Savills | Sim Balk Lane, Bishopthorpe, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 2UE | Property for sale
8,009 sq ft(744.06 sq m)
Guide price £4,750,000

Sim Balk LaneBishopthorpe, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 2UE


    Key features

    • A significant period residential estate on the outskirts of York
    • Beautifully presented and maintained
    • Two cottages with planning permission for residential use
    • Further cottage and studio apartment
    • Timber framed garaging and workshop
    • Impressive landscaped gardens
    • Two Cottages with planning permission for residential use
    • Additional land of about 20 acres available by separate negotiation

    One of York's most important Grade II listed residential country houses, incorporating a portfolio of properties within a private setting on the southern edge of York

    About this property

    • Bishopthorpe Garth is an important Grade II listed property built in 1908 by renowned architect Walter Brierley. More of a compact estate than just a notable house.

      This classic family residence offers extensive and flexible accommodation on a grand scale, with up to five bedrooms, three reception rooms, a large family kitchen and numerous utility areas. The majority of rooms are of near perfect proportions, many with just the right balance of period features and modern fittings which have been sensitively added in recent years. The principal rooms have the benefit of overlooking the exceptional gardens. There is a true sense of history and drama but with a modern twist. A small private estate with flexible secondary accommodation.

      The present owners have significantly enhanced the property in recent years, reconfiguring and refurbishing the majority of rooms whilst retaining the period features which set the building apart. This is large house but not too large, with just the right balance of old and new features. Perfectly suited to a growing family, with a room for every occasion, all with unique characteristics.

      In addition there is a self-contained studio apartment with a vaulted ceiling and a stylish kitchenette, bathroom and galleried bedroom area. There is also an integral double garage beneath with wine store and larder.

      East Garth Cottage is also attached to the main house, it is a recently updated one bedroomed property with modern fitted kitchen and separate living area overlooking a garden - perfect for a dependent family member or staff.

      Garth Mews and Garth Cottage
      The entrance to the property is through twin timber gates with the properties on either side, these have both served as offices in recent years and are Grade II listed.

      Garth Mews has been recently used as offices but the owners have secured permission for a change of use into a four bedroomed residential unit. The property has the most delightful walled garden to the side and parking for numerous cars in front. Please note this property is subject to VAT.

      Garth Cottage is a charming property with its own garden and parking. It has been the subject of considerable refurbishment works which have seen the entire property updated, including electrics and plumbing, a stylish new kitchen and bathrooms and a general refresh. The perfect guest cottage or rental opportunity.

      Timber Garage
      Adjacent to the house is an impressive timber framed barn construction along traditional lines. This is an eye catching building that could be suitable for a number of uses subject to planning. It is currently a five bay garage and workshop.

      The Grounds and Land
      The classical gardens were originally designed by Brierley's partner Gertrude Jekyll. In addition to the expansive lawn, there is a sizeable flagged terrace accessed directly from the house, an ornamental fish pond, tennis court and many specimen trees including beech, ash and hornbeam in a band of woodland which flanks the outer edges of the gardens.

      To the north of the house and garden is a large field measuring about 20 acres which is available by separate negotiation. This would be ideal for those with equestrian interests. The land is subject to a development clause, details of which are available at Savills York Office.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    This is undoubtedly one of the finest houses in the York area.

    Ed StoyleProperty agent

    Local information

    • Bishopthorpe is a highly regarded and picturesque village, accessed about three miles to the south of York with the A64 being less than two miles away connecting to Leeds, the A1(M) and wider motorway network as well as the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, Monks Cross retail shopping centre and Vangarde shopping park.
    • The village boasts excellent schools as well as a nursery and playgroup There are a number of amenities; three public houses, post office, local store, butchers, hairdressers, florist, café, village hall, library, sports and social club as well as doctors and dentist surgery. Tennis courts, football and social clubs are all available in the village.
    • The country house hotel Middlethorpe Hall and Spa is less than a mile away. The well renowned York racecourse and Knavesmire are close by as well as walks and cycle routes in to York city centre. There are a number of golf courses in and around York along with rugby, football, cricket and tennis clubs.
    • York city centre is conveniently located with a mainline train station having regular direct services to London Kings Cross with some services making the journey in under two hours.
    • Please note all distances and travel times are approximate.

    Additional information

    • EPC Exempt
    • Tenure = Freehold