6 bedroom detached house for saleVicarage House, Kirkby Wharfe, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24
A handsome late Victorian south facing country house with extensive garaging and beautiful grounds extending to around an acre, with open views across neighbouring parkland yet most conveniently located being almost equidistant from Leeds and York, the A64 being just 3 miles to the A64 and 7 miles to the A1.
Built in 1890, Vicarage House served as a vicarage for Kirkby Wharfe, North Milford and Grimston until the 1980's when it was sold into private ownership. Since then the present owners have spent 30 years restoring the house and its grounds. The property was designed by notable architects, Demaine & Brierley of York who championed the "Arts & Crafts" movement in the region. As a result, the property exhibits some impressive period features both inside and out, many of which have been carefully preserved as part of a comprehensive programme of refurbishment which includes a retiled roof, updated wiring, plumbing and heating systems with the addition of a spacious orangery with views over the garden.
The accommodation extends over 3 storeys, each floor accessed via a very fine turned staircase. Many of the rooms are of perfect proportions, all blessed with copious amounts of natural light, thanks to the generous distribution of large sash windows, many complete with working shutters. This is a handsome house, large but not too large; a comfortable home in which to bring up a growing family.
The property is approached via electric gates with an in-and out driveway and a pair of majestic beech trees and bounded by an assortment of perfectly sculpted evergreen shrubs. The driveway continues to the western side of the house to a pair of opposing garage blocks, one of brick construction with 3 bays including a workshop/store and a storeroom above. The other, a more recent addition, being a Heritage Oak framed double car port with a single garage and oil tank store. There is a further single garage/garden store.
The formal gardens lie predominantly to the south of the house, extending to just over an acre with large trees and mature hedging forming a natural border. A raised partial stone flagged and gravel terrace skirts the south of the house, bound by a dwarf wall with steps leading down to a level lawn, which extends around to the east, interspersed by colourful herbaceous borders. To the west, via a rose and clematis covered pergola, is an orchard with a range of fruit trees and a productive vegetable garden.
The surrounding parkland provides a picturesque backdrop with the added benefit of a large livery close by for those with equestrian interests. Enjoying peaceful, rural surroundings, the property is very convenient for the A64, just over 3 miles from Tadcaster, within the catchment area for the highly regarded Tadcaster Grammar School. York and Leeds are within a very commutable distance, with the M1, M62 and A1 nearby providing access to the many commercial centres in the north. There is also a train station in nearby Ulleskelf providing useful access to York and Leeds and onwards to London King's Cross.
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