JUST because Whixley is today a quintessential English village doesn't mean it's homes are all chocolate box houses with roses around the door. Not by any stretch of the imagination!

A case in point is The Wheelhouse, a stunning family home created by the current owners in 2012 to offer a blend of contemporary light and spacious living accommodation with characterful features which make sure it stands out from the crowd.

The most obvious of these is a magnificent handcrafted curved oak and glass staircase which can't fail to catch your eye the minute you enter the reception hall, itself a beautiful room with floor to ceiling glazing and solid oak flooring.

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Wheelhouse, whixley - BM

To the right of the reception hall are a formal dining room with a couple of steps down to a comfortable sitting room with log-burning stove.

To the left of the hall is the remainder of the ground floor accommodation, at the heart of which lies a large open-plan living kitchen with an extensive range of painted cabinetry, Corian-style work surfaces, a full range of integrated appliances and a central breakfast bar for informal family meals, plus an informal seating area.

Double doors open from the kitchen into the breathtaking garden room with solid oak flooring and a vaulted ceiling featuring the rustic charm of exposed oak roof trusses. A sense of continuity with nature is enhanced by the garden room's wrap-around glazing that bathes the space in natural light and allows seamless connection with the outdoors, facilitated by bi-fold doors. It's a room tailor-made for entertaining both friends and family in.

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Wheelhouse, whixley - BM

Adjacent to the kitchen is a utility room, cloakroom and a separate boot room with direct access to the terrace and gardens.

The north wing of the ground floor is home to an spacious self-contained suite with bespoke oak workstation and adjoining sunken den. Thanks to separate access from the courtyard, this is perfect for use as a home office (as is currently the case) and adjoining cinema room or could be easily transformed into an annexe for an independent family member.

Upstairs are a grand galleried landing graced by a sweeping fan-shaped window that floods the space with an abundance of natural light.

Off of this lie the family bathroom, two generously proportioned double bedrooms, a guest bedroom with exposed beams and a beautifully appointed en-suite shower room, and the master suite. A luxurious space, this comprises a spacious dual aspect bedroom with exposed oak beams, a walk-through dressing room and an en-suite shower room.

Both the bathroom and en-suites blend modern design and luxurious amenities, and are a testament to the thoughtful approach taken throughout the house, where every detail has been curated for both aesthetic appeal and everyday functionality.

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Wheelhouse, whixley - BM

The Wheelhouse is approached via electronic gates which open to a large courtyard with parking for up to eight vehicles.

The property has an array of versatile outbuildings – including a sizeable double garage with ample space for a supplementary workshop area, a gym/office and a charming potting shed as well as a summerhouse – plus impeccably maintained gardens with a vast range of herbaceous and shrub borders, flowering plants, lawned areas and a large paved patio. All-in-all the gardens and grounds extend to approximately 0.75 acres.

The Wheelhouse also benefits from an EV charging point.

The ancient village of Whixley – today a onservation village – lies on Rudgate, the old Roman road along which the Roman ‘Hispania’ Legion would have marched to nearby Isurium (Aldborough). Its location seven miles south of Boroughbridge and ten miles west of York make commuting throughout the region much easier for modern travellers thanks to easy access to the A1(M) and A59.

The Wheelhouse is on the market at a guide price of £1.5m.

For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Buchanan Mitchell on 01423-360055.