Forte Horne

Thornton Steward, Ripon
Guide Price £675,000

Looking out across the stunning valley of the Ure is the historic Grade II listed Forte Horne with an imposing castellated tower at its centre and single storey wings with Venetian windows. This magnificent folly was constructed in the early 19c by George Horn Esq. who responded to the threat of invasion by the French in the last decade of the 18th century and joined the Volunteer Militia. Under the command of Turner Straubenzee of nearby Spennithorne, a company of local men was mustered, and Horn was recommended to serve as a Lieutenant. Fears of an invasion were abated to a degree after a series of naval victories, and the Peace of Amiens of 1802 saw a temporary end to hostilities.
But war with the French resumed in 1803 and an invasion by Napoleon was considered a real threat. Aristocrats and the gentry again took the lead, and embodied local men into volunteer militia to support Britain’s army. Horn was promoted to Captain and took command of one of the 15 companies within the Loyal Dales Volunteers.
Forte Horne was constructed in this turbulent period as an armoury and store room for the corps of volunteers ‘during the troublous times of the French war’. No doubt the upper room would also have been an observation post, with watchers ready to raise the alarm if Napoleon’s army was spotted marching into Masham.
After hostilities ended in 1815 Forte Horne was converted into a dwelling. But with its martial name and bold crenellations, it continues to commemorate Horn’s patriotic gesture.

Forte Horne enjoys a prominent elevated position situated in the centre of this scenic North Yorkshire village with spectacular far reaching views over its sweeping lawns, village green and stunning open countryside beyond. Constructed of local stone under a stone slate roof, this family home boasts a wealth of period features including open fire and exposed oak beams. One enters the internal accommodation through the impressive stone flagged reception hall with exposed oak beams and leads to a lovely drawing room with period surround and open fire, bay window and door onto the terrace and garden, also accessible from the drawing room is a further cosy sitting room, inner hall, ground floor bedroom and adjacent bathroom (recent planning permission for this area has been granted to
create a separate annexe).
At the heart of this lovely family home is undoubtedly the light and spacious open plan dining kitchen with a range of fitted base and wall units, ‘Lacanche’ range, extensive work surfaces, timber flooring and exposed oak beams. Steps lead to a lovely dining area with views over the gardens. This is a lovely social space to entertain and spend time with friends and family.

A staircase from the main reception hall leads to the bedroom accommodation comprising a guest bedroom with exposed oak beams and windows with stunning views overlooking the gardens, further bedroom and house bathroom. A second staircase leads to a
landing and onto the principal bedroom suite with en suite shower room. Forte Horne is complemented by an adjacent self-contained single storey cottage comprising a sitting room, breakfast kitchen, two
bedrooms and house bathroom. This property is currently let out on a shorthold tenancy agreement providing a good rental income stream. Forte Horne Cottage would be equally suited for a dependant relative or a holiday let. The property is approached via a private cobbled and paved driveway with ample parking for several vehicles and garaging. The principal gardens and grounds lie to the front of the house and have been mainly laid to lawn and planted with shrub and flower borders together with a variety of specimen trees. These partially walled grounds afford stunning views across the pretty village streetscape and the vast open landscape of Jervaulx Moor.
The combination of a historic village house, secondary self-contained accommodation, lovely gardens and grounds in a first class village make for a very appealing property.

Thornton Steward is a small, picturesque village in Lower Wensleydale, set on the north bank of the river Ure, approximately 5 miles east of Leyburn and 6 miles west of Bedale and the A1(M). It lies just to the east of The Yorkshire Dales National Park and was designated a Conservation Area in 1995. Middleham, famous for its racing stables, is just 4 miles away and
Masham, home of Black Sheep and Theakstons beer is 6 miles to the south east.
The beautiful ruins of Jervaulx Abbey lie just across the river to the south. The village enjoys a rich history with its links to Jervaulx Abbey. The village church of St Oswalds, dating back to the 9th century, reputed to be the oldest church in Wensleydale.
The buildings and houses which flank the village green are mainly of traditional Yorkshire stone and date from medieval time to the current day and all in keeping with the style and character of the area. The village enjoys and varied and active community centred around the
village institute.
Within the immediate area are a good range of primary schools at Thornton Watlass and Spennithorne, with a further selection of secondary schools at Bedale, Leyburn and Ripon Grammar. Excellent public schools are also accessible at Aysgarth, Sedbergh and Barnard
Wensleydale is a beautiful valley set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales with majestic castles, huge waterfalls, picturesque villages and tempting restaurants are just some of its many attractions. Whether your idea of a fun day is a gentle stroll overlooking the water, a hike
onto the moors, a spot of angling, cycling or horse riding, the stunning countryside offers the best of the great outdoors.


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