Grand coun­try liv­ing with a host of eques­trian ex­tras plus cot­tages

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Lang­dale Hall es­tate Mel­sonby, near Rich­mond

owned by John and Karen Pratt, is set in 76 acres, which in­cludes the Stan­wick Hall reser­voir, a haven for wildlife.

The cou­ple, both lawyers, bought the es­tate 16 years ago and have ren­o­vated the house com­pletely and have built a sym­pa­thetic ex­ten­sion for a 14-me­tre indoor swim­ming pool with mood light­ing, jacuzzi, sauna and wet­room. The pool is heated from a ground source heat pump.

A 70-me­tre Amdega con­ser­va­tory to the south­ern as­pect of the house now of­fers a won­der­ful space for en­ter­tain­ing and gives beau­ti­ful views over the gar­dens and grounds.

Mr and Mrs Pratt have also put in an up­hill sum­mer and all-weather gal­lops and a wellplanned cross-coun­try course in­clud­ing a wa­ter jump, used for lo­cal events and com­pe­ti­tions. There is a set of five loose boxes and a num­ber of pad­docks. The grounds have been up­graded and the for­mal lawns lead over a bridge into a wood­land gar­den. There is a kitchen gar­den and a ten­nis court.

In more re­cent years, the Pratts have con­verted for­mer barns and sta­bles into three four-bed­room cot­tages. The Lang­dale Court devel­op­ment in­cludes West View, North View and South View, which are let. West View and North View in­clude sta­ble ranges and pad­dock land. The three prop­er­ties bring in a rental in­come of £50,000 a year.

The house be­gan life as a farm­house in 1850 and was ex­tended in 1927, be­fore un­der­go­ing its lat­est makeover.

Toby Milbank, han­dling the sale as the new part­ner in Strutt & Parker’s Har­ro­gate of­fice, says: “Lang­dale Hall is a jewel in the York­shire crown which has been beau­ti­fully re­fur­bished and ex­tended by the cur­rent own­ers.”

Mr and Mrs Pratt are sell­ing to down­size and move closer to Dar­ling­ton.

Mr Pratt says: “Our chil­dren are at an age where we are act­ing as a taxi ser­vice to and from Dar­ling­ton and so we are look­ing for some­thing closer and also some­thing smaller.

“We will be sad to leave. It’s been a fan­tas­tic fam­ily home and I’d re­ally like it to go to an­other fam­ily. We’ve done a lot of work, but there is still po­ten­tial in the pig­geries, which could be con­verted to hol­i­day cot­tages.”

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