This house could be the an­swer to your prayers

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

Mass House, Eg­ton, near Whitby. £400,000. Smiths Gore, York, tel: 01904 756300, www.smiths­gore.co.uk WITH panoramic views across the ver­dant farm­land of the sur­round­ing dales to the dra­matic hills of Sleights Moor in the east and Glais­dale Moor in the west, this prop­erty has a prime site.

Its ori­gins stretch back to the 17th cen­tury and its name re­flects a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory.

The house is thought to have been used by Fa­ther Ni­cholas Post­gate to carry out se­cret Catholic Masses dur­ing the re­li­gious per­se­cu­tion of the 1660s and 1670s. Fa­ther Post­gate, com­monly seen as a good Sa­mar­i­tan to those of all faiths, was fa­mously ar­rested in 1679 for “ex­er­cis­ing his pri­estly func­tions” and was tried and ex­e­cuted in York.

The house was largely re­built in the early 20th cen­tury and a small, in­tact ora­tory was found views and a stone fire­place, and a din­ing room with sash win­dows and views across the gar­den.

The kitchen has painted cab­i­nets, an Aga and an LPG cen­tral heat­ing boiler. A sta­ble door leads through to the rear lobby and util­ity room. On the first floor, there is a full-depth land­ing with win­dows and views to Sleights Moor. There are three bed­rooms and a house bath­room. Out­side, there is a large lawned gar­den and a gated drive leads to the rear, which has a broad paved area and log/coal store. Be­yond this the gar­den is laid out as a low main­te­nance, grav­elled area en­closed by hedg­ing and ma­ture shrubs with stun­ning views to­wards Eskdale. The prop­erty also has a pretty range of tra­di­tional, stone and pantile out­build­ings plus agri­cul­tural build­ing use­ful for garag­ing and stor­age, plus a raised,stone ter­race and en­closed flagged court­yard.

Mass House in the pretty vi­lage of Eg­ton has glo­ri­ous views and an in­ter­est­ing his­tory.

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