A SUPERBLY SITUATED RESIDENTIAL FARM WITH EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES IN THE HEART OF A RENOWNED NATIONAL PARK VILLAGE
Believed to date originally from the 17th Century with later additions and listed Grade II as being of architectural and historic interest, Merry Hall is an extremely attractive and charming period property located in the centre of Boltby, itself a picturesque village occupying a quite spectacular position on the western side of the Hambleton Hills on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. There are many natural attractions in the area within easy reach of the property to include the Hambleton Hills, the Howardian Hills (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the North York Moors National Park offering many miles of hill walking and outstanding scenery to enjoy. From the property there is easy access to an extensive network of bridleways and there is also a horse trekking centre based in the village. Boltby lies in a convenient location just a few miles east of the main A19 York Teesside trunk road which may be joined at Thirsk thereby making for quick and easy access to the A1 Great North Road, the wider motorway network and the commercial centres of Teesside and the West Riding. There are main line railway stations at York, Northallerton and Thirsk providing services to London (Kings Cross), Newcastle and Edinburgh as well as the Trans Pennine route. There is a full range of local facilities in the popular market towns of Northallerton, Thirsk and Helmsley which are all readily accessible.
This charming period property is constructed of most attractive mellow honey coloured stone elevations under a pantile roof with dressed stone quoins, window sills and lintels, stone coped gables and shaped kneelers. Of particular architectural interest is an impressive elliptical arched front doorcase framed by stone quoins and a keystone with a raised date panel of 1678. Over the years, the property has been imaginatively updated and reconfigured to include the amalgamation of an adjoining traditional range with the principal accommodation and also by the creation of a self-contained cottage suitable for accommodating guests, staff or a dependant relative.
Internally, the accommodation is extremely well presented and offers high quality living accommodation of considerable charm whilst at the same time managing to retain the original period feel of the property. Very many period features remain to include Yorkshire sliding windows, Oak boarded floors, a stone mullioned window, period fireplaces and a plethora of exposed internal structural timbers which all go to make for a most superb period property of great character. The accommodation is approached from the stable yard via a stone flagged Entrance Hall with the domestic offices lying to one side whilst opposite, access may be gained to the principal reception rooms of the Drawing Room and Dining Room, both of which have Oak boarded floors and stone fireplaces. Beyond lies a superb Dining Kitchen with a stone tiled floor, extensive polished granite worksurfaces with painted cupboards and drawers beneath, large ceramic sink unit with mixer tap and vegetable sink and adjacent plate rack whilst adjacent is a chimney breast with a large inlaid timber overmantle housing a 3-oven electric Aga with electric module. Opposite is a semi-circular range of matching painted cupboards flanking a void currently housing a Fisher and Paykel larder refrigerator and freezer.
The first and second floor accommodation is approached via an Oak staircase and Landing with all of the bedroom accommodation having the benefit of Oak boarded floors and where a number of exposed structural timbers add to the considerable period feel and charm of the property. Of particular note is the large and quite superbly appointed House Bathroom with its stone tiled floor, rolltop bath with antique style hand held showerhead, twin sink unit and separate shower cubicle.
Forming the western side of the stable yard is an extensive traditional stone and pantile range with mains water and electricity and providing a single Garage, Tool Shed, Tack Room, Feed Store and 4 Stables, a Foaling Box and a Pony Stall. Adjacent is an open fronted timber framed implement shed with pantile roof adjoining a traditional stone and pantile former piggery given over to a diesel store and 2 log sheds. Behind the stable courtyard is a large 3 bay general purpose portal framed agricultural building with breezeblock elevations and space boarding above with 2 wide steel shuttered security doors whilst internally is a mezzanine hay store across one bay. Immediately to the rear is a substantial concrete pad forming a most useful parking area for equipment and a small middenstead.
The land is all laid down to pasture and lies to the south of the property being gently undulating and with a dramatic backdrop of the Sutton Bank escarpment. There is a purpose built 5.5. furlong gallop of sand and fibre which bisects a number of stockproof paddocks each with mains water supply. There is also a Round Pen and a circular Schooling Area thereby making the property eminently suitable for those with equestrian interests.
Facilities in the area include :
Racing : Available at York, Thirsk, Doncaster, Wetherby, Catterick, Ripon and Redcar.
Hunting : Locally with the Bilsdale, York and Ainsty (North), Hurworth, Sinnington and Bedale.
Shooting: There are a number of good quality pheasant shoots in the area and the North York Moors is renowned for its grouse shooting.
Golf : There are local courses at Easingwold, Romanby (Thirsk) and Bedale.
Approaching Boltby from the west, continue into the centre of the village and having passed the Church on the left hand side, cross the Beck and the entrance to Merry Hall is immediately on the right.