Detached 18th century cottage with glorious garden, situated between York and Malton.
3 reception rooms, kitchen breakfast room, pantry, boot room/hall, conservatory
Principal bedroom with en suite bathroom, 2/3 further bedrooms, house bathroom
Rear south facing gardens, large stone terrace, 2 outbuildings, 2 stores, greenhouse, garage, parking for up to 4 cars
The Old Post Office, Main Street, Leavening, York YO17 9SG
Dating from the 1750s, this highly individual and characterful cottage formerly served as a post office and store. Its focal point in the village endures, situated in the old part of the village between the church, pub and chapel. Its overwhelming advantage lies in its elevated position and orientation, facing south towards the village beck and beyond to the pastures and high hills of the Wolds. The large, sheltered terrace enjoys day-long sunshine most of the year.
Leavening is a thriving, rural village with a strong community that stands at the foothills of the Wolds. It has a traditional pub and primary school, and lies close to Yorkshire’s food capital, Malton. York is only a half hour drive away, with a range of routes allowing rapid access at all times of day.
• House of 2148 sq ft with generous first floor space
• Versatile accommodation with potential for further development
• Period features include exposed oak beams (some skimmed with lime plaster), deep sills, cottage ledge and brace doors with wrought iron door furniture, exposed stonework, unexpected corners and assorted ceiling heights
• Double glazing throughout, well insulated
• Kitchen breakfast room with Shaker style units from Howdens and glorious views over the garden. There is a separate walk-in pantry and a formal dining room.
• Sitting room with bespoke Duncombe Park English Oak mantel surrounding a multi-fuel stove with exposed stone behind, ceiling beams, embellished cast iron post by Yates of Malton (a nod to the cottage’s recent past as a store)
• The large bedroom accessed by its own staircase could become a self-contained annexe
• Large house bathroom with a power shower, butler sink, fitted cupboards and the original clay brick flooring (which is believed to extend into the hall)
• Principal bedroom with en suite bathroom and a further room, currently a study but with potential to be a dressing room or cot bedroom
• Good storage options throughout
• Exceptional south-facing garden and far-reaching views
• 25 minutes’ drive to the York ring road and 15 minutes’ to Malton
A private drive leads to the single double-depth garage, with ample parking for up to four cars. Alongside is a row of two brick outbuildings and behind are two timber stores with pantile roofs and guttering. A gate leads to a large paved terrace that frames the entire back of the house where there stands a spectacular magnolia and, at the far corner, the oil tank concealed by honeysuckle. The terrace is sheltered and south-facing with a glorious and fragrant clematis that trails over its low timber fence. Either side, steps lead down to the lawn with well stocked and colour-co-ordinated herbaceous borders and bounded from the lower part of the garden by peonies and stag’s horn tree shrub. To the east, screened from the neighbour behind a high privet hedge, is the kitchen garden with four raised beds surrounded by gravel, and a greenhouse. The lower garden has a small orchard (apples, plum and pear), a willow tree and two wildlife ponds.
In all some ¼ acre
York 15 miles, Malton 5 miles, Malton railway station 10 minutes. (Distances and times approximate)
Leavening is a popular village in the gloriously empty countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds. There is a church, village hall, ‘Good’ primary school and hugely popular ‘Real Ale’ pub with a gastronomic reputation. The Yorkshire Post reported: “Conviviality cannot be bottled but if it could be, there would be several pints of the stuff hanging above the bar of the Jolly Farmers…”. There is a school bus service, mobile butchers and fishmongers. Malton railway station can be reached by car in fifteen minutes and has a direct service to York with a connection to London and the national rail network.
Services: Mains waters and electricity. Oil-fired central heating. LPG gas cylinder for cooker.
Fixtures & fittings: Only those mentioned in these sales particulars are included in the sale. All others, such as furniture, curtains, light fittings, the antique kitchen cupboard, stand alone appliances, bathroom cupboards, garden ornaments, etc, are specifically excluded but may be made available by separate negotiation.
Local authority: Ryedale District Council 01653 600666. The property is not Listed. Band E.
Directions: From the crossroads in the village, take the main street heading north east signed Birdsall and Thixendale. The property is just beyond the pub on the right hand side, as denoted by the For Sale board.
For more photos (April 2019) regarding this property visit blenkinandco.com
NB: Google map image is not current nor a true representation.