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Handale Abbey Farmhouse, Grinkle, Easington, Cleveland, TS13 4UF

Key features

  • Grade II listed period farmhouse
  • 5 double bedrooms in the main farmhouse plus a one bedroom annexe
  • Set in over 5 acres of grounds including paddocks, woodland and a pond
  • Lying on the edge of the North York Moors National Park
  • Large coach house outbuilding for additional amenity
  • LPG fuelled central heating
  • Significantly improved and modernised throughout yet retaining a number of period features


This well-proportioned farmhouse has enjoyed some significant upgrading to offer spacious, comfortable and stylish accommodation. The house dates from the mid 18th Century and is grade II listed being constructed of local sandstone with a clay tiled roof.

Internally the property retains a number of interesting period features such as panelled doors, shuttered sash windows and although some improvements have been made there is still a lot of opportunity for a new owner to do more.

From the driveway a six panel entrance door opens into a part panelled entrance hall with blockwood polished floor and a turned period staircase rising to the first floor. Doors at the rear open to the boot room and 2 useful stores including an above ground 'cellar' with wine storage bins. Doors open to ...

Lounge: A generously proportioned room with a carved stone fireplace for a multifuel stove, full height panelled sash windows to front with folding shutters and a smaller window to the side.

Sitting Room: Another good sized reception room with a full height sash window with shutters facing to the front. Picture rail and arched recess to the rear. Brick fireplace with stone hearth and cast iron multi-fuel stove. Back to back doors open through into...

Dining Room: With picture rail and dado, this room has a tripartite sash window to the front in a panelled surround and a modern tiled fireplace with an inset multifuel stove. Connecting door to ...

Farmhouse Kitchen: Although a slightly irregular shape, the farmhouse kitchen comfortably houses the Aga in a wide stone inglenook, and leaves room for a table and chairs. Fitted with a simple suite of traditional cabinets including the usual integrated appliances. A window faces to the rear onto the gardens.

A door opens onto the servants' staircase up to the first floor and a further door opens to the rear lobby with a 6 panel external door opening to the garden. Off this lobby a door also opens to the boot room which connects back to the main hallway and offers room to store many coats, boots, etc. All having blockwood parquet flooring to match that in the main hallway.

From the kitchen a door opens to a storage hallway with window to the front and a separate walk-in store on the end. An archway with a couple steps leads on to the Utility Room with a partitioned WC and plumbing for the washer and dryer as well as a connecting door to the Rear Hall which links onto the ground floor annex.

Developed by the current owners from a range of stores and outbuildings, the annex comprises a split-level, open-plan living room with some simple kitchenette facilities on the lower level, a bright double bedroom facing to the front and a stylish shower room. There are external doors to the front and rear as well as the shared rear hallway access from the house.

1st Floor
The principal staircase has part panelled walls and leads to a half landing at the rear with a tripartite sash window and has a recessed storage cupboard, before rising up to a galleried landing with a sash window to the rear, a corridor off and a panelled door onto the back stairs down to the kitchen, as well as a further staircase up to the attics. 6 panel style doors open to the bedrooms, bathroom and shower room.

The three principal bedrooms lie across the front of the house and are each large double rooms with panelled sash windows. There are 2 smaller double bedrooms with views to the rear looking over the rear gardens and paddocks.

The house bathroom is the size of a double bedroom and has a modern white suite including an oversized shower cubicle, wash basin set in vanity and WC with concealed cistern plus a separate double ended bath. In addition there is a separate shower room with a WC, wash basin and quadrant shower cubicle.

A door on the first floor landing opens onto a staircase which leads up directly into an attic room with a boarded floor, exposed roof beams and a window in the gable. A connecting door leads to a second similar room. Between them these attics cover the majority of the house.

The gardens lie to the rear of the house and are mainly lawn, bounded by the house and coach house, backing onto the rear paddock. At the front the property has a shallow forecourt area with further lawn at the side where a number of historic stone features are placed, including a cross base and stone tomb lid.

