5 bedroom detached house for saleHeaton House, Aldborough, Near Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, YO51
Guide Price £2,500,000
A magnificent country house, offered for sale for only the second time in over a century and privately situated and approached through parkland gardens via a meandering gravelled drive. The property has undergone a major yet sympathetic programme of modernisation which includes fabulous features such as a two storey entrance hall with impressive splayed staircase and a feature leaded light atrium above.
The result of this extensive work is to successfully retain much of the inherent character of the original house with elegantly proportioned rooms looking south over the gardens and detailed plaster work throughout yet to include modern refinements with high quality fittings including Clive Christian fitments to the kitchen, the principal suite which includes a dressing room and bathroom and leads directly out to a magnificent balcony overlooking the lake and having views over countryside beyond.
The beautifully presented accommodation is approached through a glazed canopy which leads to an impressive two storey reception hall with a stunning central staircase leading to the mezzanine level with a split staircase and galleried landing over. There is a cloakroom and separate WC accessed from the hall. The elegant drawing room enjoys a triple aspect with two full height glazed bay windows looking out towards the water garden and French doors opening to the terrace and there is an impressive fireplace. The dining room includes a feature fireplace and has a bay window with a window seat looking south over the gardens which in turn leads to the sitting room again having a large bay window with French doors opening to the terrace and double doors opening to the games room with a marble fireplace, wood burning stove and an archway opening to the bar area. The kitchen is in the heart of the house and is fitted with an extensive range of Clive Christian units with granite working surfaces, extensive integrated appliances by Kuppersbusch and Fisher & Paykel and an Aga. There is also access from here to both the utility room and the two room cellar.
On the first floor a galleried landing leads to the principal bedroom suite which encompasses the whole of the front of the house and looks south over the gardens, lake and open fields beyond and includes a bedroom which is fitted with furniture by Clive Christian, a large dressing room again with fitted furniture and an en suite bathroom. There is access from the dressing room onto the large balcony. The guest bedroom has an en suite bathroom with slipper bath and there is a further bedroom with en suite bathroom with a Villeroy & Boch shower/steam cubicle and a Jacuzzi bath.
The adjoining cottage is designed to be easily incorporated into the main house if required and provides accommodation comprising a lounge opening into a breakfast kitchen with utility room off and a full range of integrated appliances. On the first floor a central landing leads to bedroom one with en suite bathroom, further bedroom and bathroom.
The gardens are a particular feature and offer great privacy to the property and are principally to the south and east which include an extensive range of specimen trees, plants and shrubs and comprise of formal lawned gardens to the south with a large terrace adjoining the house and a water garden beyond that then flows down through some balustrading to a lower terrace with a pond that overlooks the lake. There is a delightful secret garden that includes exotic plants and rock formations with a figure of eight rockery. Beyond here are the parkland gardens with extensive planting, mature trees and a grass tennis court. The gravelled driveway is approached through electric gates that then meanders up through the gardens and leads around to the north side of the house that provides extensive parking and turning with a central fountain.
There is an extensive range of traditional buildings set around a courtyard that briefly comprise of a one bedroom apartment which is approached by granary steps, substantial additional ancillary accommodation ideal for relatives and/or staff, the Estate Office which is a former tack room with two useful offices over, extensive garaging, workshop/former hunter boxes, stabling and a fuel store.
Heaton House occupies a private semi-rural position between the villages of Aldborough and Marton Cum Grafton, with a south facing aspect to the front, located just outside of the popular market town of Boroughbridge which has an extensive range of amenities. It is within one mile of Junction 48 of the A1(M) motorway which in turn makes it highly convenient for quick access to the surrounding commercial centres to the north and south.
There are local railway stations at Kirk Hammerton and Cattal which link directly with the main line stations at York and Leeds, giving fast and regular services to London Kings Cross and Edinburgh. Regular domestic and international flights are available from Leeds/Bradford International Airport as well as Durham Tees Valley. For a wider range of facilities the historic city of York and the spa town of Harrogate offer excellent shopping and recreational facilities and are well known for their restaurants, theatres and points of interest. There is a good selection of both public and private schools in the immediate local area including Queen Ethelburga's and Cundall Manor and the property is well placed for both the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales which both offer stunning walks and scenery.
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