The Laun­dry set to clean up as its en­chant­ing charms go on mar­ket

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - The Laun­dry, Hornby, Bedale

prop­erty on the mar­ket and bought the house 13 years ago.

“It was a jug­gle but it worked out and I’m so pleased,” she says.

The Laun­dry is a stone-built vil­lage house set within beau­ti­ful, ma­ture walled gar­dens.

It dates from the mid 19th Cen­tury when it was built as the laun­dry for Hornby Cas­tle, the prin­ci­pal seat of the Duke of Leeds.

The cas­tle es­tate was di­vided in the 1930s, and The Laun­dry was clev­erly con­verted to a pri­vate house, re­tain­ing the old beams from the orig­i­nal struc­ture and adding el­e­gant de­tail­ing such as cor­nic­ing and pe­riod-style win­dows.

Mrs Pearce has added her mark by cre­at­ing a large din­ing kitchen and a down­stairs bed­room and bath­room.

The ac­com­mo­da­tion now com­prises a spacious re­cep­tion hall with ac­cess off to the draw­ing room with a good-sized sitting room be­yond. Fur­ther doors from the hall lead to the break­fast kitchen, pantry, laun­dry, cloak­room and din­ing room be­yond.

The bed­room ac­com­mo­da­tion is split into two sec­tions. The main stair­case from the en­trance hall leads to the mas­ter bed­room with dress­ing room and en-suite.

In the south­ern wing of the house is a ground floor bed­room and bath­room and on the first floor there are three ad­di­tional bed­rooms and a house bath­room.

Out­side, the prop­erty is ap­proached via dou­ble wrought iron gates lead­ing to a grav­elled drive and a range of stone out­build­ings. The walled gar­dens have a wide herba­ceous bor­der, veg­etable plot, man­i­cured lawns, a rose gar­den and a parterre.

The gar­den has been a great source of great plea­sure for Mrs Pearce, who has de­voted a lot of time to it since she re­tired three years ago as Reg­is­trar at a girls school in Lon­don.

“It’s won­der­ful. It faces south west and is won­der­ful for keep­ing dogs and grand­chil­dren safe.”

She is sell­ing to down­size and adds: “I’ve loved liv­ing here and if I wasn’t down­siz­ing I would stay here for the rest of my life.”

The prop­erty is sit­u­ated within the heart of the pic­turesque vil­lage of Hornby, ad­ja­cent to the church and bor­der­ing the grounds of the cas­tle. The A1 is four miles away.

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