An historical small country estate with an impeccable pedigree.
An historical small country estate with an impeccable pedigree. Restored and beautifully decorated under the direct supervision of the current owners with the assistance of Interior Designer Mark Gillette, the result is a handsome, modern country house where 21st century craftsmanship is a match for the original 18th century work. The gardens were landscaped under the direction of leading garden designer Arne Maynard and the total estate extends to approximately 45 acres.
The interiors have been remodelled and notably the inner hall has been transformed to an impressive reception room with a lantern light, neoclassical Adamesque plasterwork, a delicate wrought-iron balustrade and a fireplace framed in marble with a carved mantel.
The principal rooms were returned to their original purpose, namely the drawing room, dining room and library, offering excellent space for entertaining and family life. In addition there is a smaller family dining room and pretty sitting room, with exceptional original features including fine Georgian cornicing and panelling.
The 18th century kitchen has been brought back to its original role, but with a keen eye on modern family life with a large dining table to one side. The works have been principally carried out by local craftsmen, notably the decorative plaster work by Steads of Bradford, joinery by Houghtons of York and wrought iron work by Brian Russell of Little Newton Forge.
The bedrooms are all individually decorated to a wonderful standard using appropriate colour and design. The owners have worked with the original rooms avoiding any partition walls compromising the original proportions.
The Master bedroom suite is impressive, overlooking the gardens onto traditional farmland. There is a dressing room that leads to the en suite bathroom. Adjacent is the gentleman's dressing room beautifully fitted with mahogany cupboards and shelves which leads to a shower room.
The beautifully designed gardens have been laid out by the world-renowned Arne Maynard. By creating a series of rooms, the gardens give interest throughout the year. Furthermore the formal gardens can be appreciated and enjoyed from either a window in the house or from a stroll among the parterres and avenues. Terracing around the house has created excellent spaces for summer entertaining. The kitchen garden has been designed to offer an abundance of produce throughout the year and also benefits from a large greenhouse. The park like grounds protect the house and lend privacy and security to this wonderful home.
As befits an estate of this standard, there are numerous outbuildings, cottages and garaging. Close to the house are three cottages and a studio flat that would work well for staff and or dependants.
There is significant garaging and kennels along with an office suite where there is a meeting room, office, kitchen and WC.
Separate gym with shower and cloakroom.
Further land (approximately 38 acres) and cottages (3) are available by separate negotiation.
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This wonderful house offers someone the complete package, it is the perfect small estate.Lindsay Cuthill