The south-facing, stone-built house is thought to date from the 18th century. The property has been beautifully maintained both inside and out and sensitively modernised, whilst retaining plenty of characterful features.

Sam Gibson, a partner with Galbraith, said: “Delegate Cottage is a superb property, combining elegant and spacious accommodation with useful traditional outbuildings including a good home office.

“The house’s location close to an attractive Tyne Valley market town, coupled with its lovely garden and ownership of surrounding fields and woods, makes this a uniquely attractive property.”

The accommodation at Delegate Cottage includes a drawing room with a range of craftsman-made bookshelves and an imposing fireplace with wood-burning stove. The drawing room enjoys views of the garden and wooded hillside beyond. Both the sitting room and the good-sized dining room have wood-burning stoves and original stone fireplaces. The adjacent kitchen is fitted with granite worktops and painted wall and base units with modern integrated appliances and a three-oven gas-fired Aga. The kitchen enjoys far-reaching views across the garden and the Tyne Valley beyond. There is a pantry off the kitchen, and a utility/boot room and back door providing access to the north garden, courtyard and office.

On the first floor there are five pleasing bedrooms, each with its own special view and one incorporating an oriel window, plus a dressing room. The principal bedroom has its own bathroom en suite and there is a separate family bathroom.

The property benefits from a recently installed Starlink internet connection and enhanced insulation to the floors and walls.

The land extends to about 27 acres in all, with a mix of formal areas and woodland. The south-facing garden has a lawn and carefully planted twin borders incorporating seating areas and a terrace, ideal for entertaining and al fresco dining. There are beautiful views to the east down the paddocks and woodland, also owned by Delegate Cottage. The north garden is particularly striking – with a kitchen garden, greenhouse, pond and wild area.

The double garage block with useful storage space on the upper floor has been built to a residential standard, meaning that it has the potential for conversion to create an annexe if desired, subject to planning permission.

The centre of Hexham is about three-quarters of a mile away. Hexham has a variety of shops, a fortnightly farmers’ market and several large supermarkets, as well as a good choice of cafés, restaurants and pubs. The town has several excellent schools. The beautiful surrounding area provides extensive walking and other country pursuits, with sports clubs and Hexham racecourse within easy reach. Newcastle city centre provides extensive further cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities. The property enjoys excellent communication links with the nearby A69 giving access to surrounding villages and towns.

Delegate Cottage is for sale through Galbraith at a guide price of £1,500,000.