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Towton Hall, Towton, Tadcaster

Guide Price £1,950,000

5 bedroom house

Historic country house with outbuildings and 13 acres in a village midway between York and Leeds.

Towton Hall is built of locally quarried limestone under a stone roof. Its timber sash windows are all handmade, double glazed and fitted some four years ago. The house itself has a number of fine period features including window shutters, stained glass, moulding and ceiling roses, fireplaces, oak panelled doors and a staircase with a polished handrail and volute. The front door stands beneath a coat of arms within the fourteenth century tower. This part of the property forms the older part of the Hall which was extended in the eighteenth century and, in modern times, extended further to the rear as well as on the northern elevation where a large garage with annexe above was added in 1996. The property is not listed.

Principal house: entrance hall, 3 reception rooms, garden room, office, utility and boot rooms, kitchen breakfast room, orangery, cellars. Principal bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room, 4 further bedrooms, 3 further bathrooms (2 en suites), separate WC. Attic space extending to some 64 ft in length

Flat: sitting room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, storage room

Garage block, 3 outbuildings, gardens and gates open on to the paddock. There is a rear/service drive to the Hall from the Old London Road.

In all just over 13 acres

  • Distinguished Yorkshire property steeped in history
  • In the same family ownership for 60 years
  • The country house offers versatile accommodation of nearly 7000 sq ft with the potential to extend into the attic space
  • Towton Hall is not Listed and therefore offers scope for a programme of renovation and development
  • The two bedroom flat with its independent entrance offers ideal ancillary accommodation/rental opportunity
  • Located in the heart of a traditional Yorkshire village
  • Highly convenient for Tadcaster, Wetherby, York, Leeds, Harrogate and motorway networks
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Towton Hall has versatile accommodation arranged over three floors. Two hallways sit astride a 33 ft drawing room with a deep bay window, corner fireplace housing an open fire and double doors that open to a garden room giving access to a west facing garden terrace. The sitting room, for many years serving as the library, enjoys glorious southerly views across the gardens and grounds. Along with a formal dining room is a 23 ft orangery with a productive fig tree that enjoys an ideal south/west orientation and serves as an informal dining/living space; it opens on to the terrace and enjoys a superb outlook. The kitchen breakfast room has a 4-oven electric Aga with induction hob, space for a family-sized table and three arched windows facing south. On the first floor are five bedrooms and four bathrooms all with high ceilings and deep windows. A staircase rises to the second floor where there is a substantial single room space that defies all expectation. Mirroring the entire dimensions of the second floor and extending into the roof space with the trusses visible, this 64 ft loft space has two windows and two fireplaces. Formerly the servants’ quarters it was also very probably used as a safe space for soldiers during the Civil War and now offers enormous scope for conversion, providing a real opportunity to extend the current bedroom/bathroom accommodation.

The double garage is integral to the house, has front and rear up-and-over doors, power, light and plumbing. On the first floor is a two bedroom self-contained flat of more than 1000 sq ft with its own oil tank and heating system. It has independent access as well as direct access from the Hall. The property has been successfully let as an AST in recent years.


The discreet, tree-lined, gravelled drive sweeps away from the road to an impressive turning and parking circle in front of the house and garage. A mature bank of trees to the front provides privacy. The house itself is surrounded by some thirteen acres with the gardens and land lying predominantly to the south and west. The parkland gardens have sweeping lawns scattered with a variety of established trees, with a ha-ha separating the gardens from the adjoining pasture land which is bounded by timber fencing and hedging. At the rear, behind the garage, is a secure dog run which is lined on the north with three adjoining outbuildings, one open and two secure. At the far end, wrought-iron, parkland gates open on to the paddock. There is a rear/service drive to the Hall from the Old London Road.


Towton Hall is a property with a reputation shaped by its connection to the Wars of the Roses and in particular the Battle of Towton that took place in 1461 during which the tide of power turned in Edward IV’s favour. Towton Hall’s magnificent fourteenth century tower with its wattle & daub walls still stands. In the 1990s the bodies of fleeing Lancastrian soldiers were discovered buried beneath the property and it is believed that soldiers slept in the loft space. Historians are still looking for Richard III’s commemorative chantry chapel built soon after the battle, a battle documented as the largest to take place on English soil. Part of Towton Hall dates from 1770 when the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Hawke, lived there.


Towton is a traditional linear Yorkshire village that lies midway between York and Leeds, amidst fine North Yorkshire countryside. A small village with a rural pub, its great strength lies in its location which is remarkably convenient for access to York, Leeds and only five miles from the A1M. The market town of Tadcaster with its many amenities and historic bridge spanning the river Wharfe is home to the oldest brewery in Yorkshire and lies only five minutes’ drive away.


Tenure: Freehold

EPC Ratings: House F, Flat D

Services & Systems: All mains services. Oil central heating.

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: Selby District of North Yorkshire 01757 705101 Green Belt. Council Tax Band House H, Flat B

Directions: From the A64, drive through Main Street/A162 passing Rockingham Arms on your right. Some 200m down on your right hand side, towards the end of the village, you will see the drive to Towton Hall through high wrought-iron gates in a stone wall. Take the right hand turn through the gates.

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