On the market: what could be the best house in North Yorkshire

The Old Rectory, Oswaldkirk
The Old Rectory, Oswaldkirk
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The Old Rectory, Oswaldkirk

Price: £3.95m

When Peter Lucas bought The Old Rectory in 2007 it was advertised as “the best house in north Yorkshire”.

The house has a Smallbone kitchen

The house has a Smallbone kitchen

In area where there are many beautiful houses, that’s difficult to prove but this property could well hold the title.

It has all the ingredients for the perfect country home. The grade II listed Georgian house sits in a private spot on the south-facing bank of the Hambleton Hills, overlooking the Coxwold-Gilling gap.

While it retains its period features, it has been modernised to suit 21st century lifestyles and no expense has been spared.

For the Lucas family it was love at first sight. They had barely stepped over the threshold when Peter offered the asking price.

The cosy and elegant drawing room

The cosy and elegant drawing room

“My wife wanted the house and she made that clear so there was no negotiating.

“The previous owner had renovated it to an amazing standard and it’s rare to find that in an old country property,” says Peter, former chairman of menswear specialist, the Baird Group and founder of country sports wear specialist, Twelve Bore Clothing.

As there was nothing to do to the house, Peter focussed his attention on the gardens, grounds and the 29 acres of land.

The stables and barns have been renovated and a shoot bothy created. The latter has a kitchen, sitting and dining area, a bar, floor-to-ceiling windows and a flagged terrace for outside entertaining. It could also be converted into living accommodation.

The formal dining room

The formal dining room

The rectory has an entrance hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, study with en-suite WC, a breakfast kitchen with Smallbone cabinets and an Aga, a utility room and kitchen, a cloakroom and cellars.

A period staircase leads to a large master suite with bathroom and dressing room, six further bedrooms, two en-suites, a house bathroom and a shower room,.

Outside, there are landscaped gardens, a triple garage, a single garage, gym, workshop, barn, stables and the shoot bothy.

Peter is moving to downsize but intends to stay in the area. Although it is a rural idyll, it takes him just an hour and five minutes to drive to Leeds and it is 15 minutes to Thirsk, which has a rail link to London.

“I’ll miss the rectory. It’s very light and very homely and it’s a great party house but now it really needs a family to enjoy it,” he says.

For further details contact, Strutt and Parker, Harrogate, tel: 01423 561274, struttandparker.com

Oswaldkirk is a pretty village that straddles the border of the North York Moors National Park and the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a public house and two churches and is close to Ampleforth..