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