A QUITE REMARKABLE HISTORIC GRADE II* LISTED HOUSE WITH MODERN ADDITIONS PROVIDING WONDERFUL STYLISH HIGH QUALITY LIVING ACCOMMODATION IN A POPULAR VILLAGE
The Thatched Cottage is, by any standards, a truly remarkable property which occupies a prime position in the heart of the unspoilt rural village of Carlton Husthwaite, itself located only a short distance away from the western edge of the renowned Hambleton Hills and just outside the North York Moors National Park. Indeed, from the property one may see quite clearly the famous White Horse of Kilburn which provides a most stunning and attractive backdrop to the village.
The property lies just one mile east of the main A19 York-Teesside trunk road 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 (York to King’s Cross is 1hr 45 minutes at best), Newcastle and Edinburgh as well as the Transpennine route. There is a good domestic and international service from both Teesside and Leeds/Bradford airports. There is a full range of local services in both Thirsk (6 miles) and Helmsley (11 miles) as well as those available in the popular Georgian market town of Easingwold (6 miles) where there is a well regarded comprehensive school. Also readily available to the east is the well known public school of Ampleforth College where there is a sports centre offering a wide range of facilities to the general public.
Meriting a mention in Pevsner’s The Buildings of England, The Thatched Cottage is Listed as Grade II* of which accolade only 4% of all Listed Buildings are granted and which bears witness to the architectural and historic importance of this wonderful property. Dating probably from the sixteenth century, the original part of the property is a timber framed open hall house with a thatched roof from which the eponymous property takes its name. As recently as the year 2000 the roof was re-thatched with long lasting water reed with a reputed life expectancy of 60 years. The quality of the accommodation is extremely high which bears witness to the fact that in the early 1970s, and with the exception of the original timber frame, the house was completely rebuilt to modern standards. A good example is the fact that the Oak panelling throughout the house is lined with fully insulated panels. Internally the property is an absolute delight with the vast majority of original period features remaining to include a plethora of original exposed Oak structural timbers, wall panelling and boarded floors to the original part of the property, leaded lights, panelled doors and flagged floors. It is difficult to imagine a more atmospheric period residence which is in such first class order and which offers the discerning purchaser the opportunity to acquire a piece of living history whilst at the same time offering stylish, high quality modern living accommodation of undoubted style. Of particular note is the centrepiece of the property being the elegant panelled Drawing Room which is open almost to the ridge with Oak wall panelling and to one end a magnificent Oak Minstrels’ Gallery with balustrade overlooking this principal reception room. Opposite is a large Inglenook fireplace housed within a massive Oak beam with flagstone hearth and brick chimney breast housing a cast iron solid fuel stove whilst adjacent is a built in bench seat. Adjoining is an equally impressive Oak panelled Dining Room with a similarly high ceiling and which links with the Entrance Hall via an Oak framed glazed screen. To the rear of the original house is a modern 20th century extension of brick elevations under a pantile roof which offers easily manageable high quality contemporary living accommodation comprising a fully fitted Kitchen complete with polished granite worksurfaces together with the usual domestic offices as well as a conveniently situated Study. Linking both sections is a cleverly designed west facing Garden Room with underfloor heated flagged floor, wood burning stove and principally glazed external elevation from where one may enjoy an open aspect over the gardens whilst an adjoining wide flagged sun terrace provides a most wonderful summer seating and al fresco dining area. Completing the picture is a Master Bedroom suite complete with Dressing Room and a further Guest Suite with ensuite Bathroom. Adjacent to the rear of the house is a most useful detached Cottage Annexe comprising a Kitchen and Bedroom with ensuite Bathroom providing valuable guest accommodation. We are informed that the property benefits from BT Infinity No.1 unlimited broadband.
Outside, the gardens are good sized and well maintained and are principally laid down to lawn and bounded on their western side by a high clipped Beech hedge giving way to a Cypress hedge to the southern section. The Eastern boundary it delineated for its entire length by a high brick wall. Adjoining is a well stocked bed containing a variety of plants and shrubs to include Spruce, Holly, Cypress, Photinia, Yew and Ceanothus whilst towards the far end of the garden are a number of Silver Birch. Rear vehicular access is gained via a back lane from where electronically operated double gates open to a wide sett driveway leading to a large brick and pantile Garage with workshop and attached lean-to log store. Adjacent is a hexagonal west facing timber built Summer House orientated so as to take full advantage of the afternoon sun.