3-4 Bedrooms, Semi detached townhouse with shop premises - for sale freehold
This is a rare opportunity to buy a shop premises and family home on one of Berwick’s best-loved streets. The house offers bright and spacious accommodation with 3-4 bedrooms and a private walled garden. Until very recently, the shop was occupied by the owner’s well-established specialist cookshop, which has relocated next door.
Number 18 is a late Georgian, Grade II listed townhouse within the famous Walls of Berwick upon Tweed. The house was once a bed and breakfast, and has three generous ensuite bedrooms, one of which gives access to a fourth twin-bedroom, which could also function as a nursery or study. Secondary-glazing to the front means the house is surprisingly quiet inside, despite its central location
On the ground floor is a bright reception room to the front (Living Room: 5.03m x 4.33m / 16’6” x 14’3”), with two secondary-glazed sash windows, and inbuilt storage/shelving either side of the fireplace.
A large kitchen/breakfast room (4.29m x 2.95m / 14’1” x 9’8”) has fitted units and a walk-in utility area with plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble drier.
The kitchen leads onto a open dining room (4.22m x 3.23m / 10’7” x 13’10”), downstairs toilet and study with built-in desk and shelving. The dining room and study area are part of a new extension and look out onto the well-tended patio garden, which was landscaped when the extension was built, and has many attractive features – both old and new!
The spacious hallway in the centre of the house has an elegant townhouse staircase leading upstairs to an open, well-lit landing at the top.
Bedroom 1 (5.36m x 3.53m /17’7” x 11’7”) - a good sized double bedroom with two secondary-glazed sash windows to the front, built-in wardrobe and an ensuite shower room.
A short corridor with connecting door from the landing leads to the bathroom and second double bedroom.
Bedroom 2 (5.36m x 3.53m / 18’6” x 13’4”) has three large windows to the front, large walk-in hanging cupboard and additional storage. This generous room has previously been divided into two, comprising the previous owners’ private living area and bedroom when the house was a B&B.
Bedroom 3 (4.29m x 3.81m /14’11” x 2’6”) to the back has an ensuite shower/toilet. A further twin bedroom or study is accessed via the third bedroom (Study/Bedroom 4: 4.98m x 2.46m / 16’4 x 8’1). This room is part of the new extension and could also be used as a workroom or office as it is light and airy with velux windows and good storage.
At the back of the house is a private walled patio garden. At one time the house was a bakery and the patio area still includes two large bread ovens (out of use), which make a fascinating feature in a tiled wall. A versatile workshop or storage unit could easily be converted to a separate workspace. Above the bread ovens, accessed by a steel staircase, is a raised garden area, currently used as a vegetable plot, and a brick-laid patio.
The garden also has an outside hose connection and power point.
Number 16 is a deceptively large and versatile retail unit. There is considerable storage both at the back and in loft space and an accessible toilet for staff or customers. The shop is below Bedroom 2, and can be separated off completely, or can be accessed from the garden for a more integrated lifestyle/business opportunity.
Net internal: 650m2.
Rateable value: Rateable area 62.1m2 - £4550
EPC rating: Exempt due to listing.
A free short-stay carpark on Bridge Street helps customers access the street during the day, and provides overnight parking for residents.
Berwick upon Tweed is the most northerly town in England and is North Northumberland’s principal town with a local population of 14,000 and catchment population of around 42,000 It’s a town steeped in history and with its Elizabethan defensive walls, it is recognised as one of the important Walled Towns of Europe.
Modern Berwick is also an attractive coastal town with fascinating architecture, sandy beeches, and a good range of shops, restaurants and services. There are plenty of facilities for entertainment, sport and leisure within the town. Keen sailors, anglers, ramblers, cyclists and golfers will find plenty of resources locally.
The mainline station provides regular services to Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne, each just under an hour away and London only 3.5 hours by direct train. The A1 skirts round Berwick, giving easy access to local and national road networks – Both Newcastle and Edinburgh are approximately an hour by car.
Although Bridge Street is classified as a secondary trading position, it is considered the “destination” street in the town. It is well known locally as one of the most popular trading streets in Berwick, with good footfall, high quality shops, an incredibly low vacancy rate in the business premises, short-stay carparking, as well as a close-knit retail/residential community.
Recently there has been a great deal of both private and grant-funded investment in this area of town including the £6 million restoration of the derelict Dewar’s Lane Granary to a 5-star YHA accommodation with gallery. Many of the shops on Bridge Street have been refurbished to a high standard and have a high proportion of owner-occupiers.
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