Historic, beautifully restored farmhouse with cottage, granary, gardens, mill pond, paddocks, stables and land.
PRINCIPAL HOUSE: entrance and staircase hall, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/family room, wc, boot room/utility room, 5 bedrooms (2 en suite), house bathroom
COTTAGE: sitting room, dining area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms (1 en suite), bathroom, garden terrace
OUTBUILDINGS: outhouse, granary with planning permission for a holiday cottage, stable block
GARDENS & GROUNDS: all-weather manège, gardens, millpond, 2 paddocks, fenced orchard
In all some 6.5 acres
Seaves Farm and Cottage, Stillington Road, Brandsby, York, North Yorkshire YO61 4RT
Probably the oldest house in Brandsby, this historic farmhouse and its adjoining cottage have been comprehensively and sensitively restored during the tenure of the current owners. Every consideration has been given to the successful fusion of the old with the new, creating an impressive but practical country house with cottage alongside. The accompanying gardens, grounds and paddock have been conceived and managed with great care. This is a property of enormous appeal, with further planning permissions in place that add scope and opportunity.
Believed to date back to 1427, Seaves Farmhouse was significantly modernised and extended in the 1800s using stones from the disbanded local monasteries. Signs of its medieval past are apparent within, and the grand inglenook fireplace provides a clear link to a bygone era. Horse shoes and musket balls dating from the time of King Richard III are still being found in nearby fields and under the big old oak tree in the paddock. In later times, the occupiers were tenant farmers of the Rowntree family and supplied milk for their chocolate factory in York.
• Grade II listed, principally detached (attached only via an outbuilding) stone farmhouse with equestrian facilities and land
• Versatile accommodation ideal for multiple generation living
• Attached cottage, currently run as a successful holiday let
• Character features include exposed beams, stripped wooden shutters, wooden panelling, deep-set windows, window seats, original herringbone clay floor tiles, flagstones, fireplaces and vaulted ceiling
• Wonderful kitchen/dining/living room with fully integrated kitchen, handmade oak cabinets, kitchen island, granite worktops, butler sink, 5-oven electric Aga, limestone floor and pantry
• High specification bathrooms include a Grohe Rainshower system
• Dining room with original herringbone floor and impressive open fire stove within a medieval inglenook fireplace
• Boarded loft, ideal for further storage
• Planning permission to include a further utility room and games room in the main house
• Planning permission within the granary for a holiday cottage
• Lovely rural views from the front to rising hills and distant woodland; open rural outlook to the rear.
The wisteria clad farmhouse is set behind a fenced beech hedge with a formal front garden that includes a low box hedge bordering a central lawn, gravel and stone flags. Crab apple, laburnum and two holly trees provide further colour and screening from the road. An outhouse on the southern boundary is attached to the neighbour and gives access to the rear courtyard. The drive leads through electric gates to a large parking area, continuing past the mill pond with its weeping willows and manège to the stable block. This smart timber structure has five stables and a feed room. The paddocks lie behind and are bounded by post and rail fencing. Along the southern boundary is a recently planted strip of deciduous woodland, mainly beech and ash, and a stone outbuilding. Further newly planted trees are prudently scattered across the land. There is an historic oak tree and abundant fenced orchard with damson, apple, pear, greengage and plum fruit trees. From the main road are two access points to the property.
Immediately behind the rear elevation of the house lies the sheltered courtyard (concrete laid over cobbles) facing the old stone granary and giving rear access to the cottage. The granary, currently used for storage, has planning permission for use as a holiday cottage.
The cottage is contiguous to the house and of the same vintage. It has its own front entrance with a private, enclosed terrace and parking alongside. Arranged over two floors, it has been beautifully renovated and finished to an exacting standard, complementary to the main house. Currently used as a holiday let (£16,000 per annum in 2018) the cottage has previously been let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy basis. Planning permission allows for full-time occupation.
York 13 miles, Helmsley 13 miles, Easingwold 5 miles, Leeds 38 miles. (Distances approximate)
Brandsby lies at the edge of the beautiful countryside of the Howardian Hills where the Vale of York gives way to undulating, wooded terrain. Nearby lies the charming Georgian market town of Easingwold which provides a good range of facilities. York and its railway station are a short drive to the south, and Leeds Bradford Airport can be reached within the hour. Closer to home, the village of Stillington provides excellent facilities with a store, pubs, primary school, doctor’s surgery, and excellent sports facilities. Both private and state schooling abound, with Ampleforth College close to hand and York schools within easy reach. There is a school bus to Easingwold and Ryedale schools.
Services: Mains water and electricity, oil-fired central heating, private drainage
Fixtures & fittings: Items mentioned in these particulars are included. Other items may be separately available.
Local authority: Hambleton District 01609 779977
Directions: Heading out of Brandsby on the B1363 towards Stillington, the property can be found on the right hand side, as denoted by the For Sale board.
Photographs and particulars: February 2019
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