York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5XT
Stunning Grade II* Listed Country House with lovely gardens and views standing in some 182 acres
Oswaldkirk Hall is situated at the western end of the village of Oswaldkirk facing south over its own extensive gardens and farmland. The village of Oswaldkirk is a typical Yorkshire stone and pantile linear village set into Oswaldkirk Hag in lovely countryside on the edge of the Howardian Hills.
Oswaldkirk Hall is well placed with good access to York 20 miles to the south and is close to a number of traditional Market Towns including Easingwold, Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside and Malton.
At York there is a main line Railway Station with regular connections to London, which can be reached in under 2 hours.
ARCHITECTURAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE by The Late Giles Worsley
Five bays wide and two storeys high, with a projecting wooden cornice and hipped roof, Oswaldkirk Hall is that rare thing in North Yorkshire, a small but architecturally distinguished Classical house. Despite, or rather because of, its size it is of great significance, a typical Yorkshire squire's house from the boom in country house building of the last 40 years of the 17th century. Now largely forgotten be cause most were replaced in the 18th or 19th centuries, Oswaldkirk Hall shows how high was the quality of those houses.
The exact date is not known, but Oswaldkirk Hall must have been built either by the William Moore who bought the manor in 1674 and died in 1681, or by his son, also called William who died in 1720. The builder probably retained part of an earlier building as a ser vice wing, and this still survives at the back of the present house. An approximate d ate can be given to the house by comparing it with the now demolished old hall at Hovingham, just across the valley and almost identical in size and design, which was built by 1683.
Although not large, Oswaldkirk was built to impress, and the detail of the workmanship is of a high quality. The original approach which led up the steps and through the door in the south front has a drama that belies the size of the house. Inside, the staircase hall has a similar dignity, with a broad balustered stair, pedimented doorcases on both the ground and first floors and, the finest feature in the whole house, an exceptionally good plasterwork ceiling. All the rooms on the ground floor s were originally panelled, and in most of them this
survives, as do many of the original closets. The design of the roof suggests that it may have been intended as a viewing platform, to take advantage of the extensive views across to the Gilling and Hovingham woods. Both internally and externally, Oswaldkirk Hall stands as an exceptional survival of a late-
17th-century Yorkshire house.
The Grounds & Land
Oswaldkirk Hall stands facing south overlooking a wide paved terrace from which impressive steps lead down to an expanse of lawn and formal gardens beyond. To the west there are further lawns, a productive kitchen garden, an all-weather tennis court
and a swimming pool. The farmland is to the south (mainly down to grass) and over which there are lovely views towards Gilling Woods. Oswaldkirk Hall stands in some 191 acres in all.
The land at Oswaldkirk Hall has in recent years formed part of a shoot run by a syndicate made up of neighbours and local farmers. In lieu, the owner of Oswaldkirk Hall has been able to have his own day or a number of guns on a syndicate day. The
current arrangement can be terminated at the end of the 2013/14 season. The owner of Oswaldkirk Hall also has the shooting rights over a further 200 acres of adjoining land.
Further information about the shoot and the sporting rights are available from the Agents.
We are informed the property is freehold and that vacant possession of the House, Grounds and Cottages can be given at any time and the land after the 30th November 2013.
Fixtures & Fittings
All items normally designated as fixtures and fittings are specifically excluded from the sale unless they are mentioned in these Particulars of Sale. In particular the garden statues and bronzes are excluded from the sale.
Property Reference Number: GBYORSYOS130079
- 4 reception rooms
- master bedroom with en suite & dressing room
- 7 further bedrooms with en suites
- country kitchen & breakfast room
- utility room & boot room
- gardens, tennis court & swimming pool
- outbuildings & garaging
- 2 cottages
- EPC Exempt
14 Merchants Place
+44 (0) 1904 617 820