Ge­or­gian green house fit for a princess

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Rudby Hall, Hut­ton Rudby, near Stokesley. Price: £3.5m. Con­tact: Strutt and Parker, Har­ro­gate: 01423 561274 or Carter Jonas: 01423 523423. THIS beau­ti­ful Grade II listed coun­try house looks fit for a princess, and Wil­liam IV cer­tainly thought so too.

It was built for his il­le­git­i­mate daugh­ter, Amelia Fitzclarence, and her hus­band, Lu­cius Cary, 10th Vis­count Falk­land.

Amelia was Wil­liam IV’s child by his long-stand­ing mistress, the ac­tress, Dorothea Jor­dan, and the Sailor King made sure she was well looked af­ter.

Her hus­band was made Lord of the Belcham­ber, Baron Huns­don of Skut­terskelfe and later be­came Gover­nor of Nova Sco­tia and then Bom­bay.

The house, com­pleted in the 1830s by ar­chi­tect An­thony Salvin, was tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced for its time and be­came one of the first green houses in the coun­try. The river Leven, which it over­looks, was di­verted and brought closer to the house, al­low­ing the orig­i­nal own­ers to har­ness their own hy­dro­elec­tric power.

It also had an un­der­ground ice house buried deep in the gar­den.

By the turn of the 20th cen­tury, the Rudby Hall es­tate had passed into the hands of Sir Robert Rop­ner, ship­ping baron and an MP for Stock­ton.

The 10-bed­room house was used as an of­fi­cers’ bar­racks dur­ing the Sec­ond World War be­fore the es­tate was bro­ken up and sold off as in­di­vid­ual free­holds.

The house was sep­a­rated into seven flats and was fall­ing into dere­lic­tion when help ar­rived in the form of spe­cialty chem­i­cal com­pany MTM which bought the apart­ments and con­verted them back into a sin­gle prop­erty.

The firm re­stored the house to an ex­tremely high stan­dard, re­new­ing al­most ev­ery­thing in­side, from the heat­ing and elec­tric­ity sys­tems, ef­fec­tively turn­ing it into a new Ge­or­gian house.

Martin John­son and his busi­ness part­ner, Peter Broom, bought it eight years ago with the in­ten­tion of buy­ing back old es­tate prop­er­ties to cre­ate a profitable con­cern.

Now the Court­yard House, The Gar­den House, The Cot­tage and Gar­den Apart­ment, which are in­cluded in the sale, pro­vide an ex­cel­lent rental in­come.

The house, whose ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures in­clude a three-bay porch with Tus­can col­umns, Ro­coco plas­ter­work, mar­ble fire­places, pan­elled dado rails and a carved oak book­case, also has 10-acre grounds, with a heli­copter land­ing space.

Rudby Hall has been home to Martin’s fam­ily since his com­pany, Python Prop­er­ties, bought it.

He says: “It is a beau­ti­ful house in a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion and the idea be­hind buy­ing the ad­di­tional prop­er­ties was to cre­ate an in­come for the prop­erty for years to come.

“We have re­ally en­joyed liv­ing there but my chil­dren are at the lo­cal school and we have de­cided to move closer to the vil­lage.”

MOD CONS: Rudby Hall had its own hy­dro­elec­tric power sup­ply by di­vert­ing the river Leven, and an un­der­ground ice house.

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