Blending chic designer interiors and family comforts, Honeystone House sets a new benchmark for modern country house entertaining.
A gracious country house with eclectic interiors and a secluded rural setting
Hewn from local honey-coloured stone, punctured by towering 12-pane sash windows and curvaceous bow windows, Honeystone House is every architecture buff’s dream. And, the second you step into the soaring, fire-warmed entrance hall to note the way its two giant columns, wooden floors and walls are painted in an oh-so-soft grey to subtly deemphasise their scale while washing the entire space with light, you know you’re in interior design heaven too.
Honeystone House is a quintessentially English house, with gracious lines, intricate plasterwork and large sash windows framed by wooden shutters, yet its owners have banished any chintz or fuss, creating a chic, distinctly contemporary home that’s rich in designer details. From eye-popping Thibaut wallpaper paired with rich William Yeoward fabrics in the six bedrooms to vintage cantilever armchairs and a midnight blue velvet sofa in the sitting room, this is a house in which to expect the unexpected.
Despite its generous size, the house benefits from a natural flow between its rooms, complemented by the creation of countless intimate spots in which to enjoy a quiet tête-à-tête, contemplate the garden views or curl up with a book. The sitting room, bathed in light thanks to its tremendous south-west facing bay windows, feeds into an inviting garden room; the dining room features a sofa and armchairs for guests to ‘sit soft’ while lingering after convivial meals; and the light-filled country kitchen also serves as an informal dining space, with a rustic wooden table comfortably seating eight.
Honeystone House claims a secluded setting in 9.5 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland in the lush North Tyne valley. Avid historians will delight in the fact that the property is just a short stroll from Brunton Turret, the remains of a turret and altar that formed a key part of Hadrian’s Wall; the 7th-century St Oswald’s Church; and the battle ground of Heavenfield, which marks the end point of the scenic St Oswald’s Way hiking trail. The historic town of Hexham, with its splendid abbey, vibrant art scene, weekly market and diverse restaurants, is just four miles away while country pursuits abound, with salmon and trout fishing in the nearby North Tyne and Tyne rivers and local grouse and pheasant shoots.
However, for all the temptations on Honeystone House's doorstep, chances are you won’t want to stray too far while you have the opportunity to call it home. The dream pad in which to gather extended family or close friends together for a long overdue reunion or special occasion, it magically blends grandeur with intimacy, boutique hotel style with country house comfort and quintessential Britishness with modern American design.
Access into a large boot room with bench seating and hanging rail. Ideal for outdoor kit and muddy dogs.
Large utility room with large fridge, small chest freezer, separate washing machine and dryer, sink.
Study – (3 steps up) – writing desk with chair.
Inner halls leads into a large reception room with armchairs and wood burning stove. Selection of coffee table books.
Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC.
Large dining room with dining capacity for up to 12 guests. Sofa and armchairs. Open fire.
Drawing room – generously proportioned with ample comfortable sofas and armchairs. Open fire. Two pillars frame the view with large bay windows overlooking the garden. Games table. A separate door leads into the conservatory/garden room with table and seating for four, bench seat. Views overlooking the side and front garden.
Kitchen – large AGA, electric oven, American style fridge and freezer, central island with two dishwashers and sink, cupboard with microwave. Pantry cupboard, selection of cookbooks. External door to the patio and large lawned garden.
First landing has a cloakroom with basin and WC.
Second landing leads into a large hall with feature window and sofa, with each of the bedrooms sitting directly off this.
Bedroom one – king size bed, side table, chest of drawers, door hook with hangers. Looks over the courtyard.
En suite bathroom with large shower, heated towel rail, shower (rainforest head with separate mixer), basin and WC.
Bedroom two with 3’ twin beds with zip and link system which can be configured to super king, chest of drawers, settle bench, door hook with hangers. Looks over the courtyard.
Bedroom three – master bedroom with fixed super king bed, large picture window with extensive views overlooking the garden, side tables, chaise, chest of drawers. This leads into a large dressing room with built-in wardrobes with hanging space and storage. This bedroom enjoys wide views over the extensive garden.
En suite bathroom (Jack and Jill with second door access from the hall) – large bath tub, two basins, separate shower, WC.
Bedroom four – fixed super king bed, side tables, large wardrobe, two armchairs, decorative fireplace, Roberts DAB radio. Views over the side lawned garden.
