A £3.5m country estate in Helmsley is on the open market for the first time since it was built.
The property, which includes a stunning 1920s house and 18 acres, is the former home of the late Lord Feversham who lived there until he moved to Duncombe Park, the ancestral home which he restored.
Its owners John and Claire Holloway bought it in 1985 after putting two and two together and placing an offer before a “For Sale” sign went up.
“My wife read in the Malton Gazette that Lord Feversham was about to move back to Duncombe Park from what had been the estate’s land agent’s home and she realised it meant that this property might be sold.
“She knew Lady Feversham and called her. We went up, they showed us round and we agreed to buy it. It is a beautiful house but what really sold it to us was the view,” said Mr Holloway, who added: “We allowed Lord Feversham to stay on for a year and three months and six weeks before we took possession I got a job in London. We were going to put it back on the market at that point until an estate agent told us that if we wanted to come back to Yorkshire we’d never find anything like it again. He was right and we did come back.”
Built in 1926, Beckdale House had nine bedrooms and was in need of updating. Mrs Holloway helped plan the renovation and redesign project that created five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a garage block with living accommodation.
The main house has entrance and staircase halls, a cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, bar, sitting room, conservatory, kitchen, utility and boot room, study, second cloakroom, billiard room and a back conservatory. Upstairs, there is a master bedroom with dressing room and two bathrooms, four further bedrooms with three en-suite, family bathroom and a lift.
The garage block is for five cars. There is also an office, gymnasium, pool room and two apartments. The property also comes with a detached two-bedroom cottage, stable block, cart shed and dog pen. The grounds include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, all-weather tennis court, kitchen garden, formal gardens, woodland and railed paddocks. The house is just half a mile from the pretty market town of Helmsley and boasts sensational views over the town and far beyond.
Mr and Mrs Holloway are selling to downsize. He said: “It is too big for us now but we are very sad to be leaving it and we will miss it. We are hoping that a family with two or three children will buy it. It really is a paradise for children.”
For details contact Blenkin and Co., tel: 01904 671672, ww.blenkinandco.com