A QUITE EXCEPTIONAL AND SUPERBLY SITUATED GRADE II LISTED PROPERTY WITH EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES IN A SECLUDED POSITION CLOSE TO THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF THE HOWARDIAN HILLS AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY
Spellar Park lies in a quite superb and enviable position on the southern edge of the Howardian Hills, themselves a designated Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). There are many natural attractions in the area within reach of the property to include the North York Moors National Park which together with the Howardian Hills and Hambleton Hills offer many miles of walking and outstanding scenery to enjoy. Attractions in the 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.
The property is conveniently located on the eastern edge of Brandsby and just 5.5 miles west of Sheriff Hutton, the latter possessing an unusually comprehensive range of facilities as does the popular village of Stillington which also lies close by. The renowned Georgian market town of Easingwold lies just 6 miles to the west where there is a wide range of facilities to include a well regarded comprehensive school. Within a convenient distance is the preparatory school of Terrington Hall and to the north west is the renowned co-educational public school of Ampleforth College where there is also a sports centre offering a wide variety of sports facilities to the general public. There is a main line railway station at York from where there are regular services to London (Kings Cross) with trains running about every half an hour and a normal average journey time of a little under two hours. 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.
Listed Grade II as being of architectural and historic importance, the house is an intriguing and attractive blend of the old and the new. Believed to date from the early to mid eighteenth century and constructed of attractive mellow sandstone elevations under a pantile roof with stone coped gables and kneelers, the property comprises two distinct parts, each with its own individual characteristics. The farmhouse forms the western side of the property and for the most part comprises the original accommodation which is presented in the vernacular style with a number of typical architectural features of the period to include sash windows to the ground floor, Yorkshire sliding windows to the first floor, a dog-leg staircase with grooved stick balusters and a plethora of exposed structural timbers to include the roof of the taller range which is supported by triangular trusses. This accommodation adjoins the formal gardens which lie to the south and west of the house.
In the late 1980s a large barn adjoining the eastern gable was converted in its entirety to a magnificent bespoke fitted Breakfast Kitchen which was re-fitted in 2000 by Clive Christian Interiors. It features a Terracotta tiled floor, extensive polished granite worksurfaces with distressed antique Pine base units and wall cupboards, a 4-oven oil fired Aga, 4-ring NEFF halogen hob and Hotpoint fan-assisted oven with integrated refrigerator beneath. There is a central island unit and breakfast bar with matching polished granite surface, a deep ceramic sink with Perrin and Rowe mixer tap, integrated NEFF dishwasher and concealed Gaggenau deep fat fryer and indoor barbecue unit. This room is open to the ridge with a vaulted Pine ceiling and a clever mixture of roof lights and borrowed light from the adjoining south facing Garden Room makes for a most light, airy and spacious modern living space whilst completing the picture is a Gallery forming a most individual and convenient seating and reading area. Adjoining the Kitchen and formed from a single storey outbuilding is a superb Garden Room which enjoys a good southerly aspect and which is principally glazed along its entire external elevation from where glazed double doors open to an extremely charming walled courtyard which has a good south and westerly aspect and makes for a most delightful summer seating and al fresco dining area.
Externally, the gardens and grounds are a true delight and form the most perfect setting for this wonderful property. The formal landscaped gardens lie to the south and west of the house and are principally laid down to lawns and edged by specimen trees and shaped borders containing a plethora of trees, plants and shrubs which add considerably to the appeal and amenity of the property. Of particular note is the western garden which is walled on three sides and to the front of which are deep beds containing very many established trees plans and shrubs to include Ceanothus, Hazel, Hawthorn, Laburnum, Viburnum, Sorbus, Cotoneaster and Rhododendron. Immediately to the north of the house is the largest area of lawn which is protected on its western boundary by four ancient Oak whilst forming a most unusual shelter belt along the northern boundary are no less than 18 mature Horse Chestnut trees.
A Lime avenue bounds the entrance driveway which leads to the east side of the house and adjacent to which is a group of purpose built modern equestrian buildings arranged around a tarmacadam yard. These comprise five Looseboxes, a Tack Room, Hay Barn and covered parking area and have the benefit of electricity and water supply. To the rear is a further yard enclosed by a Goodrick timber stable range comprising a Loosebox, Foaling box and double garage. Close by is a drained Outdoor Manege (60m x 20m approx.) bounded by post and rail fencing and having the benefit of underdrainage and an all-weather surface. Adjoining are three railed paddocks.
The principal enclosures are arranged along the southern boundary of the property and comprise two railed paddocks, one with field shelter and water supply.