En suite bathroom – with shower, basin, heated towel rail, WC.
Bedroom five – 4’6” double bed, side tables, chest of drawers, door hook with hangers. Views over the side lawned garden.
En suite bathroom (Jack and Jill with second door access from the hall) – roll tub bath, vanity unit with basin, heated towel rail and WC.
Bedroom six – four-poster king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, chaise, settle bench seat, dressing table. Views over the side lawned garden.
En suite bathroom – two steps up from the bedroom, bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Extensive grounds with a large lawn to both the side front of the property. The side garden is enclosed. The access gate off the main road into the property can be closed but children and dogs should be closely supervised.
Ample private parking on the gravelled access courtyard.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request. There are some outdoor toys in the cupboard in the boot room.
The main access gate of the property bounds onto a main road therefore care should be taken to always closely supervise children.
Three dogs permitted at a charge of £35 per dog. Dogs should be kept to the boot room and utility room of the property until clean and dry. Thereafter they should be kept to the ground floor of the property only, and kept off the furniture. They are not permitted in the bedrooms.
High-quality hand soaps and shower wash is provided. A hairdryer is supplied in the main double bedrooms.
Wi-Fi & Mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available with good speeds. Mobile reception is generally good.
The property benefits from a wood burning stove in the large reception hall, with an open fire in both the dining room and drawing room. The heating is oil fired and radiators are thermostatically controlled.
There is an annexe to Honeystone House and a separate Coach House which are privately let. Both sit to the rear of Honeystone House. The garden and grounds of Honeystone House are not shared, however it should be noted that the main access gate and driveway off the main road is shared with the annexe and Coach House to the rear. Privacy is respected but guests should be aware that there may vehicles using the main driveway and passing through the courtyard area.
There is a rod room available for guest use which sits on the side of the nearby Coach House.
The River Tyne is one of the best river systems for salmon and sea trout fishing in England and Wales, and rivals many of the Scottish rivers too. The River North Tyne, just 1.5 miles from Honeystone House, is one of the two sources feeding into it and sits downstream from Kielder dam, flowing through beautiful countryside along its course. For a day’s fishing on the river, you can purchase permits for one of the many beats along the river, from the online shop of the Tyne Rivers Trust. All proceeds of buying these permits go straight back to the Trust and will be used to further improve the river in years to come.
From mid-March to mid-April:
The well-known beat at The Chesters (1.6 miles from the property) is a 1.2km beat situated below Chollerford Weir and extending to Walwick Grange. The permit will allow fly fishing from both banks of Upper Island and Hodley Banks, with fast streams and holding pools with good stocks of wild brown trout for catch and release.
From mid-March to mid-June:
The Hersleyside Ridings Beat (12.5 miles from the property) spans 1.5km of vegetated gravel shore, which allows for fly fishing of brown trout (catch and release).
From mid-March to end-September:
Slightly further afield, the beat at Lewisburn (30 miles from the property) is a 4km stretch of water full of wild brown trout, spanning from High Long House to Lewisburn Car Park and has no limit on the number of anglers. Fly or worm fishing is permitted from March until July, then it is fly only during August and September (catch and release).
From February to October:
If you fancy fishing in the River Tyne itself, the Swallowship beat at The Devils Water (9 miles from the property), which is one of the main tributaries of the River Tyne, offers the opportunity to fly fish for brown trout, sea trout and if you’re lucky, salmon too (catch and release). It's a 1.6km beat running from Linnels Bridge, through Haughland and Canyon, ending as the river emerges into farmland above Dilston. Offering mixed grades of fishing with wide-open pools and steep-sided rock cliffs for more experienced anglers.
The nearest village shop and post office is in Humshaugh, just a three-minute drive from the property.
The popular tourist village of Corbridge is seven miles away and offers a variety of independent shops, two pubs, restaurants and cafés, as well as a delicatessen, The Corbridge Larder, and family-run farm shop and berry picking at Brocksbushes Farm.
Nearby Walwick Hall Hotel (1.7 miles) offers excellent spa and leisure facilities, delicious homemade afternoon tea and also fine or casual dining. Restaurant Hjem, which was recently awarded its first Michelin Star, comes highly recommended, or visit nearby Gastro Pub, The Rat Inn, for something a little more casual.
