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About me

Hi, I’m Kirsty Hodgson, your ‘Local Bespoke Estate Agent’.

I have a fantastic proven track record in valuing and selling houses across the Tyne Valley and Gateshead area’s over the past 18 years. Working for local independent and corporate agents in Prudhoe, Hexham and Blaydon. Then branching out, self employed working with the UK’s largest Hybrid agent. Achieving a portfolio of over 100 properties and selling over 100 properties in 2019. With this success, I am now running my own business as a professional bespoke estate agent. Ran the way I believe with care, quality adverts and a personal service that my customers deserve. Supported by eXp an international reputable umbrella company.

I have built an impressive reputation in the area, with over 100 ‘five star’ reviews for my professional approach, continued support and honest advice, as well as making lots of new friends on my journey.

If you are looking for someone with bundles of property experience to help you have a smooth journey, guiding you through the process, with great advice and a friendly honest approach then choose me ‘Your Local Bespoke Estate Agent’. I will look after the process from start to finish, from valuing your property, negotiating your offer, to completion/moving day!

As well as my passion for property and also am the author of the Tyne Valley Property Blog. I also enjoy spending time with my family. I currently live in Prudhoe with my husband and two wonderful children who both attend the local middle school. I grew up in Hexham and have always loved the Tyne Valley. I feel very lucky to live in the beautiful North East of England. With my background in Art, Photography and Design, I bring this into my business with advice on staging your home correctly to providing quality floor plans and photography.

‘Your customer doesn’t know how much you know, until they know how much you care.’

About the local area

Tyne Valley

Tynedale is an area in south-west Northumberland, England. The district had a resident population of 58,808. Its main towns were Hexham, Haltwhistle and Prudhoe. The district contained part of Hadrian’s wall and the southern part of Northumberland National park.

The Tyne Valley Line, originally constructed by the Newcastle & Carlisle Railway, is a railway line located in the North of England. The 58-mile (93 km) line was built in the 1830s, and links the city of Newcastle upon Tyne with Carlisle. Along with the natural Dip in the Valley along the Tyne Valley line that naturally runs along side the River Tyne this is what gives the area between Newcastle upon Tyne and Hexham Town the name of ‘Tyne Valley’.

The name “Tynedale”, which predates the formation of the council, is still widely used for the Tyne Valley area of Northumberland. Famous as the home of historic Hadrian’s Wall, the beautiful Tyne Valley is surrounded by gorgeous scenery, but visitors will also find plenty to see and do in its attractive villages and market towns such as Hexham, Corbridge and Prudhoe. Famous for its breathtaking scenery, it is also home to some famous historic sites, not least Hadrian’s Wall.

WHERE TO WALK – The Tyne Valley is just begging to be explored on foot. Over green fields and through pretty villages, it’s a rambler’s dream. Allen Banks is a popular choice – why not head to Morralee Woods, or go via the tarn to Plankey Mill and into impressive Staward Gorge? Don’t forget to pack a picnic, as the scenery is worth savouring. For a short stroll, take the route from Greenhead to Thirlwall Castle. Now a ruin, this 12th century castle is a Grade I-listed building and also holds Scheduled Ancient Monument status. With a little more exertion, but with the reward of fantastic views, you can start out at Steel Rigg car park and walk up Peel Crags, past Crag Lough – formed by glaciers during the Ice Age. If you’re feeling really, really energetic, there is a Hadrian’s Wall walking route which goes all the way from Newcastle to Cumbria. At a distance of around 85 miles, it’s not for the faint hearted.

THINGS TO DO – The Sill is how the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre at Once Brewed is better known. As well as a stunning viewing platform, from which you can see far and wide in all directions, it is also home to exhibitions, café and shop – specialising in local crafts and produce. If you fancy a real country day out, make a date for the Northumberland County Show. It’s takes place at the end of May at Bywell Hall, near Stocksfield, with a host of events from livestock shows to Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. Hexham Regatta in June offers a leisurely day out – watching the crews glide along the River Tyne.

Prudhoe

Prudhoe was once a coal mining town. There is still evidence of the old coal mine at West Wylam, signified by a miner’s cart when driving into Castlefields up Cockshot Dean.

The town has an industrial estate, called Low Prudhoe that lies alongside the A695 road, which now bypasses the town to the north. There are a few factories and several smaller businesses straddling the side of this road. With the exciting ‘new’ Tynedale Retail Park featuring Large well known popular shopping and eating outlets!

The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Prud (from prūd, meaning proud) and hoe or haugh, a spur of land.

There has been a castle at Prudhoe since ancient times, when England was at war with Scotland. The area now known as Castlefields was a fruit orchard, and the Scots were rumoured to have burnt this orchard while attempting to capture Prudhoe Castle. The castle, originally owned by the D’Umfravilles, then the Percys and now English Heritage, is considered to be the only medieval fortification in Northumberland never to have been captured by the Scots.

The town of Prudhoe is increasing in popularity with a steep increase in property prices in recent years. Becoming a sought after location with lots of development within the Town with newly built High School, retail park, fuse media centre, waterworld leisure complex, and the huge exclusive housing development at Cottier Grange by Gentoo on the old Prudhoe Hospital site which is simply stunning! Prudhoe is also extremely commutable into Newcastle City Centre with excellent transport links via A69 and also A695 as well as rail and bus links. There is also abundance of country walks with humble woods to the south of Prudhoe. Riverside walks along the river Tyne and nearby popular Broomley woods and much much more! With Prudhoe predominantly sitting elevated on the valley property often benefits from stunning views across the lower valley, River Tyne and Prudhoe Castle.

Ovingham, Wylam, Stocksfield

Ovingham boasts Church of England St Mary Church with the tall slender Anglo-Saxon tower. Thomas Bewick was educated in the vicarage and the church, and is buried in the churchyard of St Mary. There is also the famous Ovingham Bridge which stops large transport through the village. Property in the village is largely character pretty stone properties making this an attractive village with the reading rooms and badger hut creating an fantastic village community feel. The village boasts sought after first and middle schools as well as the extremely popular Whittle Dean. Which is a deep woody dell which stretches southwards & joins the Tyne east of Ovington. The waters of this dean (peculiarly soft & clear) are the most celebrated in the north of England for whitening linen cloth. The Whittle Burn can be traced back to the present day Whittledean Water Works on either side of the Roman Wall near Welton Hall.

Wylam is a village and civil parish in the county of Northumberland. It is located about 10 miles west of Newcastle upon Tyne. It is famous for the being the birthplace of George Stephenson, one of the early railway pioneers. Wylam boasts professional families with the rural attractive village which is a easy commute into the City centre. Boasting a range of shops, traditional pubs, library and first school and a attractive train station. Wylam is the premium village within the Tyne Valley, property prices are at the highest range due to this highly sought after village! The 18th century walled garden at Bradley Gardens in Wylam has been restored to its former glory and now offers great dining and shopping as well as a tranquil space. For the green-fingered out there, Tyne Valley Garden Centre, Mickley is worth a trip. This family-owned business not only has all the essentials you’d want, but its café also boasts great views.

Stocksfield is a small, yet sprawling commuter village situated close to the River Tyne, about 14 miles west of Newcastle upon Tyne in the southern part of Northumberland. With Doctors surgery, chemist, hairdressers and the Spar garage. There are some hidden gems in Stocksfield with tucked away properties in the leafy private Meadowfield estate. Stocksfield boasts some fantastic rural views and countryside walks as well as Broomley first school and train station links.