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231 acres, Forcett, Richmond, DL11, North Yorkshire
Under Offer - Guide Price £4,000,000


  • Forcett Hall was originally an Elizabethan house
  • Retain a wealth of original architectural features
  • Overlooking a delightful parkland and lake
  • Enjoying some far reaching views
  • Fascinating architectural and archaeological features
  • Some magnificent specimen trees

This fine Grade I Listed house benefits from a very secluded and enclosed position within stone Estate walls and overlooking the delightful parkland and lake.

Location

Set in the heart of the beautiful, rolling North Yorkshire countryside, The Forcett Hall Estate is very well located for easy access to the regional and national road network being approximately 6 miles north west of Scotch Corner at the junction of the A1(M) and the A66 trans Pennine route.

The business and commercial centres of Durham, Tyneside, Wearside, Teesside and North Yorkshire are within comfortable daily commuting distance and there is access to the main East Coast rail line at Darlington. There are international airports at Newcastle (53 miles), Leeds/ Bradford (57 miles) and Durham Tees-Valley (17 miles).

The market towns of Richmond, Darlington and Barnard Castle are all within a half hour drive and offer a broad range of schools, shops, supermarkets, social and professional services.

The house lies close to the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks and the area is very well served with numerous recreational and cultural facilities and attractions.

The nearest Primary school is at Eppleby village (2 miles) and there are good secondary schools at Richmond. There are well known private schools locally, including Barnard Castle School, Yarm School, Teesside High, Aysgarth, Ampleforth College and Durham School.

Description

The Hall requires some restoration and updating but will create a stunning family residence of the very highest quality. The house is arranged over 4 floors, including a basement, with the ground and first floors currently providing the basis of the domestic accommodation. The principal rooms all benefit from the fine position, are very well proportioned and appointed and retain a wealth of original architectural features.

Of particular note are the fireplaces and the decorative plasterwork to ceilings, friezes and cornices, and the main oak staircase. There is a self-contained 3 bedroom first floor apartment within the east wing of the house.

The Hall is approached via a the East Gateway, comprising a fine archway with 4 Roman Doric columns with a central pediment beneath 5 Urn finials and flanked by a pair of Lodge houses and through wooded parkland to the imposing north elevation of the Hall. There is a further North Gateway, currently unused. The Stables To the east of the house stands a Grade II* Listed Stables and Carriage House surrounding a courtyard, offering very extensive garaging, storage, workshops and stabling.

Gardens and Land Forcett Hall sits in a mature parkland setting complemented by some magnificent specimen trees including Oak, Beech, Lime and Cedar of Lebanon and bisected, to the north, by driveways to the house and stables.

Formal terraced gardens lie to the south of the house above a restored ha-ha separating the gardens from the more open parkland to the south. The grounds are full of interest and include 119 acres, or thereabouts, of pasture and meadow land known as Front Park and High Park and divided by the 17 acre lake, together with some fascinating architectural and archaeological features including Iron Age earth works, The Mount, thought to have been created from spoil when the lake was constructed, Grotto and an outstanding Ice House.

In addition there are significant blocks of mature woodland surrounding the Estate and in particular an important block of timber on the southern boundary known as Scot Buts. The woodland amounts to 78 acres or thereabouts. All standing timber is included in the sale. Unusually for such a large area, there are no public rights of access, footpaths or bridleways affecting any part of the Estate which is surrounded by a stone wall.

North Lodge Grade II* Listed single storey residence comprising hall, sitting room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom.

South Lodge Grade II* Listed single storey residence comprising sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility/side entrance, 2 bedrooms, bathroom.

Gardener's Cottage and the Walled Garden There is a walled garden and adjoining field including a glass house and a listed Sundial and Dovecote, together with a stone built cottage including a hall; sitting room kitchen, office, 2 bedrooms, prep room and larder along with 3 store houses. The gardens extend to 4 acres or thereabouts. The land is registered as organic and is currently let on a lease until May 2021.

Hall Bungalow A modern bungalow and gardens including entrance vestibule, hall sitting room, dining room, kitchen, rear entrance lobby with adjoining larder, WC and utility room; 3 bedrooms, bathroom.

Woodside Cottage A detached 2 storey house set in generous gardens with a single garage and including hall, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, WC, 3 bedrooms, bathroom.

Gardener's House A detached 2 storey house set in generous gardens and including hall, sitting room, kitchen, utility room, WC, 3 bedrooms, bathroom.

Farm Buildings and Yard A range of traditional and modern farm buildings surrounding an extensive yard and including a former dairy and parlour, stables/loose boxes with granary over, six bay stock shed with central feed passage, 3 bay lean to, loose house, 3 bay stock shed, 6 bay stock shed, earth bunded silage clamp.

PLANNING
The Forcett Hall Estate falls under the jurisdiction or Richmondshire District Council. Forcett Hall is Grade I Listed. The Stables, the East Gateway including North and South Lodges and the Grotto with Ice House are Grade II* Listed. The Walled Garden and Gardener's Cottage, the Dovecote and the Sundial, are Grade II Listed. Forcett Park is a Registered Historic Park including designated Ancient and Semi- Natural Broadleaf woodland. The Iron Age earthworks are designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The Lake is subject to the provisions of the Reservoirs Act 1975.

Square Footage: 12583 sq ft
Acreage: 231 Acres

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