IF YOU'RE in the market for a family home that reflects a more refined and elegant time gone by without being, in any way, old fashioned, Thimbleby House could be just the grand old dame you're looking for.

Extensively and sympathetically renovated throughout by the current owners, it now offers over 5,500sq.ft of immaculately presented accommodation that simply oozes style and sophistication.

The fact that it sits in stunning gardens, in the heart of a village and in the shadow of a historic church, only adds further to its appeal.

Thimbleby House comprises the perfect mix of formal and informal areas on the ground floor, making it ideal for both entertaining and everyday family life. Briefly, the accommodation comprises an impressive central reception hall which provides access to the principal reception rooms: a dual aspect drawing room overlooking the formal gardens with ornate ceiling and cornice detail and a feature open grate fireplace; the sitting room with a bay window to the front and inset living flame gas fire creating a focal point within the room; a study with oak flooring and gas wood-burning effect stove, and a cosy snug.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Thimbleby House, Hampsthwaite - Hopkinsons/North Res

Also on the ground floor are two cloakrooms, a rear hall perfect for day-to-day access to the house from the driveway and parking area, a utility room, walk-in larder, useful butler’s pantry and a boot room.

A particular feature of the spacious and well-planned ground floor is the large open-plan dining kitchen with bespoke hand-painted cabinetry, quartz work surfaces, a large central island in a contrasting colour with a solid walnut top and a gas-fired AGA. The kitchen flows seamlessly into an adjoining seating and dining area with three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors out to a paved terrace with the delightful gardens beyond.

On the first floor are the spacious master suite made up of a large double bedroom overlooking the gardens with a stylish en-suite bathroom with a roll top bath placed in the bay window, a separate WC and fitted wardrobes; a luxurious family bathroom and five further double bedrooms, two of which have en-suite shower rooms.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Thimbleby House, Hampsthwaite - Hopkinsons/North Res

There is also a large cellar and a spacious partially-boarded and insulted loft space, both of which are ideal storage areas.

Approached through timber electric gates which open to a generous parking and turning area in front of the detached garage, Thimbleby House sits in grounds which extend to approximately 0.8 acres, are sheltered by mature trees and are mainly walled with sweeping lawns, terraced seating areas and a productive vegetable garden cleverly screened from the house.

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Thimbleby House is situated in the traditional heart of Hampsthwaite, close to the village's historic church, in an enviable setting in Lower Nidderdale some five miles from Harrogate.

It is on the market at £2.495m.

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact joint agents Hopkinsons on 01423 501201 or North Residential on 01423 530088.