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School House stands in an elevated position looking onto the village green. Its period charm is hard to ignore, and the welcoming gate invites you up the steps to take a look inside. This much-loved home has been renovated and extended over 18 years in the care of its current owners.
Built in 1870, it was first home to the headmaster of the neighbouring primary school until it was sold by the local authority in the 1970s. Many people within the village of Wolviston have a tale to tell about this well-loved house. We’ve heard that the headmaster’s wife used to bake cakes on a Friday for all the school children and would hand them out at the back gate that adjoined the playground.
Wolviston itself is a historic village served by independent stores yet conveniently close to major towns and cities, should you need them. It wasn’t a place the owners were familiar with until a random drive led them to School House, and they fell in love with it.
How it won our hearts
“We were looking for a property in a location that had good connections to Newcastle and Middlesbrough. We were viewing some houses and by chance drove through the village. We saw the ‘For Sale’ sign and we were determined to get the house and eventually secured it for our family home.”
And a happy family home it has been, too. Their children went to the primary school next door, and have grown up in the village. Now they are about to fly the nest: “It’s time for a change, and if we don’t do it now we never will.”
Warm and welcoming living
The Post Office is the hub of the village and also sells groceries – Wolviston is the kind of place where it’s easy to get to know your neighbours. If you think its setting will make it a sleepy place to live, you could be mistaken – with the nearby cricket club and golf club, Women’s Institute, folk club, horse riding school, St Peter’s Church and the allotment holders’ club, there is plenty to get involved in. Should that not be enough, there are the two local pubs, The Ship and The Wellington Inn.
The name of the village dates back to Saxon times and lies close to Wynyard Hall, which has had many royal visitors over the years. One place where local families often congregate is the village green directly opposite School House; a lovely open space surrounded by a mix of terraced cottages and attractive houses.
Back to the property
The owners have beautifully renovated and extended the property whilst retaining many of those period features we all love. They fell for the space that this house provides and we don’t think you will be disappointed.
The kitchen extension is wonderful, and we’re sure the owners won’t mind us telling you that it has played host to many a gathering. With its open-plan design, and even speakers in the ceiling, it offers a great space to entertain your family and friends; you can play host in any season, as the french doors open onto the garden.
The two reception rooms are stylishly decorated and make the most of their high ceilings. You will still find the original coving and picture rails, together with high skirting boards typical of the period.
The owners enjoy the outdoor space too. “We put a bench at the back of the garden and we can sit there with a glass of wine in the summer and look out towards the green. Inside we love the kitchen/diner, as we can look out into the garden and see the green too.”
The property benefits from a large, well maintained rear yard which is a suntrap and very private; the owners often enjoy their morning coffee sat relaxing whilst reading the paper and in the evenings having barbecues.
What we admire
This home has incredible kerb appeal, it catches your eye immediately. Inside, it provides the perfect home, allowing you to enjoy the outside space as much as the interior. Whether you know the property, or stumble on it by accident like the current owners did, we know that once you take a step inside, it will be hard to get out of your mind.
The facts - travel
15 minutes to Middlesbrough
40 minutes to Newcastle
1 hour to Leeds
20-minute walk to Billingham
10 minutes to the historic maritime town of Hartlepool
The facts – the home
3 large double bedrooms
1 dressing room
2 reception rooms
Large kitchen diner
1 dining room
- Ground Floor - - Reception Hall - Lounge - Dining Room - Reception Room - Kitchen - Utility - Study - First Floor - - Master Bedroom - Dressing Room - Bedroom Two - Bedroom Three - Family Bathroom
• Landscaped gardens to the front and side • Private rear yard • Driveway providing off road parking
Middlesbrough Centre 7.7 miles | Hartlepool 7.2 miles Darlington Town Centre 17 miles | Durham City Centre 20 miles Newcastle City Centre 36 miles Newcastle International Airport 41.5 miles | York 60 miles Trains – Darlington to London 2 hours 25 minutes Darlington to Edinburgh 2 hours