Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Manor houses with "issues" - Cumbria and Yorkshire

Two big, blousey, faded rural beauties for you today. One rather more 'faded' than the other.
Banks Foot House, above and below, is in a gorgeous location, close to Hadrian's Wall and about three miles from Brampton, Cumbria.
It's a semi - which I'd normally avoid - and a comparatively pricey semi, but I completely adore it. I think it's the bohemian, arty, music-y, tumbly-ness of the rooms. Have a look:

The house is Grade II listed and this is the first time it's been up for sale since it was built in the 1750s.
Downstairs is a handsome hall, two reception rooms, dining room, large kitchen, utility and two large cellars. Upstairs are four bedrooms and the bathroom on the first floor, and two large attic rooms above.

There are side and rear gardens and parking space (the neighbouring property is converted from Banks Foot's former outbuildings) and stunning views over the River Irthing valley.
The property clearly needs renovating and modernising, however you'll also need to add your own oil storage and septic tank (currently shared with neighbours) if you want to heat the house or flush the loo. I did say these were manor houses with "issues".
On the market through Hayward Tod with a guide price of £329k. Details here and here.
Utilities complexities aside, Banks Foot House is renovation walk in the park compared to Halsteads, at Thornton-in-Lonsdale, North Yorkshire:

Two buildings - the main house and a separate cottage, both Grade II listed, plus stables, gardens and private woodlands (about five acres of land), and a Grade II listed walled garden. Stunning.
But then it all goes a bit Jekyll and Hyde.
Reception room in three bed cottage:

Reception rooms in main house:

Kitchen in cottage:

Kitchen (and bedroom...) in main house:

Cottage exterior:

Main house exterior:

See what I mean? Split personality or what!
The earliest part of the main house dates from the 1600s and was added to and extended, particularly by the Foxcroft family in the 18th century.
The main house has been empty for some time (clearly) but the cottage is ready to move in.
It's on the market through Fisher Hopper by private tender at offers over £650k. Details here and brochure here.