York manor house is a rac­ing cert to at­tract buy­ers from far and wide

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Mid­dlethorpe Manor, Mid­dlethorpe, York. Price: £4m. Contact: DHP Croft, tel: 01904 238 222, www.dh­pcroft. co.uk

MID­DLETHORPE Manor is one of York’s finest homes and thanks to a no ex­pense spared makeover, es­tate agent Toby Cock­croft is ex­pect­ing in­ter­est from across the UK and be­yond.

“York is now a highly de­sir­able place to live,” he says. “It is only two hours from Lon­don by train and it is close to neigh­bour­ing Leeds. The A1 link road has cut jour­ney times be­tween the two cities and more peo­ple are choos­ing to work in Leeds but live here.

“Sig­nif­i­cantly, al­though it is a his­toric city with a pop­u­la­tion of nearly 200,000, there are re­mark­ably few big­ger houses. Many of them are now schools or of­fices.”

The grade two listed prop­erty once be­longed to Sir Frances Terry, of the fa­mous York con­fec­tionery fam­ily, and dates from the 1600s, though the bulk of it was cre­ated in the early 18th cen­tury, en­dow­ing it with fine Ge­or­gian fea­tures.

The pres­ti­gious house is the home of prop­erty de­vel­oper Steve Davis, the manag­ing di­rec­tor of Grantside, which owns the for­mer Terry’s choco­late fac­tory that is now also up for sale.

He and his wife his wife Emily bought Mid­dlethorpe Manor in 2001.

“We wanted a fam­ily home and this house was in a great po­si­tion and it had a lovely feel. It’s a big place but it still feels homely,” she says.

The cou­ple, who have two chil­dren, have put their own stamp on the prop­erty, fit­ting a Small­bone kitchen and an Aga, rewiring and cre­at­ing a mag­nif­i­cent mas­ter bed­room suite by turn­ing what was a nurs­ery into two dress­ing rooms.

All the rooms have been re­dec­o­rated with the help of York-based in­te­rior de­sign­ers Plaskitt and Plaskitt.

The prop­erty, which is close to lux­ury ho­tel Mid­dlethorpe Hall and the race­course, boasts lots of orig­i­nal fea­tures in­clud­ing an oak pan­elled hall­way. On the ground floor, there is a re­cep­tion hall, draw­ing room, morn­ing room, din­ing room, bil­liard room, bar, liv­ing kitchen, play­room, util­ity room and two cloak­rooms. The first floor has a gal­leried land­ing, mas­ter suite with in­di­vid­ual dress­ing rooms and bath­rooms, a guest suite, four fur­ther bed­rooms and two house bath­rooms. There is also a self-con­tained apart­ment with two bed­rooms, a bath­room, sit­ting room and kitchen. The leisure wing has an in­door swim­ming pool, plunge pool, chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties, shower room and cloak­room. The grounds in­clude a tennis court, lawns, walled gar­den, fruit and veg­etable gar­dens, or­chard and wood­land plus out­build­ings and a sta­ble block. A for­mer boat house and derelict barn of­fer po­ten­tial sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion.

The cou­ple are sell­ing to re­lo­cate and Emily says: “It’s a lovely fam­ily house and a fab­u­lous place for en­ter­tain­ing. We’ve had some great Christ­mases here.”

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