15 bedroom country house for saleForcett, Richmond
A unique opportunity to acquire a small country estate with Grade I Listed Georgian Residence, set within in a completely private and beautiful parkland setting. Hall with 4 principal Reception Rooms. 15 Bedrooms. Self-contained East Wing with 3 further Bedrooms. Grade II* Listed Stable Block. Lake. Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland. Range of modern and traditional farm buildings. 6 Further Residential Properties. In all approximately 94.69 hectares (233.98 acres).
Forcett Hall Estate
Accommodation & Amenities
Entrance Hall, Kitchen, Four Reception Rooms, Six Bedrooms, Four Bathrooms, Nine further Bedrooms & Bathroom. East Wing including Hallway, Play Room, Snug, Kitchen, Pantries & Bathroom
Self contained East Wing First Floor Apartment with Living Room, Kitchen, Dining Room, Three Bedrooms, Utility Room & Two Bathrooms
Extensive Basement Area with Cellars, Store Rooms, Former Servants Quarters & Boiler Room
A Range of Outbuildings, Kennels & Stores
A Grade II* Listed 18th Century Stable Block with Six Stables, Tack Room, Feed Room, Three Stalls, Former Grooms Accommodation & Garaging
Registered Historic Parkland, Forcett Park Lake, Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland
A Detached Three Bedroom Bungalow, Two Grade II* Listed Gate Lodges & Triumphal Arch, Farmyard with Range of Traditional & Modern Farm Buildings, Two Detached Three Bedroom Cottages, Grade II Listed Walled Garden with a Two Bedroom Cottage
The Forcett Hall Estate is situated in a beautiful rural position in North Yorkshire and provides an excellent location to reach all the varied amenities the area has to offer. The historic market town of Barnard Castle is approximately 8 miles to the north west with Richmond approximately 9 miles to the south. Darlington is approximately 10 miles to the east with Teesside and Newcastle approximately 25 miles and 47 miles respectively. The Estate has good road links to the B6274, A66 and A1 with Scotch Corner being approximately 6 miles to the south east.
The market towns of Barnard Castle and Richmond are both steeped in local history and provide a good range of retail and leisure facilities, with a more extensive range of facilities available at Darlington and Teesside. Renowned attractions in the area include The Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and Rokeby Hall & Park. The North York Moors National Park and Yorkshire Dales National Park are within easy reach and provide equally stunning environments, rich in natural beauty.
Mainline train services are available from Darlington and Northallerton with regular services to Edinburgh and London Kings Cross. National and International flights are available from Durham Tees Valley Airport, approximately 15 miles to the east.
Private Schooling can be found at Barnard Castle, Polam Hall, Teesside High, Durham School, Yarm School, Harrogate Ladies College, Ashville College in Harrogate, Queen Marys at Baldersby, Sedbergh School, Queen Margarets, York, St Peters, York, The Mount and Bootham Schools, York and Ampleforth College near Helmsley.
Golf courses are available at Rockcliffe Hall and Wynyard Hall, Barnard Castle and Richmond.
Horseracing is held at Sedgefield, Catterick, Redcar, Ripon, Wetherby and York.
Forcett Hall is an imposing and impressive Grade I Listed country house dating from circa 1740, with alterations undertaken in 1780. The Hall is constructed of sandstone Ashlar with render to the north elevation with Ashlar dressings under a pitched and hipped Westmorland slate roof. The principal accommodation is arranged over three floors plus a basement. The Hall has seven bays with a later five bay east wing service range with two storeys and a basement.
Forcett Hall is set in a discrete and completely private parkland setting and is approached through a triumphal arched carriageway with four Roman Doric columns supporting a central pediment and Doric frieze, originally with five urn finials. The East Gateway carriageway is flanked by North Lodge and South Lodge. The archway and lodges are Grade II* Listed and believed to date from the early 18th Century and attributable to Daniel Garrett.
