A MOST CHARMING PERIOD PROPERTY IN THE CENTRE OF AN ACCESSIBLE VILLAGE WITH WELL APPOINTED ACCOMMODATION, ESTABLISHED GARDENS AND A MOST USEFUL DETACHED STUDIO ANNEXE
West Lilling is an unspoilt rural village set in the attractive undulating countryside which rises from the Vale of York towards the southern edge of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which lies a short distance away to the north. The village is extremely conveniently located being just 3½ miles west of the main A64 Leeds Scarborough trunk road thereby making for extremely good communications to Malton, York, Leeds and the other commercial centres of West Yorkshire.
Dating it is believed, from the middle of the 18th Century and constructed of attractive part rendered brick elevations under a pantile roof, Toft Farmhouse is a most charming period property built in the vernacular style in the heart of the village and displays many typical features of the era to include panelled doors, sash windows, period fireplaces and boarded floors with the whole providing a most comfortable period residence of great quality and charm.
A panelled front door opens to a spacious and handsome Entrance Hall with panelled front door and glass overlight with an elegant staircase rising to the first floor accommodation. A door leads to the well proportioned Drawing Room which has a boarded floor, ceiling timbers, French doors to the rear terrace and a splendid dressed stone fireplace with basket grate. Opposite is the Sitting Room which is also beamed and boasts a large Inglenook fireplace with large inlaid beam over and housing a wood burning stove. The room is a fine example of vernacular architecture at its best and is possessed of much period charm and indeed, the scale and nature of both principal reception rooms are more redolent of a far larger property thereby making for extensive and flexible living space of great character and ideal for entertaining on all scales. Beyond, lies a most wonderful modern Living Kitchen with recessed ceiling lights, Oak worksurfaces, BOSCH dishwasher, 1½ bowl sink unit and AEG ceramic hob and fan assisted steam oven whilst a chimney breast houses a 2-oven oil fired Aga. There is a large island unit with matching Oak worksurface with extensive storage beneath whilst close by is a principally glazed and generous sized Dining Area with French doors which open to the rear terrace which enjoys a wonderful southerly aspect and offers a wonderful vista over the gardens. Adjacent is the Rear Hall/Boot Room and a Utility Room with access to the Cloakroom.
The first floor is reached via a single flight of stairs leading to a Galleried Landing off which is the Guest Suite comprising a Double Bedroom and ensuite Shower Room. An Inner Landing leads to the remaining accommodation all of which has latched boarded doors and which includes a high specification House Bathroom with high level flush WC and a white suite of bath with antique style Showerworks overhead shower, Pegler hand held shower unit and washbasin with Pegler taps. The principal bedroom suite comprises a well appointed Bathroom with Limed Oak floor, ceiling lights, contemporary suite of bath, heated towel rail, Villeroy and Boch WC and vanity unit comprising a large washbasin with twin mixer taps. This opens to Bedroom 1 with matching Limed Oak floor, built in wardrobe unit and twin windows overlooking the rear gardens. Completing the picture are two further bedrooms with boarded floors and a separate Shower Room with tiled shower cubicle, power shower, WC and wall mounted washbasin.
Externally, the gardens are well established with a good south and westerly aspect and are a true delight. They are approached via boarded double gates which open to an ample parking area adjacent to the Wisteria clad rear Porch. The principal garden is walled on two sides where there are Climbing Hydrangea and Cotoneaster whilst to the rear boundary is a row of Laurels supplemented by Mahonia, Acer and Holly. This wonderful garden is principally laid down to grass and arranged around a number of centrally positioned Apple and Pear trees, a Medlar and a Mulberry, whilst adjacent are Pine and Silver Birch, raised vegetable beds and a specimen Katsura tree. Immediately to the rear of the Drawing Room is a sheltered south facing sun terrace forming a secluded summer seating and al fresco dining area and to this elevation is graceful Wisteria. Opposite is a traditional brick and pantile range surmounted by prolific Rambling Rose and comprising a garden store and potting shed with central covered seating area. Through this one may approach a further most charming east facing walled side garden with a central Crab Apple and adjoining borders with a variety of plants to include Roses, Buddleia, Fig, Climbing Roses and Ceanothus. The gardens are indeed a true delight and form the most perfect setting for this most attractive of properties.
To the rear of the garden is a substantial brick and pantile former outbuilding which has been imaginatively converted to a Studio Annexe being open to the ridge with exposed structural timbers. Two sets of French doors with full height side lights face the garden which together with four Velux roof lights, make for a most light and spacious interior space suitable for a multiplicity of uses. There is a wood burning stove and an electric radiator whilst to one elevation is a ceramic sink and a separate WC with washbasin.
Strictly by appointment through the sole agents, Messrs Humberts York office, telephone (01904) 611828.