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7 bedroom house for sale in Sim Balk Lane, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23

Guide price £1,350,000

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  • Garden
  • Tennis Court
  • Detached
  • House
  • Freehold
  • Private Parking
  • Triple Garage
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Constructed of attractive mellow brick elevations under a pantile roof, with raised brick quoins and a first floor cill band, Greenfield dates from 1929 when it was built for the then retiring Rector of Healaugh to a classic design by the renowned Brierley Leckenby Partnership. Walter Brierley (the so-called “Yorkshire Lutyens”) had himself died three years earlier in 1926 but by then had established an unrivalled reputation for having developed a practice which designed some of the most notable residences of the day in and around the city. The property was subsequently sold in 1952 and has remained in the same family ever since with the result that this is the first time in well over 60 years that Greenfield has come to the open market. Indeed, it is easy to see why such longevity of ownership of the property has prevailed in view of the fact that Greenfield is quite the most superb family house with all the facilities that such a property should possess in order to accommodate an owner’s changing requirements over a great number of years. In addition, it is eminently suited to entertaining on all scales with its spacious Entrance Hall, elegant principal reception rooms and extensive grounds which include a hard tennis court.

Greenfield lies on the very north western edge of Bishopthorpe, itself a highly regarded village on the southern edge of York where there is a wide range of local facilities to include a variety of shops, public houses, doctor’s surgery, dentist’s surgery, a library, sports club, Church and a well regarded primary school. Notably, Bishopthorpe also lies on a bus route. The village lies within the catchment area for Fulford Secondary and Tadcaster Grammar schools and is also readily accessible to a number of independent schools in the city as well as to Queen Margaret’s School for girls at nearby Escrick Park.

The property is also well situated for quick and easy access to the city centre and all of the facilities that lie therein to include the main line station from where there are regular services to London (King’s Cross) with trains running about every half an hour. Of particular interest is the fact that the renowned York Racecourse lies only a short distance away at the well known public open space of The Knavesmire. In addition, Bishopthorpe itself is home to Bishopthorpe Palace, the residence of the Archbishop of York.

The entrance to Greenfield is marked by wrought iron double gates which open to a gravelled turning sweep and parking area immediately to the front of the house and from where there is direct access to the ample garaging. The perimeter is marked by a high leylandii hedge affording a deal of privacy from the road and adjoining which is a deep shaped border containing a variety of plants and shrubs to include ceanothus, dogwood, hazel, rhododendron, cotoneaster, cherry and lonicera. To the front of the house are fatsia, viburnum and a magnificent magnolia.

A lobby opens to a spacious Entrance Hall from where access may be gained to all of the principal accommodation on this floor. Arranged to the rear of the house is an impressive Dining Room with dado rail, moulded plasterwork cornice, several sympathetically positioned wall light points and a fine fireplace with wooden overmantle and from where twin windows overlook the wonderful gardens. Adjacent is a most stylish Drawing Room which is of elegant proportions and boasts an attractive slate fireplace with timber overmantle and from a wide rear bay with concealed radiators is a most pleasing open aspect over the gardens whilst a door opens to a conveniently located Study with built in bookcases and a stone fireplace housing a gas fire. An adjacent garden lobby gives access to a magnificent Conservatory with ceramic tiled floor, radiators and a concealed door to a useful store room whilst French doors open to a stone flagged western sun terrace which in turn gives access to the tennis court. The remaining ground floor accommodation lies to the southern end of the house and comprises a Kitchen with polished granite worksurfaces to two elevations incorporating a double drainer stainless steel sink unit with decorative wall tiling behind. There are pine wall cupboards, a 5-ring NEFF hob and adjacent NEFF oven and a combination microwave oven. To the rear elevation is a convenient Breakfast Area whilst adjacent is a comfortable Family Room with gas fire and from where a garden door opens to the rear terrace. Close by are a large utility area, store rooms and WC.

To the first floor is a spacious Galleried Landing approached from the Entrance Hall via a turning staircase with oak handrail and shaped balusters with a dado rail rising in parallel whilst a deep window to the half landing provides natural light to the centre of the house. Arranged to the southern end of the house is the master bedroom suite comprising a large double Bedroom with ensuite Dressing Room leading to a Shower and separate WC. There are two further principal bedrooms arranged to either side of twin house bathrooms whilst a fourth bedroom has an ensuite Shower Room. Completing the picture are three further bedrooms to the north western corner which have been created through the subdivision of a larger room and which, it is submitted, could be amalgamated once more into a larger single bedroom if required.

The quite superb gardens and grounds lie almost entirely to the west of the house and are quite possibly the signature feature of the property. They are extensive and well established and have been imaginatively planted with a wide variety of trees, plants and shrubs and add considerably to the setting and amenity of the house. Extending along the full length of the house is a wide stone flagged path which widens into two sun terraces adjoining the Family Room and Conservatory respectively. They adjoin the large principal lawn which at its far end gives way to a secondary area of lawn which is interspersed with a variety of specimen trees and shrubs to include oak, silver birch, rhododendron and cedar whilst beyond is a productive fruit garden containing a number of raspberry and blackberry canes. To the northern side of the garden, a pathway leads past an ornamental garden dominated by heathers but also containing rhododendron, cherry, clipped box and a variety of bulbs which provide a riot of colour in the Spring. Here there is a discreet south facing stone flagged sun terrace forming a most pleasant and secluded summer seating and al fresco dining area whilst to the far end of this garden is a small timber built Summer House. A short distance away and adjoining the tennis court is a small spinney of predominantly beech but also containing a number of acers and a magnificent specimen London Plane.

Strictly by appointment through the sole agents, Messrs Humberts York office, telephone (01904) 611828.

Approaching Bishopthorpe from the north on Sim Balk Lane, Greenfield is the very first property on the right hand side.

Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage. There is gas fired central heating.

The property is held Freehold.

i) Parts of the property are subject to certain restrictive covenants.
ii) Part of the property is subject to an Overage Clause/Development Clawback arrangement in the event that further development of the land should take place.
iii) A small area of land at the south eastern corner of the grounds is subject to a Right of Pre-emption in favour of two adjoining properties.

Details of the above matters are available upon request.


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