I love York and I love gorgeous Georgian houses, which is why I have fallen head over heels with this amazing property. It sits inside the city walls and has heavenly views of the Minster.
The estate agent, Blenkin and Co., deal in Yorkshire’s best homes and they’ve seem them all from mansions to magnificent penthouses. So when they say this is “arguably York’s finest townhouse in the heart of the city”, I for one have no argument. I just wish I had the £1.65m needed to buy this lovely home.
For those who are better funded and for others, like me, who love to dream, here is a bit about it and a peek inside. For more details visit www.blenkinandco.com
Tim Blenkin says: “Originally built in 1763 and listed Grade II*, the house was clearly constructed for an owner of note, for it stands as the tallest of the houses in the row and was obviously created to make a lasting impression. More recently it has been the subject of a comprehensive programme of modernisation and extension under the watchful eye of Simon Mitchell of York and is living proof that a glorious old house can be transformed by a modern interior.”
The garden living room is a sensitive extension, while this dining room, above, is 18th century with a great mix of period and contemporary style. Original features include the decorative coving, windows and high ceilings.
On the first floor, the elegant drawing room has a 13ft ceiling height and three twelve-paned sash windows looking towards York Minster…and look at those chandeliers!
The kitchen has a central island unit with twin sinks, a Siemens cooker, gas hob and four-oven black Aga, which equals serious kit for those who love to bake.
Clever architectural features like the large light well in the garden room mean the extension is full of natural light. I’m sure the owners will be taking it with them but I also love the piano.
Well hello! What a lovely welcome this hall offers and the colour creates flow through to the rest of the house.
The top floor offers what could well be York’s finest view of the Minster. The magnificent western and central towers rise up above a terracotta and slate roofscape and the rose window and south transept roof are clearly visible.
Outside there is a terrace and a 70ft long, south east facing walled garden with vegetable beds and fruit trees. I can definitely see myself wafting down the lawn with basket in hand. There’s also an annexe down there, which would be a handy place to put my teenagers.
So, all in all, very impressive and congratulations to the owners who have done a wonderful job in preserving a piece of York’s architectural history and adding some beautiful 21st century touches. They’ve done it with great style while making it look homely rather than “show homey”.
The spec: Entrance and staircase halls, dining room, kitchen, small butler’s pantry, garden living room
Office, gym/playroom, laundry, wine cellar and cloakroom. Magnificent first floor drawing room, principal bedroom suite with bathroom, guest suite with shower room, further bedroom suite with shower room.
Two third floor bedrooms with sitting area and bathroom. Detached annexe with reception room, bedroom and bathroom. Substantial double garage and south facing rear garden.