Probably the finest village house in North Yorkshire
York 18 miles, Easingwold 5 miles, Thirsk 7 miles, Helmsley 8 miles, Husthwaite 2 miles. (Distances approximate)
Detached eighteenth century house, separate cottage, driveway and garage, potting shed, stone-flagged terrace and formal walled garden, garden paddock with separate access
In all some one acre
Elphin House, Coxwold, North Yorkshire YO61 4AD
With origins dating back to the 1760s, this exquisitely beautiful Georgian stone house enjoys a splendid position in the heart of the village yet retains absolute privacy to the rear. Its gardens are glorious and extend to an acre; within the elegant, panoramic sweep of the rural vista beyond lies Byland Abbey nestled in the wooded hills of the North York Moors National Park. The principal house and accompanying cottage set a new benchmark for quality of finish and specification and the interiors are a creative coming together of the historic and the contemporary.
Elphin House is undoubtedly the best house in a village widely regarded as the most beautiful village in North Yorkshire, and consistently ranked as one of the top ten villages in Britain.
• Grade II Listed detached house and separate cottage in a much-loved village
• Luxuriously renovated and finished to an exemplary standard
• 18th century features include the original hand-blown windows and working shutters; there is a magnificent 20-pane window on the half-landing and antique servants’ bells in the kitchen
• Bespoke pieces abound: artist blacksmith Matthew Dwyer, known for his work at Castle Howard, produced the wrought iron hand railings; there are fittings by master craftsmen including late artist and interior designer, Rupert Forbes-Adam, who painted the drawing room fireplace surround
• State-of-the-art kitchen by Peter Thompson of York fitted with Sub Zero and Miele appliances, Gaggenau halogen hob, “Wolf” extractor, 4 door Aga, wine fridge, underfloor heating, limestone floor and walk-in larder. The kitchen also has an adjoining separate laundry room with built in cupboards. The kitchen extends to a magnificent open-plan living and dining area with double atrium glass ceilings and French doors that open onto the garden terrace
• The house and grounds are fully secure, with CCTV installed
• Part-boarded attic space with access via drop-down steps
• Traditional cellar – coal and wood storage with hatch, wine storage
• Garden terrace designed to make the most of its extraordinary elevated position, perfect for al fresco dining and large-scale entertaining
• Glorious and far-reaching views to the rear, from land to sky, incorporating the gardens and grounds, and rising to the wooded hills above
The eighteenth century former groom’s cottage has been converted into a luxurious two to three bedroom guest cottage on two levels with bespoke interior detail and great character.
• French doors to the garden
• First floor bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, illuminated for effect
• Brand new, custom-made kitchen
• New digital ‘smart’ shower with remote control Velux
• Underfloor heating
• Fully alarmed
• Independent telephone line
Clad in Wisteria, the house is set back from the village road behind a traditional, low stone wall with wrought iron railings, and landscaped front garden edged with neatly trimmed lavender. Stone steps with handrails either side lead up to the main entrance and front door with fanlight, classical pediment and porch lantern. The western wing of the house incorporates ‘The Old Consulting Rooms’ with its own front door, opening to what was formerly the doctor’s consulting rooms and is now the games room and a fully integrated part of the house. To the eastern boundary are electric gates that open to a private cobbled driveway, recently repointed. There is a heated garage and off-street parking for two cars.
Gardens and grounds
The show-stopping, walled garden is designed by Marcus Barnett, a three time Gold medal winner at Chelsea. He oversaw the bedding of some 2,000 plants, of which many have now reached maturity. These include a pendulous weeping pear, an array of spectacular roses, an avenue of white-stemmed birch trees, a number of magnificent acers, crab apple, yew tree on the eastern boundary and fruit trees espaliered on the west facing wall.
From a magnificent stone terrace of impressive proportions, sweeping stone steps descend either side gently towards three terraced gardens bordered by gravel paths and edged with elegantly stocked flower beds. Garden benches are positioned to follow the sun around the garden from east to west. The whole is walled and totally screened from the view of neighbouring village houses. The entire northern boundary wall was rebuilt in 2011 with bricks made by the Yorkshire Handmade Brick Company whilst the remaining walls were also repaired and renovated. A stout and secure gate at the far end opens to the garden paddock, mostly laid to lawn and bounded by a hedge and rabbit-proof fence; here there is a productive vegetable garden, multiple storage bins screened by a raspberry run, a spring-fed well, 120 year old apple trees and a monkey puzzle. At the far northern boundary are secure double gates, cobbled below for security and rabbit-proofing that open to the green lane behind.
The farthest section of the garden is part owned by the Newburgh Estate. The current arrangement involves an agreed sum paid annually, a formal arrangement that has been in place for a number of generations of Elphin House owners.
The garden has an irrigation system for the lawns, and the garden taps with hose points are discreetly hidden within custom-made cabinets fixed to the wall. The useful, brick-built potting shed has recently been repointed and shelved inside.
Beyond the garden, the view is all-encompassing, surely one of the finest enjoyed by any house in North Yorkshire.
Approx one acre
Nestled on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Coxwold is a beautiful estate village that sits midway between the market towns of Helmsley and Thirsk. Belonging once to Newburgh Priory and set in rolling countryside, it is close to where the White Horse of Kilburn stands guard on an escarpment of the Hambleton Hills. Coxwold has probably the finest village church in Yorkshire with a history dating back to the 8th century, a popular pub – the Fauconberg Arms - tea rooms, a thriving village hall, local garage, playing fields and tennis courts. A primary school can be found at neighbouring Husthwaite, and both Easingwold Comprehensive school and Ampleforth College lie within a fifteen minute drive. Nearby are some of the country’s finest gastronomic pubs, including The Black Swan at Oldstead, recently voted the world’s best restaurant and only two miles away.
The property name, Elphin House, is taken from the village beck which flows to the south west of Coxwold. For many years Elphin House belonged to the gentleman village doctor, and the tale is told that James Herriott used to play poker with him in the consulting room. The gate post to the left has a hook for tethering patients’ horses.
Coxwold was mentioned in the Domesday book, and since 757 AD there has been a pagan temple or church at the top of the hill. The existing church with its unusual octagonal tower was built in 1420 and Shandy Hall in 1430, the home of the village’s most celebrated resident, Reverend Lawrence Sterne, writer of ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy and ‘A Sentimental Journey’. He moved there in 1760 as the local vicar.
Coxwold lies in an historic corner of England, surrounded by great monastic houses. On the edge of the village is Newburgh Priory, originally a medieval Augustinian Priory and now a stately home. To the north of the village and within view of Elphin House, lies Byland Abbey, founded in the 12th century. Rievaulx Abbey, the Cistercian monastery, lies some eight miles away.
Services: Mains water, electricity and drainage. Propane gas central heating and hot water
Fixtures & fittings: Fitted carpets, curtains, light fittings are specifically included in the sale with the exception of those mentioned in the particulars of sale
Local authority: Hambleton District Council 01609 779977
Council Tax: Payable to Hambleton District Council. The owners are currently charged half the rate of Council Tax for the cottage because of its occasional use for friends and family
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