A stunning 18th-century house in the centre of York has sold for nearly £3million after 'unprecedented' levels of interest.
Almery Garth has been described by agents Blenkin & Co as the best city centre property they've ever marketed.
After the Queen Anne house, which dates back to 1720, went online with a guide price of £2.95million, the vendor's website was inundated with visitors keen to view photos of the Grade II-listed residence.
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A number of viewings were arranged and the house is now under offer within two weeks of going on the market.
Previous owners of the townhouse include an antique bookseller with a business in the city and a member of the prominent Rowntree Mackintosh family.
The Sunday Times had commissioned a feature on the property before a sale was agreed.
Almery Garth lies within grounds belonging to the almonry of St Mary's Abbey - the abbey ruins are still standing in Museum Gardens.
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It has a large walled garden that offers privacy and seclusion despite being just a short distance from some of the busiest streets in York.
There are also original features including two magnificent bowed windows, working panelled window shutters, ornate plasterwork, fluted door cases, a graceful early 19th-century staircase and period fireplaces on all floors.
There's even a self-contained flat above the garages.
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Blenkin & Co confirmed that the property enjoyed 'unprecedented' levels of interest from potential buyers. Edward Hartshorne said:
“This is probably the best city centre townhouse I’ve had the privilege of marketing. It is a glorious building, perfectly discreet, almost entirely unseen and protected from the hustle and bustle of the York, yet just a five-minute stroll across the Museum Gardens to the city centre.
"It is a complete one-off, without rival or precedent.”