Montgomery House, Montgomery Square, Driffield
Guide Price £995,000
6 bedroom detached house
Striking and substantial 1930s family 'eco' house with gardens and grounds, including a tennis court, totalling some 1.5 acres.
Montgomery House is an outstanding house commissioned by the Ministry of Defence in 1938 as an Officer’s family residence along with the other houses in Montgomery Square. Now fully updated and offered in superb decorative order, this energy-efficient family house comes with garaging, outbuildings and a tennis court. Originally constructed as the largest house on the square to be occupied by the Group Captain, Montgomery house is a house of some status with accommodation totalling over 4600 sq ft. It stands on a large, established plot with a carriage driveway and extensive gardens and grounds.
Entrance vestibule, entrance and staircase hall, cloakroom and wc, 4 reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen breakfast room, prep kitchen, utility room with pantry and walk-in store, boot room/side entrance, gardener’s wc, workshop. Principal bedroom suite with dressing room and sink, 6 further bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, linen/storage room, plant room, loft
Front garden, rear walled garden, tennis court garden with tennis hut, kitchen garden
Carriage drive, off-street parking, integral garage, store, tractor shed
Gardens and grounds
Just over 1½ acres
- Detached period house with gardens and grounds
- Constructed in 1938 and designed by Lutyens
- Versatile accommodation arranged over three floors totalling 4656 sq ft
- Energy efficient with solar panels, rainwater harvesting system and wind turbine
- Painstakingly restored and updated in recent years create a comfortable and practical family home
- South facing orientation
- Stands in a little over 1½ acres, largely private and secure
- All-weather tennis court, carriage driveway, garaging and outbuildings
- Located on the outskirts of Driffield near the rugby and golf clubs
Over the last seven years a comprehensive programme of renovation has been undertaken which includes new electrical, plumbing and heating systems with Fischer radiators installed, a new kitchen, all new bathrooms, double/triple glazed windows fitted throughout, full-height Sanderson wooden shutters, wooden flooring restored and wool carpets laid, the roof upgraded with maximum insulation added, the conservatory replaced with a garden room, bespoke doors fitted to the garage and to the newly-built integral outbuildings and clocktower. The roof has been updated and all guttering downpipes are new. The gardens and grounds have been brought back to life with sweeping lawns and a magnificent curtain wall with wrought-iron estate gates constructed, making the rear garden secure. In addition, the tennis court garden has been upgraded and a tennis hut erected.
Montgomery House is now a fully-fledged eco house being largely powered by renewable energy and future-proofed: there are 45 integrated solar panels on the south facing roof with Tesla batteries for storage; there is an efficient gravity-fed rainwater system providing water for washing machines and toilet cisterns to fill and flush; and on the roof is a Tessup household wind turbine creating additional power.
Alongside the renovation, particular attention has been given to the restoration of the fine 1930s architectural features that abound. These include internal doors as well as beautifully crafted bookshelves, wardrobes, cupboards and drawers with their original doors and handles, a set of house bells, curved plaster walls and rounded ‘bullnose’ corners, archways, tiles, fireplaces, cornicing, a staircase with oak handrail and a deep two-storey square bay.
The traditional front door opens to a vestibule and central hallway flanked by rooms either side. The 27 ft kitchen breakfast room and inter-connecting prep kitchen includes a handmade kitchen with granite worktops, a 4-door electric Aga with gas hob, ample room for a breakfast table and an adjacent utility room with walk-in pantry and dry cupboard. Beyond is a wine store. Near the garden door is a gardener’s wc, and a boot room provides access to the utility yard at the front. The principal rooms on all three floors face south across the walled garden. The sitting room and dining room sit either side of the hallway each with double doors that open to create a magnificent 36 ft entertaining space, ideal for parties and family gatherings. In addition, there is a study, a snug and a large garden room with Velux windows and French doors opening onto the garden. The first and second floors provide up to seven bedrooms. The principal bedroom suite has a deep bay, electric fire housed in an original fireplace and a large dressing room with fitted wardrobes and plumbing. All of the bedrooms are doubles and a dividing door on the first floor landing creates a potential partition. The bathrooms have Burlington fittings with high flush WCs and the house shower room has a wall-to-wall cubicle with a rainhead shower and fold-up seat. The top floor provides versatile accommodation and would make an ideal space for a games room, artist’s studio or indeed the entire floor could become a self-contained apartment. A drop-down ladder accesses the loft.
Montgomery House sits in just over one-and-a-half acres of gardens and grounds. At the front is a carriage driveway with a turning area providing ample room for off-street parking. Attached to the western end of the house is the single garage with an up-and-over door and the agricultural store/tractor shed with secure double doors. On the eastern side, double timber gates give access to the rear garden with its high curtain wall. This south facing garden is fully enclosed and walled on three sides with a broad terrace and sweeping lawn. Scattered trees and shrubs include a mountain ash, silver birch, weeping willow, hazelnut and walnut trees. Roses have been trained along the fence on the western boundary. The tennis court garden with its newly laid hard court and tennis hut can be glimpsed through the wrought iron ‘estate’ gates. Concealed behind the rear section of the wall is an extensive kitchen garden with raised beds, fruit cage and orchard; beyond, to the east, lies the wildlife garden.
Beverley 12 miles, Pocklington 15 miles, Malton 20 miles, Bridlington/Yorkshire coast 14 miles, York 30 miles
Known as the Capital of the Wolds by virtue of its central position within the county, Driffield is a traditional established market town with a range of amenities that include independent businesses, big brands and supermarkets as well as a sports hall with swimming pool and an all-season sports field. Close by is Driffield RUFC and other clubs include football, cricket, golf and tennis. The Driffield Agricultural Show, first held in 1854, is reputedly the largest one day show in the country. Local state schooling includes primary and secondary, with superb independent options available in Pocklington, Hull and York. There are towns within easy reach by car including Beverley within twenty minutes’ as well as the cities of Hull and York. The Yorkshire Coast can be reach in an hour and Driffield Railway station provides a service on the Yorkshire Coast Line (Hull-Scarborough).
EPC Rating: D
Services & Systems: All mains services including gas. Superfast broadband.
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: East Riding of Yorkshire www.eastriding.gov.uk
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Directions: From the A614 reach the Kelleythorpe Roundabout just outside Driffield town centre and take the turn-off to Kellythorpe. Montgomery Square is immediately on the left as signposted. Mongomery House is the first house on the left hand side.
Photographs, particulars and showreel: October 2023
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