The driveway sweeps through the mature parkland with a number of specimen Lebanon Cedar, Oak and Beech trees with separate approaches to the Stable Block and the north elevation of the Hall.
History & Architecture
Forcett Hall, which has a number of fine architectural features and details, has been attributed to Daniel Garrett, a protégé of Lord Burlington and from 1582 - 1785 belonged to the Shuttleworth family.
The Hall is shown in Samuel Bucks 1719 sketch book of Yorkshire houses to be U-shaped in plan with projecting wings only one bay wide and uniformly three storeys high over a basement. The Hall is believed to have been burnt down in January 1726 and re-built in circa 1740 with later alterations in 1780. The early work is attributable to Daniel Garrett with later alterations possibly by James Paine.
Forcett Hall was inherited by Richard Shuttleworths youngest son, James, MP for Preston and later for Lancashire, who commissioned a garden temple from James Paine. On the death of James Shuttleworth in 1775 his son, Robert, let Forcett Hall to Lord Algernon Percy (First Earl of Beverley) who remained in occupation when Robert Shuttleworth sold the Forcett Hall Estate in 1785 to Frances Michell and her son, Charles Michell. Forcett Hall passed by descent until 1938 when it was bought by Lieutenant Colonel Hardress Waller and has remained within the same family's ownership ever since.
This Grade I Listed architectural hidden gem, is one of the most important country houses in North Yorkshire, with far reaching south westerly views to the Barningham Moors. The Hall, which sits in a completely private and beautiful parkland setting, requires sympathetic restoration and improvement, but offers enormous scope and potential for a purchaser to create a truly stunning residence of the highest calibre.
Ground Floor Accommodation
The principal entrance to the Hall is from the north, through double panelled doors leading to the main reception hall with its Ionic pilasters. A cantilevered carved oak curving staircase leads to the first floor. The library with Adam style fireplace, the sitting room and the Ballroom, with intricate frieze work and cornicing, all enjoy stunning views across the lake and private parkland and have a wealth of original architectural features. A lift provides access between the ground and first floors. Further accommodation comprises:
First Floor Accommodation
The principal, carved oak staircase leads to the first floor accommodation consisting of six bedrooms, four bathrooms, wash room and dressing room.
Second Floor Accommodation
A further staircase provides access to the second floor accommodation, comprising nine further bedrooms, washroom and bathroom.
With ground floor accommodation comprising hallway, play room/tack room, former kitchen, pantry, potting rooms, snug, bathroom and store. To the first floor of the East Wing there is a self-contained three bedroom apartment.
Forcett Hall has an extensive lower ground floor/basement incorporating former laundry rooms, wine cellars, servants accommodation and boiler room.
A Grade II* Listed Stable Block constructed of Ashlar sandstone walls under a pitched and hipped Westmorland slate roof with a U-shaped plan comprising a two storey central range with nine bays and a central round arch carriage way and two single storey wings.
The Stable Block includes six stables, feed room, WC, store room, tack room, wash room, three further stables / stores together with first floor former grooms accommodation with kitchen, bathroom, hallway, two reception rooms and two bedrooms, first floor loft and two further store rooms. Garaging and workshop/tool room.
Gardens & Grounds
The driveway sweeps through the mature parkland and grounds leading to a gravelled parking area adjacent to the north elevation of the Hall, with a separate driveway serving the Stable Block.
The formal grounds are situated to the south and west of the Hall and include terraced lawns with stone steps leading down to an ornamental fountain and a stone Ha Ha which separates the gardens from the parkland to the south.
Forcett Hall Park is a Registered Historic Park and includes a number of specimen Beech, Oak, Lime and Lebanon cedar trees as well as a series of historic architectural and archaeological features including the Mount, which encompasses the Grotto and Ice house (Grade II* Listed), the former Cockpit and Iron Age earth works which are designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Forcett Hall lake extends to approximately 17 acres and provides a spectacular backdrop to the Hall.
