Elegant Victorian country house, gardens, outbuildings and large detached cottage in some 2 acres, close to York.
Main House: entrance and reception hall, drawing room, dining room, morning room, kitchen, office, store room with pantry cupboard, utility room, wc, conservatory
4 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, loft space
Cottage of 1930 sq ft: entrance and staircase hall, kitchen/dining, family room, utility room, wc, inner hall. Principal bedroom with wet room, 2 further bedrooms, bathroom. Garden terrace.
Outbuildings: double garage with office over, barn with further garaging and workshop, 3 loose boxes and tack room
Paddock, gardens and grounds
In all some 2 acres
Gilbertson House, Wheldrake Lane, Wheldrake, York, North Yorkshire YO19 6BQ
This distinguished, brick-built, nineteenth century house with a slate roof was formerly a gentleman’s farmhouse, and it sits quietly in a rural stretch between Wheldrake and Escrick, some eight miles south of York. Set well back from the country road with just one near neighbour, the property enjoys a fine pastoral setting.
One outstanding feature of Gilbertson House is the number of multi-paned sash windows of prodigious size that flood every room with natural light - even the hallways and landings - and frame the glorious, rural views to the south. High ceilings and large, elegantly proportioned rooms offering multiple access routes into the garden make this a perfect family house, ideal for large scale entertaining.
• Principal detached house (circa 1880) of 3780 sq ft and detached cottage of nearly 2000 sq ft
• 20 solar panels installed October 2011 with 25 year guarantee - reduced energy costs
• New sash windows
• Period features include working fireplaces, internal doors of great character, elegant proportions to the windows and rooms
• Magnificent drawing room with south and westerly aspects, sash windows, open fire, oak strip flooring and French doors opening on to the garden
• Large reception hall perfect for entertaining with library
• Country kitchen with 4-oven white Aga, adjoining store and pantry cupboard, boiler/drying room, double doors opening directly on to the dining conservatory
• Formal dining room facing the garden with two south facing windows
• Timber conservatory beautifully positioned to enjoy all-day sunshine, with double doors opening west on to the terrace and gardens beyond
• Good sized and well proportioned bedrooms many with fitted cupboards, and large bathrooms
• Paddock to front and large, mature gardens to rear
• Range of useful outbuildings
• Glorious, uninterrupted views across open countryside
Gilbertson House sits at the end of a long tree-lined gravelled drive, flanked by a high hedge on the western boundary of the property and a post and rail fence on the east marking the far side of the paddock. A large parking area and turning circle sits in front of the main house alongside the brick-built barns that date from the 19th century and now include the garaging. The detached cottage is positioned unobtrusively to the front and side of the main house, facing the paddock.
A five-bar gate between the barn and the main house provides a walkway through to the glorious gardens beyond. They face south and are overlooked by the principal rooms on the ground and first floors. A broad gravelled terrace skirts the rear elevation of the house bordered by a low wall covered in ivy and honeysuckle, and fringed with rose beds. Stone steps lead down to the mature, and well screened garden encircled by open farmland with distant woodland views. A pergola on the eastern boundary passes through to a secluded and delightful, par terre garden, walled on all sides and flagged with formal box hedging and gravel paths.
The large, brick-built barn incorporates garaging with office over, a workshop, three loose boxes and a tack room. The first floor office has an external staircase, a vaulted ceiling and distant views to York Minster.
The Cottage was built some eleven years ago by the family. It is a significant house in its own right, detached with two reception rooms, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garden terrace overlooking the paddock. The interior has been designed to create the feel of a country cottage, as its predecessor was, with a country kitchen, exposed timber beams, brace & latch doors, and wood-burning stoves. There is underfloor heating to the kitchen/dining and family rooms, good insulation, high spec kitchens and bathrooms, and many fitted cupboards in the bedrooms. This property currently generates significant and regular income through being let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy basis.
Wheldrake 2 miles, Escrick 2 miles, York 8 miles, Leeds 30 miles. (Distances approximate)
Gilbertson House lies to the east of the A19 trunk road, offering easy access to York, the ring road, A1M and the business centres of West Yorkshire and beyond. There are good local facilities in Wheldrake including a Costcutter, bus service to York, primary school, pub and church. In nearby Escrick is a primary school, the Parsonage Hotel, a popular Thai restaurant and a fine dining pub. York itself is a short drive; the Designer Outlet is less than a 10 minute drive away and the shopping outlets at Vangarde and Monks Cross some 20 minutes’ away. The property falls within the catchment of Fulford School (Ofsted ‘Outstanding’) and independent Queen Margaret’s is found in neighbouring Escrick.
Services: Mains water, electricity, oil fired heating and hot water, private drainage
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: Selby District Council, county of North Yorkshire 01757 705101
Directions: On the A19 Selby Road, take the left hand turn ‘Wheldrake Road’ at Crockey Hill. Follow the road for approximately two miles and, just before Wheldrake village, take a right hand turn continuing along Wheldrake Road. Follow the road for a further mile and, on a curve in the road, you will see Gilbertson House on your left hand side.
Photographs and particulars: July 2018
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