Comber House and Comber House Lodge, Church Hill, Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire YO18 7QJ
Malton 8 miles, Pickering 2 miles, York 26 miles, Leeds 53 miles.
Yorkshire country house and lodge within a superb North Yorkshire village
Principal house: 4 reception rooms, 2 kitchens, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Lodge: 2 reception rooms, dining kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garage, garden
Leisure suite: 30 ft swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, gym, outdoor entertaining space
Detached office, garage, ample parking, store, glasshouse, extensive gardens and grounds
In all some 1.19 acres
For Sale Freehold
Built in 1841 and named after the first rector, Comber House is an elegant country house with glorious gardens that sits in front of All Saints Church in the heart of Thornton-le-Dale. Within its grounds is a recently built lodge enjoying its own independent access and privacy. Both properties lie within a comfortable stroll of the village’s many amenities.
Comber House is constructed from hammer-dressed sandstone under a Welsh slate roof, with a central canted bay and elegantly proportioned rooms. Painstakingly restored under the current ownership with great skill and no expense spared, the interior space is highly adaptable and works equally well as one family home or arranged as two distinct living quarters. Superbly fitted out and furnished to an exacting standard throughout, the main house provides over 4,600 sq ft of accommodation.
As the Georgian period waned and Victorian fashions come to the fore, Comber House set the county trend; it had the first open string staircase of its kind in North Yorkshire and the first recorded study. This is undoubtedly an outstanding North Yorkshire property originally designed for a large and prosperous family, now luxuriously updated and offering a range of opportunities.
• Detached, grade II listed former rectory in a National Park village
• Ideal orientation with principal rooms facing south over the landscaped gardens
• Fully restored with an abundance of period features including bespoke woodwork by Mouseman of Kilburn
• Regulated wine cellar
• Detached home office with fibre to the property/superfast broadband
• Stunning pool house and leisure suite
• Detached Lodge house providing luxurious accommodation of 1632 sq ft
• The National Park has indicated that they may look favourably upon change of status to boutique hotel and/or spa, subject to obtaining all necessary consents
Period features abound within the principal house and include fireplaces, wooden floorboards, molded cornicing, ceiling rose, picture rails, sash windows, panelled window shutters, an early Victorian open string staircase with wrought iron balustrade and carved hand rail, and a full height canted bay window in the drawing room giving direct access into the garden.
The bespoke East Wing kitchen breakfast room by Chalon of Somerset includes: matt granite tops; bespoke cupboard housing integral Miele fridge and freezer; microwave with upward folding doors; Fischer and Paykel integrated dishwasher; cream 4-door gas AGA; central island unit with polished oak worktops; cast iron wood burning stove with heavy cast iron surround with stone hearth; original glass fronted display cabinet.
At the heart of the house is the Shaker style kitchen by The Handmade Kitchen Company of Pickering, with dining area. This includes: matt granite worktops incorporating inset double width Blanco sink and mixer tap; fitted oak topped dining table; integrated Bosch dishwasher; automatic washing machine; Whirlpool microwave; electric Rangemaster stove with corresponding extractor over; ceramic tiled floor; integrated Miele coffee machine; integrated larder units with recess for American style fridge freezer; Bosch freezer; integrated Liebherr wine and drinks fridge.
The first floor galleried landing enjoys a timeless outlook over the Grade II listed All Saints Church. The principal bedroom suite has a high specification dressing room built and fitted by Gibson’s of Whitby. All bathrooms have underfloor heating and touch button, thermostatic showers. The main bathroom has an integrated, waterproof television. There are two lofts boarded out for storage.
Pool House and Leisure Suite
This superb leisure suite lies a discreet distance from the principal house. Bifold doors open full width on to the sheltered seating and entertaining terrace. The suite includes a heated swimming pool (17.4m x 8.7m), Jerusalem stone floor with underfloor heating, glass central lantern roof with remote opening windows, integrated Sonos audio system and RAKO lighting control system, waterfall feature wall, hot tub and sauna, mosaic tiled monsoon wireless remote electric power shower, changing room and WC.
Comber House Lodge
An impressive property in its own right, The Lodge is detached and sits in the corner of the grounds with separate access from Dog Kennel Lane via wrought iron electric gates. Constructed in 2015 from reclaimed stone, it is a beautifully executed house faithful to the style of a mid-nineteenth century lodge, combining a traditional aesthetic with oak joinery, deep skirting boards, stone edged mullioned windows, and underfloor heating.
The dining kitchen has handcrafted kitchen units and includes: glass fronted cabinets and separate larder units, solid granite work tops, double bowl ceramic sink unit, central island with Rangemaster electric and gas stove and AEG microwave, integrated dishwasher. The orangery has a central cupola and French windows opening to the garden.
The detached stone garage has overhead storage, light and power. Attractive, low maintenance, lawned gardens include various sheltered seating areas and a secluded walled courtyard garden to the rear.
Gardens and grounds
Comber House is approached from Church Hill and accessed via electric wrought iron gates leading to a large parking area and single garage. Here is the newly designed detached office, fully fitted with power, light, heating and fast internet connectivity.
The house overlooks a gravel terrace with stone steps descending to a wide stone flagged lower terrace that connects to the glasshouse, garden path and pool house terrace. The glasshouse is the same vintage as Comber House and has an original grape vine capable of giving up to three bottles of red wine every year.
Carefully landscaped to create distinct areas of interest the garden features broad borders filled with cottage style plantings, a colourful variety of established plants and shrubs and two magnificent lime trees. The central lawn is marked by an ornamental sandstone water fountain. On its western flank a long gravel path shielded by a pergola and flagged by clipped box hedging runs alongside the pool house; on the eastern boundary lies a stone wall. A belt of mature specimen hardwood trees, including beech and some ancient yews, lines the far end of the garden.
Comber House is located opposite the church, in the heart of Thornton-le-Dale, one of North Yorkshire’s most picturesque and thriving National Park villages. The cluster of independent shops and eateries including two public houses and a bistro, are arranged around the picture postcard village green and tumbling beck. The village lies on the doorstep of some of the most beautiful countryside in the area with endless opportunity for outdoor recreation.
Thornton-le-Dale enjoys easy access to the A64 providing links to the A1M and the major conurbations of Yorkshire. Only 15 minutes’ by car is Malton Railway Station with its regular services to the mainline station at York where there are direct services to London, Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh.
Services: Mains water drainage, gas and electricity. Central heating to Comber House is gas-fired with separate boilers servicing the Main House and the West Wing respectively. Comber House Lodge has air source heat pump heating, with separate immersion heater.
Council Tax: Band H
Local Authority: Ryedale District Council 01653 600666 www.ryedale.gov.uk. North York Moors National Park.
Viewing: Strictly by appointment
Directions: From Pickering take the A170 due east towards Scarborough and upon reaching Thorntin-le-Dale continue uphill along the main street. Comber House is on the right hand side and lies directly opposite All Saints Church. Comber House Lodge is accessed off Dog Kennel Lane to the south.