Double fronted Georgian country house with adjoining annexe, garage block, numerous outbuildings and glorious gardens.
The Old Vicarage, Main Street, Wighill, North Yorkshire LS24 8BQ
Entrance and staircase hall, 4 reception rooms, cloakroom wc, kitchen breakfast room, utility room, boot room, cellars, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite)
Annexe: kitchen living room, bedroom, bathroom
Double garage block with room over
Barn, outbuildings and stores
In all some 2.5 acres
Freehold for sale
The Old Vicarage is a delightful eighteenth century house that stands discreetly in the heart of the village, its glorious gardens extending behind with open countryside beyond. Originally a traditional stone farmhouse dating from the 1780s it was adopted by the Church of England in 1890 and decommissioned in 1941, enjoying more than fifty years as a vicarage to All Saints Parish Church with its fine 15th century tower. Modified and much improved over the years, the current owners have converted adjoining barns to create a large, modern family kitchen breakfast room with domestic offices alongside and a self-contained annexe above. On the market for the second time in seventy years, The Old Vicarage in Wighill is a greatly cherished home ideally suited to a family.
• Georgian country house (not Listed) in glorious gardens of 2.5 acres
• 3790 sq ft of versatile accommodation arranged over two floors
• Period features include exposed beams, elegant room proportions, original lime plaster, wide Georgian internal doors with original door furniture, working fires and some fine fireplaces, multi-paned sash windows, window seats, bay windows, servants’ bell, cellar with a cabinet for the family silver
• Windows predominantly double glazed throughout
• Large, fitted, country kitchen with 4-oven Aga, space for a large dining table and double doors to the garden; useful utility and boot rooms adjoining.
• Family room with multi-fuel stove linking the kitchen to the original farmhouse
• Two elegant, formal reception rooms at the front of the house with south facing bay windows
• Vicar’s study with parquet flooring and double doors to the garden
• Stone flagged cellar suitable for wine storage
• Four good sized bathrooms, all modern
• Family sized bedroom accommodation, many bedrooms with fitted furniture
• Loft access, good ceiling height – potential to create a second floor
• Self-contained annexe with its own staircase and independent entrance
• Superb village convenient for York, Leeds and Harrogate
Stout timber gates open to a gravel drive that sweeps around to the rear of the property alongside the garaging where there is ample room for parking and turning. At the front is a low maintenance south facing garden, predominantly paved and designed for sitting out in full sunshine. It enjoys a fine outlook across the village street to the Dower House opposite.
The outbuildings are numerous and secure, connected to the principal house. There is an old coach house providing garaging, a garden store, large workshop with potting shed alongside, wood store and modern double garage block with twin doors and a room over. The room above the garage is accessed via stone granary steps, has windows, two rooflights, a good ceiling height, power and light.
The mature and landscaped gardens are distinctive in form and function: a paved terrace, manicured lawns and well stocked flowerbeds close to the house; a sunken part-walled garden with abundant herbaceous borders; a formal croquet lawn flanked by stone steps, a paddock revealing the ridge & furrow pattern of medieval farming; a kitchen garden with raised beds, a greenhouse and a multitude of fruit bushes; and a wooded wildlife corner in the north west corner. Taking centre stage is an avenue of twelve mature poplar trees on the eastern boundary delivering a fine rural vista. Well established trees and shrubs abound and high clipped hedges, stone steps, pathways and terraces link the gardens and provide structure. These splendid gardens are immensely private, well screened, sheltered and bounded on all sides by hedging and fencing.
Paddock approx 1 acre, in all some 2.5 acres
Tadcaster 3 miles, Boston Spa and Wetherby 5 miles, York 12 miles, Harrogate 16 miles, Leeds 17 miles, Leeds Bradford Airport 19 miles. (Distances approximate)
Wighill is one of the outstanding villages near York, known for its rural tranquility and strong community. The well regarded public house, The White Swan, and church both provide a hub for social activity and village life. Its location on the border of North and West Yorkshire makes it highly convenient for access to multiple towns and cities: Boston Spa, Tadcaster and Wetherby are all within a 15 minute drive; York and its mainline Railway Station can be reached within 25 minutes, and both Harrogate and Leeds within little more than half an hour. The nearby A64 links to the motorway network via the A1(M) providing good links to the rest of the UK.
Services: Mains electricity, water, drainage. 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.
Local authority: Harrogate District Council of North Yorkshire
Directions: Heading in to Wighill from Tadcaster drive past the church and follow the dog leg to the right. The Old Vicarage can be seen some 100 yards down on the left as identified near the gate post.
Photographs and particulars: October 2020
NB: Google map images may neither be current nor a true representation.