Normanby Hill, Normanby, North Yorkshire
Guide Price £2,950,000
6 bedroom house
One of the finest luxury country houses in Ryedale, with equestrian facilities and some 15 acres.
Normanby Hill is an exceptional Georgian country house distinguished by its commanding position and imperious views over the Vale of Pickering enjoyed from all principal rooms. Over the last two years the owners have transformed the entire property overseeing an ambitious programme of renovation under the guidance of a Conservation Officer. Running parallel to the renovation has been a strategy to future-proof the house and significant steps have been made towards taking the property off grid. A recent complement to the house is an exercise & spa pool heated to 50-degrees; it enjoys a lofty position giving far-reaching views across open countryside. The extensive gardens and grounds include a state-of-the-art stabling facility and paddocks. Formerly a farmhouse dating from the 1790s with 1820s additions, Normanby Hill is now without doubt one of the stand-out high-luxury country houses in Ryedale.
- Georgian country house with outbuildings, gardens and land
- Equestrian with state-of-the-art stables and paddocks
- Eighteenth century house, listed Grade II
- Luxuriously appointed throughout its three floors
- 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms in all
- Self-contained loft apartment
- High spec/high tech with renewable energy technology and 5G wifi
- Panoramic views across open countryside
- Faces south across its own gardens and land
No expense has been spared in the creation of a luxurious property where superior quality is visible in the design, finish and technology. Alongside the sympathetic renovation works, architectural details have been restored including the grand entrance with its portico and pediment containing the fox motif supported on stone pillars; there is also a superb staircase, decorative plasterwork and architraves, fanlights, and exposed beams. Wall panelling has been introduced and window seats can be found at the base of vertical sliding sash windows, all recently fitted.
On the ground floor are hand-crafted stone fireplaces and elegant stone flooring both from locally quarried stone. The stone flooring extends from the kitchen through to the dining room and hallway with underfloor heating beneath. Up-to-the-minute technology is a feature of Normanby Hill and the current owner has installed systems that include renewable energy technology, two-phase electric power, 5G superfast broadband, smart lighting and a security alarm system.
The kitchen/breakfast/living room is a 24 ft space that can accommodate a family-sized sitting area and has views across the morning terrace with its water feature. The hand-made kitchen has been newly installed with no expense spared; it includes a 5-oven Aga, Butler sink with Quooker tap, island unit with induction hob and breakfast bar, integrated appliances including two dishwashers and a wine fridge. Alongside is a range of store rooms including a traditional pantry with stone slab and a boot room with fitted storage, seating and a sink. The house has four reception rooms in all, two with magnificent fireplaces hewn from stone, and the more informal snug.
The first floor accommodation is versatile with up to six bedrooms, two currently used as dressing rooms to the principal bedroom suite. On the two upper floors are six bathrooms, each with contemporary fittings of the highest specification. The stylish second floor loft apartment comes fully equipped and self-contained with a living room and kitchenette, two bedrooms and a bathroom giving glorious views to the Yorkshire Wolds. This floor has high ceilings rising into the vaulted roof space and ample natural light through traditional windows and skylights.
Planning consent has been given for an outdoor swimming pool high up on the northern boundary, an orangery connecting to the drawing room on the western elevation, and an outdoor kitchen structure alongside the existing hot tub/pool (the stone has been pre-purchased from Dringstone).
Gardens And Grounds
Normanby Hill is discreetly accessed from the village road through stone gate pillars. Electric gates open to a private drive that sweeps around to the extensive parking area in front of a garage block with four bays. Behind the house lies the private courtyard with retaining stone wall. Here the former garage provides a useful storage facility along with a purpose-built log store and refuse/recycling store. Above the retaining wall is an elevated pathway flanked by wrought-iron railings with a sheltered seating area designed to provide a perfect panoramic viewpoint. York Stone landscaping surrounding the house provides multiple points for enjoying the view. Built into the terrace on the eastern end of the house and providing far-reaching views across open countryside is a bespoke exercise and spa pool. It is heated by its own air-source heat pump, has counter-current jets and specialist down lighting. Beyond the pool is space that has been allocated for the construction of an outdoor kitchen. The front elevation is lined with an herbaceous border planted with sculpted yew, lavender, rose and catmint. Here the front expanse of lawn with its rolling terracing is separated from the sweep below by a smartly clipped yew hedge. To the west is a productive orchard with apple, pear, plum and green gage trees as well as two mature walnut trees. A hen coop and run lies on the far corner.
The drive continues past the house to the state-of-the-art yard and stable block. The stable block includes eight stables and two foaling boxes, a wash bay and tack room. Each stable has drinking mangers, kickboards and windows, and there is power and strip lighting. To the north of the yard are implement sheds and a two-bay open barn. The land lies to the south of the property. There are ten fenced paddocks including a three-foal paddock, with gangways totalling some 11 acres. A ditch provides a hedge line boundary to the south and a mixture of hardwoods marks the eastern boundary.
The village of Normanby, with its picturesque public house, the Sun Inn, its twelfth century church and pretty stone bridge dating from the 1750s is a rural haven. It lies in a quiet corner south of the A170 trunk road which leads from Thirsk to Scarborough, via Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside and Pickering. All these market towns are within a short drive to the north and Malton, the Food Capital of Yorkshire, lies to the south east. There are good private and state schools within easy reach: ‘outstanding’ Ryedale School is seven miles away, and Terrington Hall and Ampleforth College lie within a comfortable half hour drive. Vangarde, a shopping outlet on the York ring road, can comfortably be reached in 35 minutes with the city of York and its superb independent schools just beyond.
EPC Rating: Exempt – Grade II listed
Services and Systems: Mains water and electricity. Private drainage to a modern treatment plant. Two-phase electric power. 2 wifi systems (one is 5G), intelligent lighting control system, CCTV with 3 cameras, smoke detectors, burglar alarms, underfloor heating (except in drawing room and study). New 36 KW boiler. 2 air source heat pumps, one for underfloor and one for the hot tub/pool.
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: by appointment only
Local Authority: Ryedale District Council 01653 600666 www.ryedale.gov.uk
Directions: The village of Normanby is most easily approached via the A170 past Marton. Coming from this northern direction, in the middle of the village, look for the stone posts on the right hand side signposted Hill Top Farm. Alternative access is from the south/Malton via Amotherby.
Photographs and particulars: 2022 and 2023