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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Old Rectory, Brandsby, York, North Yorkshire YO61 4RJ

Offers in Excess of £2,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II* 6 bed country house
  • 2 Cottages & Stable Courtyard
  • Garaging & Coach House
  • Leisure suite & Tennis Court
  • Garden, Woodland & Lake

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Brandsby lies at the edge of the most beautiful, undulating country at the foot of the Howardian
Hills. This is the area where the Vale of York gives way to rolling, wooded terrain, and The Old Rectory occupies an enviable position, set in its own private small dale, with south facing pasture land and a stream-fed lake teeming with brown and rainbow trout.
To the west and slightly south lies the charming Georgian market town of Easingwold which provides
a superb range of facilities; York is a short drive to the south and from here trains reach London Kings Cross in 1¾ hours. Leeds/Bradford Airport, with a wide international service, can be reached within the hour; indeed, all round, communications are excellent. For the sportsman there is superb
shooting and fishing nearby, championship golf courses at Ganton and Fulford, and racing at nine
courses throughout Yorkshire. Both private and state schooling abound, with Ampleforth College, St
Peter's in York and Queen Margaret's at Escrick being the best known establishments.


The Old Rectory, one of North Yorkshire's finest family houses, is listed Grade II* as being of special
architectural and historical interest. The original house dates from 1565 and was built by the
incumbent, Robert Wilson. It was at this time partially thatched and it was only later, in the
Regency period that the fine Georgian front in ashlar stone was added. A date stone reads
"Walter Smith, Rector, 1807" There is an extant list, held in the church, of all the incumbents over the years with the precise dates of their induction and departure or decease. It is interesting to note that the average tenure was over thirty years, clearly indicating the desirability of The Old Rectory as a wonderful home and Brandsby as a sought after living. It was only in 1938 that the property was for the first time sold into private hands.

The Principal House
The Old Rectory has two accesses, front and rear, both with gates. The main drive, which lies almost opposite the church, is gravelled and sweeps up to the house under a magnificent beech tree and past flowering cherry and rowan. The pillared front door has a classical fanlight with delicate tracery and leads into the flagged hall and gently rising staircase with the slenderest of spindles. Both drawing room and dining room have 12 ft ceiling heights with twin,full length sash windows, each with an open fireplace and some fine plasterwork. The breakfast room has glazed double doors to the garden terrace and the kitchen, in oak, has an Aga and granite worktops. Both the principal bedroom and guest bedroom have twin sash windows and en suite facilities, whilst the rear, 16th century part of the house, reflects its period with stone mullions, leaded lights and exposed timbers.

Cottage annexe
The attached cottage has its own access and is part of the 16th century original. It includes two
bedrooms, a shower room, kitchen and living room, all recently modernised and in fine order.

Stable courtyard
The stable courtyard, with access from both front and rear drive, has a geometric design of cobbles, flags and gravel. Around it are grouped two loose boxes, three stables, extensive garaging and a new, general purpose building providing cover for tractors and landrovers, workshop, etc.

Pool area and leisure suite
This is formed from the original coach house with a fine modern extension completed in 2008, and now includes a ground floor kitchen, exercise room/gym, wet room and w.c. On the first floor is a tv
room/sitting room overlooking the pool. The pool itself is some 13 metres (42 ft) long with a
limestone tiled surround and direct access through double doors to the outside where there is a hot tub on a flagged terrace. The pool room has 180° views over all the adjacent land and is a fine complement to the house and buildings.

Rectory Cottage
This is a pretty, detached, brick built cottage with sitting room, kitchen and new conservatory, two
bedrooms, modern bathroom and private rear garden.

Garden and grounds
To the right of the main entrance drive is the tennis court, set below the stone ha-ha which is draped with aubretia. A wild woodland garden has a venerable copper beech, tall conifers including Scots pine, and laburnum. The hidden glory of the gardens is the south facing walled area where a
broad sweep of lawn behind an old stone wall leads, via a variegated holly, through a gap in a tall beech hedge to the sheltered south facing area in front of a 12 ft high mellow brick wall. Here there is a modern conservatory, greenhouses, and supporting buildings including tractor shed and garden store.
There are lavender borders, box hedging, and wild garlic and spring bulbs under another fine copper
beech and a robinia pseudo acacia.
The remainder of the land is principally pasture, with a number of fine parkland trees including
sycamore, horse chestnut, poplar and oak. The whole is on a south facing slope, fringed by
woodland, and is divided by established hedges and post and rail fencing. A stream runs through the middle and a lake has been formed with a summer house and a central island, home to a breeding pair of swans. Both brown and rainbow trout abound, and it is thought that some of the fish run to weights in excess of 5lbs. The pasture land is let on an annual grazing licence from 1 May to 1 November for £2100/annum.

In all some 17.6 acres
The Owner has the option to purchase a further 23.4 acres that could be available by seperate

Freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

Method of Sale
The Property is for sale by Private Treaty.

Contents and fixtures
All items mentioned in these particulars of sale are included, as are curtains and fitted carpets. Garden statuary and other items are specifically excluded though may be available by separate negotiation.

Covenants, Easements, Rights of Way
The property will be sold subject to all covenants, easements and rights of way whether specifically
mentioned in these particulars or not. There is a footpath that runs along the eastern boundary of
the property.

Mains water and electricity is provided to all the properties and drainage is to a private system.

Local Authority
Hambleton District Council 0845 1211 535

All viewings will be conducted strictly by appointment with the vendors' joint agents.

Important Notice
Savills, their clients and any joint agents give notice that: 1: They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either here or elsewhere, either on their own behalf or on behalf of their client or otherwise. They assume no responsibility for any statement that may be made in these particulars. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. 2: Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all
necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and Savills have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.


Principal house: entrance and staircase hall - drawing room - dining
room - cloakroom - kitchen breakfast room - laundry - office - sitting
room - games room and wine cellar
Principal bedroom with bathroom en suite - guest bedroom suite
bedroom 3 with shower room - 4 further bedrooms - shower room and separate w.c
Cottage annexe: attached cottage with 2 bedrooms - shower room, sitting room and kitchen
Rectory cottage: a detached cottage with sitting room - kitchen & conservatory - 2 bedrooms - bathroom - private rear garden
Stable courtyard with loose boxes - stables - garaging for 3 cars
general purpose building with workshop
Coach house with swimming pool - gymnasium and leisure suite
Walled and lawned gardens with ha-ha - conservatory and tennis court
Woodland - pasture - stream-fed lake
In all some 17.6 acres
The Owner has the option to purchase a further 23.4 acres that could
be available by seperate negotiation.


The main drive to The Old Rectory is situated on the road known as Rectory Corner leading from
Brandsby in the direction of Stearsby.

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