Shel­tered spot by the Abbey is a haven for beau­ti­ful gar­dens

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Mow­bray House, By­land Abbey, Cox­wold. Guide price: £500,000– £550,000 with best and fi­nal of­fers to be sub­mit­ted by Septem­ber 24. Con­tact: Robin Jes­sop. Tel: 01677 425950, www.robin­jes­ NOT only is Mow­bray House in the most tran­quil and idyl­lic of lo­ca­tions, it ap­pears to have its own su­pe­rior mi­cro cli­mate.

When it’s cold and rainy down the road, it’s likely to be warm and dry in this lit­tle piece of North York­shire.

Anne Thack­ray, who moved to the house with her par­ents Ken and Joan Collinson in 1973, says: “I used to come home from work in Northaller­ton and com­plain that it had been rain­ing all day and my par­ents would say, ‘We haven’t had a drop’.

“It is shel­tered by woods and by the Ham­ble­ton Hills, which might have some­thing to do with it.”

The cli­mate cre­ates per­fect con­di­tions for a suc­cess­ful gar­den.

Bounded by Elfin Beck, the gar­dens cre­ated by the Collinsons stretch to an acre and in­clude a walled area suit­able for veg­eta­bles, a green­house, ma­ture shrubs and trees to­gether with flower bor­ders, as­para­gus beds, pear, plum and dam­son trees plus some rare old ap­ple trees, in­clud­ing a 100 year-old Green Bal­sam. The grounds also in­clude the stone foun­da­tions of guest houses be­long­ing to nearby By­land Abbey.

The house, which was built in 1725, was named af­ter Abbey founder Roger de Mow­bray, a 12th cen­tury war­rior who be­came a monk and Ab­bot.

The ex­ten­sive Vale of Mow­bray, in which the Abbey is sit­u­ated, had been given to the de Mow­bray fam­ily by Wil­liam the Con­queror in the pre­vi­ous cen­tury.

The land even­tu­ally passed to the Womb­well fam­ily of New­burgh Pri­ory and in 1908, the New­burgh Es­tate ex­tended Mow­bray House be­fore putting it on the mar­ket for the first time in 1973.

“That’s when my mother and fa­ther bought it. We lived in West York­shire but my fa­ther wanted some­where where he could com­mute be­tween Leeds and New­cas­tle.

“We’d al­ways came to this area for days out and used to drive past this house and ad­mire it. It was fate that one day we opened the York­shire Post and there it was for sale just as we wanted to move, ” says Anne, whose mother is now down­siz­ing, hence the sale of the prop­erty.

“There is a big emo­tional at­tach­ment to the house, so in a way it is a re­luc­tant sale. I lived here be­fore I mar­ried but I have al­ways vis­ited of­ten and my sons have very happy mem­o­ries of play­ing here and hav­ing games of hide and seek in the Abbey ru­ins.

“My par­ents were very happy here.”

The prop­erty was also used by clergy tak­ing the an­nual open air ser­vice at the Abbey.

“They would get robed and process across the gar­den and af­ter the ser­vice they would come back to my par­ents’ house for tea. We even had the Arch­bishop of York here one year,” says Anne.

The house, which now needs some mod­erni­sa­tion, has a re­cep­tion lobby, kitchen, liv­ing room, in­ner hall, sit­ting room, a rear hall and shower room and boot room.

There are four bed­rooms and a house bath­room on the first floor.

Out­side there is a garage, barn and sta­ble plus and a tim­ber work­shop ex­tend­ing to 40 square me­tres. This of­fers scope for de­mo­li­tion and re­place­ment with a de­tached an­nex/stu­dio, sub­ject to plan­ning con­sents.

“My mother is re­ally sad to leave and we’re all so sad to see it go,” says Anne Thack­ray.

“We hope it will go to a fam­ily or some­one who loves gar­den­ing and will carry on the won­der­ful work my par­ents did in the gar­den. Most of all we want some­one who loves it as much as we have.”

IDYL­LIC: Mow­bray House, by By­land Abbey in North York­shire has an acre of gar­dens bounded by a beck. It was built in 1725.

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