The Old Vicarage
19 Gateforth Lane
The Old Vicarage is an impressive Grade II Listed Georgian house dating back to circa 1834 built of gault brick under a blue slate roof. The house was built by Theodosia Brooke Osbaldeston of Gateforth Hall for his niece who married the Rector. The property offers extensive family accommodation with well-proportioned rooms. A sympathetic renovation programme was carried out by the current owners retaining a wealth of original period features including ornate cornicing, architrave and moldings, sash windows with shutters, traditional panelled doors, high ceilings, wooden and stone flag floors and cast-iron radiators.
The impressive front door with stone columns, radial fanlight and open pediment leads to a reception hall with a stunning panelled arch. The elegant drawing room is a light and spacious room with triple aspect views of the garden and French doors open onto the terrace. There are a pair of marble fireplaces with granite hearths and chandeliers hang from the Georgian ceiling roses. The dining room, which faces south, provides the perfect setting for formal meals. An inner hall leads to the comfortable sitting room with large alcoves on either side of the Chesney Bath stone fireplace which is fitted with a wood burner.
The kitchen has a vaulted ceiling with original wooden beams and underfloor heating with a limestone floor supplied by Lapicida. It is fitted with bespoke Erin painted oak units with pewter door handles and granite worktops. There is a breakfast bar, Belfast sink and integrated dishwasher. Set under a mantle shelf is a professional Range Master cooker with a gas hob and electric double oven and grill. French doors open onto the dining terrace and from the inner hall, there is also potential to create a pantry. The orangery leads from the kitchen to provide a perfect sitting for informal dining and entertaining. Light floods into this room with French doors opening onto the sheltered terrace and walled courtyard.
There is also a study, two downstairs cloakrooms, utility room and a fitted lift from the ground floor to the first floor.
A sweeping staircase with a mahogany bannister and painted spindles leads past a magnificent arched Georgian window to a generous landing. The south facing master bedroom suite also has a dressing room with built-in wardrobes and a large wet room with under floor heating. There are three further double bedrooms and a large family bathroom with a roll top bath and separate shower.
The old Coach House and stables which adjoin the main house, are currently used for storage but offer scope and potential for conversion to provide further ancillary accommodation subject to the necessary planning permissions.
The Old Vicarage is approached through an electric wrought iron gate which leads to a sweeping in/out drive and ample parking. An electric wooden gate leads to the courtyard.
The established landscaped gardens which extend to over an acre are a major asset and feature of the property. The gardens are well maintained and enclosed by iron railings, walling and beech hedging to create complete privacy and seclusion and provide an oasis of tranquillity. Numerous York flag terraces are positioned to capture the morning, afternoon and evening sun with magnificent views across the property. Stone paths link manicured lawns and established borders with shaped topiary and shrubs. Splendid mature trees include Cedar, Dawn Redwood, Alyanthus (Tree of Heaven), Horse Chestnut, Beech, Holly, Yew, Magnolia, Laurel, Fig, Apple and Pear.
The property is located within easy commuting distance of the thriving cities of York and Leeds. There is a mainline station only 4 miles away at Selby which offers direct rail services to London Kings Cross, York, Leeds and Manchester. The A1 motorway is merely 5 miles away giving access to the motorway networks north and south. Regular domestic and international flights are available from Leeds Bradford and Doncaster Sheffield Airports and the property is situated near major bus routes.
Hambleton is a desirable and popular village with a real sense of a local community. Local amenities include a primary school, rated outstanding by Ofsted, nursery, pub, hotel, shop, garage, village hall and church. The village is surrounded by open fields with countryside walks and a local nature reserve.
The market town of Selby provides a wide range of shops, excellent restaurants, a cinema and extensive recreational facilities including football, golf, rugby and cricket. The town’s origins date from the establishment of a Viking settlement on the banks of the River Ouse and the Medieval Abbey is one of the largest parish churches in Britain.
There are excellent state and independent primary and secondary schools in the area including The Read School, Harrogate Ladies’ College, Queen Margaret’s, Queen Ethelbuga’s, Aysgarth Prep School, Ampleforth College and St Peter’s. The property is located within the catchment area for The Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield.