Ok, we’ve reworked that memorable opening line to Pride and Prejudice, but that’s because we can imagine Elizabeth Bennet at the door of this house, waiting for Colin Firth as Darcy to appear on a black steed (in a white shirt, open at the chest.. of course!)
The property, in the pretty market town of Stokesley, has a host of Georgian features, including sash windows with shutters. Inside, there is decorative coving, period fireplaces and some gorgeous 21st century touches.
Its historic good looks have earned it a grade two listing from English Heritage, while its centre of town location and impressive makeover have earned it a £1.9m price tag.
The Manor House has an interesting history and it stretches right back to Norman times. It was also used as a military hospital during the First World War and a billet for serving army officers in the Second World War.
In 1947, the property was bought by entrepreneur William Thomas Alderson, who relished the renovation project. In the early 1950s, he sold it to the local council and it was later converted into a library and magistrates court.
It came on the market in 2004 and has since been transformed into a sensational 6,500 sq ft family home.
On the ground floor, there is a reception hall with grand staircase and a marble floor with underfloor heating. There’s a dining room with window seats (where we see Elizabeth B. gazing wistfully out into the garden), a kitchen/family room and a second staircase to the first floor. There’s also a music/games room and cloakroom.
On the first floor, there is a large drawing room, a butler’s kitchen, study, library, a bedroom and en-suite and a guest wing with its own sitting room, bedroom and en-suite.
The second floor is home to a master bedroom suite, three double bedrooms and a house bathroom.
Outside, there is a walled rear garden, a study, library, a cloakroom and a butler’s pantry. There’s also a bedroom guest wing with sitting room, bedroom and en-suite.
For more details on this house and other property in North Yorkshire contact Knight Frank, Harrogate, tel: 01423 530088 or GSC Grays, tel: 01642 710742