Priory House represents the most superb country residence that we have had the pleasure to bring to the market in recent years. Set close to the village church and with superb, generous sized gardens and views, this fine example of a Georgian Country home was constructed around 1840. Set in circa 1.67 acres, including a kitchen garden and tennis court, this magnificent family home offers five spacious bedrooms, all with superb views, three reception rooms, including an impressive and generous sized drawing room, dining room and snug, all with delightful views through the Georgian windows onto the superbly presented gardens. Situated in an idyllic and slightly elevated location over looking the village of Bracewell and being handy for commuting to the business centres of Manchester and Leeds, with airports serving both of these cities. Skipton town is just a ten minute drive with direct trains to Leeds and has an abundance of shops and leisure facilities. The property offers in brief; an impressive reception hall which is open to the large dining room with snug/study off, large farmhouse style dining-kitchen with AGA, pantry, cloakroom, utility room, cellars and a magnificent drawing room. To the first floor there are five double bedrooms and three bathrooms. Outside there is a detached double garage and off street parking to the front of the property and having grassed access leading to the rear of the property and the main gardens. With scope to provide more garaging and parking which in turn leads to the tennis court and kitchen gardens. A superb property and setting in every way, offering a well maintained and spacious family home set in a tranquil yet convenient location.
Bracewell is a small village and civil parish within the Borough of Pendle in Lancashire, with a population of just 244 recorded in the 2011 census. History tells us that the Monks of The Abbey of St Mary’s near York founded the church here. Bracewell is 10 miles from the market town of Skipton, situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Skipton offers excellent schools, high street brands, independent retailers, restaurants, pubs, leisure facilities and also a train station that offers trains to the major cities such as Leeds, Manchester and London. The market town of Barnoldswick is just a 7 minute drive away from Bracewell which is famous for the Rolls-Royce establishments boasting high employment as well as offering local amenities such as butchers, pubs, post office, banks and primary schools, just to name a few. There are also great transport links here via bus to Skipton, Clitheroe, Burnley and surrounding areas.
Approached off the front driveway through a wide timber door with full height glazed units to either side, into a spacious reception hall with original quality hardwood Parquet flooring. Having a trap-door leading to the cellars and with ample space for display furniture. The hall opens up to the large dining-reception room, and with stairs running up to the first floor living accommodation. Having period-style wall lights, double panel heating radiator and central heating thermostat.
Directly off from the reception hall and with the hardwood flooring running through. Having a sliding sash Georgian window with delightful long distance views and double panel heating radiator below. A range of fitted cupboards providing excellent storage and a wash basin.
Off from the cloakroom and with natural light from a small window to the gable end of the property and with hardwood flooring running from the cloakroom. Incorporating a period-style WC with timber seat and quality period wallpapers.
DINING ROOM/RECEPTION ROOM ONE
A large space open to the reception hall and with Parquet hardwood flooring leading to a Minster-style timber fire surround, incorporating an open fire dog grate with canopy hood, sat on a stone hearth. Having a large, sliding sash Georgian window providing excellent natural light and views, along with a wide timber and glazed door opening onto the stone flagged sun terraces, alfresco dining areas and gardens. Currently set up as a dining room with ample space for a twelve person dining suite. Having period-style wall lights, two double panel heating radiators and ample space for furniture.
Off from the dining/reception room one. A square shaped and attractively decorated room, centred around a cast iron range fire with open basket and Adams-style stone surround. With natural light from two sliding sash Georgian windows offering delightful views onto the well tendered gardens. Having a double panel heating radiator and period-style wall lights, this room is currently set up as a cosy library/office, and has space for armchairs and sofa's and with the hardwood Parquet flooring running through from the other reception areas.
The rear hall connects the dining-kitchen to the dining room and drawing room and incorporates a range of built-in cupboards providing good storage for glasses and china, also having a full height door giving access to an under stairs cupboard.
An impressive sitting room of excellent proportions and being square shaped in layout, having views from four sliding sash Georgian windows, onto the gardens. Providing ample space for three or four sofas, armchairs and furniture, centred around a period marble, inset fireplace with timber surround, incorporating a multi-fuel stove sat on a slate hearth. With two double panel heating radiators, decorative cornice and finished in period colours.
Of a farmhouse style, with a range of bespoke base and wall units providing excellent storage with the wall units being full-height to the ceiling and having laminate worktops over the base units. With ample space for an eight person farmhouse table, adjacent to the oil fired AGA which offers four ovens, two hot plates and a warming plate with a tiled splash back. There is natural light from two large Georgian windows, one of which has a tiled sill with a one and a half bowl stainless steel sink below. Having space for a free standing fridge and freezer, with ceramic tiled flooring, recessed lighting, a range of original built-in cupboards and drawers. There is also a free standing cooker, as back up facilities to the AGA.
Off from the kitchen and providing a link to the pantry. A substantial utility room with a base units incorporating a stainless steel sink, fitted wall units and a tall built-in cupboard. Having ceramic tile flooring, a creel area and natural light from a Georgian style window and a timber and glazed door leading into the rear entrance porch. Double panel heating radiator, space and plumbing for a washing machine and dryer.
Having timber shelving providing excellent food storage and also having the property's water filtration system. Natural light from a smaller window to the gable end and with ceramic floor running through from the kitchen and utility room.
REAR ENTRANCE PORCH
A large timber and glazed rear entrance porch approached from the driveway and garage, with stable door, quarry tiled floor and central heating radiator. Providing an excellent 'boot room' and space for pets while they dry off on wetter days.
Approached from the original staircase with curved balustrade and hardwood handrail, returning onto a large landing. Everything you would expect from a property of this size and quality. Having borrowed light from an attic window, two central heating radiators and laid out in a T-shape to service all the bedrooms. With attractive curved walls, neutral paint schemes and a half landing rising to the master bedroom suite.