The Estate is extremely private, with no public rights of way and falls within a perimeter stone park wall with a secondary 18th Century Grade II Listed North Gateway.
Tenure & Possession
The Forcett Hall Estate is offered for sale freehold with vacant possession in part and subject to a number of tenancies, licences and hold over provisions. Full details of all the leases and terms are available for inspection at the GSC Barnard Castle Office by prior appointment.
Method Of Sale
The estate is offered for sale as a whole by private treaty. In the event a purchaser does not wish to acquire all of the estate properties, the vendors are willing to consider retaining some of the properties, subject to the individual offer made.
Strictly by appointment with the sole selling agents. Prior to making an appointment to view, the agents strongly recommend that you discuss any particular points that are likely to affect your interest in the property with a member of staff who has seen the property in order that you do not make a wasted journey.
Health & Safety
Given the potential hazards of a working estate and farm we ask that all parties viewing the property are as vigilant as possible when making their inspection, particularly around the farm buildings.
Fixtures & Fittings
All items normally designated as tenants fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale unless mentioned in the particulars.
Electrical and other appliances mentioned in the sales particulars have not been tested and prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves as to their working order.
The Forcett Hall Estate falls under the jurisdiction of Richmondshire District Council.
Forcett Hall is Grade I Listed. The Stable Block is Grade II* Listed along with the East Gateway, North and South Lodges. The North Gateway is Grade II Listed. The Grotto with Ice House and the Dovecote are all Grade II* Listed. Gardeners Cottage and the Walled Garden with Sundial are also understood to be Grade II Listed.
Forcett Park is a Registered Historic Park and includes designated Ancient and Semi-Natural Broadleaf woodland.
The Iron Age earthworks along the eastern and southern boundary of the Park are a designated Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Forcett Hall Lake is subject to the provisions of the Reservoirs Act 1975.
A detached Grade II* Listed lodge house dating from the early 18th Century with later additions. Constructed of Ashlar stone under a pitched slate roof with coped gables and a stone faced flat roof extension. The accommodation includes: entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
A detached Grade II* Listed lodge house dating from the early 18th Century with later additions constructed of Ashlar stone walls under a pitched slate roof with coped gables. The accommodation includes sitting room, dining room, kitchen, boot room/utility, store, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
A detached stone faced bungalow under a pitched tile roof with garden and parking. The accommodation comprises of hallway, sitting room, breakfast/kitchen, wc, utility, pantry, dining room, three bedrooms and bathroom.
The farmyard and former wood yard, includes a reasonably extensive range of traditional and modern farm buildings, including: former dairy & parlour, traditional granary & stables, six bay portal frame livestock shed with central feed passage, three bay steel framed lean to, mono pitch shed with loose livestock housing, three bay open fronted stock shed and six bay steel framed stock shed. Adjacent to the farm buildings is an earth bunded silage clamp.
The traditional farm buildings offer some potential for redevelopment and conversion subject to obtaining the necessary planning and statutory consents.
A Grade II Listed cottage constructed of stone walls under a pitched and hipped slate roof with adjoining stone outhouses and walled garden. The accommodation comprises hallway, office, two bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen, hallway, bathroom, preparatory room and pantry together with three adjoining outhouses.
The walled garden and dovecote field extends to 1.69 hectares or thereabouts and is registered as organic. The land includes glass houses, a former grass tennis court, poly tunnels, stone sun dial and dovecote.
A detached two storey cottage built of rendered brick and stone work under a pitched slate roof comprising accommodation of entrance hall, two sitting rooms, living room, kitchen, wc, three bedrooms and bathroom. The property has an enclosed garden and a detached single garage.
A detached two storey cottage constructed of rendered brick walls under a pitched tile roof with accommodation of hallway, sitting room, kitchen, pantry, utility room, wc, bathroom and three bedrooms. Enclosed garden and private parking.
