Langcliffe Hall, near Settle
This striking Jacobean property has been in the Dawson family since 1642 and boasts a list of illustrious visitors.
They include Sir Isaac Newton, who was friendly with William Dawson, a fellow mathematician. Newton is said to have gained inspiration for his theory of gravity in Langcliffe Hall’s orchard. Another notable guest was Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, who stayed during the abdication crisis in 1936. He was there courtesy of the present owner’s grandfather, Geoffrey Dawson, who was editor of The Times newspaper.
The grade II listed, ten-bedroom house has passed through various branches of the Dawson family and is now for sale for the first time ever. It looks set to excite a lot of interest thanks to its fabulous architecture and interiors, south-facing position and stunning views over the Yorkshire Dales.
Geoffrey Dawson used the ten-bedroom house as a holiday property but it is now a much-loved family home with sensational decor. The earliest part dates from 1602 with substantial additions in the 18th century and alterations in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The house is blessed with a wealth of period features and extends to almost 8,575 sq ft. It has four large reception rooms, a breakfast kitchen and additional ancillary rooms. The drawing room and music room are on the first floor, along with the principal bedroom, dressing room and bathroom, two additional bedrooms and a bathroom. On the second floor there are a further seven bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is also a self-contained, two-bedroom apartment in the north wing.
Outside, there are formal gardens. To the east is a 200 year-old walled vegetable garden with a bespoke fruit cage and a tennis court. Beyond, are further lawned areas, wildflower meadows, a pond and woodland. The extensive range of outbuildings includes a two-storey Georgian stable block, a variety of garden stores and a home office
The parkland grounds continue beyond the gardens up to the craggy limestone fell of Blua mountain. On the eastern edge of the estate, with separate access from the village, there is a detached barn which may have some form of development potential, subject to planning.
Owner Robert Bell is selling the property after over 30 years there. He says: “It has been the most wonderful family home but our children have grown-up and it is now time for us to move.”
*Langcliffe is a pretty village, near Settle, which has a train station with direct link to Leeds and the London train.
*Contact Carter Jonas, tel: 01423 523423, www.carterjonas.co.uk