Your chance to live in the shadow of the birthplace of Sunderland's answer to Lara Croft

Fancy living in the shadow of the birthplace of one of Wearside’s most famous heroes? Here’s your chance.

Friday, 14th June 2019, 4:00 pm
Updated Friday, 14th June 2019, 5:19 pm
The cottage is available at auction

This stunning two-bedroom cottage stands in the grounds of Dame Margaret Hall in Washington Village, birthplace of Edwardian adventuress Gertrude Bell.

The property is up for auction with Pattinson Estate Agents in Washington, with a guide price of £150,000.

A hero of her day, Gerturde was the first woman to gain a first class degree in modern history from Oxford University and became an explorer, travel writer, archaeologist, diplomat.

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The stunning exterior

During the First World War, she assisted British intelligence, including working with TE Lawrence - the famed Lawrence of Arabia.

At the end of the war she focused on the future of the country, playing a part in the creation of the Iraqi state as the Ottoman Empire was dismantled.

Her love of archaeology kept her in the country, where she was honorary director of its antiquities and founded the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, She died in the city in 1926, aged 57, after an overdose of sleeping tablets - which it was never established whether it was accidental.

Her funeral was a major event, attended by large numbers of people including her colleagues, British officials and the King of Iraq.

Gertrude Bell was once the most powerful woman in the British empire

The stunning detached bungalow is located in the heart of the Washington Village and comprises of: Entrance Porch, Internal Hallway, Lounge, Dining room, Kitchen, Two Bedrooms and Bathroom.

The property is the only stone-built detached bungalow on the complex and omes with wrap around gardens and a driveway providing off street parking.

Washington Village provides a range of amenities including shops, schools, boutique coffee shops, restaurants and pubs. Washington is ideally situated for commuter looking for excellent access to Durham City in the south or Newcastle in the North as both the A1(M) and the A19.

The bathroom

To arrange a viewing or for further information about this property, contact the Washington office on 0191 415 4467.

The hall