Janus House, Skerne
Offers In Excess Of £700,000
4 bedroom house
Outstanding period barn conversion with outbuildings and beautiful gardens in an attractive East Riding village convenient for Beverley.
Janus House is a much-loved family home that has been sympathetically updated and extended over 25 years of tenure, its gardens transformed. The traditional barn-like exterior is packed with character reflecting the juxtaposition between old and new. Outside is an oasis with beautifully planted gardens that are both enclosed and private. Skerne is a rural East Riding village in a relatively undiscovered corner of Yorkshire a short drive from Beverley, a market town with its own Minster and racecourse regarded by the Yorkshire Post as the ‘hottest spot’ in the county.
This is a charming country house with exposed beams and brickwork, fireplaces, traditional panelled doors and rustic architraves and skirting boards. The timber from the staircase is believed to have come from the Liverpool docks and the handrails from a public house in Driffield. All of the hardwood timber windows are double glazed and the interiors have been decorated using Farrow & Ball paints.
The superb entrance reception hall has Indian sandstone flags and is double height rising into the vaulted roof space with a galleried first floor landing. The kitchen breakfast room has a Range cooker, integrated appliances, double Butler sink, granite worktops and a breakfast bar; terracotta tiles, many of them original, continue into the formal dining room. As the name of the property suggests, this is a house with two opposite faces: there is a morning room on the eastern elevation and an orangery on the western elevation, and together they provide opportunities to enjoy all day sunshine. The 22ft living room has an Inglenook fireplace housing a multi-fuel stove and French doors that also open east and west onto garden terraces.
Upstairs the whole of the first floor is dramatically double height rising into the eaves. There is a magnificent principal bedroom suite with en suite shower room along with a single bedroom that could become its dressing room. The house bathroom has a traditional freestanding clawfoot bath and separate shower. From the landing a wrought iron balcony looks out over the extensive gardens.
Entrance and reception hall, 4 reception rooms, kitchen breakfast room, cloakroom wc, principal bedroom suite, 3 further bedrooms, house bathroom
3 barns/stores, gym/office, double garage, greenhouse, gardens
- Terraced, period house ideal for a family
- Hugely private – approached via a long drive
- Versatile accommodation of more than 3600 sq ft
- High specification fixtures and fittings throughout
- Outbuildings and stores
- Separate gym, could be an office
- Glorious, landscaped gardens
- Village location with a range of excellent local facilities nearby
Electric wrought iron gates open to the long tarmacadamed drive lined by a Portuguese Laurel hedge that sweeps through the gardens and round to the garage. The garden is outstanding, divided into two distinctive parts. Alongside the house is a paved terrace enclosed by a low wall and clipped box hedging behind which lies the principal garden. Skilfully landscaped it is largely walled and has a manicured lawn, abundant herbaceous borders, an array of specimen plants and trees and multiple seating areas including a pergola with a decked area and a lily pond with a sheltered viewing terrace. On the far boundary of the property is a former stable block with a further garden alongside; equally private, the ’football’ lawn is enclosed by hedging, shrubs and trees, including Silver Birch, Crab Apple and Conference Pear. A high trellis with rambling rose and clematis conceals the garage behind which lies the working area of the garden with a greenhouse and dog kennel; this area is both walled and secured by a gate.
The drive separates to meet the former stable block on the southeastern boundary of the property. Originally it held four stables but three are currently used for storage and one has now been converted to a gym; it is dry lined, insulated with power sockets and light and could be converted into an office. There is a detached open double garage with parking for up to three cars in front.
Skerne is an attractive Yorkshire Wolds village with a Grade I listed Norman church. It is located a mile from the river Hull/Driffield Canal on the Holderness Plain, just south of the market town of Driffield - fondly known as the ‘Capital of the Wolds’ - and only twenty minutes’ drive from Beverley. The village lies some two miles north of the historic village of Hutton Cranswick with its many facilities including a pub, Grade II* listed primary school, playpark, village green, fish & chip shop, church and railway station on the Northern Coast line (services to York and Bridlington). The Michelin starred Pipe & Glass lies within easy reach and close by is Skerne Wetlands Nature Reserve, the UK’s most northerly chalk stream and a nationally important habitat. There is a railway station at nearby Nafferton and also Driffield.
EPC rating: E
Services and Systems: Mains water and electricity. Oil central heating. Private drainage.
Fixtures & fittings: Only those mentioned in these sales particulars are included in the sale. All others, such as fitted carpets, curtains, light fittings, garden ornaments etc., are specifically excluded but may be made available by separate negotiation.
Viewing: Strictly by appointment
Directions: Heading south on the Driffield Road enter the village, turn right and then second left on to Main Street. Janus House can be found towards the end of the village some 150 yards down on the right hand side immediately beyond Elm Tree Farmhouse.
Local authority: East Riding of Yorkshire Council 01482 393939 www.eastriding.gov.uk
Photographs, particulars and showreel: June 2022
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