Fit for a Duke and Duchess: the best house on the Bolton Abbey es­tate

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Beam­s­ley Hall, Beam­s­ley, Bolton Abbey es­tate Rent: £6,500 per month Con­tact: Dacre, Son and Hartley, tel: 01943 600655,

THE Duke and Duchess of Devon­shire may now be en­sconced in op­u­lent grandeur at Chatsworth House but their pre­vi­ous home on the Bolton Abbey es­tate will al­ways hold a spe­cial place in their hearts.

They lived at Beam­s­ley Hall for 25 years and their chil­dren grew up at the prop­erty, which is up for let for the first time in decades. Ev­i­dence of its aris­to­cratic in­hab­i­tants is to be found on the edge of the master bed­room door, where the heights and names of their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren have been marked in Biro. It is also em­bla­zoned on the hall and stairs car­pet, which fea­tures a coiled ser­pent, part of the Cavendish em­blem.

“They loved this place, of course,” says Ben Heyes, who man­ages the fam­ily’s Bolton Abbey es­tate. “They brought their chil­dren up here and so there are a lot of great mem­o­ries tied up in it.”

The Duke, Pere­grine “Stoker” Cavendish, and the Duchess, Amanda Cavendish, moved to the hall in 1981 when he was still a Mar­quess. The for­mer an­nexe to Bolton Pri­ory was ex­tended in the early 1800s and has been part of the fam­ily prop­erty port­fo­lio for 268 years.

They mod­ernised be­fore they moved in and the work in­cluded the addition of more bath­rooms, many of which are hid­den be­hind se­cret doors in the bed­rooms, though there is a bath on dis­play un­der one bed­room win­dow, which makes the most of the prop­erty’s pri­vacy and its breath tak­ing views to­wards Ilk­ley Moor. They also in­stalled win­dows in the south wall, added garages, a bil­liard room and a stunning new con­ser­va­tory.

The Duchess, well-known for her in­te­rior de­sign skills, com­mis­sioned a mod­ern be­spoke kitchen and stylish drapes that sit against walls painted in fash­ion­able neu­tral colours. The prop­erty boasts an en­trance hall, re­cep­tion hall, draw­ing room, din­ing room, li­brary, a bar, con­ser­va­tory, liv­ing kitchen and play­room and a base­ment hous­ing stores, a wine cel­lar and laun­dry room. Up­stairs, there are nine bed­rooms, most with en­suite bath­rooms.

Out­side, the Duke’s love of gar­dens is ev­i­dent. He trans­formed three acres into for­mal, kitchen, or­chard and ar­bore­tum. The grounds also in­clude an of­fice suite, barn, sta­bles and tack room with a snooker room above. The prop­erty comes with 9.3 acres and is ideal for some­one who en­joys coun­try pur­suits and en­ter­tain­ing on a grand scale.

There is a gun cabi­net, ken­nels, a boot room, flower room and a felt lined cup­board for the sil­ver­ware, The kitchen also sports two dish­wash­ers, a dou­ble Aga and a walk-in fridge freezer com­plete with panic but­ton in case you get locked in.

Jo Speight, of Dacre, Son and Hartley, says: “It’s a beau­ti­ful house with amaz­ing views and it’s in­cred­i­bly pri­vate.”

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