Park House

Masham, Ripon
Guide Price £1,300,000

A rare opportunity to acquire this beautiful, historic Grade II listed Townhouse. Dating back in parts to the 16th century with later additions, traditionally constructed of local mellow stone with a stone tiled roof and Georgian sash windows. The property is set in delightful private gardens and grounds located in a discreet position just off the market square in the bustling and sought after market town of Masham.

History
The present Park House stands on the site of The Old Hall owned by the de Wauton family dating back to the 13th century. It was named in the deeds of 1604 as being sold with Paddock Sykes or Paradise to Mrs Danby. The Old Hall changed hands twice before being sold to Abstrupus Danby in 1713. By 1740 its fortunes had changed and had been converted into a barn and farmed by Widow Robinson for 13 shillings per annum. The Coach House was added in 1819. The property remained in the possession of Danby/Swinton until the Swinton estate was sold to Samuel Cunliffe-Lister in 1879. At this time the property was named Park House.
Description
The property has been subject to a programme of improvement and remodelling throughout the ownership of the current vendors, carried out by respected local craftsmen and now provides elegant and comfortable accommodation. A wealth of period features abound, including oak and parquet flooring, panelled doors, original restored fireplaces, sash windows with working shutters, decorative picture rails, dado rails and cornicing. The property enjoys a mainly southerly aspect surrounded by its own gardens and grounds. Great attention to detail is evident, internally and externally showcasing fine period features. The internal accommodation is set out over two floors incorporating beautifully proportioned reception rooms, including a light and spacious drawing room with period fireplace, morning room with maple flooring, exposed oak beams and stone fireplace with gas stove and dining room with marble surround, log burner and full height windows overlooking the gardens, perfect for formal entertaining. All accessed from the stunning reception hall with feature fireplace, exposed oak beams, oak flooring and bespoke oak staircase leading to a delightful landing, The ground floor also boasts an impressive breakfast kitchen with an extensive range of fitted cabinets by Smallbone of Devizes, Corian work surfaces, Aga and a selection of integrated appliances, central island and parquet flooring. This lovely space is flooded with natural light from the full height windows and glazed door giving direct access to a stone flagged terrace and Parterre garden beyond. The large fully fitted utility room / boot room and storage are beyond the kitchen.

The beautifully crafted oak staircase with half landing and feature window leads to the first floor accommodation including a comfortable sitting room with vaulted ceiling, feature stone walls and gas stove. The bedroom accommodation includes an elegant master suite with bespoke fully fitted dressing room and luxurious en suite bathroom, self contained guest bedroom suite with vaulted ceiling, study, three further double bedrooms and house shower room. There is a further staircase which leads to a second floor with generous eaves storage.
Gardens and Grounds

Park House is approached over a herringbone paved carriage drive via the stone pillared entrance with electric wrought iron gates and decorative arch revealing a stunning picture of a very pretty house. A particular highlight of this wonderful family home is the beautifully planted landscaped gardens and grounds set within a framework of stone walls, mixed clipped hedging and specimen trees.
Flanked by herbaceous and shrub borders the gardens have been carefully planted to give interest throughout the seasons including peonies, aconites, snowdrops, daffodils, tulips, lily of the valley, acanthus, autumn anemone and hellebores.
There is a productive walled kitchen garden with orchard, rose beds and soft fruit cages, rockery with pond and stream. The pretty Parterre garden is a delight with clipped box hedging filled with lavender and germander interspersed with stone flagged pathways, central pond and pleached hornbeam hedge and can be accessed directly from the breakfast kitchen.
Throughout the grounds are a number of useful outbuildings including various garden stores, greenhouse, implement stores and potting shed. To the rear of the property is a further vehicular entrance with extensive garaging and paved courtyard for numerous vehicles.
Situation

The historic and picturesque market town of Masham has so much to offer, perched on the banks of the river Ure. Located in the rolling countryside of Lower Wensleydale, it provides a perfect base to explore the magnificent expanse of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors. Rivers, reservoirs and pastures, woodlands, ancient monuments and breathtaking moorland are right on the doorstep.

This idyllic market town enjoys a thriving and dynamic community steeped in interesting history with much of its population living and working locally.
As well as agriculture and tourism, the town enjoys, several successful manufacturing businesses – two feed mills and two internationally renowned breweries, namely Theakstons and Black Sheep. The thriving and friendly community is centred around the historic Georgian market place surrounded by beautiful Georgian architecture. The town offers a wide selection of amenities and facilities including, two butchers, bakery, a grocer and green grocer, a delicatessen, a fine wine shop, newsagent, chemist, supermarket, petrol station and bustling twice weekly market. The town also offers an outstanding primary school and two churches.
There are no less than five galleries, gift shops, sweet shops, clothes and outdoor shops and hair and beauty salons. You’ll find excellent food and drink too – from great cafes to traditional fish & chips, from pub grub to fine dining.
Road and Rail Connections
Mainline rail connections can be found at Thirsk, Northallerton and York with direct access to London Kings Cross. For those commuting, Masham is within easy reach of the A1(M) motorway networks with links to the regional business and commercial centres.

Schools
The area is well known for the quality of state and independent schooling for all ages including Masham C of E primary school, rated outstanding, Queen Mary’s Cundall Manor, Richmond, Bedale High School, Ripon Grammar and Aysgarth.

Sporting, Leisure and Recreational Facilities
For those interested in country pursuits the general area provides excellent riding, fishing and walking within the local countryside. Masham itself offers a beautiful 9 hole parkland golf course, a successful cricket club, children’s’ recreation park, active Town Hall offering a wide range of activities and the nearby award winning Swinton estate boasting a fabulous hotel, country club and spa.
Directions: From junction 50 A1 (M), take the A6055 north. At the roundabout signposted Masham/Thirsk turn left onto the B6267 towards Masham continue for approx. 7 miles. At the T junction turn right and proceed over the bridge, take the left fork up the hill, where the road bears right, pass shops on the right, turn immediately right where you will find the entrance to Park House.


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