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Keldholme Priory, Kirkbymoorside, York

Guide Price £1,650,000

7 bedroom house

Superb and substantial period house steeped in history with gardens, river frontage and paddocks

Keldholme Priory is a substantial property set in four acres of glorious gardens and grounds with the river Dove meandering along the south and east boundaries. Comprehensively renovated both inside and out by the current owners, it is an exceptional and very well appointed country house that enjoys a tranquil and private riverside setting.

Keldholme Priory has a fascinating history being on the site of a small Cistercian nunnery founded by English baron, Robert de Stuteville, during the reign of King Henry I. Records are sketchy but it appears that the last prioress was elected in the mid-16th century after which the nunnery was dissolved. The only mementoes of the original priory are two burial slabs and parts of the garden wall. The construction of the current house is estimated in part be dated from the early 17th century although much of it dates from the early 19th century and contemporary additions include an orangery in 2020.

Entrance and staircase hall, cloakroom wc, drawing room, sitting room, orangery, kitchen breakfast room, utility room, pantry, gym, study

Principal bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room, 5 further bedrooms, 3 further bathrooms, bedroom 7/attic room

Double garage, pergola, fruit cage, gardens and grounds

In all some 4 acres

  • Historic country house on the site of a Cistercian nunnery founded in 1142
  • Detached with a private, south facing outlook
  • Versatile accommodation of 6400 sq ft arranged over two floors
  • Idyllic riverside setting and Riparian rights
  • Easy to maintain landscaped gardens with automated irrigation and mowing systems
  • Four acres in all including two paddocks
  • Walking distance to Kirkbymoorside and easy drive to Helmsley and Pickering
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Constructed of stone under a pantile roof, Keldholme Priory has plenty of character and features thickset walls, deep sills, fireplaces, antique pine panelled doors, exposed beamed ceilings and heavy timbers. It has been comprehensively renovated and restored in recent years to include new timber windows throughout, a bespoke kitchen, a superb orangery, an updated heating system and external landscaping.

A stone portico gives access to the traditional front door that opens onto a double-height galleried reception hall with engineered oak floorboards and a turning staircase rising past a tall arched window. Double doors open onto the 32 ft drawing room in the 17th century part of the house with exposed stonework, original ceiling beams, a wood burning stove and French doors opening south onto the garden terrace. Alongside is the characterful sitting room with windows along the south facing wall and a magnificent stone fireplace housing a wood-burning stove set beneath a massive ancient timber. The 34 ft kitchen/breakfast room has banquette seating and ample room for a family-sized table and living area. It is open to the impressive orangery with underfloor heating and electric blinds. The kitchen was fitted by The Handmade Kitchen Company in Autumn 2022 and includes quartz work surfaces, a double Butler sink, a large island unit with breakfast bar, an electric range cooker with gas hob and multiple integrated appliances. Alongside is a utility room and larder. On the gable end is the study which features glorious views through stone mullion Gothic arched windows across the gardens, and arched Gothic doors open onto the elegantly designed circular patio.

On the first floor, the impressive principal bedroom suite has a bedroom with a seating area in front of a handsome gas fireplace, a bespoke dressing room and five-piece bathroom that includes a roll-top bath and steam shower. The suite has three windows facing ‘The Waterloo Tree’ and is also illuminated by a skylight. The house has five further double bedrooms and three further bathrooms on the first floor. An occasional seventh bedroom with natural light also provides additional storage on the second floor.


The property is accessed through a gate set on stone pillars via a shared driveway lined with daffodils in the spring and with paddocks either side. It continues to a large turning circle at the centre of which is ‘The Waterloo Tree’, a sycamore tree believed to have been planted in 1815 to celebrate the victory at Waterloo. A further set of stone pillars leads to the inner driveway in front of the house where there is further parking and access to the integral double garage. The garage has electric doors, power, light and fitted shelving, and houses the hot water tank that services the principal bedroom suite above.

The front elevation of the house is clad with well-established wisteria and cotoneaster and faces its magnificent gardens that sweep down to the riverside. The river Dove bounds the property on two sides and, on this stretch, the bank is lined with ancient stonework. A small jetty gives access. Abutting the house is an extensive stone flagged terrace along with a pergola that face south across the manicured lawns with a variety of mature trees scattered around the fringes. A winding gravel path follows the lofty stone wall that is adorned in mature climbers and espalier trees. Euonymus japonicus and lavender form the shaped centre pieces for the parterre garden and, beyond, lies a large and well-stocked fruit cage. Two sturdy doors through the wall separately lead to an additional riverside garden area with an avenue of trees; here also is a fruit orchard, an expanse of lawn with a specimen Ginkgo tree taking centre stage along with a mixed copse underplanted with spring bulbs and a woodland path. The property also has a landscaped courtyard at the rear and two paddocks flanking the driveway with part post and rail fencing and part walled boundaries.


Kirkbymoorside 1 mile, Helmsley 6 miles, Pickering 6 miles, Malton 12 miles, Thirsk 21 miles, York 27 miles

Keldholme is a hamlet on the outskirts of the thriving market town of Kirkbymoorside situated on the A170 Thirsk to Scarborough Road on the edge of the North York Moors. Helmsley, Pickering and Malton are close by and both the Yorkshire coast and the city of York are very accessible. Facilities at Kirkbymoorside include shops, pubs, a weekly market, doctor’s surgery and primary school. Nearby secondary schools are at Pickering and Nawton with local independent options at Terrington and Ampleforth. The East Coast Main Line runs from Thirsk Railway Station and trains from York reach London Kings Cross in under two hours. International airports are Leeds Bradford and Manchester.


Tenure: Freehold

EPC Rating: F

Services & Systems: Mains water, electricity and gas. Private drainage treatment plant. Heating powered by biomass pellet boiler. Zoned 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: North Yorkshire Council North York Moors National Park

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Directions: : From the A170 travel eastbound from Kirkbymoorside and take the first left hand turn signposted to Keldholme Only. Follow this road into the village and, before the Grade II listed stone bridge, the gated entrance to Keldholme Priory will be found on the right hand side.

Photographs, particulars and showreel: January 2024

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