Remarkable country house in the midst of a truly great British landscape.
Stokesley 3 miles, Northallerton 12 miles, Teeside 12 miles, Helmsley 18 miles, York 38 miles, Harrogate 43 miles, Newcastle 52 miles, Leeds 56 miles (distances approximate).
Principal house: 4 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Home office, garage block with studio flat over, oak framed barn, stores, 4 summer houses, stable block, additional outbuildings and garaging
Extensive manicured gardens, paddocks, woodland
Just over 21 acres
Plane Tree Farm, Carlton in Cleveland, North Yorkshire TS9 7DB
Plane Tree Farm is defined by its setting at the foot of the towering Cleveland Hills on the north west corner of the North York Moors National Park. Its position is unprecedented. A discreet and utterly private property set in the heart of its own land, the principal house enjoys unbroken and far reaching views from all directions – almost always with the heather-clad hills taking centre stage.
Believed to date from the sixteenth century with eighteenth century additions, this cruck framed farmhouse is Grade II listed. The cattle byre and barns - of approximate vintage as the house - have been skilfully absorbed to create a seamless home of enormous character and integrity. Under the guidance of the current owners, Plane Tree Farm has been lovingly restored with skill and innovation by craftsmen using restoration techniques and the finest reclaimed materials. Everywhere the highest of standards are visible.
This is a high specification house with history and character, outbuildings, stabling, glorious gardens and one of the best views in North Yorkshire - all ring-fenced within its own land. Given the tranquil location, far away from the sound of road noise, it is difficult to comprehend just how well placed this property is for access to a host of towns and cities across the county.
Together with the adjoining properties, Plane Tree Farm offers enormous scope to expand and diversify. Its sale provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity.
• Magnificent dining hall with high vaulted ceiling and exposed beams
• A modern family space, the double-height kitchen captures natural light from multiple aspects and has French doors that open directly onto the terrace and formal, south west facing gardens. There are bespoke kitchen cabinets, a four oven electric Aga, Amana fridge freezer, wine fridge and Miele electric fittings and appliances
• There is a reconditioned and fully restored Yorkshire Range in the sitting room, the oldest room in the house.
• The wonderful garden breakfast room connects the main house to the annexe
• The annexe is self-contained with its own entrance. This is an enormously versatile house that works equally well for a couple, a family or two generations living together
Finish and specification
• Controlled underfloor heating throughout the house, sophisticated lighting, superfast Broadband
• Skilled craftsmanship throughout including stonework and hand-carved stone embellishments, magnificent sandstone fireplace, exemplary restoration of the beams and cruck frame, finest English wide oak flooring, doors with hand forged iron furniture, bespoke wrought iron staircase, bespoke dressing room furniture
• Full length sash windows taking advantage of glorious views and abundant natural light
• Crucial Trading and Sisal carpets
• Sumptuous bathroom fittings and palatial wet rooms
• Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware, Hansgrohe taps throughout
• Home security system - all buildings and garage block are separately alarmed
The garage block, constructed of dressed herringbone stone, has two arched bays with oak doors. The home office on the far side of the block is fully fitted out and connected, with the advantage of its own kitchen and shower room. Granary steps lead to a spacious, open plan studio flat, with separate bathroom, providing a useful overspill for guests, staff or a tenant.
Built in 2003, the impressive oak framed barn lies within the courtyard and is clad in Yorkshire boarding under a pantile roof. There is a games and entertaining area with kitchen, and a huge wet room alongside, with underfloor heating. The other half of the barn is self-contained, compromising a workshop with secure lock ups. On the southern aspect is a dog kennel. There is also a gardener’s loo with hot and cold running water, log and kindling stores, a potting shed and four summerhouses.
Located some fifty yards from the house on a spur off the drive is a new stable block built with four stables, a tack room with power and hot/cold water, an area of hardstanding and turnout into the adjoining grass paddocks. Alongside and behind a five-bar gate are additional timber stores and garaging. There is plenty of scope to build a manège and cross country course.
Outside, Gardens and Grounds
The property is approached via a long and meandering private drive off a quiet country lane. Gravelled beyond the stone bridge, it approaches the front of the property with parking for some ten cars in and around the gated courtyard.
Sheltered, formal gardens frame the house with well-tended lawns, beautifully stocked beds and herbaceous borders, many edged by stone and enclosed in part by immaculate dry stone walling. Amongst an array of flowers are peonies, delphiniums, lupins, hostas, hydrangea and a wonderful wisteria that climbs the western elevation of the house. A number of terraces and flagged patios ensure that there is a sunny spot with views of the gardens and hills beyond, whatever time of day. There is an established orchard with a barbeque area and an area of lawn with planning permission for a tennis court. To the front of the house is a mature wildflower meadow that blooms for much of the summer.
In all, there are some twenty acres of well drained grass and meadows enclosed by a mixture of mature hedges and post and rail fencing. To the south the meadows give way to deciduous woodland. A haven for bird and wildlife the remaining land has been sympathetically farmed over the years to retain many wild species of flora and fauna.
The Cleveland hills mark the north western boundary of the North York Moors National Park. The Moors are renowned for offering some of the country’s most dramatic and cherished scenery providing endless opportunities for those with rural interests who enjoy the outdoor life. Plane Tree Farm is well located for those wishing to follow with the Bilsdale or Hurworth Hunts, or simply to enjoy hacking in stunning scenery. There are a number of fabulous walks locally included the renowned Cleveland Way.
The property is found a mile or so outside the village of Carlton in Cleveland. This traditional village with its tumbling beck has an array of fine houses set around a village green, a primary school and The Blackwell Ox inn. Nearby lies the market town of Stokesley, an unsung town of great charm with a multitude of excellent amenities. The independent Yarm School, lies within a half hour drive.
The A19 lies just ten minutes’ drive to the west, connecting to the principal commercial centres of the North East with direct links to the A1(M). A mainline railway service runs from nearby Northallerton, providing a regular service to London Kings Cross on the East Coast mainline. International airports within striking distance are Durham Tees Valley (18 miles), Newcastle (63 miles), Leeds Bradford (52 miles).
Services: Mains electricity and water, LPG gas and oil-fired central heating. Private drainage.
Fixtures & fittings: Only those mentioned in these sales particulars are included in the sale. All others, such as furniture, curtains, light fittings, stand alone appliances, garden ornaments, etc, are specifically excluded but may be made available by separate negotiation.
Local authority: Hambleton District Council 01609 779977, North York Moors National Park
Wayleaves, Easements and Rights of Way: The farm is sold subject to and with the benefits of all rights of way, water drainage, water courses and other easements quasi or reputed easements and rights of adjoining owners (if any) affecting the same and all exist and proposed wayleaves and other matters registered by any competent authority subject to statute.
Photographs and particulars: June 2019
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