Rectory offers reassurance of historic substance
Upstairs, there are five first-floor bedrooms with three bathrooms and office, three second-floor bedrooms with bathroom and shower room, attic and stores.
There is an attached twobedroom cottage with living room, kitchen and bathroom.
Interest is high thanks to the location and its previous use.
“Rectories are very desirable and it’s not because they are scarce,” says Tim Blenkin.
“There is probably one in every village with a church. And therein lies the key: the Church of England, in its heyday, had bags of money and the pick of the plots. Often the incumbent was a man of considerable substance himself. Remember that it was traditional for the second son of the “big house” or estate to take holy orders, viz Edmund Bertram in Jane Austen’s 1814 novel Mansfield Park. He would be able to afford to build the biggest and best.”
The Old Rectory, Bolton Percy, may have incorporated an earlier building when the present imposing house was built.