A HANDSOME AND IMPOSING MID VICTORIAN VICARAGE WITH EXTENSIVE GARDENS AND GROUNDS IN THE HEART OF THIS MUCH SOUGHT AFTER VILLAGE.
The principal part (Lot One): The Old Vicarage lies immediately adjacent to St Marys Church in the heart of the Conservation Area in the highly regarded and extremely charming traditional former estate village of Askham Richard which comes complete with a village green and a duck pond. Askham Richard lies just one mile north of the main A64 York Leeds dual carriageway whilst the A1(M) Great North Road is about 10 miles away to the west, thereby providing quick and easy access to Leeds and many of the other commercial centres of West Yorkshire. The village itself is characterised by period properties arranged around a central village green and The Old Vicarage occupies a prime private position adjoining the village Church in the very heart of the village whilst to the rear, the gardens and grounds adjoin farmland and woodland.
Just 6 miles away to the east lies York with all the facilities that this distinguished cathedral city has to offer and which include a number of highly regarded independent schools. In the village itself is a primary school, a bi-weekly library service, Church Hall and a school bus service to Tadcaster Grammar School.
The Old Stables (Lot 2): Also available by separate negotiation, a delightful fully modernised adjacent 3 bedroom cottage (price and details upon request).
Lot One: The Old Vicarage
Believed to date originally from about 1880, The Old Vicarage is a handsome period property constructed of attractive mellow brick elevations under a hipped slate roof with dressed stone window cills. The layout and the style of the property are extremely redolent of the many impressive vicarages of the mid Victorian period and indeed, very many period features of the era remain to include impressive chimney stacks, sash windows, moulded plasterwork cornices, panelled doors with architraves, high ceilings, deep skirting boards and open fires. Of particular note is the most impressive central Staircase Hall with its flying staircase rising to the first floor Galleried Landing with a cupola above making for a most light and spacious centre to this fine property. The main reception rooms face south and the Drawing Room with its elegant proportions and deep sash windows to both south and west elevations, makes for a most light and spacious principal reception room of great character and ideal for entertaining on all scales. Immediately adjacent and facing south is a charming Dining Room adjoining which is a Greenhouse complete with a prolific vine whilst a more recent addition to the rear of the house is a fine Billiard Room with a wonderful open aspect over the formal part of the gardens.
Externally, the gardens and grounds are a true delight and do indeed form the most perfect setting for this fine property. The house is approached between substantial brick gateposts surmounted by coping stones and from where wooden double gates open to a gravelled driveway leading to a good sized parking and turning area situated immediately adjacent to the west facing front door. To one side is a small spinney containing Holly, Cotoneaster and a number of Yew and Portugese Laurel and to one corner of which in a clearing is a flagged seating area. Arranged to the northern boundary are two traditional domestic outbuildings comprising various stores and a Garden Shed whilst adjacent, a pedestrian gate leads directly to St Marys Church. Immediately to the south of the main house is a charming area of garden bounded by a perimeter Holly hedge where there is a good shaped bed containing Holly and Laurel whilst beyond a high clipped Beech hedge is the main formal garden which lies directly to the east of the property. It comprises a good sized single lawn bounded on its northern side by a high brick wall adjoining which is a deep bed containing a variety of bulbs and shrubs to include Pyracanthea, Honeysuckle, Laurel and Holly whilst opposite is a vegetable and fruit garden. Beyond a good Hawthorn hedge are a number of fruit trees bearing witness to its origins as an orchard and which in turn gives way to an informal area of paddock bounded by mature trees to include Sycamore and Yew. To the north eastern corner is a small area of densely planted amenity woodland comprising a number of mature specimen broadleaved trees.
Lot Two: The Old Stables (price on application)
Constructed of brick elevations under a pantile roof with a string course at first floor level, the property was converted from a traditional stable block in 2013 and now offers extensive high quality accommodation of quite some style. Of particular interest is the generous sized Dining Kitchen and the Sitting Room which is linked via sliding glazed double doors to a most charming west facing Garden Room, itself opening to an enclosed rear terraced garden providing a most sheltered and convenient seating area. Adjacent to the front door is a brick built single garage and adjoining store. The property would be ideal for accommodating guests, staff, a dependant relative or alternatively for letting purposes.