7 bedroom detached house for saleHellifield Peel Castle, Peel Green, Hellifield, Near Skipton, BD23
Hellifield Peel Castle occupies a spectacular parkland setting on the southern fringe of this small Dales village, between the popular market towns of Skipton and Settle, on the southern edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Hellifield village offers a varied range of everyday facilities including a selection of shops, two public houses, a doctor's surgery, church and a village primary school. The larger neighbouring towns of Skipton and Settle are both within easy access and offer a more extensive range of facilities. There is an excellent range of private and state schools nearby including Sedbergh/Casterton and Giggleswick - independent schools for 4-18 year olds - as well as Settle College, Ermysteds Grammar School and Skipton Girls High School.
For the commuter, the location is convenient for access to the West Yorkshire conurbation, East Lancashire and Manchester beyond. There is a railway station in Hellifield which provides services to neighbouring towns/villages as well as Skipton and Leeds to the south east and Lancaster and Morecambe to the west. Mainline services operate from Skipton and Leeds (with connections from Hellifield station) to London's Kings Cross, Manchester Airport is 60 miles to the south and Leeds/Bradford Airport is about 29 miles to the south east.
The story of Hellifield Peel Castle stretches back over many centuries. There has been a settlement at Hellifield Peel since the early 8th Century - a large oak Hall House dating from around 720AD was discovered during the archaeological dig prior to the restoration of the Peel.
The Peel Tower itself dates from 1305 and was built by one of the last Templar Knights, Sir John Harcourt. For most of its life the property was owned by the Hamerton family, during which time it was Georgianised. After being requisitioned as a prisoner of war camp, it was bought by furniture maker Harry Lund in the 1940s. He took the wood he wanted and then staged a dilapidation sale, when the property was stripped of everything from its roof to its panelling. The Peel lay in ruins for over 50 years until the Shaw family bought it in 2004 and commenced its restoration, which became national news.
It was featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs show in 2007 and 2009 and remains one of Kevin McClouds favourite projects.
The sale of Hellifield Peel Castle offers an extremely rare opportunity to acquire an historic scheduled ancient monument with a fascinating history, constructed entirely of stone under a slate roof. It is one of only a few scheduled ancient monuments in private ownership and occupation in Yorkshire.
Purchased by the Shaw family in 2004, after it had stood in ruins for over 50 years, the property has been the subject of a painstaking restoration project - the end result is a quite phenomenal achievement. It has been reconstructed into a fantastic family house with grand reception rooms and bedrooms, modern amenities and sweeping views over tranquil North Yorkshire countryside.
As well as being a much cherished family home, it is also run as a highly successful bed & breakfast business, providing five luxury boutique bedrooms as well as a self contained contemporary attic apartment which occupies the entire third floor. The apartment has a south facing roof terrace from where stunning parkland views are enjoyed towards Pendle Hill. The business has grown successfully over the years and has received some outstanding reviews. For more information please refer to - www.peelcastle.co.uk.
THE GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The gardens and grounds create a particular feature of this exceptional property and have been carefully designed to take full advantage of the wonderful setting that it occupies.
Approached via a long sweeping tree lined driveway, there is an immediate sense of arrival as you approach the property - a gravelled drive and sweep in front of the hall provide extensive parking. Planning permission has also been granted to construct a detached garage block. The gardens and grounds lie to three sides, bounded by a ha-ha, and are predominantly lawned with some maturing yew hedging. To the west there is a large terrace providing an excellent area for summer entertaining. The views from the gardens are quite outstanding, the surrounding parkland countryside provides a beautiful vista towards Pendle Hill in the distance.
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