A QUITE SUPERBLY APPOINTED PROPERTY WITH FLEXIBLE GROUND FLOOR LIVING SPACE AND OUTSTANDING SOUTHERLY VIEWS OVER THE AMPLEFORTH VALLEY
The village of Oswaldkirk is set into a south facing bank (Oswaldkirk Hagg) just outside the North York Moors National Park on the northern edge of the beautiful Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Mir-West Barn occupies a quite superb south facing position at the foot of the bank from where there are extensive rural views over the Ampleforth valley towards the Howardian Hills themselves.
Oswaldkirk itself is a popular village and is home to both Catholic and Church of England churches and a public house. It is well situated for quick and easy access to the renowned Georgian market town of Helmsley where the river Rye descends from the North York Moors in a southerly direction towards the Vale of Pickering and which is rightly regarded as the true jewel in the crown of this beautiful part of the countryside. The town has a full range of local facilities to include churches, public houses, shops, banks, a post office and a wide variety of retail outlets. Of particular interest is the nearby mansion house of Duncombe Park at the heart of its estate, whose parkland adjoins the town centre.
There are many natural attractions in the area to include the North York Moors Steam Railway based at Pickering, mansion houses such as Castle Howard and Nunnington Hall and ecclesiastical ruins to include Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey. The area has a rich history as shown by the Castles not only at Helmsley but also at Pickering and Scarborough and in addition, the City of York with its city walls and superb Minster lies within easy reach about 19 miles away to the south.
Of particular interest to many will be the fact that the property lies within easy striking distance of the renowned co-educational public school of Ampleforth College and also its junior school St Martins, at nearby Gilling Castle. The property would therefore be ideal for parents wishing to maintain a base in the environs of these two educational establishments.
Mir-West Barn is a superb high quality conversion of a traditional stone and pantile barn carried out in 2004/5 by a renowned firm of local developers and indeed, the internal specification of the property is quite impeccable. Equally the layout and design are such that they ensure maximum flexibility and economy of use. The original accommodation has been skillfully supplemented by two imaginative single storey extensions resulting in the ground floor accommodation being especially suited to those seeking a property which is more redolent of a rather larger property but without what might be considered as superfluous bedroom accommodation. Particular features include underfloor heated stone flagged floors virtually throughout the ground floor, the judicious use of recessed ceiling lights, Pine doors and a plethora of exposed structural timbers which add greatly to the general ambience of the property.
The accommodation has been designed so as to take full advantage of its wonderful position. The Sun Room enjoys a good west facing aspect and much of the external elevation is glazed with a door opening to a western flagged terrace. There are exposed timbers and an attractive fireplace with inlaid wooden overmantle, stone hearth and a solid fuel stove. The Family/Dining Room is no less attractive with its glazed southern elevation allowing extensive rural views over the adjoining farmland. This room is open to the Kitchen which itself comes fully equipped with a 3-oven electric AGA and adjoining 2-oven module with 4-ring gas hob whilst extensive wooden worksurfaces form a useful and convenient Breakfast Bar.
Outside, the gardens are easily manageable and lie to the front of the house whilst adjoining the southern elevation is a stone flagged Sun Terrace which provides a most wonderful summer seating and al fresco dining area. At a slightly lower level is a small lawn bounded by a bed containing various plants and shrubs to include Roses, Buddleia, Broom and Lavender. To one side is a fruit and vegetable garden and a small orchard area with an adjacent timber framed greenhouse. Approached directly from the driveway is a stone and pantile single garage whilst immediately adjacent is a timber garden shed and open fronted log store.