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Musley Bank, Malton

Offers In Excess Of £1,250,000

6 bedroom detached house

Magnificent and substantial period property benefiting from numerous outbuildings, enjoying open views across its own parkland and gardens of 2.4 acres.

Musley Bank House dates from the late nineteenth century when it was built by John Key, a gentleman farmer, upon whose death the property was sold for £10,550 along with its 180 acres. The subsequent owner, James Snarry, breeder of the famous Lily Agnes racemare, added the crenellated tower that displays a date stone of 1903.

This greatly loved family home has been in the same ownership for nearly forty years. It sits on gently rising ground facing south across its gardens and lake to the hills beyond. Filled with character and displaying the architectural confidence and elegant features of the Victorian age, the house has a spectacular ceiling believed to have been brought over from a nearby country house built by the Rothschild family in the 1860s.

Entrance porch, stairway hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room/snooker room, study, conservatory, kitchen breakfast room, utility room, pantry, wc, rear hall/entrance, cellar, boiler room/log store. Principal bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room, 5 further bedrooms, 2 further bathrooms

Outbuildings: 3 double garages, workshop, gardener’s office, garden store, tool store, coal store, 2 stables

Landscaped parkland gardens, terrace, lake

In all 2.4 acres

  • Substantial, detached Victorian house
  • Within the Howardian Hills AONB, but not listed
  • Versatile accommodation of more than 4800 sq ft
  • Retaining many superb period features
  • Large principal bedroom suite with five further double bedrooms
  • Over 4,500sqft of barns/outbuildings/garaging with potential to develop
  • Glorious south facing parkland and country views from the house
  • Five minutes’ drive to Malton Railway Station
  • An easy run on the A64 to York and its independent schools
  • No onward purchase
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Musley Bank House has an abundance of fine period features many of which have been sensitively restored and others reclaimed such as the ornate ceiling in the drawing room. Along with high ceilings and long windows, there are numerous magnificent fireplaces, many with marble mantles, deep skirtings, coving, ornate plasterwork, an oak staircase, doors and architraves, and marble flooring in the porch. Hovingham Interiors have made and fitted much of the bespoke cabinetry within the house including the kitchen and bedrooms, and the radiator covers.

The ‘Hovingham Interiors’ kitchen breakfast room has underfloor heating and a bespoke breakfast seating area; there are fitted appliances, Franke sink, granite worktop, a Range cooker and large pantry with a separate utility/laundry room. The family room alongside has a large working fireplace with 7.5KW log burning stove and far-reaching southerly views. Both of the formal reception rooms have tall arched windows facing south over the parkland garden with the Wolds beyond. The drawing room is distinguished with elegant proportions and a remarkably ornate plastered ceiling, and the formal 26ft dining room also serves as a snooker room. An allocated study/home office enjoys privacy and a garden view. At the rear, a conservatory and sheltered terrace, built in 1992, provide a splendid area for inside/outside entertaining in the summer months. The circular terrace nestles within an expanse of lawn with a central staircase ascending to the rear boundary of the property.

On the first floor, the principal bedroom suite is palatial, facing south and west with a fitted dressing room and bathroom with corner bath, double wash basins with vanity units, fitted wardrobe and linen cupboards. There are six bedrooms in all, every one is accessible from the central landing; four have fitted wardrobes and four have marble fireplaces. There is a part boarded loft that is carpeted, and has power and light.


From the country lane a shared drive ascends some one hundred metres on the western boundary of the property to the stone gate posts of Musley Bank House. From here the private drive leads to a large gravel parking area at the front and western side of the house. Facing south, the house enjoys a view over its own parkland gardens including the lake, all bounded by estate railings; there is rolling countryside as far as one can see with the Yorkshire Wolds in the distance. The gardens are largely laid to lawn with mature shrubs and specimen trees including two magnificent Sequoia Wellingtonia. There is a stone fountain and water feature (currently drained) and large fenced lake.


There are three double garages, all with good roof heights; one is reached via the shared drive continuing further north. In addition, there are further outbuildings all offering great potential for development subject to planning consent. The stable block/barn has had plans drawn up for conversion into a four-bedroom house but planning has not been sought. There are solar panels on the roof of the barn understood to provide an income of circa £2,500 per annum. The gardener’s office and garden store would lend itself to a home office or granny annexe.


The picturesque Georgian market town of Malton has a national reputation as Yorkshire’s Food Capital with its independent shops, cafés and restaurants, artisan food producers and brewers, food market and biannual Food Lovers Festival. Local amenities include a community hospital, doctors’ surgery, tennis courts, swimming pool, gyms, cinema and good schooling. Independent schooling at York lies within easy reach. Malton Railway Station offers direct links to the coast, mainline York and on to Leeds, London, Liverpool and Manchester Airport. The A64 bypasses the town and provides excellent road links east and west. This easily accessible corner of North Yorkshire has it all; the historic city of York, the North York Moors, Castle Howard, David Hockney’s Yorkshire Wolds and The Heritage Coast are all on the doorstep.


Tenure: Freehold

EPC rating: E

Services and Systems: Oil fired central heating. Septic tank with Klargester. Mains electric and water. Zoned heating ground floor/first floor.

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 north to Malton on the A64 take the turning to Malton and then the first left and immediately left again signposted a no-through road and through stone gate posts. After some 250 metres you will reach a small roundabout. Turn right up the shared drive until you reach the stone gate posts of Musley Bank House, identified by a house sign.

Local authority: Ryedale District Council 01653 600666. Howardian Hills AONB

Photographs, particulars: Summer 2021 and January 2022

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