The Hexham Farmers’ Market (5.6 miles) takes place on the second and fourth Saturday of every month with a vast array of local producers offering plenty of choice for all. Hexham has numerous cafés throughout the town centre, offering a wide range of lunch options or simply a coffee and cake stop. A variety of pubs and restaurants offer international cuisine from Mexican to Greek, as well as Indian, Chinese, Italian, and award-winning French bistro, Bouchon Bistrot. There is also a Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, and Tesco in Hexham.
Located deep in Roman Wall country, Honeystone House is surrounded by footpaths and bridleways, big skies and wonderful views. Sitting close to Hadrian’s Wall (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), St. Oswald’s Way and the Simonside Hills, the area has plenty to offer those seeking dramatic ridges and panoramic views.
For walking, The Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail follows the course of the Roman barrier along its entire length and is one of Britain's most popular long-distance walks; however, there are also many shorter circular walks suitable for all ages and abilities, including the Sycamore Gap Walk and the Housesteads to Steel Rigg.
Cyclists will relish the challenge of Hadrian's Cycleway, which offers incredible scenery throughout its entire length. Not for the faint-hearted at 170 miles, but with plenty of scope to ride smaller sections at a more relaxed pace.
For history buffs, this is a perfect base from which to explore Chesters Roman Fort, Housesteads Fort and Vindolanda, all of which are steeped in Roman history and offer a fascinating insight into Roman life on the edge of the empire 2000 years ago. Here, you can see in incredible 3D-detail what life was like on the wall in the life of a Roman soldier, and discover the latest artefacts, including the world-famous Vindolanda writing tablets.
Golf enthusiasts are well catered for at nearby Matfen Hall (9.2 miles), which is just fifteen minutes from the door, where you can enjoy gold standard facilities in a lush parkland setting, or can perfect your swing at the golf academy. Alternatively, why not retreat and indulge in a spa treatment or two for the ultimate relaxation.
For some family fun, why not play Tarzan for the day and head to 'Go Ape' (9 miles) to swing through the trees and experience some exhilarating zip wires!
You can enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures in over 13,000 acres at nearby Wallington Hall, with gentle woodland strolls to more extensive hikes, or take your bike and explore the Dragon Cycling Trail, a safe family-friendly route where you may be lucky enough to spot one of the resident red squirrels in the woods. For less active pursuits, head to the Clock Tower Cafe in Tynemouth for a coffee and cake stop, or take a tour of the main house for a fascinating insight into the rich history and artefacts of this 300-year-old-home.
Avid anglers can spend their day fishing on the nearby River North Tyne, known for its superb wild trout fishing. More detail on this can be found in the fishing section of the property details tab.
Vallum Farm and Restaurant (8 miles) is an incredibly popular spot with a fantastic patisserie and deli, or why not try your hand at something new with Vallum artisans (booking required), such as craft beer and pie tasting, ice-cream making, cheese making, or cooking experiences. For children, there’s an outdoor play paddock and wildlife walks with other seasonal events.
Cragside House and Gardens offer a captivating day out for the family where you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Crammed full of gadgets developed by Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong, Cragside is truly a wonder of its age. The adventure playground with its network of paths and tunnels will be a huge hit with children, and the gardens here are an absolute delight.
A fifty-minute drive will take you to the Kielder Water and Forest Park, with something for everyone, including water sports enthusiasts, cyclists, walkers, naturalists, artists, families and photographers. A highlight is the star gazing treat at the Kielder Observatory where you can view the outstanding dark skies of the Northumberland National Park.
The stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast are an easy day trip, including the iconic Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle (40 miles), home to the Duke of Northumberland. With its rich history, exquisite art, beautiful gardens, and film location for Harry Potter, there is plenty of wizardly magic and mayhem to keep all ages entertained.
Finally, a trip to the city of Newcastle with its amazing Millennium revolving eye bridge and the fantastic glass Sage building for music. Admire the wonderful architecture of the northeast’s most eminent architect, John Dobson, or perhaps take in an evening of arts at the wonderful Theatre Royal.
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Babysitting and nannies
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- Three dogs are welcome with a charge of £35 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Soaking up the warmth of the sun in the garden room as it sinks into the lush North Tyne valley and gilds the rich, honey-coloured stones of the house."Nin, owner of Honeystone House