Delightful family house with extensive outbuildings in a sought after Howardian Hills village
Northfield House, Main Street, Hovingham, York, North Yorkshire YO62 4LF
York 16 miles, Malton and Helmsley 8 miles, Easingwold 10 miles.
Porch, entrance hall, staircase hall, 2 reception rooms, kitchen breakfast room, pantry, utility room/rear hall, boot room, cloakroom wc, conservatory
Principal bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, house bathroom
Multiple farm buildings, laundry, dog pen, potting shed, 2 garages, gardens
This period stone farmhouse with pantile roof, believed to date from the eighteenth century, came into private ownership in 1971 when it was bought from the Hovingham Estate by the current owners. A beloved family home, it has remained in their hands for some fifty years, extended and updated during their long tenure; it would now benefit from a degree of updating. The complete set of farm buildings, contemporary to the house, are remarkable; they have barely changed from their original use with much of the architectural detail intact. With its setting at the heart of a quintessential English village, Northfield House is without doubt a rather special property.
• Detached, period family house, gardens and extensive farm buildings
• 4800 sq ft of traditional farm buildings with planning permission
• Delightful gardens providing colour and structure all year round
• Stores, primary school and bakery within a short stroll
• In the heart of the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
• 15 minutes’ drive to Malton and Helmsley, 35 minutes’ to York
Northfield House is orientated to the south and west with the principal rooms and kitchen enjoying the sunshine as it moves around the property, settling in the garden throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
The sitting room has fine proportions with a fireplace, electric stove, and a pair of 20-pane sash windows facing the herbaceous borders that shelter under a curved stone wall. A light and bright, fitted country kitchen has a traditional pantry, oil-fired Aga, window seat and space for a table. Alongside is a formal dining room with garden views. This is a practical house with utility areas, storage rooms and two rear entrances. A fine, broad staircase with polished handrail ascends to the first floor; here the accommodation is versatile with up to five bedrooms including a large principal bedroom suite with a charming view across the traditional rooftops of the village to the green hills beyond.
The property is accessed by a bridge that crosses the pretty beck, a weeping willow standing sentinel. A five-bar wooden gate opens to the gravelled drive that sweeps around to the northern boundary alongside the garaging and laundry/utility outbuildings. The refuse area is discreetly concealed by a hedge. The outbuildings extend north to the far western corner of the property, attractively landscaped with many buildings clad with varieties of climbing rose. At the far end, an area of lawn scattered with shrubs is bounded by a high hedge to the west and a stone building belonging to the neighbour to the south.
Wrapping around the south and west elevations of the house is a stone terrace, ideal for sitting out in the sunshine, facing the gardens of manicured lawn intersected by gravel paths, a weeping birch taking centre stage and deep borders liberally stocked with a variety of herbaceous perennials. A towering beech hedge provides privacy and screening from the road.
The traditional farmyard, now landscaped and gravelled, is bordered to three sides by heritage farm buildings of stone and brick with pantile roof, many intact and remaining fit for purpose. These include a granary, byre, stables (with stallion box), barns and multiple stores; there are flagstones, hay racks, lovely old roof trusses, and some have power and light. With planning permission in perpetuity, the incoming buyer has the benefit of numerous options.
Hovingham is the Estate village of the Worsley family and retains its timeless charm with a tumbling beck, parkland and cricket ground. Known for its strong community and multiple amenities, the village has a primary school, thriving village store, hair salon, bakery/cafe, two public houses including the Worsley Arms hotel, GP surgery, village hall, monthly artisan market, cricket and tennis club. Located midway between Malton and Helmsley, the village lies within easy reach of Ampleforth and Terrington for independent schooling, and is in the catchment area for ‘Outstanding’ Ryedale School. The city of York with its mainline railway station connecting to London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool can be reached in little more than half an hour and the North York Moors lie within easy reach.
Services: Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil-fired central heating.
Local authority: Ryedale District 01653 600666 Conservation area AONB
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
Directions: From Malton drive through Hovingham and Northfield House lies at the north eastern end of the village on the left hand side, the penultimate house. Its name is identified on the white painted bridge that crosses the beck.
Photographs, particulars and showreel: May 2021
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