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 those seeking a touch of Michelin star foodie heaven need look no further than Restaurant Hjem which has achieved the coveted stamp of approval as the first Michelin starred restaurant in Northumberland. Sitting just one mile from Honeystone House, guests can experience a fantastic tasting menu combining the finest Northumbrian produce with the flair and precision of Scandinavia.
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.