A QUITE WONDERFULLY SITUATED RESIDENTIAL ESTATE ON THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF THE NORTH YORK MOORS WITH STUNNING VIEWS OVER THE RENOWNED GEORGIAN MARKET TOWN OF HELMSLEY
Beckdale House occupies a quite superb south-east facing position on the very southern edge of the North York Moors and lies on rising ground high above the renowned Georgian market town of Helmsley where the River Rye descends from the Moors in a southerly direction towards the Vale of Pickering. Helmsley is rightly regarded as the true jewel in the crown of this beautiful part of the countryside and has a full range of local facilities to include churches, public houses, shops, banks, a post office and a wide variety of retail outlets. Of particular interest is the nearby Mansion House of Duncombe Park at the heart of its Estate, whose parkland adjoins the town centre.
There are many natural attractions in the area to include the North York Moors themselves, mansion houses such as Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall and Hovingham Hall and ecclesiastical ruins to include Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey. The area has a rich history as shown by the Castles not only at Helmsley but also at Pickering and Scarborough and in addition, the city of York with its city walls and superb Minster lies within easy reach about 25 miles away to the south.
Beckdale House lies just half a mile north west of the centre of Helmsley, itself located on the Thirsk Scarborough Road thereby making for good communications to many of the main centres in the area. There is a railway station at Malton which links with the main line station at York which together with Thirsk, has regular direct service to London (Kings Cross) and Edinburgh as well as a frequent timetable to Leeds and a trans-pennine service to Manchester. The A1(M) lies to the west of Thirsk thereby enabling good access to the commercial centres of the West Riding and the wider motorway network. There are international airports at Teesside (40 miles apprx) and Leeds Bradford (50 miles apprx).
The property lies within a convenient distance of a wide selection of local primary and secondary schools to include Terrington Hall, Ampleforth College (now fully co-educational) and its junior School St Martins at Gilling Castle. To the west are Cundall Manor, Queen Marys at Baldersby and Queen Ethelburgas at Thorpe Underwood. There is also a selection of good quality schools in Harrogate to include Harrogate Ladies College and Ashville College whilst York is home to St Peters, Bootham, The Mount and The Minster Schools.
Sport and Leisure
There are a number of golf clubs around York and also at Easingwold, Malton, Thirsk, Northallerton, Ganton and locally at Gilling Castle. Racing may be enjoyed at Thirsk, Ripon, Beverley, Wetherby and York (the Ascot of the North).
The property is also ideally situated for access to a wide choice of high quality pheasant shoots in and around the North York Moors which rank amongst some of the very best in the country and not least of which is the renowned nearby Beckdale Shoot on the Duncombe Park Estate in and around the eponymous Dale from which the property also takes its name. The North York Moors is home to a number of well regarded grouse moors.
Constructed of attractive stone elevations under a tiled roof, Beckdale House is believed to date from the 1920s and was originally built as the Dower House to the Duncombe Park Estate. More recently it was for a number of years home to the Sixth Lord Feversham prior to his occupation in the mid 1980s of the nearby mansion house of Duncombe Park itself and at which point the property passed out of the Feversham family. The present owners then undertook an extremely comprehensive programme of renovation, extension and upgrading and the property now presents a wonderfully appointed residence of exceptional quality and style together with most of the key attributes of a small residential country estate.
The house is approached from the rear courtyard via a spacious Entrance Hall which opens to a galleried Reception Hall complete with a fine turning Oak staircase and from where there is direct access to much of the principal accommodation on this floor. The accommodation has been designed with entertaining very much in mind and the superb well proportioned and elegant Drawing Room and Dining Room bear witness to this whilst on a smaller scale is a comfortable panelled Sitting Room which opens to a magnificent south facing Conservatory from where one may enjoy unparalleled panoramic views over Helmsley, its Castle and the surrounding countryside. The western wing principally comprises a superb Billiard Room incorporating a most comfortable seating area and adjacent are a Bar, Inner Hall and Study. The domestic offices lie to the eastern side of the house and comprise a most comfortable Dining Kitchen complete with Corian worksurfaces and Gaggenau and Miele appliances whilst adjacent are a Utility Room with built in EuroCave temperature controlled 100 bottle wine cabinet, Cloakroom, Boot Room and adjoining Rear Conservatory.
The first floor accommodation is approached via a splendid Galleried Landing and arranged to the eastern elevation is the Master Bedroom which is of generous proportions and unusually, has two separate ensuite bathrooms and a Dressing Room and to where direct access may also be gained via a passenger lift. There are four further double bedrooms (three ensuite) and a House Bathroom whilst a further staircase leads up to a number of attic rooms with potential for use as further bedrooms as required.
Gardens and Grounds
Beckdale House is approached through an imposing stone entrance from where electrically operated double gates open to a sweeping tarmacadam driveway which skirts the perimeter of the parkland and from where a spur leads to the stable courtyard and Grooms Cottage. Further double gates open to an inner driveway leading directly to a good sized turning and parking area immediately adjacent to a substantial Garage Complex comprising two double garages and one single garage, each with electric up-and-over door and with two self-contained 2 bedroom flats and an Office above. There is also a Gymnasium, Swimming Pool Plant Room and Changing Room adjacent to a beautiful sheltered walled garden containing a heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub.
The gardens and grounds are a true delight and may best be approached from the Conservatory which opens to a deep stone flagged terrace bounded by a stone balustrade from where central steps lead down to a good level lawn to the south and west where there are also mature specimen trees. Adjacent to the swimming pool and located to the rear of the house is a quite superb formal pleasure garden comprising a lawn bounded by shaped borders with a Summer House whilst a Rose and Wisteria clad pergola and adjacent high clipped Beech hedges lead to an enclosed all-weather tennis court. To the east of the formal gardens is a small arboretum containing a number of specimen trees whilst beyond is a detached 2 bed Grooms Cottage which lies adjacent to the stable courtyard where there are six Looseboxes, Tack Room, Feed Store, Machinery Store and 5-bay Cart Shed. Adjacent is a dog kennel and run. To the rear is a delightful Kitchen Garden with 3 greenhouses. Sheltering the whole complex is a densely planted woodland area arranged to the western boundary.
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