Undoubtedly one of the finest town houses in the East Riding.
Entrance and vestibule, staircase hall, 3 reception rooms, kitchen, utility room, wc, inner hall with back staircase, cellar
6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Drive, off street parking, double garage, outbuildings, gardens
St John’s Villa, 32 St John's Road, Driffield, YO25 6RS
St John’s Villa was built in 1865 in the French Classical style for the East Riding architect, William Hawe, who built the house entirely for himself, embellishing it with a nineteenth century French chateau tower at the rear. This magnificent, detached residence is a landmark building in the vicinity remarked on by Pevsner, the great architectural historian. The host of period features has been sensitively preserved throughout and the entire house updated to exacting standards, raising the bar for quality domestic architecture in the East Riding.
• Over 3500 sq ft of accommodation – including a tower – with breathtaking interiors
• Most distinctive road in Driffield just a few minutes’ walk from the high street
• Period features abound: high ceilings of 13ft and 12 ft on the ground and first floors; deep skirtings, impressive working fireplaces in the reception rooms and bedrooms; elaborate plasterwork, cornice and ceiling rose; bay and sash windows many with original shutters
• Superb quality fixtures and fittings: gas fire from Robert Aagaard of Knaresborough , contemporary chrome radiators, underfloor heating to both bathrooms, plantation shutters by Thomas Sanderson, contemporary chrome radiators, marble flooring
• 2017 renovation: new central heating system with zoned heating, new pressurized water cylinder, re-wired throughout, new bathrooms, roof refurbished, security cameras
• Smallbone handpainted kitchen units with oak floor, marble work surfaces, Belfast sink, integrated appliances including fridge/freezer, microwave and Infusion Range Cooker with 5-ring gas hob. Fully fitted utility room with plumbing and wall mounted gas fired central heating boiler.
• Majestic, double aspect drawing room featuring two fireplaces with marble surrounds and cast iron insets, two fitted wall cabinets and west facing bay window
• Sitting room with contemporary wood burning stove and double glazed French doors giving access to the garden terrace
• Dining room with Zoffany wallpaper, marble fireplace with cast iron inset and gas fire with remote control, bay window to front elevation with shutters
• Magnificent ‘Burlington’ house bathroom with RAK sink, freestanding roll top bath, walk in shower, 2 free standing wash bowls, and marble tiling to the floor
• Cellar with quarry tiled floor, fitted stone shelves and cast iron radiator
• Two charming bedrooms and ‘Burlington’ bathroom in the tower accessed via the back staircase. The upper bedroom has two porthole windows at church spire height with glorious views towards the Wolds.
• Walled rear terrace and garden predominantly facing south and east
At the rear of the property on St John’s Gardens timber gates open to the drive, parking (for two cars) and detached brick double garage with elaborate slate roof, power and light. The large garden terrace of flagstones and gravel enjoys a southerly aspect; there are raised brick planting areas with stone copings and an ornamental pond with water feature. A trellis separates the terrace from the beautifully sculpted lawns with abundantly planted borders. The whole is walled and well screened with shrubs and ornamental trees. There is external lighting, a hotwater tap above an outside Belfast sink and two outbuildings.
Beverley and Bridlington 12 miles, Hull 22 miles, York 29 miles. (Distances approximate)
Driffield is a rural market town - known as the cultural capital of the Wolds - conveniently located within comfortable walking distance of the town centre, schools, railway, recreation ground and sports centre with swimming pool. The town has many sports clubs including an excellent rugby club. A town bypass gives access to Beverley, Bridlington, Hull and York, and the railway station offers good links to Beverley, Bridlington, Hull, Doncaster and Sheffield. For independent education, there is an excellent choice of schooling with Pocklington nearby, Hull Collegiate and Hymers College in Hull and a rich selection in York. Within twenty minutes’ drive are the many restaurants and upmarket high street shops of historic Beverley, the Michelin starred pub and restaurant The Pipe & Glass and the splendid Yorkshire coast.
Services: All mains services. Gas fired central heating. Fast broadband.
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: East Yorkshire County Council. Conservation area.
Directions: The house sits at the junction of St John’s Road and St John’s Gardens with an open view down Woldholme Avenue.
Photographs and particulars: September 2019
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