Look to the East House if you fancy lording it like the landed gentry
council that they use the village green in exchange for allowing us some extra parking opposite the school. The council cuts the grass and we maintain the trees,” says Mr Burke, who describes the property as a classic “ Pride and Prejudice house”.
The couple, who moved to Yorkshire from Kent for work reasons, were on the brink of buying another home in the area when their hearts were stolen by East House.
“We were about to sign the contract on another property and had even measured up for curtains when details for this came through the post. We felt we had to look at it and that was it. We bought it.”
The Burkes have maintained and updated their home over the years installing new kitchens and bathrooms and refurbishing the tennis court and gardens.
The seven-bedroom, grade two listed house dates from about 1735 and is said to have home to the local squire.
Two wings were added in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It possesses a wealth of period detail including original moulded architraves, sash windows, panelled doors, moulded cornices, open fireplaces, panelled walls and a Sun Insurance fire mark.
Reception rooms include a formal drawing room, a dining room, a cosy sitting room, a library and a further formal room which is ideally suited for largescale entertaining.
The dining kitchen, which includes an Aga, offers wonderful views over the gardens. There is a one bedroom annexe with a separate kitchen and sitting room.
Ouside there are formal gardens to the front and a walled garden to the rear.
Outbuildings include a boiler room or workshop, oil store, two original game larders, gardener’s shed, double garage, dog kennel and a further building which is suitable for residential conversion subject to the necessary planning consents.
Mr and Mrs Burke are selling to downsize now their children have grown-up and moved to the south of England.
They will be leaving behind a Bible box which bears an inscription from the Cust family, who owned the house in 1735.
COUNTRY LIFE: East House has modern comforts and an ancient title.