Set amongst its own grounds and surrounded by trees and open green spaces, is the stunning Longhirst Hall. Built between 1824-8 for local landowner, William Lawson, itis considered to be one of architect John Dobson’s finest buildings. The impressive mansion, with its extensive grounds, was bought by self-made coal mining magnate James Joicey in 1887 and it remained in Joicey hands until 1936. Used in various roles over the next 40 years, it stood empty for several years before it was bought, restored and converted into a country house hotel. A popular wedding venue, Longhirst’s many sporting facilities include cricket grounds, a golf course and all-weather, floodlit tennis courts, football and hockey pitches.
The hotel closed in March 2014 with the whole property remaining empty until being purchased by Dere Street Homes early in 2016.
The development will consist of a range of thoughtfully detailed designs ranging from two and three bedroom apartments, three bedroom townhouses, right up to three, four and five bedroom houses with the grandest being the seven bedroom conversion of the original Grade II listed Hall providing some 10,325 sq ft of living space. There are also four other original historic homes for sale ranging from a five bedroom 6,542 sq ft home to a three bedroom former coach house all designed by John Dobson, the builder of Grey Street. In addition, the conversion will include nine large open plan three bedroom townhouses and 13 two and three bedroom apartments together with two additional new build three bedroom homes – a total of some 30 properties.
The Townhouses (Lawson Villas)
Longhirst offers nine two storey, three bedroom townhouses of three similar designs. The Lindisfarne, The Bamburgh and Mitford designs feature an expansive open plan kitchen/dining/ lounge area with superb floor-to-ceiling Bi-fold doors which open fully onto the rear garden, truly allowing the outdoor and indoor living spaces to be brought together. A separate family room, fully plumbed utility room and WC complete the ground floor with stairs leading to the first floor landing. The spacious master bedroom comes with full en-suite facilities, with superb views over the rear gardens, whilst the front-facing bedrooms two and three share the large family bathroom.