One of the finest country houses in Ryedale with superb equestrian facilities and magnificent views.
Entrance and staircase halls, cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen with dining area, ante room, domestic offices including pantry and wine store.
Principal bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room, guest bedroom suite with bathroom, 4 further first floor bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Second floor with kitchenette, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and sitting room
Garaging, stable block, open barn, implement shed
Formal gardens, orchards, grass paddocks
15 acres in all
Normanby Hill, Normanby, Sinnington, North Yorkshire YO62 6RH
Normanby Hill is an exceptional Georgian country house distinguished by its elevated position and imperious views over the Vale of Pickering towards the distant Yorkshire Wolds. No expense has been spared within these mellow stone walls; the European Oak flooring throughout the ground floor is newly laid; there are recently finished bathrooms and a magnificent, high-tech country kitchen; the lighting, plumbing and wiring is all up-to-the minute and every possible luxury has been taken into consideration. Outside are extensive gardens and grounds, a state-of-the-art stabling facility and newly fenced paddocks, all facing south.
With its commanding position, splendid stone elevations and exquisite symmetry Normanby Hill is one of the stand-out country houses in Ryedale.
• Former farmhouse circa 1790 with 1820s additions, listed Grade II
• Overlooks its own land - the principal rooms enjoy breathtaking views
• Southerly orientation
• Fine architectural detail – the grand entrance has a portico and pediment with fox motif supported on stone pillars; there are countless working fireplaces in the reception rooms and bedrooms, decorative plasterwork, fanlights, exposed beams, sash windows and window seats
• Stunning kitchen and dining area with custom-made kitchen units of Walnut, granite countertops and splashback behind the 5-oven Aga, double bowl butler sink and marble flooring. No expense has been spared in creating a contemporary kitchen of the very highest quality
• Abutting the kitchen is a series of highly practical, domestic rooms including a shelved pantry for cold storage and wine with the original flagstones and stone slab countertops, laundry, boiler room and rear access
• Large and elegant, triple aspect drawing room with French windows opening to stone flagged terrace and open fireplace with marble surround
• Dining room with open fireplace with period basket grate and walls panelled to dado height
• Sitting room conveniently situated just off the kitchen, with open fireplace and period basket grate
• Broad first floor landing with ornamental basket grate fireplace, currently used as a book room
• Stunning principal bedroom suite on the western wing of the house. This large, light bedroom has an ornamental period basket grate fireplace under a marble surround; there is a dressing room with extensive range of shelves and hanging storage; the en suite bathroom has a cast iron bath and twin basin with marble surround
• At the head of the secondary staircase are two bedrooms, a bathroom and living area with kitchenette. Being on the second floor, this versatile family space has a high, vaulted ceiling and Velux windows.
• Normanby Hills enjoys a favourable location within the much coveted Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The entrance to Normanby Hill is through stone gate pillars off the village road. From here the drive snakes up to the private electric gate and paved drive which sweeps around to the back of the house, where there is an extensive parking area in front of new 4-bay garaging. Behind the house lies the private courtyard with retaining stone wall and steeply banked land to the rear. Here the former garage now provides a useful storage facility. Along the retaining wall a high walkway links east to west providing a perfect panoramic viewpoint.
The front of the house has a colourful herbaceous border set behind a York stone flagged path. A mixture of hardwoods marks the eastern boundary of the property, and here there is an oil tank and LPG store, sheltered morning terrace and family play area beyond, laid with bark chippings. The front lawn with its rolling terracing is separated from the sweep below by a smartly clipped yew hedge. A flagged stone terrace and garden shielded by a high beech hedge lies at the western side of the house, accessed through French doors in the drawing room.
Sweeping lawns lie to the west and north, with an abundant orchard that includes apple trees, pear trees, greengage and plum trees as well as two mature walnut trees. A hen pen sits at the far corner.
The drive continues past the house to the state-of-the-art yard and stable block, recently constructed. The stable block includes eight stables and two foaling boxes, a wash bay and tap room. Each stable has drinking mangers, kickboards and windows, and there is power and strip lighting. To the north of the yard are implement sheds and a 2-bay open barn.
The land lies to the south of the property. There are ten fenced paddocks including a three-foal paddock, with gangways. A ditch provides a hedge line boundary to the south.
Approximately 15 acres in all
York 25 miles. Kirkbymoorside 4 miles. Pickering 5 miles, Malton 8 miles, Helmsley 9 miles. (Distances approximate)
The village of Normanby, with its picturesque Sun Inn, 12th century church and pretty stone bridge dating from the 1750s is a rural haven. It lies in a quiet corner south of the A170 trunk road which leads from Thirsk to Scarborough, via Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside and Pickering. All these market towns are within a short drive to the north and Malton, the Food Capital of Yorkshire, lies to the south east. There are good private and state schools within easy reach: ‘outstanding’ Ryedale School is seven miles away, and Terrington Hall and Ampleforth College lie within a comfortable half hour drive. John Lewis and the many amenities found at Vangarde Shopping Park on the York ring road are some 40 minutes’ away by car.
Services: Mains water and electricity. Private drainage to a modern treatment plant.
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 01653 600666
Directions: The village of Normanby is most easily approached via the A170 past Marton. Coming from this northern direction look for the stone posts on the right hand side signposted Hill Top Farm. Alternative access is from the south via Amotherby.
Photographs and particulars: Autumn 2018
NB: Google map images may neither be current nor a true representation.