A DECEPTIVELY SPACIOUS EXTENDED PERIOD HOUSE WITH WONDERFUL GARDENS AND OFF STREET PARKING IN THE HEART OF THIS RENOWNED VILLAGE
Ampleforth itself is a renowned village lying on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park and has the benefit of two public houses, a shop and post office, tea room and both Church of England and Catholic Churches and primary schools. It is also home to the renowned public school of Ampleforth College (now fully co-educational) where there is a highly regarded sports centre offering a wide range of facilities to the general public. Believed to date from the middle of the 18th Century, Fossil House is constructed of attractive stone elevations under a pantile roof with dressed stone window sills and lintels. In recent years the present owners have completely renovated and extended the property and of particular note is the wonderful single storey rear Dining Room extension and the first floor conversion of an adjoining outbuilding to a most useful Guest Suite which is equally capable of use as a Study for those wishing to work from home. The standard of internal fixtures and fittings is extremely high with the two front reception rooms having Oak boarded floors, period fireplaces and sash windows with window seats beneath. The Entrance Hall and Kitchen have high quality Indian slate floors and the Kitchen itself is bespoke being hand made by Hovingham Kitchens. The centrepiece is an electric 3-oven Aga set within a range of granite worksurfaces with painted cupboards and drawers beneath and matching wall cupboards above. Within the same space is a useful Utility area with both granite and Oak worksurfaces with base cupboards beneath and a single drainer sink unit with mixer tap, integrated dishwasher and wine rack whilst to one entire elevation are full height fitted cupboards incorporating a Larder Fridge. The Dining Room extension is a fine and notable addition to the property and is open to the ridge with exposed timbers and 2 Velux conservation roof lights making for a most light and spacious reception room with glazed double doors opening to the rear terrace. The first floor is no less impressive with the Master Bedroom having an ensuite Shower Room which together with the House Bathroom has high quality modern fittings.
Externally, the property is a true delight with a rear terrace providing access to a Boiler room and an Oil/coal store. A flight of stone steps leads up to a superb Sun Terrace with brick edging and flags making for a most wonderful summer seating and al fresco dining area. From here, access may be gained to the first floor Guest Suite. Beyond is an extremely good sized lawned formal garden complete with Wendy House and interspersed with various trees, plants and shrubs to include fruit trees, Magnolia and Chilean Pine and a timber arbour surmounted by Roses and a Vine. A gate opens to a more informal garden with a number of fruit trees and a west facing Summer House. A notable feature of this part of the garden is a circular stone walled seating area from where there are panoramic southerly views over the village to the hills beyond on the far side of the Ampleforth Valley.
Immediately adjacent to the Sun Terrace is a single Garage and a good sized parking area with access from the Main Street across a tarmacadam road.
Approaching Ampleforth from the south turn left into the Main Street and after a short distance Fossil House is on the right in a slightly elevated position.