shops, schools, and community halls.
Luxury in the Dales
Where: Stanhope, County Durham
What: A beautifully crafted stone built house on the periphery of this popular and attractive Dales village.
Inside: Three reception rooms, five bedrooms around an impressively spacious ground floor reception hall and galleried first floor landing.
Outside: The extensive landscaped garden include a small stream and a large stone flagged terrace.
Guide price: 595,000
Contact: Foster Maddison, 01207 528282
Where: Bishop Auckland, County Durham
What: Substantial south facing Victorian country house and cottage, set in more than eight acres.
Inside: Lobby, entrance hall, three reception rooms, study, breakfast kitchen, two conservatories, five bedrooms, two bathroom facilities
Outside: Beautiful landscaped gardens, greenhouse, staff or self-catering accommodation,
land of about 8.6 acres, including woodland
Price: Offers in excess of 750,000
Contact: Samuel Gibson, 01670 516123
Medieval manor house
Where: Stanhope, County Durham
What: Grade Two listed manor house of medieval origins with potential for commercial use subject to consents.
Inside: Generous character accommodation across four floors,10 bedrooms (seven en suite), six reception rooms.
Outside: Large gardens with ample parking set within an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Guide price: 895,000
Contact: George F White, 01388 527966
The print version of this article appeared in the May 2012 issue of North East Life
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