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