An imposing early Victorian country house and associated outbuildings, privately situated in immaculate grounds and land extending to about twenty acres.
Named after the woodland which flanks the hillside rising behind the house, Thiernswood Hall dates from 1855 and is a fine example of early Victorian architecture. Built as a shooting lodge in a prime stretch of Swaledale, the Hall has only changed hands a small number of times, the present owner having purchased it from Sir Joseph Nickerson who owned much of the moor in the surrounding area.
The property stands superbly in a particularly private, elevated position with outstanding southerly views across Swaledale towards Harkerside. This is an incredibly rare opportunity to acquire a unique country property, a true hidden-gem.
The present owner acquired the Hall in 1985 and in doing so took on a major programme of restoration and refurbishment, reconfiguring much of the house and the former Bothy and Thiernwood Cottage in the process. Much of the properties infrastructure was replaced and renewed, including the wiring and central heating, and more recently the kitchen and several bathrooms updated. This is a large house but not too large, all of the rooms of near perfect proportions, many bathed in copious amounts of natural light thanks to the proliferation of large bay and sash windows. Modern fittings have been sensitively inserted to insure the period features of the building remain centre stage.
In addition to the ten bedrooms in the main house there are a further three bedrooms in the neighbouring Bothy and Thiernswood Cottage, which have been subdivided to form two self catering holiday/guest cottages. Beneath the Bothy are two garages with electric doors and to the side is another stone building, which was a former coach house and gun room now used as useful stores. In addition to these, across the courtyard, is a recently constructed triple garage with electric doors and sixteen solar panels generating around £1350p.a. until 2030.
The house and cottages are approached via a long tree lined driveway which rises up from a pillared entrance with cast iron gates, splitting at the foot of the raised garden leading to the main gates of the Hall in one direction and to the Cottages and garaging in the other. The main drive continues and sweeps around to the front of the house guarded by another set of cast iron gates, flanked on either side by an immaculate lawned garden and manicured boarders filled with mature shrubs, flowers, sculpted hedging, and some spectacular Wellingtonias and spruces. There is a raised stone paved terrace which flanks the southern face of the building providing a super vantage point from which to sit and enjoy the gardens and arresting views beyond.
The land behind the house to the north rises steeply and is covered by mixed woodland interspersed by rocky outcrops and clumps of rhododendron, gradually giving way to open moorland. To the north west it falls away towards Barney Beck, covered in a woodland, predominantly deciduous, dissected by a single track which winds its way up to the moor and becomes a footpath. Here there are two fields of about six acres bound by well maintained dry stone walls, one housing an underground reservoir which feeds the house an endless supply of spring water. On the opposite side of the Hall, to the south west is another field of about five acres, bound by a dry stone wall and the entrance drive to the west.
This arguably is one of the most complete country properties in the area, being beautifully situated, sympathetically renovated and updated, incorporating stunning gardens and grounds in a particularly beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales.
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This is a true hidden gem with some of the best views across Swaledale I've ever seen.Edward Stoyle