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Cherry Lane, York

Offers In Excess Of £1,250,000

4 bedroom house

Exceptional Modernist house and annexe with grounds extending to 1.25 acres, on the edge of York Knavesmire.

This remarkable property is discreetly located off a tree-lined lane that runs down to the green open spaces of York Knavesmire. A timber-framed house, it was built in the early 1960s following the architectural style prevalent in Sweden and America. The house is highly contemporary within its period of construction and its architectural integrity remains intact. Designed with a modest façade, the orientation looks outwards across the sweeping gardens and grounds, creating a private and tranquil space at the rear. The plot is extensive totalling some 1.25 acres, and includes a three-bay garage, annexe and outbuilding – all in all a rarity so close to York city centre. This property requires complete renovation or, alternatively, the site presents an opportunity for re-development subject to planning permission.

Entrance hall, cloakroom/wc, 3 reception rooms, kitchen, utility room, principal bedroom suite with dressing room, shower and wc, 3 further bedrooms, house bathroom

3-bay garage, annexe, outbuilding, greenhouse

Gardens, grounds

In all some 1.25 acres

  • Detached house of vintage 1960s architectural design
  • Single-storey property totalling some 3132 sq ft
  • Requires complete renovation
  • Principal rooms orientate towards the gardens and grounds
  • 1.25 acres in all
  • Triple garage, annexe, outbuilding
  • The whole site offers potential for re-development subject to planning consent
  • 1¾ miles from York city centre and railway station
  • Adjacent to the Knavesmire and York racecourse
  • No onward purchase
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5 Cherry Lane is a superlative example of the 1960s experiment in architectural Modernism with is bold shape and single-storey layout. Many of the rooms have rising pitched ceilings that create double height space, there are pitched pine clad walls and ceilings, super wide windows with sliding doors, veneered flush Sapele doors, the original kitchen cupboards, rosewood cabinetry, a kitchen hatch as well as a milk bottle hatch, glazed sliding pocket doors and evidence of north-light industrial design in the inner hallway where a row of windows has been installed high in the pitched roof. This remarkable property is now in need of complete renovation or redevelopment.

The entire property is designed for privacy with its orientation directed away from the Tadcaster Road and towards the gardens and grounds. At the heart of the house, the triple-aspect living room extends to nearly 30 ft with its wall-to-wall glazing on the south and east elevations introducing swathes of natural light and providing glorious garden views. A central hearth acts as a partition, displaying yet another Modernist flourish. Sliding doors open onto the dining room with its full-height sliding doors opening onto the terrace. An additional sitting room faces the inner courtyard. The kitchen is a glorious time capsule, fully fitted and operational. It connects to the utility room and rear garden. The large entrance hall connects the southern wing of the house with the bedroom accommodation on the northern wing. The principal bedroom suite has a shower room and dressing room, and French doors onto the garden terrace. The three further bedrooms, all with fitted wardrobes, are served by a bathroom and separate wc.


A shared drive leads to a private drive that continues to the garage and the house, sitting discreetly at its far end, providing ample space for parking and turning. The extensive gardens are divided into three distinct zones. At the front of the house, the annexe and garage provide access to the enclosed front garden. This predominantly lawned area extends to some 100 ft and is bounded by a high chain-link fence to three sides with a pathway leading to a concealed greenhouse at the far corner. Within the paving is a herb garden, inset, and a part-covered refuse and a recycling structure lies adjacent to the utility room. At the side of the house, the sunny, paved courtyard has a central water feature of vintage design and is accessed from south-facing glazed doors in the dining room. At the rear, the lawn descends majestically, flanked either side by deep boundary hedges of great height with clipped shrubs and specimen trees providing more depth. A stepped pathway lined with planted beds leads to an area of paving where a swimming pool once stood. Concealed at the far corner of the garden is a large outbuilding and a strip of woodland with a composting area.


The timber-framed annexe extends some 23 ft and is clad internally with pine. It has recently served as a home office, has multiple power points, electric heaters and large fitted cupboards as well as a kitchenette and separate wc. Full height, wall-to-wall glazing and French doors face south across the front garden.

Attached to the annexe is the garage with its three bays, power and light, and a

rear door.

The detached outbuilding is constructed of coated steel composite panel, inside and out. It lies on the eastern boundary of the property and houses a tractor shed, store room, bothy with sink and gardener’s wc.


5 Cherry Tree Lane is located approximately 1¾ miles south west of the City of York, discreetly tucked some 150 metres behind Tadcaster Road, a main arterial route leading from the city towards the A64. Local amenities are within walking distance or a short drive away, and a passing bus service travels between Leeds and York. York College (Ofsted ‘Outstanding’) lies just half a mile to the south and mainline York railway station about 1¾ miles to the north. Cherry Lane itself has for centuries provided access to the western edge of the Knavesmire. This area, also known as Micklegate Stray, comprises approximately 166 hectares of open green space. It is popular with dog walkers and joggers, and is home to York Racecourse.


Tenure: Freehold

EPC Rating: E

Services & Systems: All mains services connected. Gas central heating. Warm air heating system.

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: Heading into York along the A1036/Tadcaster Road turn right onto Cherry Tree Lane, just before the Holiday Inn. Immediately turn right again on to a shared drive. A left bend takes you on to the private drive of No.5 and the entrance to the house is at the far side.

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