The finest house in the vil­lage proves to be a real Croft orig­i­nal

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - The Ad­mi­ral’s House, Still­ing­ton, near York

“For­tu­nately, we had a call from a friend who had been in the hair­dressers in Eas­ing­wold and heard that the Ad­mi­ral’s House was com­ing onto the mar­ket.

“We came up, and even though we couldn’t see most of the gar­den for freez­ing fog, we felt at home in the house, which had such a won­der­ful friendly at­mos­phere even though it hadn’t been lived in for three years.”

Se­cur­ing it was a race against time, as they were in competition with an­other buyer, but within three weeks, it was theirs.

The Grade II listed house, which es­tate agent Tim Blenkin says is “the finest house in the vil­lage”, was in need of ren­o­va­tion 40 years ago but still re­tained fab­u­lous pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing elab­o­rate plas­ter­work, fire­places, carved door and win­dow re­veals and sash win­dows.

The main part of the prop­erty was built in 1730 with ad­di­tions at the end of the 18th cen­tury. It later be­longed to the Croft fam­ily, of port and sherry fame, who also owned Still­ing­ton Hall (de­mol­ished in the 1960s). One of the Croft sons, who be­came an ad­mi­ral, lived in the house for many years, rais­ing his 10 chil­dren there. The cel­lar is per­fect for keep­ing wine.

The house now has more than 5,500 sq feet of liv­ing space, which in­cludes en­trance and stair­case halls, sitting room, din­ing room, draw­ing room, kitchen, break­fast room, laun­dry, wc and a cel­lar.

On the first floor, it has mas­ter bed­room with bath­room and dress­ing room, guest bed­room with en-suite, three fur­ther bed­rooms, shower room and a play­room. On the sec­ond floor, there are at­tic rooms, an of­fice and stor­age. Out­side is a ter­race, car port and walled, south-fac­ing gar­den stretch­ing to a third of an acre. The Gar­retts ren­o­vated the house, though say some ar­eas are ready for an up­date.

“It needs some­one younger and energised to take it for­ward,” says John.

The gar­den is im­mac­u­late thanks to hours of main­te­nance. In the early days, John used to take a bed­room lamp on an ex­ten­sion lead into the gar­den so he could weed into the night.

John and Janet are build­ing a smaller house nearby.

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