To the west of the drive is an area of woodland with a pond and a walled garden with wrought iron decorative gates.

The Coach House Buildings
Approx: 59' x 20' plus 25' x 18' A 2 story L-shaped range of traditional coach house buildings lying immediately to the rear of the farmhouse built of stone under pan-tiled roofs (re-laid by the current owners). These provided garaging and byres with lofts over.

The current owners use the garages as stables and wood/mower storage. These buildings offer potential for refurbishment and development subject to the usual consents being obtained and the property's restrictive covenant.

The Land
The property extends to just over five and half acres in total and approximately half of this is paddock, the remainder comprising woodland and the pond, the walled garden and house gardens and yard.

There is a gently sloping paddock in front of the house (note there is currently no boundary in the paddock as the owners take a little additional land from the neighbouring farm) and a further sloping paddock to the rear where the ground descends steeply down towards the stream.

The property lies on the site of an old Cistercian Abbey that was founded in the 12th Century by William de Percy. After the reformation a cotton mill stood on site. The Abbey is understood to have been all but removed by the start of the 19th Century with the stone reputedly used to build the current farmhouse and cottages. The last remnant of the Abbey is the fish pond and historic walled garden which was restored under a grant from the North York Moors National Park.

Local legend tells of a 'loathsome serpent' that would capture beautiful girls from nearby Loftus and drag them back to his lair at Handale to devour. One day a knight named Scaw slayed the serpent and rescued a maiden called Emma Beckwith whom he later married to live happily ever after. The wood is still known as Scaw's wood in his honour.


Viewing: Viewings are strictly by appointment through the sole selling agents. All interested parties should discuss this property and in particular any specific issues that may affect their interest with the agent's office prior to travelling or making an appointment to view.

Planning: The property falls within the administrative area of the North York Moors National Park. Tel: . The house is grade II listed, as are the walled garden and some other historic features.

Directions: See also location plan. From Whitby take the A171 west towards Guisborough, passing Scaling Dam Reservoir before turning right onto Grinkle Lane, towards Easington. Drive along for around 1.5 miles and you will find the entrance to Handale Abbey farm on your left hand side - if you reach the entrance to Grinkle Park Hotel, you have gone a little too far. The private tarmacked farm track leads straight down to Handale Abbey Farmhouse.
From Teesside, follow the A171 from Guisborough and Grinkle Lane lies on your left, just after the turnings for Danby and Liverton.

Tenure: We understand that the property is freehold and that vacant possession will be given on completion. The property has a full vehicular right of way along the private access road to the farm from Grinkle Lane.

Permissive Access: The current owners allow members of the public permissive access to the historic walled garden that was part of the Abbey. A new owner could withdraw the permission should they chose to do so. The Council have made an information display to explain the history to the public. Public footpaths / bridleways run along the western boundary of the property as well as on the farm track.

Services: The property is understood to be connected to a shared spring water supply and mains electricity. The property has a private sewerage treatment system. There is LPG fueled central heating.

Restrictive Covenant: The property is subject to a restrictive covenant that restricts the property to being a single residential dwelling.

Council Tax: The house is band 'D' with approx. £2,201 payable for 2023-24. Redcar & Cleveland Council. Tel: .

Post Code: TS13 4UF (4UG on some records)

Richardson and Smith have prepared these particulars in good faith to give a fair overall view of the property based on their inspection and information provided by the vendors. Nothing in these particulars should be deemed to be a statement that the property is in good structural condition or that any services or equipment are in good working order as these have not been tested. Purchasers are advised to seek their own survey and legal advice.


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Handale Abbey Farmhouse, Grinkle, Easington, Cleveland, TS13 4UF

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  • Danby Station4.7 miles
  • Commondale Station5.2 miles
  • Castleton Moor Station5.2 miles
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