IF YOUR heart is set a-fluttering and your thoughts quickly turns to how much you would enjoy living like Lord and Lady Grantham in your very own smaller version of Downtown Abbey before your mind kicks in with questions of just how much heating the property would cost, panic not. With Grimston Manor you'll get the best of both worlds!

That's because this elegant mansion house, which enjoys not only a wealth of generously-proportioned accommodation but also a beautiful parkland setting between York and Leeds, is more manageable than you might at first imagine.

Comprising the central portion of the original grand Victorian mansion that was the centrepiece of the Grimston Park estate, Grimston Manor is today a grade II* listed family home that encompasses the epitome of stylish living in some 5,500sq.ft of accommodation.

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Mentioned in Pevsner’s Yorkshire –The West Riding, the main building has 18th Century origins, but was significantly extended and altered in the mid-1800’s by Decimus Burton, initially for the second Lord Howden, then Lord Londesborough. Further works were carried out when the building was sub-divided into

separate dwellings in the late 20th Century.

The adjacent parkland and estate remains in the ownership of the Fielden family.

If first impressions count as much as Kirstie and Phil would have us believe, Grimston Manor would score a resounding ten for the sweeping gravelled driveway that passes between a pair of picturesque gate lodges to end at a magnificent porticoed entrance. What comes once the doors to the property open to reveal what lies within, will certainly not disappoint either!

Entry into Grimston Manor is via an imposing dining hall – currently used as a snooker room – that retains its original style and character.

Also on the ground floor are the grand hall with a wealth of features which include wonderful floor tiles and a superb wide return staircase; a cloakroom and the spacious drawing room which is, as you would expect from a building of this stature, beautifully presented with fine plasterwork and an original feature fireplace as its focal points, and benefitting from high ceilings and large windows which make the room light and airy.

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Given the current vogue for open-plan living, the adaptation of the original library to living space encompassing sitting, dining and kitchen areas together extending to some 55 feet in length, was way ahead of its time.

The sitting area has the original library shelving as the backdrop, with a central dining area and discreetly screened kitchen area. There is also a hidden

doorway to further storage and access to the basement area with utility space and a classic vaulted wine cellar with ample capacity to store a substantial collection.

There is a wonderful sense of grandeur as you sweep up the period staircase to a central landing that's home to a studio/private office plus laundry on the northern side and the master bedroom suite comprising a bedroom, dressing room and bathroom to the south.

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There are up to five further bedrooms and two bath/shower rooms (one en-suite), some with interconnecting doors which means there is the potential to create further bedroom suites subject to obtaining the appropriate consents.

Outside, the property faces south to the rear with sweeping lawns, lavender borders, and mature hedging which offers a high degree of privacy.

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The gardens – which extend to around half an acre in total – culminate with a large weeping willow on the boundary bordering open countryside.

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There is a further garden area on the eastern side that is also predominantly laid to lawn and again borders open countryside, plus a wonderful seating area in the covered colonnade which is accessed via double doors in the main living space. The is also a double garage and ample parking.

Grimston Manor, which is being offered for sale for the first time in more than 40 years, is on the market at a guide price of £1.75m.

For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact the Boroughbridge office of GSC Grays on 01423 590500.