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Bishopthorpe Garth, Bishopthorpe, York

Offers In Excess Of £3,500,000

7 bedroom house

Sublimely beautiful Arts & Crafts house with cottages, gardens and grounds, enjoying a private setting on the edge of York.

Bishopthorpe Garth is one of North Yorkshire’s best representations of the Arts & Crafts architectural movement and is Grade II listed. Designed and constructed in 1908 by renowned architect Walter Brierley, commonly known as the ‘Lutyens of the North’, Bishopthorpe Garth is built of handmade bricks and pantiles, and is characterised by its distinctive long roofs, prominent front gables, lead casement windows, elongated low dormers, mullioned windows and tall chimneys. Brierley’s manipulation of space and light is evident throughout the interiors which are presented on a grand scale but retain a sense of homely proportion. A number of standout internal features embrace the Jacobean Revival style; there is a remarkable open-well staircase in the grand reception hall with panelled ceiling, itself consciously imitating a medieval hall, and original fireplaces including a fine Arts & Crafts feature fireplace with an overmantel and shelving. The house has been meticulously renovated and updated throughout with due deference to the property’s heritage and character. Important to mention are the magnificent panelled oak doors and wall panelling as well as the original parquet flooring which all have been restored to their original mellow hue under the guidance of the current owners. The principal rooms overlook the lovely gardens and grounds, designed by Gertrude Jekyll, the celebrated British horticulturalist and garden designer.

Country house totalling nearly 6300 sq ft plus integral garage

Integral studio apartment and cottage totalling nearly 1700 sq ft

2 separate cottages totalling over 4000 sq ft

Detached garage block of 3700 sq ft, gardens and grounds totalling some 4.5 acres (additional 21 acres available by separate negotiation)

  • Luxurious Edwardian country house on the edge of the city
  • Scope and range of a compact country estate – accommodation and outbuildings total 16,413 sq ft
  • Potential to generate significant income stream
  • Principal house has abundant period features and superb room proportions, ideal for entertaining
  • Integral to the house are a studio apartment and cottage
  • Two additional cottages
  • Substantial oak-framed garage block with potential for conversion subject to planning
  • 4.5 acres of fabulous gardens and grounds
  • Located just two miles outside York city centre
  • Convenient for the A1(M) and Leeds
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Further Details

Contemporary family life is well served by the appealing layout of the house. The magnificent 25 ft kitchen/breakfast room includes an island unit with breakfast bar, a full range of Neff appliances, double butler sink, Italian quartz worktops, space for a dining table and a roof lantern above the glazed sitting area. Alongside are useful utility rooms that include a prep kitchen and custom-made dog room. The formal dining room has garden views, oak flooring and a gas fire housed within a stone fireplace and Italian quartz hearth. One of the reception rooms doubles up as a cinema room with electric drop-down projector and concealed screen as well as a Yorkshire stone fireplace housing a wood-burning stove. The drawing room has French doors opening south onto the garden and a handsome Arts and Crafts fireplace holding a gas fire with copper escutcheons. The bespoke office is fully fitted with handmade furniture. On the first floor, the beautifully appointed principal bedroom suite lies on the southern wing, is triple aspect with a bespoke dressing room, large shower room and additional fitted wardrobe space. There are four further double bedrooms, two with en suites and a house bathroom. All the fixtures and fittings are luxuriously high end.

Integral to the main house is a first floor studio apartment; it sits above the garage which includes a temperature-controlled wine store and walk-in pantry. The stylish, self-contained studio has a vaulted ceiling, oak-sprung floor with a contemporary fitted kitchen, bathroom, mezzzanine bedroom area and additional room that could serve as a second bedroom. The property has independent access via an external staircase. The integral cottage, identified as East Garth Cottage, has accommodation arranged over two floors, independent access and its own parking area and garden. Recently updated, it would make ideal accommodation for a nanny or dependent.

To the north of the property is an enclosed field measuring some 21 acres which is available by separate negotiation. It would be ideal for those with equestrian interests.

Cottages And Outbuildings

Detached from the main house are two cottages, both renovated from former stables, Grade II listed and link attached on the first floor. Garth Cottage is a charming residential property with its own garden and parking. It has been the subject of comprehensive refurbishment works with high specification fixtures and fittings throughout including a new kitchen and bathrooms, full electrics and plumbing. It would make an ideal guest cottage or rental opportunity. Garth Mews has more recently been used as office space, but permission has been secured for a change of use into a four bedroomed residential unit. The property has a walled garden to the side and parking for numerous cars in front. Please note this property is subject to VAT.

The detached oak-framed barn with two mezzanines was constructed along traditional lines and designed as a secure, five-bay garage and workshop. It is insulated, part decorated, has plumbing, electrics and a kitchenette. It could be converted into a leisure suite or, with change of use, has the potential to become an impressive residence. It has own car park, garden and separate access from the drive.


Bishopthorpe is a highly regarded village just outside the City of York close to the southern stretch of the ring road connecting to Leeds, the A1(M) and wider motorway network. The village is well served by a range of amenities including public houses, a post office, local store, doctors’ surgery, dentist and sports facilities. York racecourse, York College (rated Ofsted Outstanding) and a selection of superb independent schools lie within easy reach, as does the mainline railway station connecting to London Kings Cross. From Bishopthorpe, the historic city centre can be reached within a short drive.


Acreage: 4.78 Acres

Tenure: Freehold

EPC Rating: Exempt – listed Grade II

Services & Systems: Main gas, electrics and water. Private drainage. Gas central heating. Superfast broadband with download speeds of up to 80Mbps. Alarm and CCTV.

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: City of York council

Directions: From the A64 take the A1036 into York, signposted Racecourse. Head into York city centre and, at the traffic lights, turn right on to Sim Balk Lane, adjacent to York College. Cross the bridge and you can see the gates to Bishopthorpe Garth on the left hand side, opposite open fields.

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