Orchard House with guest cottage has charm to be apple of your eye
OCCUPYING a prominent position in the heart of this pretty rural village halfway between Kirkbymoorside and Pickering, Orchard House is thought to date to the late 1700s and its grand old age was a big selling point for owner Sophia Clarke.
“I love old properties and this one had a lot of character. It’s very quirky,” she says.
Sophia and her husband, who bought the grade two listed house in 2010, have added even more by pulling down false celings to expose the original beams and adding period fireplaces.
They also refurbished the house and its self-contained cottage, which has been used as an income generating holiday let.
The house now has a reception hall with original fireplace and timber panelled wall, a sitting room with dual aspect, a garden room with study, kitchen with painted units and Aga and a utility room.
The first floor houses two double bedrooms, both with en-suite bathroom, plus a guest bedroom with en-suite. A secondary staircase leads up to the principal bedroom suite on the second floor, which has storage, a vaulted ceiling and a bathroom as well as extensive eaves storage.
The detached cottage, which has four-star status, is to the rear of the main house and has a dining room with wood burning stove, galley kitchen, sitting room and house bathroom.
Stairs from the dining room lead up to the first floor and a double bedroom. To the rear of the cottage is a small, enclosed private terrace.
One of the major features of Orchard House is the landscaped garden, which has been arranged into a number of defined areas, including a formal topiary and rose garden, vegetable garden, orchard and expansive, tree studded lawn with a large pond.
At the end of the garden a gate leads on to the banks of the River Seven, where the property has single bank fishing rights.
The 1.1 acre grounds are enclosed with dog proof fencing to all boundaries.
To the rear of the property is a terrace and lawned area with an original well, enclosed by a beech hedge,
Mr and Mrs Clarke are selling the house reluctantly to relocate.
She says: “We have moved around a lot with my husband’s job and I thought this would be the final destination but it isn’t to be. He has a contract to work abroad again and that is why we are selling.
“I love the house and the village, which is so pretty, and I will miss it when we go but we have to move on.
Marton is a village in the Vale of Pickering, about four miles from Kirkbymoorside and five miles from Pickering.
The village has a highly regarded public house, The Appletree, while the neighbouring towns offer a comprehensive range of convenience stores, independent shops, butchers and banks.