The property is a former stately home which was built in 1842 by the Richardson family. It was later used as a Barnado’s children’s home before being sold to the current owners in 1986 when it was converted into a care home.
The home is set in landscaped gardens and surrounded by open countryside. It has south facing lounges and dining rooms and even though the extensive accommodation has been adapted to suit the needs of the residents, the character of the building has been maintained.
Approximately 15 acres of parkland surround the property and this is available to purchase by separate negotiation. The site currently has planning permission for a new purpose-built care home as well as for the conversion of the existing building to retirement flats. However, the owners are prepared to look at all options and would welcome the opportunity to discuss ideas.
Julie Kitson, director at Christie & Co who is handling the sale, comments: “This is a beautiful home set in stunning gardens in one of the most affluent parts of County Durham. We are looking for someone who can visualise the development opportunity and is open to discussions regarding the property’s future.”