Bishops House

Borrage Lane, Ripon
Guide Price £965,000

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a substantial period family home set in private riverside gardens within walking distance to the centre of the historic cathedral city of Ripon.

Bishops House is believed to date back to the early 19th century with later additions during the Victorian period. During the 1800s it was home to the eminent Williamson family, reputed to be the owners of the oldest established ‘Varnish House’ in the United Kingdom.

The property was subsequently known as Canons Lodge and was home to successive residentiary Canons of Ripon Cathedral until its sale in the 1980s. This impressive Georgian residence is traditionally constructed of red brick elevations with sash windows under a pitched slate tiled roof.

Bishops House combines a wealth of original features with architect
influenced contemporary styling, arranged over two floors and
benefitting from beautifully presented and elegantly proportioned light filled accommodation.

The current owners have undertaken a significant programme of remodelling and modernisation works. The improvements have been sensitively carried out with meticulous attention to detail, retaining much of the home’s grandeur yet with stylish additions to offer flexible and impressive family living spaces.

The striking reception hall provides a fitting entrance with stunning
black and white tiled chequer board flooring, decorative plaster
mouldings and deep skirting boards, leading to the original turned
staircase rising to the first floor.

The principal reception rooms are arranged directly off the reception hall. Both the dining room and drawing room have fine proportions and wonderful south facing views over the gardens. Of particular note is the lovely triple aspect drawing room with period fireplace, fitted glazed bookcase, ornate ceiling rose and picture rail.

The formal dining room is a perfect place to entertain, with lovely square bay windows, period fire surround and original arched display cabinet. Completing the trio of reception rooms is a comfortable, less formal sitting room/snug.

The spacious dining kitchen is the hub of the home and has been
extensively fitted with hand painted shaker style fitted furniture, with
polished granite work surfaces housing a full range of high-quality
integrated appliances including double oven, microwave, gas hob and
dishwasher. The dining area enjoys lovely views from the tall sash
windows overlooking the terrace and gardens. Adjacent to the kitchen
is an inner hall which accesses a fully fitted utility room/laundry and walk in pantry.

The ground floor accommodation has been enhanced by a newly created boot room with limestone flooring, walk in storage and boiler room. There is also a recently updated ground floor cloakroom.

First Floor
The elegant staircase leads to a half landing with feature arch window and onto a light and spacious landing giving access to the generous bedroom accommodation. The beautiful principal bedroom has a range of bespoke fitted furniture and beautifully appointed en suite bathroom with freestanding bath, separate shower, marble tiling and underfloor heating.

There are two elegantly proportioned guest bedrooms with fitted furniture and vanity wash hand basins together with three further double bedrooms, a separate wc and a fabulous house bathroom with contemporary fixtures and fittings, feature marble tiling and underfloor heating.


The property is approached via a private drive with ample parking for several vehicles, leading to the double garage. The principal entrance to the property is via a pedestrian door adorned with climbing roses giving access to a flagstone pathway which in turn leads to a sheltered courtyard garden with additional access to the property via the recently created boot room.

The current owners have created a wonderful entertainment area within the upper walled gardens featuring stone flagged terraces, raised decking with dining area and hot tub, sheltered seating area and
a summer house with fitted kitchen and wc. This is currently used as a gym but could be easily reconfigured to use as a home office or party room.

These beautifully landscaped gardens are enclosed by formal planted borders inside brick walling. Steps lead to the lower garden which has been mainly laid to lawn interspersed with mature shrubs and specimen trees, creating a magical and tranquil space bordering the river Skell. Privacy can therefore be appreciated while still being part of a community, with easy access to glorious walks and cycle paths
directly from the doorstep.

This beautiful house is beholden to its enchanting riverside spot. Its setting is completely private behind high brick walling and bordered by a wonderful array of mature trees and plants including a magnificent wisteria adorning the house.

The property occupies a discreet location situated within the highly prized residential area of Borrage Lane, a no through road. It is within an easy walk to the centre of the unspoilt cathedral city of Ripon, which balances a rich cultural heritage with exciting contemporary living.

With its imposing cathedral, fascinating museums and bustling market square, there is plenty to enjoy. A short distance in any direction you'll discover a wealth of first-class visitor attractions providing a perfect base to explore the magnificent expanse of North Yorkshire
countryside. Rivers, reservoirs and pastures, woodlands, ancient monuments and breath-taking moorland are right on the doorstep.
Ripon offers easy access to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors with many National Trust attractions including Studley Royal Deer Park and Fountains Abbey World Heritage Site on its doorstep.

The town itself boasts a weekly market, a wide variety of shops and supermarkets – including Booths and newly launched Marks and Spencer – together with many public houses and restaurants, plus a leisure centre, swimming pool, racecourse, golf club, sports clubs and the renowned Ripon Grammar School.

There is an excellent range of schooling for all ages within close proximity both in the public and private sector. The spa town of Harrogate, historic city of York and cosmopolitan city of Leeds are all within daily commuting distance.

There are mainline railway stations at Northallerton, Thirsk and Harrogate with direct rail services to London King’s Cross and Edinburgh. Regular domestic and international flights are available from Leeds Bradford Airport.


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