A WONDERFULLY SITUATED AND EXTREMELY WELL APPOINTED COUNTRY PROPERTY WITH EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES AND ADJOINING LAND IN UNSPOILT COUNTRYSIDE CLOSE TO THE HOWARDIAN HILLS
Foulrice Farm lies in a quite superb and enviable position where the Vale of York advances towards the southern edge of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are many natural attractions in the area to include the North York Moors National Park which together with the Howardian Hills, offer many miles of hill walking and outstanding scenery to enjoy. Attractions in the immediate area include 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. In addition, the city of York with its city walls and superb Minster lies just 15 miles away to the south.
The property is extremely conveniently located, lying only a short distance north of the attractive rural village of Farlington and between the popular villages of Stillington and Sheriff Hutton which both possess an impressive array of local facilities. The renowned Georgian market town of Easingwold is just 6 miles to the west where a wide range of facilities is available to include a well-regarded comprehensive school and the main A64 York- Malton trunk road is only 8 miles to the east thereby making for good communications with Leeds and the other commercial centres of West Yorkshire.
The property lies within a convenient distance of a wide selection of local, primary and secondary schools to include Terrington Hall, St Martins and Ampleforth College. There are good quality schools in Harrogate to include Harrogate Ladies College and Ashville College whilst York is home to St Peters, Bootham, The Mount and The Minster Schools.
There are regular train services from York to London (Kings Cross) with a journey time of as little as 1 hour 45mins. The historic city of York has a comprehensive range of shopping and other facilities and on the northern section of the outer ring road are the Clifton Moor Retail Park and the Monks Cross Shopping Centre which includes the new Vangarde Shopping Park, home to the major outlets of John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Next.
Believed to date originally from the 18th century the original farmhouse is constructed of colour washed pebbledash elevations under a pantile roof with the layout and design being typical of the local farmhouses built in the vernacular style at that time. Offset to the house and forming the rear of the Courtyard is a substantial traditional brick and pantile barn which the present owners have cleverly and imaginatively amalgamated with the original accommodation. This more recent addition provides a Study, two principal reception rooms, the Guest Bedroom suite and a fine Master Bedroom suite with the general scale and proportions of the accommodation being redolent of a much larger property. Of particular note is the fine and elegantly proportioned Drawing Room with its high ceiling, French doors and large stone fireplace making for a most impressive reception room of great character and ideal for entertaining on all scales. The nearby Dining Room is equally attractive and no less impressive whilst the principal portion of the original house is given over to a fine fitted Kitchen which comes complete with ceramic tiled floor, 4 door Aga with warming plate, set within an illuminated brick chimney breast with inlaid timber overmantle, extensive marble worksurfaces and island unit with Shaker base units and wall cupboards. Adjoining is a good sized and similarly tiled Breakfast Room with a wood burning stove and French doors to the courtyard. Close by is a comfortable Sitting Room with a wood burning stove on a raised stone hearth whilst the Utility Room opens to the rear flagged terrace.
Externally the property is a true delight with the tree lined entrance driveway leading to a gravelled courtyard to the side of the original house from where there is direct access to a Double Garage and a well appointed and heated Games Room with its own Cloakroom with obvious potential for conversion to further accommodation if required (subject to necessary consents). To the rear is a substantial portal framed building currently given over to an American Barn housing 5 stables, Tack Room and Feed Store with hot and cold water supply and with a Hay Store to one end. To the rear is a Rotary Horse Exerciser with the whole complex being ideal for those with an equestrian interest.
Adjoining the front of the house is a small circular lawn bounded by well stocked shaped beds containing Sorbus, Cotoneaster, Roses, Lavender and a host of other annuals and perennials. To one side is a stone flagged terrace adjoining a high brick wall making for a most pleasant summer seating and al fresco dining area whilst to the rear is a traditional brick and pantile Workshop / Machinery Store.
The land which extends to approximately 10.30 acres surrounds the Homestead thereby ensuring complete privacy and protection for the discerning purchaser. It comprises a number of stockproof paddocks each with mains fed water trough thereby making the property eminently suitable for those wishing to keep horses or some form of grazing livestock.
In all about 12 acres.
A separate enclosure of about 10.64 acres is available by separate negotiation.