Wayleaves, Easements & Rights Of Way
The Forcett Hall Estate is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights, including rights of way whether public or private, rights of water, light, drainage and electricity supplies and other restrictive covenants, and all existing and proposed wayleaves whether referred to in the particulars of sale or not. There are no public rights of way across the Estate.
Sporting Rights, Minerals & Mining Rights
All sporting and mineral rights where owned are included in the sale.
All standing timber is included in the sale.
Any purchaser shall be deemed to have full knowledge of all boundaries. Neither the vendors nor their agents shall be responsible for defining the boundaries or the ownership thereof and the purchaser shall rely on information appearing in the Registers of Land at HM Land Registry. Should any dispute arise as to the boundaries or the interpretation of them the question shall be referred to the vendors agents whose decision acting as experts shall be final.
Subsidies & Grants
The land is registered on the Rural Land Register and is eligible for Single Farm Payment. The vendors hold entitlements to the land and will take reasonable steps to transfer the relevant number of entitlements to the buyer(s). The vendor will retain the 2011 Single Farm Payment.
2010 Entitlement Values
Entitlement Type Number Euro Value £ Value Use by Date
Non SDA (Normal) 2.42 241.14 207.37 2012
Non SDA (Normal) 50.41 318.85 274.20 2012
Entry Level Stewardship & Higher Level Stewardship Scheme Agreements
The Forcett Hall Estate has the benefit of an Entry Level Stewardship and Higher Level Stewardship Agreement. The agreement is for a period of 10 years commencing with effect from the 1st November 2010 and includes an annual Entry Level Stewardship payment of £2,830.10 and an annual Higher Level Stewardship payment of £18,979.85 for the first five years and an annual payment of £16,479.85 for the remaining 5 years. The Higher Level Stewardship agreement includes educational access provisions and has grant funding for a number of special projects including historical items with a budget up to a maximum of £400,000 (subject to consent and terms being agreed with Natural England).
Woodland Grant Scheme/Farm Woodland Premium Scheme
The Estate Woodland has previously been entered into a Woodland Grant Scheme and albeit this has now expired, the purchaser(s) will need to honour any holdover requirements and indemnify the vendor against any claims.
Organic Farming Scheme
Field Parcels 8 and 9 have been entered into an Organic Farming Scheme by the current tenants of Gardeners Cottage and the Walled Garden.
The buyer(s) will be required to comply with the terms of the schemes. Further details are available for inspection at the agents offices by appointment.
The land is non SDA and classified as Grade III under the DEFRA Land Classification Scheme.
Tenants Rights/Ingoing Valuation
In addition to the purchase price the purchaser(s) will be required to pay an ingoing valuation. A detailed tenant right clause will be provided by the vendors agent. Tenant right will be paid for immediately upon completion and there will be no counterclaim for dilapidations.
Farm Machinery & Livestock
The vendors reserve the right to hold a dispersal sale of all livestock and farm machinery after completion.
The vendors reserve all rights of holdover over the parkland and farm buildings for a period of 12 months from completion.
All residential properties have the benefit of a private or mains water supply, mains electric and mains or private drainage systems. Details are available from the vendors agents.
None of the services have been tested by the agents and prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves as to their working order.
Richmondshire District Council, Swale House
North Yorkshire, DL10 4JE
Any guide prices quoted or discussed are exclusive of VAT. In the event of the sale of the property or any part of it or any right attached to it becoming a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax will be payable in addition to the purchase price.
Areas, Measurements & Other Information
All areas, measurements and other information have been taken from various estate records and are believed to be correct but any intending purchaser(s) should not rely on them as statements of fact and should satisfy themselves as to their accuracy.
Blackett Hart and Pratt
Kingfisher House, 2 Kingfisher Way
Preston Farm, Stockton on Tees, TS18 3EX
Tel 01642 672 770 Fax 01642 660288
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Images of Forcett Hall with Shorthorn Cattle and Dining Room taken by Joe Cornish Country Life.
Particulars written March 2011.
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