Grand country living with a host of equestrian extras plus cottages
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.”