Of excellent proportions with ample space for a super-king sized bed, bedroom furniture, armchairs and also incorporating a range of hand-built wardrobes with cupboards over. Great amounts of natural light and simply stunning views out over the superb gardens, across to the church and open farmland beyond from two large Georgian sliding sash windows having window seats below. Having two double heating radiators, dressing room off and an attractive cast iron fire place with stone surround (not currently in use).
With a range of bespoke built-in wardrobes and cupboards which are fitted out with drawers, hanging space and with cupboards over. A full width vanity unit incorporates a wash basin with drawers and a cupboard below. Finished with period wall coverings and having natural light from a double glazed Georgian window with striking views over the gardens onto open farmland, and with heating radiator below.
HOUSE SHOWER ROOM/ENSUITE
Whilst accessed off the main landing, this could be classed as an en-suite, as it is directly adjacent to the master bedroom. Having been more recently refurbished to a high standard in a Mediterranean-style. Featuring travertine tiling and a large walk-in shower enclosure with a thermostatic shower valve. A bespoke built-in vanity unit houses drawers and cupboards with a wash basin over. There is a close coupled WC and Bidet, sat below a Georgian sliding sash window.
A large bedroom currently set up as a twin, with natural light from a sliding sash Georgian window looking out over the side patio, with heating radiator below. Having ample space for a super-king or twin beds and associated furniture, but also a full-height built-in cupboard providing wardrobe space and storage above.
Featuring an enamelled bath with period-style mixer lever taps and shower head attachment, matching period-style full pedestal basin and close coupled WC with timber seat. Having full height contemporary-style tiling to the bath-shower area which has an over bath screen. With natural light from a double glazed window to the gable of the property.
Set to the front of the property a large square shaped bedroom, again currently set up as a twin and with ample space for fitted or free standing furniture. Having great amounts of natural light and stunning views over the gardens from a Georgian window with a further Georgian window to the gable end. Having two heating radiators and an attractive cast iron fire place with stone surround (not currently in use).
Again to the front of the property a fourth double bedroom, also with a feature fire place, this time with a tiled inset and timber surround (not currently in use). With space for a double bed and fitted or free standing furniture and having delightful views from the large Georgian sliding sash window looking directly over the gardens towards the church.
The fifth and final double bedroom, again set up as a twin bedroom, has great amounts of natural light and attractive views from two Georgian sliding sash windows. Having a double panel heating radiator, full pedestal wash basin and a feature cast iron fireplace with stone and timber surround (currently not in use).
Arguably with the best views of all, from a large double-Georgian window looking out onto farmland and the Moors beyond. Featuring an enamelled bath, full pedestal basin and with the bonus of a separate shower enclosure with thermostatic valve and double panel radiator. The WC is separate, again with delightful views from a Georgian window and finished in period wall covering.
With a fitted, spring loaded, drop down ladder giving access to a fully boarded loft space providing excellent dry storage as well as housing the property's insulated water tank. Having good natural light from two roof lights and with further panelled access into eves storage.
Approached via a trap door in the reception hall, with stone and timber steps leading down to a good sized cellar space having stone flagged floor and being divided into compartments by stone walls. Providing great additional storage space and no doubt a superb wine cellar, with stone slab shelves and log storage areas. Also housing the property's electrical distribution boards and intruder alarm system.
GARAGE AND OUTHOUSES
A superb traditional garage with a set of timber doors which slide round, on a rail, to open right back and give access for two good sized vehicles. Built of traditional construction, with stone walls and a timber purlin pitched roof, providing further storage if required, and with a work shop/potting shed area incorporated to one side. Having power, a water supply, a concrete floor and also housing the property's modern oil fired central heating boiler. They don't build garages like this any more, it is very much in keeping with the age and style of the property. Through the garage workshop there is a door which leads onto the rear yard, which has two out houses, one used for logs and fuel and the other incorporating a gardeners WC.
To what is, in effect, the rear of the property there is a large tarmacadam driveway providing parking for four or five vehicles which leads to the detached garage. Wrought iron gates lead off either side of the driveway to the gardens on one side and the rear entrance porch and outhouses to the other.
SIDE SERVICE AREA
Through the wrought iron gates off the driveway into a stone flagged area which leads to the rear entrance hall and also the gardeners WC, log store and garage sidel door. This area also incorporates the property's substantial central heating oil tank and a caged dog pound with stone built kennel. A timber panelled gate opens onto a further stone flagged side garden which leads round to the front of the property onto the main gardens.
These more formal garden areas are superbly presented and well maintained, providing a delightful setting to the house. Being well maintained by a regular gardener, and laid mainly to lawn along with a superb stone flagged sun terrace across the full width of the house. Stone flagged pathways run down the side of the lawn, with further gravelled pathways provide for a perimeter walk with mature trees and further well stocked borders before reaching a gate, onto the grass approach track, and an open style into the kitchen gardens.
With further substantial and beautifully kept lawns with fruit bushes along the perimeter, over looking a delightful vegetable garden with well stocked beds and incorporating a greenhouse and compost areas. All superbly maintained, the more formal gardens and the kitchen gardens lead onto a large paddock of around an acre which has mown footpaths running through it but is left mainly to encourage wildlife and meadow dwelling insects. There is a fenced full sized tennis court with gated access. Bounded by timber and wrought iron fencing and with a dry stone wall to the bottom of this delightful meadow, which has open views onto the farmland and the Moors. A very versatile outside space with a high level of privacy and providing fantastic places for children to play, as well as entertain family and friends.
Even on this wet and blustery July 'summer's' day. There is nothing to dislike about this amazing property. Having been the home of the current family for over 45 years, lovingly maintained, superbly presented, Priory House really is something special.