Two of the big­gest and the best in North York­shire

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

1930s with much older ori­gins. The orig­i­nal Her­mitage fea­tures on a map of 1660 in York Min­ster Li­brary when the lake was known as the “York Min­ster Stew Pond”. Dur­ing the Mid­dle Ages, when the gates of York were closed, the Her­mitage was used as a rest­ing place for im­por­tant vis­i­tors head­ing to the coast. In the 1850s, Scots pines were planted to pro­vide cav­alry horses with shade when on ex­er­cise.

Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War it was used for con­va­lesc­ing of­fi­cers who would swim in the lake. The at­tic still boasts the re­mains of morse code aeri­als.

The stone used for the gar­den walls was taken from around Clif­ford’s Tower, when the great de­fen­sive walls were pulled down in the 1930s. The prin­ci­pal house has 6922 sq ft. of space and there is a four-bed­room farm­house with gar­den, three cot­tages, sta­bling, out­build­ings and farm build­ings.

The Old Rec­tory is in a stun­ning ru­ral po­si­tion. The Her­mitage is steeped in his­tory.

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