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Sawmill Cottage, Terrington, York

Offers In Excess Of £1,200,000

3 bedroom house

Glorious rural property comprising a 3 bedroom house, 1 bedroom annexe, barn, gardens and paddock - enjoying an idyllic position in the Howardian Hills.

This attractive period cottage has been sympathetically extended at the rear to create a substantial family house with useful bedroom accommodation on the ground floor as well as an outstanding bedroom suite on the first floor. A private, rural property with no immediate neighbours it is surrounded by its own gardens, has a five-acre paddock and enjoys glorious open views across the rolling countryside of the Howardian Hills. The village of Terrington, with its eponymous prep school and thriving village store, is a comfortable stroll away, and the historic City of York can be reached in half hour by car.

Galleried staircase hall, kitchen dining family room, utility room, boot room, sitting room, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Annexe bedroom suite with bathroom

Barn, dog kennel, wood store, greenhouse, gardens and grounds, paddock, woodland

In all just over 7 acres

  • Detached house with 7 acres
  • Versatile accommodation of more than 3100 sq ft
  • Separate annexe provides ancillary accommodation
  • Large agricultural barn
  • Glorious garden and grounds, large paddock with a beck
  • Potential to be a smallholding
  • Situated in some of Yorkshire’s most glorious countryside
  • Short stroll to village amenities including a school and store
  • Convenient for Malton and York
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Sawmill Cottage is remarkable for its setting, gardens and land as well as its position along a no-through country lane just outside a sought-after village. Skilfully extended some 25 years ago, this once modest cottage was made substantial by the addition of three ground floor rooms of generous proportions that combine to provide superb living space. High ceilings, large sash windows with deep sills, and two sets of French doors make the most of the lovely outlook across the well-stocked gardens to the hills beyond.

At the heart of the house is a superb 33f ft kitchen/dining/living room with French doors opening south onto the garden terrace and double doors connecting to the conservatory. The kitchen has an oil-fired Aga, granite worktops, island unit with breakfast bar, Rangecooker, integrated appliances and ample room for a family-sized table. There is a separate utility/laundry room as well as a boot room with fitted cabinetry that doubles up as a rear entrance hall. The L-shaped sitting room is impressive; it has an open fireplace and is notable for the natural light that enters through the generous sash windows and bay window with views over the garden. The two ground floor bedrooms sit in the older part of the house and both have beamed ceilings; they share a room plumbed as a house bathroom. On the first floor, the principal bedroom suite has a large shower room and a Juliette balcony that faces the sunrise giving views towards Castle Howard.


The house sits in some two acres of gardens and grounds alongside the paddock. A gravelled drive (laid November 2022) passes the annexe and terminates beside the steel-framed agricultural barn, providing ample options for parking. The barn has double up-and-over doors and is currently used for garaging and storage. The is a vehicle recharging point at the back of the annexe as well as a dog kennel and log store.

Landscaped gardens planted with a rich variety of shrubs and perennials surround the house which is clad with honeysuckle and wisteria on its southern elevation. Alongside the sweeping lawns are paved terraces, scattered trees and shrubs. There are well stocked herbaceous borders, a herb garden enclosed by box hedging, a scented rose garden, raised beds forming a vegetable patch, an orchard with a range of productive fruit trees and a small copse underplanted with bulbs. The whole is surrounded by well-established mixed hedging that provides shelter, screening and privacy.

The ring-fenced paddock extends to some five acres and is accessed by a five-bar gate. Hedge planting supplements the perimeter timber fencing with the aim of creating a good environment for bio-diversity. In addition, some 200 native trees have been planted by the current owners as part of a scheme (with a grant) to re-wild part of the paddock. Running along the northern boundary of the property is Sawmill Beck.


Sawmill Cottage sits just outside Terrington, a highly regarded village in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village has a church, doctor’s surgery, primary school, stores & tearoom, Terrington Hall prep school and an active village hall with popular pop-up pub. The nearby market town of Malton, ‘Yorkshire’s food capital’, has a railway station with regular services to York, Leeds and beyond. At York the mainline railway station connects to London in under two hours. Castle Howard, with its farm shop and garden centre lies some four miles away, and York is comfortably reached by car in half an hour.


Tenure: Freehold

EPC Rating: E

Services & Systems: Mains electricity and water. Private drainage. Oil central heating. The annexe has a separate heating system from the main house (electric heating).

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

Local Authority: Ryedale District Council. Conservation area AONB

Directions: Heading into the village from the east/Malton/Castle Howard, drive through the village and as the road rises, New Road can be seen on the right hand side. Drive some half a mile along the road, past Cotril Farm and Sawmil Cottage can be seen on the right hand side.

Photographs, particulars and showreel: Summer and November 2022

NB: Google map images may neither be current nor a true representation.

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