A DELIGHTFUL DETACHED STONE BUILT HOUSE ADJOINING THE PARK ADJACENT TO HOVINGHAM HALL
Springfield Cottage lies at the end of Park Street on the western edge of the beautiful Estate village of Hovingham, which is itself centred upon Hovingham Hall, the magnificent Mansion House designed and built by Thomas Worsley whose family still owns and controls the surrounding Estate and who are largely responsible for the quality and attractiveness of the village and surrounding countryside. Hovingham embodies many of the attractive qualities of a local Yorkshire village to include a Saxon Church, stone architecture, a stream and ford and facilities to include a village shop, public house, coffee shop and bakery, beauty salon, café and The Worsley Arms Hotel. There is also a GP surgery, village hall, primary school, cricket club and tennis club. For those interested in walking there are a number of footpaths in the area and indeed, Hovingham lies on the Ebor Way. A short distance to the north east lies the village of Ampleforth, home to the renowned public school of Ampleforth College (now fully co-educational) where there is a well regarded Sports Centre offering a wide variety of activities to the general public. Close by is the village of Gilling East with its castle being home to Ampleforth Junior School and a golf course. In addition, the well regarded co-educational preparatory school of Terrington Hall lies a few miles away to the south.
Constructed of attractive stone elevations under a corrugated pantile roof, Springfield Cottage is an extremely attractive period house built in the vernacular style and displays many typical features of the era to include Yorkshire sliding windows, period fireplaces and Pine boarded doors to many of the rooms. The property has been extended significantly to the rear by the provision of a substantial wing containing the Kitchen, Utility Room and Shower Room at ground floor level with the Master Bedroom and ensuite Shower Room above. The original Larder comprised what is now the Entrance Hall and bearing witness to its previous origins are the original meat hooks to the ceiling. A boarded door opens to a most comfortable Sitting Room where there is a stone fireplace and solid fuel stove whilst a second door gives access to the Dining Room (the original Kitchen) with a period fireplace (sealed) with stone surround and basket grate, flanked by display alcoves with store cupboards beneath. The Kitchen is of a good size and contains a range of worksurfaces to two elevations with cupboards and drawers beneath and part tiled wall behind whilst a latched door opens to a good sized understairs store cupboard. Leading off this room is a convenient Utility Room with plumbing for washing machine and vent for tumble drier and off which is a Shower Room. To the first floor, the two principal bedrooms have useful walk-in cupboards.
A gravelled driveway leads past the side of the house directly to a stone built Single Garage with electric lights and power supply and adjacent to which is raised part flagged terrace with timber built Summerhouse enjoying a good westerly aspect and forming a most pleasant and sheltered summer seating and al fresco dining area. An adjacent path leads on past the side of the house and beyond an arbour surmounted by decorative Perennial Peas is the principal garden which is a true delight. It is principally laid down to a small lawn protected by high clipped Cypress hedging to the north and southern boundaries and around the perimeter are various established beds containing a plethora of mature plants, trees and shrubs to include Lonicera, Pyracantha, Buddleia, variegated Laurel, Apple, Pear, Plum and various other annuals and perennials. To the western boundary is a most wonderful open aspect over the parkland associated with Hovingham Hall which lies immediately adjacent.