Look to the East House if you fancy lord­ing it like the landed gen­try

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - The East House, Great Smeaton, near Northaller­ton

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.

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