A unique landmark property, formerly Akeld Station, that has been sympathetically reinvented to embrace the requirements of modern living. The main house, The Warehouse and Guards’ Van all offer income potential.
5 Reception rooms
4 Bedrooms & 2 bathrooms
Garden and parking
Open-plan living space
2 Bedrooms & 2 bathrooms
Open-plan living space
Bedroom & shower room
LOW AKELD HOUSE
Entrance porch | Reception hall | Sitting room | Dining room | Library | Snug | Conservatory | Breakfasting kitchen | Utility | Cloakroom | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Large garden | Parking
Entrance porch | Open-plan living space | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms (both en suite) | Large decked area with hot tub | Parking
THE GUARD’S VAN
Open-plan living space | Bedroom | Shower room |
Private garden with pergola and hot tub | Parking
In a former life Low Akeld House served as Akeld Station, part of the N.E.R. Cornhill branch line. This 36-mile track ran from Alnwick in the South through Wooler and terminated at a junction with the Tweedmouth-to-Kelso line at Cornhill on Tweed. When the line first opened in May 1887, its function was to transport freight between Coldstream and Wooperton, However, in September of that year passenger services were introduced.
Sadly, the passenger services fell into decline in the years following WWI and Akeld Station blew the whistle on passenger transportation when the last train departed on 22nd September 1930 (only 43 years after the line had opened). In order to generate additional income, redundant waiting rooms and old carriages were often rented out as self-catering holiday homes, known as camping coaches and cottages. This was a concept that proved extremely popular from the 1930s right up to the 1960s.
Akeld Station saw its prospects improve dramatically during WWII when it became the railhead for a new RAF airfield based at Millfield. But this was short-lived. In 1948 and 1949 the line suffered serious storm damage between Ilderton and Wooperton, resulting in the bridge north of Ilderton being washed away, never to be replaced.
The two halves of the line continued to carry freight until the Alnwick to Ilderton portion finally closed in March 1953. The Coldstream (Cornhill) to Wooler line ran until March 1965.
Today Akeld House retains much of the original character and charm that evokes the Golden Age of steam. However, this unique property has been sympathetically reinvented and updated to embrace the requirements of modern living. It is immaculately presented throughout and delivers an artful fusion of classical elegance with flawless contemporary style.
Much of the downstairs living accommodation has pleasing proportions with high ceilings and parquet flooring. The internal layout provides a flexible canvas which can be interpreted according to the new owner’s requirements.
The comfortable sitting room is light and airy with its dual-aspect views and a multi-fuel stove set into a marble hearth creating a focal point. The sitting room adjoins a dedicated library which is fitted with bespoke bookcases that add to the overall character of the space.
The large dining room, which stands across the hall from the sitting room, provides a generous second reception room and gives access into the kitchen, as well as opening into a cosy snug.
The sleek, modern kitchen provides an exceptional environment for informal dining and entertaining. It is fitted with elegant white units with an island at its centre. Bi-fold doors give outside access on to a terrace which is ideal for breakfasting during the summer months.
There are four bedrooms; one of which is located on the ground floor conveniently close to a bathroom. The remaining bedrooms are situated on the first floor and share a second bathroom. Both bathrooms are finished to an extremely high standard with modern sanitary ware and fittings.
The generous conservatory was once the waiting room for the station. It overlooks the garden and the area where the platform once stood. This versatile space acknowledges the property’s heritage and is evocative of such British classics as The Railway Children, Brief Encounter and The Titfield Thunderbolt. In addition to providing a truly spectacular family home, Akeld House boasts two further properties on the site, The Warehouse and The Guard’s Van. As such it offers appealing income potential. The property has been run as an extremely successful holiday rental business for the past three years by the current owners.
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Low Akeld House, the Warehouse and the Guard’s Van all sit within well-maintained gardens, surrounded by mature trees. Each property has private space outside - and both the Warehouse and the Guard’s Van have access to individual hot tubs.