Built in the mid to late 17th century, Jolby Manor was a handsome sandstone and ashlar manor house reflecting the style of its day through features including chamfered mullion windows with attractive rusticated quoins. It remains so today.

In the intervening years it has, of course, undergone much modernisation and has also been extended, including with an 18th century addition which created an impressive entrance vestibule and panelled reception hall.

The most recent improvement – undertaken in the 1980s – includes the creation of a secondary entrance, an extended kitchen, a laundry area, a superb orangery and a new first floor master bedroom suite and roof terrace.

The interior enjoyed a full, high-quality refurbishment at the same time, with hardwood floors and skirtings being installed in the main reception rooms, slate flooring laid in the kitchen, plus deep cornices, double glazed windows, oak and walnut panelling, Clive Christian kitchen and hand-built bedroom furniture, marble counter tops and work surfaces in the kitchen and underfloor heating all being added.

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The house that stands today offers buyers approximately 4,700sq.ft of beautifully presented and spacious accommodation, with the type of well-proportioned rooms you would expect in a significant manor house.

Briefly, the accommodation includes a ground floor reception and stair hall, WC and shower room, a further cloakroom, the formal drawing room with a feature fireplace, small sitting room, dining room, butler’s pantry, laundry, kitchen/breakfast room with a large central island unit, a range cooker set into a chimney breast alcove and exposed wood ceiling beams.

Then there's the extensive orangery with a feature fireplace, vast expanse of windows which allow light to flood in and offer views over the gardens and two doors which link it to the outdoor space.

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Upstairs are the family bathroom, the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a secondary bedroom suite with an en-suite shower room and three further bedrooms.

The former coach house and outbuildings are a significant and versatile part of the property, having been partially converted to create a games room, snooker room, a suite of modern offices and shower room, as well as garaging for three cars, a flower/utility room, tractor shed, gardening and potting stores, oil store and plenty of covered storage.

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The buildings also offer considerable scope to be utilised for a number of uses including annex accommodation, subject to obtaining the necessary consents.

While the accommodation is no doubt the main attraction at Jolby Manor, its gardens and grounds by no means play second fiddle.

Extending to about 3.35 acres (1.35 ha) in all, this very private plot has only one near neighbour it is otherwise surrounded by attractive rolling countryside south of the river Tees.

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The beautiful mature gardens are laid mainly to lawn framed with mature specimen trees and deep borders. They are home to a wildlife pond a golf hole and two terraces – an east-facing breakfast terrace and a wide south-facing terrace and a ‘sundowner’ balcony from the office suite to the coach house.

The creation of a small pony paddock within the grounds – if the new owners so wished – is easily achievable without detracting from the setting of the more immediate gardens.

Jolby Manor has 15 solar PV panels generating electricity used at the property, with the surplus going into the grid to generate income from the Feed-in-Tariff.

Jolby Manor is situated in Stapleton, around two miles west of Croft-on-Tees and within five miles of Middleton Tyas and the A1 at Scotch Corner. It is on the market at a guide price of £1.95m.

For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact the Richmond office of GSC Grays on 01748 829217.