Re­gency gem is brought back to life thanks to a stun­ning ren­o­va­tion

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Gate­forth Hall, near Selby. Price: £1.5m. Con­tact: DHP Croft, 01904 238222, www. dh­

WHEN Lisa and Paul Stringer bought Gate­forth Hall ten years ago, they did it with busi­ness in mind.

Paul has an ar­chi­tec­tural and engineering prac­tice and could see that the prop­erty would make a great apart­ment de­vel­op­ment.

He didn’t count on fall­ing in love with the house.

“We didn’t feel able to split it up into flats and the more we saw, the more we could see it would make a fan­tas­tic fam­ily home for us. We were liv­ing near Wake­field at the time and were look­ing to move to the coun­try­side,” says Lisa.

The grade two star listed prop­erty had suf­fered the ef­fects of its for­mer use as a ho­tel and night­club. Rooms had been knocked to­gether to cre­ate the restau­rant and there was a large, cater­ing kitchen.

“We were lucky enough to get our hands on the orig­i­nal plans from 1812 and so we that’s what we worked from. Our aim was to put it back to how it was all those years ago,” says Lisa.

It took them 18 months to turn the com­mer­cial prop­erty back into a home and no ex­pense has been spared on the stun­ning in­te­rior, which has dec­o­ra­tive plas­ter­work, orig­i­nal fire­places and tim­ber work.

The hall was built for Humphrey Brook Os­balde­ston as a shoot­ing lodge for his sur­round­ing es­tate. It is built in a clas­sic Re­gency style with a bowed, semi cir­cu­lar en­trance por­tico sur­rounded by gi­ant ionic col­umns and is con­structed of lo­cal gault brick with stone dress­ings.

The house is ac­cessed via a sweep­ing, tree-lined drive and all the re­cep­tion rooms have high ceil­ings and sash win­dows, which give views across open coun­try­side. One of the main fea­tures of the prop­erty is the stair­case hall and gal­leried land­ing on the first floor, which leads to a large mas­ter bed­room suite, five other en -suite bed­rooms and two fur­ther bed­rooms.

On the ground floor, there is a re­cep­tion hall, din­ing room, draw­ing room, bil­liard room, study, break­fast kitchen, sit­ting room, util­ity room and cloak­room. The lower ground floor has a range of cel­lars and stor­age rooms.

Out­side, there is am­ple park­ing and turn­ing space, along with a four car garage block. The gar­dens are laid to lawn which bor­der open coun­try­side and amount to ap­prox­i­mately 1.3 acres in all.

Gate­forth Hall apart­ment is avail­able as a sep­a­rate lot. It has an open plan sit­ting room and kitchen, mas­ter bed­room with en-suite, fur­ther bed­room, shower room, store room and laun­dry room.

Out­side, there is a court­yard gar­den and garage.

“We will be sad to leave the house,” says Lisa, who is down­siz­ing. “We’ll miss the won­der­ful views and the fact it so peace­ful.”

Gate­forth Hall forms part of a small ham­let just out­side the vil­lage of Gate­forth, which is close to Selby.

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