Hunt­ing for a grand coun­try home with strik­ing looks?

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Ake­ton Close, Fol­li­foot, near Har­ro­gate. Price: £2.65m Con­tact: Myrings tel: 01423 566400, www.myringses­tate agents.com THIS mag­nif­i­cent coun­try house boasts gothic good looks both in­side and out and Richard and Rachel Weather­head found it im­pos­si­ble not to sur­ren­der to its charms.

They bought the prop­erty six years ago af­ter be­ing se­duced by its lo­ca­tion, ar­chi­tec­tural in­ter­est and its eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties.

“We in­stantly fell in love with it. Within two min­utes of walk­ing through the door we knew we wanted it.

“It’s got so much char­ac­ter and al­though it is ru­ral, it’s close to Har­ro­gate, Wetherby and Leeds,” says Richard, a com­mer­cial prop­erty in­vestor.

The castel­lated house was built in the late 19th cen­tury and is grade two listed boast­ing a wealth of pe­riod fea­tures in­clud­ing mul­lioned win­dows, pan­elling and orig­i­nal fire­places.

It has a vestibule with floor mounted cast iron radiators, cloak­room, vaulted main gal­leried hall­way with par­quet floor­ing and an arched open stone fire­place, a draw­ing room with in­glenook fire­place and Min­ster open fire, din­ing room with ceil­ing cor­nice, dado rails and pil­lared re­cessed fire­place and a snug.

The hand-built liv­ing kitchen has an Aga plus a pantry and a sep­a­rate laun­dry room.

There are also lower floor cel­lars.

The first floor has a Min­strel’s gallery, mas­ter bed­room with fit­ted wardrobes and en-suite bath­room, a walk in wet room, a guest bed­room with en-suite and a house bath­room. On the sec­ond floor, there is a dress­ing room, bed­room five and eaves stor­age, which could pro­vide a sep­a­rate teenager suite.

Out­side there are gar­dens, a triple de­tached garage, ad­join­ing gar­den store and first floor of­fice that could used as a staff an­nexe.

A land­scaped Ja­panese wa­ter gar­den, cre­ated by the Weather­heads, has a sunken hot tub fac­ing east to make the most of panoramic views across open coun­try­side.

There is also a large green house and sta­ble block with the orig­i­nal clock tower, in­cor­po­rat- ing sta­bles, tack room, sick bay, WC and hay barn, lead­ing to a post and rail fenced me­nage and pad­docks.

The house was once the home of for­mer York­shire Post chair­man Sir Ken­neth Parkin­son and his wife Dorothy Lane Fox, who were keen on coun­try pur­suits. They hosted the lo­cal hunt and the Weather­heads have re­vived that tra­di­tion.

“We both love rid­ing, which is one of the rea­sons we bought the house in the first place. It’s also why we are sell­ing,” says Richard.

“My wife has taken up event­ing and al­though we have five sta­bles here, we need some­thing much big­ger now so we are mov­ing to an­other prop­erty with larger eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties.

“We will miss this house and we are very sad to go, but I’m afraid the horses have taken over.”

GRAND DE­SIGN: Ake­ton Close at Fol­li­foot, near Har­ro­gate.

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