A HUGE countryside mansion that comes with its own tennis court and a library is up for sale for the first time in 200 years.
Built in 1825 for the wealthy Orde family, who amassed a fortune breeding racehorses in Morpeth, the Georgian mansion has 20,000sq ft of living space over three storeys.
The house was turned into a school for children with learning difficulties in the 1970s, but was shut this summer because of a falling number of pupils attending.
Whilst the house designed by architect John Dobson is in need of some modernisation, it could undoubtedly be transformed into a stately family home again.
The owners have retained the original period features which include marble fireplaces, coving, iconic columns and elaborate plasterwork.
Andrew Black, from estate agent Savills, said: “Nunnykirk is in a very private position.
“This will be the first time it has been sold since it was built for the same family.
“Despite the fact it was used as a school for 45 years, they have left intact all the wonderful features like cornicing.
“The main core of the house is still very much a family home and you have options as to what you want to do with the wing at the back, you have flexibility.”
Black added: “It is going to cost money to refurbish and that is reflected in the guide price but it is a nice footprint for someone to put their own stamp on.
“It’s a modernisation project rather than taking on something that’s a wreck.
“Nunnykirk has been called the finest of Dobson’s early houses – he built many of the country houses in Northumberland.”
The property sits in 7.5 acres of land – which has been in ownership of the family since 1716.
Privately situated in a wooded valley, the land includes a large mature walled landscaped garden, former bothy, tennis court and lawns that lead down to the River Font.
There is also a playing field.