A SPECTACULAR CONVERSION OF A DELIGHTFUL PERIOD HOUSE WITH WELL STOCKED GARDENS IN THE CENTRE OF THIS POPULAR NATIONAL PARK VILLAGE
Quern Cottage is a superbly renovated period property situated in the very heart of the renowned National Park village of Lastingham which has a well deserved reputation as being one of the most picturesque villages in the National Park. It nestles in a wooded valley on the edge of the Moors from where there are excellent walks and bridleways and within the village itself is a renowned historic Church, public house and hotel. There is also a broadband connection to the village.
There are many natural attractions in the area and the North York Moors National Park and nearby Dalby Forest offer many miles of hill walking and outstanding scenery to enjoy. There are numerous small villages and pubs and on the east coast are excellent sandy beaches near Scarborough whilst further north is the dramatic coastline near Robin Hoods Bay and Whitby. Attractions in the region include the North York Moors Steam Railway based at Pickering and a short distance to the south, in and around the Howardian Hills (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) lie the mansion houses of Castle Howard and Nunnington Hall, the ecclesiastical ruins of Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey and castles at Helmsley, Pickering and Scarborough.
Believed to date from around 1882 and constructed of attractive mellow stone elevations under a pantile roof with dressed stone windowsills and lintels, Quern Cottage is an extremely charming period property which has been created by the amalgamation of two former attached dwellings. In recent years the property has been extensively yet sympathetically renovated and now provides wonderful high quality living accommodation of quite some quality and style. Particular features include recessed ceiling lights to most rooms, Farrow and Ball colours throughout, a security system, double glazed window units to the rear elevation, a comprehensive Sonos sound system throughout the house and full underfloor heating to both ground and first floors. The general effect is quite stunning with the discerning purchaser being offered the unusual combination of high quality modern living accommodation contained within an extremely charming period property in the very heart of one of the North York Moors favoured villages.
The signature feature of the property is undoubtedly the wonderful open plan ground floor living area centred upon a superb Dining Kitchen which has an Oak floor, extensive polished granite worksurfaces with deep ceramic sink, 2-oven oil fired Aga flanked by wall cupboards, a matching polished granite Island Unit incorporating a NEFF fan assisted oven and 5-ring induction hob with stainless steel extractor hood above. To the rear of the house an imaginative single storey extension provides a superb Dining Area with the entire rear elevation formed by two sets of folding doors opening to the rear sun terrace which with three roof lights above, all goes to make for a most light and spacious living area of quality and style. The Sitting Room is more traditional in style with its Oak floor, boarded doors, dressed stone fireplace housing Stovax solid fuel stove and twin sash windows to the front elevation whilst ceiling timbers add to the period feel of this part of the property. The domestic offices are no less well appointed with the Hall, Cloakroom and Utility Room all having the benefit of stone floors with underfloor heating whilst a flight of stairs leads to the bedroom accommodation at the eastern end of the house comprising a fine Master Bedroom with a spectacular ensuite Bathroom with marble floor, Savoy pedestal washbasin with Bristan taps, heated towel rail, bath in marble surround with antique style Bramham mixer tap and hand held shower unit with adjacent shower cubicle with glazed screen. Access may also be gained from Bedroom 4 which can also be used as a convenient Dressing Room if required. From the Kitchen a turning Oak staircase leads to the remaining first floor accommodation comprising two further Bedrooms, one with ensuite Bathroom with Oak floor and the other with a fully tiled shower cubicle.
Adjoining the rear elevation and with direct access from the Dining Area is a good south facing stone flagged Sun Terrace providing a most wonderful summer seating and al fresco dining area edged by raised beds containing a plethora of mature plants and shrubs to include Box, Buddleia and Acer. There is a Beech perimeter hedge and arranged around the edge of the lawn are specimen Acer, Laurel and Twisted Hazel whilst adorning the rear elevation of the house itself are Roses, Honeysuckle, Clematis and Virginia Creeper. Close by, specimen Beech and Pine provide welcome summer shade and an area of decking projecting over Eller Beck provides a wonderful sheltered outside seating area. The property is approached through a five bar gate opening to a short gravelled driveway to one side of which is a traditional stone and pantile range providing valuable storage and an adjoining lean-to car port.