Historic country house dating from c17th and constructed on the site of a c14th moated quadrangular castle - all set in gardens and grounds of nearly 16 acres.
Principal house arranged over 3 floors with loft space and comprising 4 reception rooms, kitchen breakfast room and pantry, cloakrooms and domestic offices, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Attached self-contained cottage on 2 floors: 2 reception rooms, kitchen dining room, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 separate WCs
Second floor accommodation: kitchen dining room, sitting room, bedroom, bathroom
Separate groom’s accommodation: kitchen/living/dining room, bedroom, bathroom
12 stables, barns, stores, outbuildings, cart shed, coal store
Gardens and grounds including orchard, walled garden, railed paddocks
In all some 15.8 acres
Across the road lies a separate area of land, available by separate negotiation (further 14.8 acres)
The wonderfully understated Bossall Hall stands on the crest of an area of high land to the west of the River Derwent valley, opposite historic St Botolph’s church. It has a pedigree history as demonstrated by its Scheduled Monument status and its magnificent moat still visible on three sides. Altered and extended over its 400 year history, it offers extensive principal and secondary accommodation, under 10 miles from York and yet in complete rural seclusion.
Standing in the midst of its gardens and grounds, with further land to the south, Bossall Hall enjoys a peaceful location in this sleepy rural hamlet within a twenty minute drive of the city of York and the market town of Malton. Available on the open market for the first time in more than sixty years, the Hall provides an opportunity to make a mark on the life cycle of an historic property.
From the early 14th century there was a fortified and moated quadrangular castle with double curtain walls on the site of the present Bossall Hall. It was initially held by Paulinus de Bossall and his descendants, after which time it was owned by the Redmayne family from whom it was later passed by marriage to the Thwaites. In 1623 the Manor of Bossall was sold to William Belt. It was around this time that the current Bossall Hall was built. Although Sir Robert Belt – Lord Mayor of York - was dispossessed following the English Civil War, the family continued to hold the manor until the late 1880s.
The house itself is thought to be in part Jacobean but was practically rebuilt in the 18th century. The double moat which surrounded the house is largely retained as an open ditch and the foundations of the mediaeval inner curtain wall are visible in places as earth-covered banks at the edge of the moat. In 1808 a brick bridge was built across the eastern arm of the moat on the site of an original entrance and its stone footings are the medieval bridge abutments.
• Nearly 10,000 sq ft of living accommodation
• Historic building, Grade II listed and a Scheduled Monument
• Available on the open market for the first time in more than sixty years
• 18th century staircase and internal panelling
• Elegant reception rooms, principally south facing
• Large kitchen/breakfast room with Aga and separate pantry
• Extensive outbuildings, cottage and stable yard
• Quiet rural setting, with magnificent established hardwoods
• Traditional walled garden with 12ft walls and glass house
• Formal gardens and flower borders, pasture land
The property has two points of access from the village road, with the principal tarmacadamed drive sweeping around from the north past the stable block and yard to the eastern elevation of the Hall. There is also a field gate off the village road to the west. Ten acres of gardens and grounds immediately surround the house: there are verdant south-facing lawns overlooked by the principal rooms of the Hall, a medieval moat traversed by three walkways including a brick-built bridge circa 1808, a walled garden of some half an acre with a mellow wall 12 ft high within which lies a productive kitchen garden and adjacent orchard, and a secret garden accessed through a mature, wisteria-clad timber pergola.
There are distinguished brick built/pantiled stables, barns and stores surrounding a stable yard, tarmacadamed and cobbled. Above and reached by an external staircase is an attractive groom’s flat with a fine outlook.
Mature beech trees, limes, sycamores, ash and venerable oak trees create a mature woodland covering and rhododendrons and herbaceous borders provide a riot of colour. Two railed paddocks lie on the western boundary reached by a grassy walkway flagged by a towering clipped yew hedge and herbaceous border.
Across the road lies a further 14.8 acres of land, divided into three railed paddocks.
York 8 miles, Malton 10 miles, Leeds 36 miles, Leeds Bradford Airport 40 miles. (Distances approximate)
Bossall is a small rural hamlet with a 12th century Grade I Listed village church standing midway between York and Malton. Known as the food capital of Yorkshire, Malton offers all the local amenities of a thriving market town. The mainline railway station at York has excellent links to London and Edinburgh, with a service to London in under two hours. The Vanguard Shopping and Retail Park with its flagship John Lewis store can be reached in under twenty minutes.
Services: We understand that the property has mains electricity and water. Central heating is oil fired. Drainage is via a private septic tank. The services have not been tested but it is assumed that they are all in working order and consistent with the age of the property.
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as of national importance.
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.
Local authority: Ryedale District Council, Ryedale House, Old Malton Road, Malton, YO17 7HH. Tel: 01653 600666, www.ryedale.gov.uk
Directions: From the A64 towards Malton turn right signposted Claxton. Continue into the village of Claxton and take a left following the sign towards Bossall. On arriving in the village, you will see St Botolph’s Church on your right and Bossall Hall on your left.
Photographs: August 2020 and summer 2013
NB: Google map images may neither be current nor a true representation.