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Historic Former Vicarage In Bywell

Galbraith is bringing to the market a beautiful Grade II listed former vicarage in the historic hamlet of Bywell, Northumberland, with delightful formal and informal grounds and separate Gardener’s Cottage.

The Old Vicarage is an enchanting stone-built property providing almost 4,700 sq. ft. of characterful and attractive accommodation arranged over four floors. 

Sam Gibson of Galbraith, who is handling the sale, said:

The Old Vicarage offers the perfect blend of formal and informal reception spaces, glorious grounds and a superb location tucked away amidst the beauty of the Allendale Estate. Despite the private and secluded location, the property is well connected and offers easy access to Newcastle and Hexham.

The ground floor accommodation includes spacious drawing and sitting rooms, both with feature fireplaces with wood burners, a generous study, a stunning orangery-style conservatory with French doors to the garden and a 30 ft. garden room/gym, also with French doors to the garden. 

The large kitchen/breakfast room has bespoke wall and base units, a four-oven Aga and modern integrated appliances. There is a useful separate utility room, walk-in larder and various stores. The property also benefits from a generous cellar.

On the upper two floors there are five generous double bedrooms, two with en suite bathrooms, as well as a store, suitable for use as a sixth bedroom if required, and a family bathroom with bath and walk-in shower.

The property retains plenty of its original features including sash, mullioned and casement windows and generously proportioned rooms with some oak panelling and carved stone fireplaces.

Outside, the superb gardens are partly walled, with lawn, well-stocked flower beds and mature trees, a vegetable garden and numerous seating areas and terraces. 

The Gardener's Cottage in the grounds provides kitchen, reception room and bathroom. Adjacent to Gardener’s Cottage there is a delightful parterre.

There is also a detached triple garage block, traditional outbuildings and a driveway with plenty of parking.

The Old Vicarage is nestled in the heart of the Allendale Estate in an idyllic and peaceful position yet is only three-quarters of a mile from the train station in Stocksfield, providing easy access to Newcastle and Hexham. Bywell is noted for its two Saxon churches.

The Old Vicarage, Bywell, is for sale through Galbraith for £2,250,000.


The Old Vicarage is grade II listed as being historically and architecturally important. It was occupied by Mathew Owen in 1698, the parson of St Andrew’s Church at that time. An inscription above the front door bears his name. The stonework is inscribed with the diocese of Durham coat of arms. There is a memorial stone dedicated to Mathew in the church.

The church tower is a beautiful feature, seen from the vicarage garden.

It is one of only a few Saxon churches in England built side by side with a second (St Peter’s). Originally these churches serviced the Baronies of Balliol and Bolbec - St. Peter’s for the monastery and St Andrew’s for the parishioners. 

The Saxon Cross which marks the right turn into the drive for the Old Vicarage would originally have been shared between the two churches as a central gathering point for the community.

The land upon which the vicarage is built (including what is now the vicarage garden) was endowed by the Reverends Hutton and Hall in 1651. It was then called Three Quarter Land and was meant to be beneficial to the poorer parishioners. It is here that the village grew and extended. 

In 1770 William Blackett gave £200 for the augmentation of the vicarage possibly securing its future as a private dwelling to this day.

Bywell was once a busy settlement of importance stretching along this part of the River Tyne, with artisans of iron artefacts and traders. In 1801 there were 200 people living in Bywell.