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Kirby Knowle Castle YO7








14,112 sq ft

1,311 sq m

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Key features

  • historical castle on the hill
  • extensive gardens and grounds
  • situated in a particularly picturesque location
  • principal bedroom suite
  • five further bedrooms
  • fully refurbished detached cottage


Summary of accommodation;

Ground floor: Entrance porch | Entrance hall | Drawing room
Sitting room | Library | Main staircase hallway
Side hallways | Two cloakrooms | Kitchen/dining room

Secondary staircase
Lower ground floor: Cinema room | Boot room | Snooker/
games room | Wine cellar | Log store | Plant room | External

First floor: Principal bedroom suite | Three further bedroom
suites | Laundry room

Second floor: Three bedrooms | Bathroom | Gym
Steam room | Shower room

Sitting room | Kitchen | 2 bedrooms | Bathroom | Utility room
Boiler room

Car barn | Gardeners' barn

Garden and Grounds
Extensive lawns | Water features | Greenhouse
Patio areas | Ample parking | Woodland | Paddocks | Pond
In all about 65.50 acres

Kirby Knowle Castle is situated in a particularly picturesque stretch of undulating North Yorkshire countryside; the chalk escarpment of Sutton Bank, the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors National Parks all being in view. Despite its peaceful rural surroundings, the property is conveniently close to the A19 which provides direct access to the nearby market towns of Thirsk and Northallerton, also linking to the A1(M) leading to Harrogate and Leeds to the south. The area is home to some excellent public houses and restaurants and there are several noteworthy schools within easy reach including Aysgarth, Ripon Grammar, Cundall Manor, Ampleforth College and Queen Ethelburga's.

It was Sir Roger de Lascelles who sought permission from Edward I to build a castle at Kirby Knowle. Construction began in the latter part of the 13th century on an elevated plateaux of land on the south western edge of the Hambleton Hills, providing the property with exceptional
views over the Vale of Mowbray towards the Vale of York. Part of the castle was destroyed by fire in 1568, whilst in the ownership of St John Constable and the castle was left in a dilapidated state until it, and the surrounding estate, were bought by James Danby in 1653. He who
repaired the ruins using stone from the adjoining castle at Upsall, adding the south (front) and west wings.

His work was continued by Sir Thomas Rokeby (a knight and one of the justices of the king's Bench). During his lifetime Sir Thomas 'Judge' Rokeby was patronised by King William III and Mary Queen of Scots and it is believed that Mary visited the castle on several occasions.
Joseph Rokeby Esq inherited the castle in 1741 and he extended and improved the mansion, bringing to it many of the fashionable features of the period whilst retaining original features where possible including a priest hole in one of the thick walls. The final phase of alterations and additions took place in 1875 under the guidance of Charles Elsley who is documented to have rebuilt and remodelled 'the mansion' and ancillary buildings resulting in the present façade.

Thirsk 5 miles, York 29.5 miles, Harrogate 33 miles (Distances and time approximate)

Kirby Knowle Castle
A classic castle on the hill which has enjoyed what must be one of the best views of rural Yorkshire for over 700 years.
The robust architecture and style has been retained but following a significant overhaul by the present owners which includes the renovation or replacement of all damaged architectural stonework and window openings together with re-roofing, rewiring and installation of a commercial capacity biomass heating system, this is now comfortable and warm family home.

The present owners with guidance from English Heritage have reinvented the interior, with exceptional design, beautiful decorations and the highest quality fitments, bespoke joinery and artisan plasterwork.

The internal accommodation has been completely reorganised, the original staircase has been removed and a three-story open staircase installed to allow in natural light and take advantage of the exceptional views. There is a fully refurbished detached cottage, which could be used for guest or staff quarters. The redesigned garden areas to the front south elevation with an ornamental fountain, stone flagged private areas and barbecue kitchen provides excellent entertaining space.

The property is approached from the public highway along a sweeping tarmac driveway to the rear and side of the property.

Approached from the main drive, the front of the property has car parking at the main entrance. A driveway leads to the rear of the property through an electric security gate to a large cobbled parking area servicing the castle and the cottage.

To the back of the side is a newly constructed steel portal garage with space for several vehicles.

Garden machinery
Off a spur of the main drive is a large barn currently used for garden machinery storage.

Directions (YO7 2JD)
From the A19, heading north, follow signs to Knayton and Borrowby, taking the first right once exiting the dual carriageway towards Knayton. Continue through the village and onto a crossroads turning right towards Upsall. At the T-junction turn left and proceed for approximately half a mile, at which point the entrance to Kirby Knowle Castle will be on the left.

Property information
Services: Mains electricity, Private sewerage system, Private water supply, Biomass boiler, supplying domestic hot water and central heating via underfloor and radiators.

Fixtures and Fittings: All items known as fixtures and fittings are specifically excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.

Rights of Way: There is a footpath on the furthest boundary from the property - see boundary plan.

Listing: The property is Grade II listed.

Strictly by prior appointment with joint agents Knight Frank and MSW Hewetsons.

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  • Thirsk Station4.8 miles
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