Notable period house and attached cottage in one of North Yorkshire’s finest villages.
Hovingham Country House: entrance hall, open plan kitchen breakfast room with living room and dining room, utility room, formal sitting room, principal bedroom suite, 3 further bedrooms, house bathroom
Courtyard garden, off street parking
Digger Cottage: kitchen, sun room/dining room, cloakroom/utility room, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, basement with workshop, office and storage area, courtyard garden with parking area
Hovingham Country House and Digger Cottage, Park Street, Hovingham, York YO62 4JZ
Hovingham Country House together with its cottage is located within the highly regarded village of Hovingham in the heart of the Howardian Hills. Believed to have been constructed in 1871 this fine village townhouse is arranged over three floors with an open plan arrangement on the ground floor; the whole has undergone a comprehensive programme of works by the current owners as has the cottage which was formerly part of the main house. This is a rare opportunity to acquire two superb freehold properties which together present many opportunities.
• Townhouse of 2197 sq ft with period features
• Views across the rooftops, parkland and the village green from the main house
• Attached period cottage of 1382 sq ft with parking and courtyard garden
• Potential for income through holiday lets/assured shorthold tenancy
• Ideal arrangement for two generations within the same family
• Potential to reinstate the house and cottage to a single dwelling
• Thriving estate village with multiple amenities
• Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
• In between Malton and Helmsley, half an hour’s drive to York
Hovingham Country House was built under the instruction of Hovingham stalwart Michael Sidgwick and his family, now laid to rest in the church graveyard. Formerly named ‘Sidgwick House’, this end of terrace townhouse has some fine period features including a bay window, sliding sash windows, cornicing, coving and ceiling rose, original tiled flooring, fireplaces, solid wood flooring, and an arched stained glass window. At the heart of the house is the glorious, cantilevered staircase with fine spindles and polished mahogany handrail. Within the open plan ground floor living space is a shaker style kitchen with island breakfast bar, granite worktops, integrated units, traditional Belfast sink, double oven and electric hob with extractor hood as well as space for large fridge freezer. The beautifully proportioned first floor sitting room with its traditional architectural features has a pair of sash windows giving views to the front over the village green. Two of the bedrooms have the potential to become en suites. The light and bright house bathroom is part tiled with a freestanding bath and waterfall mixer tap, shower cubical with stainless steel shower, pedestal basin with waterfall taps and heated towel rail.
Digger Cottage was substantially renovated in 2017 with a modern Shaker style kitchen, an electric fire in the sitting room, new central heating system, oil tank and replacement conservatory; Camaro oak style flooring was fitted throughout the ground floor. Both bedrooms retain the original Victorian fireplaces and have fitted wardrobes. The basement is currently arranged as two rooms, formerly used as an additional bedroom and workshop; both have windows and offer potential for further renovation. To the front, the pretty courtyard garden is accessed by the conservatory and makes an ideal sitting out area with a mature pyracantha scaling the high garden wall.
To the front of Hovingham Country House is a small forecourt area with wrought iron railings and steps to the front entrance door. A shared drive from Park Street leads to secure timber gates that give access to the rear of the principal house and to the entrance of Digger Cottage and its garden. Hovingham Country House has an enclosed gravelled parking area and modest stretch of lawn with patio, all bounded on one side by a lofty stone wall; it enjoys a sunny, south facing orientation.
Digger Cottage lies behind a high timber fence and gates. Its main entrance faces its attractive courtyard garden with gravelled area, flowerbeds and stone flagged parking area.
York 16 miles, Malton and Helmsley 8 miles, Easingwold 10 miles.
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, delicatessen, village store, beauty 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.
EPC rating: Hovingham Country House G, Digger Cottage E
Council Tax Band: Hovingham Country House E, Digger Cottage C
Services and Systems: Mains electricity, drainage and water. 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
Directions: Heading north into the village from York/Malton take the second left on to Park Street. The house can be clearly seen on the left hand side overlooking the village green.
Local authority: Ryedale District 01653 600666 Conservation area AONB
Photographs, particulars and showreel: September/October 2021
NB: Google map images may neither be current nor a true representation.