The Woodlands

Situated in one of the most sought after areas of Darlington. The Woodlands Estate is a magnificent residential development with a walled parkland setting offering a high degree of privacy.

Entrance to the development is through the impressive gate posts, passing the unique entrance lodge and into the heart of the development, where the grade II listed ‘Woodlands’ mansion overlooks a one acre paddock area, surrounded by parkland railings.


The Woodlands is an early 19th Century mansion set in landscaped grounds extending to around 9 acres. The house is a Grade II listed building and the grounds formerly comprised of an orchard, grazing paddock, kitchen garden, formal lawns complete with rockeries and country walk. The many mature trees are protected by preservation orders.


The house, built around 1815, was acquired by the Pease family around 1854 and became the home of Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease, whose interests determined much of Darlington’s development during the Victorian years, including railways, iron and steel making, coal mining, shipping and woollen mills.

Detached homes surround a quiet cul-de-sac leading off this Village Green. Town houses and apartments are set in a formal group in the former kitchen garden area adjacent to Woodlands Road.


Much care and attention has been taken in developing the proposals with the local Planning Authority. Remarkable also is the high standard of materials and finish found throughout the estate.

Local architects, Anderson Ellis Partnership designed the development. The new building is sympathetic with the ‘Woodlands’ mansion, including high quality external brickwork with art stone detailing, new Penrhyn Welsh slate roofing with lead capping, traditional chimneys with art stone features, and sympathetic window treatments.


New landscaping and parkland railings will add to the existing mature feel of the estate. Every detail has been considered including the entrance walls and ironwork feature railings, traditional Victorian street lights and even traditional pattern kerbstones.