A SUPERBLY POSITIONED COUNTRY HOUSE WITH WONDERFUL ESTABLISHED GARDENS AND ADJOINING PARKLAND ON THE EDGE OF A MOST CONVENIENT AND POPULAR VILLAGE
West Lilling itself is an unspoilt rural village set amidst the attractive gently 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 property is extremely conveniently located being just 3.5 miles west of the main A64 Leeds Scarborough trunk road thereby making for quick and easy access to many of the main commercial centres in the area as well as to renowned areas of countryside such as the North York Moors National Park, the Howardian and Hambleton Hills and the east coast which together comprise some of the most beautiful countryside anywhere. The original property is believed to date from the late nineteenth Century and is constructed of attractive white painted brick elevations under a slate roof and was built in the vernacular style on the northern edge of the village with the undoubted benefit of surrounding pasture land bounded by shelter belts to the north and west offering privacy and protection. In the early 1970s the property was extended by the addition of a significant wing to the western elevation comprising an elegant Drawing Room with bedroom accommodation above with the whole now forming a most attractive, spacious and easily manageable family property with a wonderful open aspect over the gardens and grounds towards the surrounding pasture land.
The entrance to The Lodge is marked by white painted double gates set within a Beech perimeter hedge opening to a sweeping tarmacadam driveway which skirts the parkland and is bounded here by a row of Cypress whilst opposite are Mahonia, Rhododendron, Ash and a number of magnificent specimen Scots Pine and Sycamore. The driveway leads past the side of the house adjacent to which is a secondary entrance and terminates at a good sized tarmacadam courtyard lying immediately to the rear of the house and adjoining which is the Garage Block comprising a 3-car garage and adjoining workshop.
From the front Porch a part glazed door with overlight opens to a most attractive Entrance Hall with wood parquet floor and a moulded plasterwork cornice and to the rear of which an elegant staircase rises to the first floor whilst immediately adjacent is an Inner Hall with matching parquet floor leading to a comfortable Sitting Room. Beyond is an elegant and well proportioned south and west facing Drawing Room from where there is a wonderful open aspect over the formal gardens and grounds. There is ceiling coving, a wooden floor, a number of wall light points and a fireplace with wooden mantelshelf and surrounds and marble hearth flanked by display recesses with the whole making for a most elegant and stylish principal reception room of great character and ideal for entertaining on all scales. Adjoining is a spacious Study with matching wooden floor, ceiling coving and extensive built in bookcases. The Dining Room is no less impressive with a moulded plasterwork cornice, wall light points and a glasses cupboard cleverly built into the chimney breast. Adjoining is a spacious Dining Kitchen complete with 3-door Aga with ceramic worksurfaces to three elevations with wooden base cupboards and matching wall cupboards above, a Creda double oven, 4-ring halogen hob and plumbing for dishwasher. A rear bay houses a useful dining area. The Domestic Offices lie to the rear of the house and comprise a good sized Utility Room with adjoining WC whilst a short distance away with external access only is a useful Boiler/Drying Room.
To the first floor is a Galleried Landing approached from the Entrance Hall via a sweeping staircase with turned handrail and shaped balusters rising via a Half Landing where there is a deep arched window providing light to the Hall. The principal bedroom is well proportioned and has twin built in wardrobes between which is access to an ensuite Bathroom and completing the picture are three further first floor bedrooms, a separate WC and a House Bathroom. From the Landing a further staircase leads up to two attic bedrooms arranged to the front elevation of the house each with a dormer windows from where there are wonderful extensive views over the grounds.
The gardens and grounds are quite superb and do indeed form the most perfect imaginable setting for the house. Immediately to the front of the house is a random stone terrace bounded by a well stocked border and beyond which is an oval shaped lawn bounded by a clipped Yew and Beech hedge which on the southern side has been cleverly reduced in height so as to afford an uninterrupted view from the front of the house over the gardens to the parkland beyond. Here there is also a pleasant perimeter grassed walk marked by four standard Hornbeam planted alongside the parkland railings. To the west is a further extensive area of formal garden being principally lawned and bounded by a variety of well stocked borders containing a plethora of trees, plants and shrubs and to the western extremity of which is an elliptical clipped Yew hedge arranged around a centrally positioned stone sundial flanked by symmetrically positioned Juniper and Rose bushes. Behind lies a substantial shaped border containing Prunus, Viburnum and Plum whilst close by is a tarmacadam Hard Tennis Court bounded by rose bushes and adjacent to which is a part glazed Summer House and a specimen Cedar. To the rear of the formal gardens is a brick and slate Stable Range behind which is a well maintained fruit and vegetable garden enclosed on two sides by Box hedging, a timber garden store and metal framed greenhouse. Close by is an Orchard containing a number of Apple trees together with composting area and timber built machinery store.
Completing the picture are two grass paddocks arranged to the north and west of the property which are bounded by well established shelter belts containing a number of mature Poplar, Norway Spruce and the occasional Cherry. To the southern boundary there is vehicular access to the public highway. Adjoining the formal gardens to the south is a quite superb area of classic parkland featuring a central pond with island and interspersed with specimen Copper Beech, Cedar and Horse Chestnut providing shelter and welcome summer shade for stock. To the southern boundary is a small brick built feed store conveniently adjoining a field gate to the village street. The land does indeed form the most perfect setting for this fine country property which is therefore eminently suitable for those wishing to keep horses, ponies or some other form of grazing livestock.
Strictly by appointment through the sole agents, Messrs Humberts York office, telephone (01904) 611828.