Eshton Hall can be dated back to the mid 17th century, and for the most part has remained in the same family up to the early1900's. The current building was completed around 1826 for Matthew Wilson, who was then the Deputy Lieutenant of West Riding and his step daughter, Frances, who was exceptionally wealthy in her own right, built up one of Europe's leading book collections and it was this that came to the attention of Charlotte Bronte, who is reputed to have visited Frances at the hall on many occasions. It is also suggested in the history of the hall that Queen Mary once stayed at Eshton Hall on her way north to Scotland, although this is more hearsay than proven. Over the last 100 years, the hall has been a private house, then a boarding school and more recently a nursing home. Planning was obtained in 2003 to convert the building and working in close conjunction with The English Heritage, the hall was painstakingly refurbished and re-built. Visitors will pass through keypad, automated gates and will be immediately struck by the stunning location and position, taking full advantage of a slightly elevated position, looking down over parkland towards the two peaks of Sharphaw & Greathaw. Once the stunning views have been absorbed, the property is accessed via an entrance lobby, which has superb ornate ceilings and plaster work and a feature fireplace. The Grand Reception Hall features a magnificent central staircase set below an atrium, and with ornate ceilings and plaster work. Also with original fireplace, contemporary lighting and background heating from several radiators.
GRAND RECEPTION HALL
Once the stunning views have been absorbed, the property is accessed via an entrance lobby which has superb ornate ceilings and plaster work, as well as a feature fireplace, this is communal for the owners of these exclusive apartments. Access into the grand reception hall with magnificent oak staircase, is via a pair of original oak doors, with keypad access for residents only, again with a splendid original fireplace as a central feature but with contemporary lighting and background heating from several radiators. This magnificent staircase is central to the reception hall and then splits left and right below an atrium, with ornate ceilings and plaster work. Apartment 1, which is the principle apartment at Eshton Hall, can be accessed either by the ground floor or off the first floor landing.
This spacious apartment was the former library, housing many of Frances' book collection. Enjoying magnificent views over the National Park, this Grade II building has a 50 foot by 20 foot lounge with ornate plaster work & original fireplace and we feel has to be the most impressive apartment in either Eshton Hall or Gargrave House. If you are looking for a secure, relaxing home lifestyle, set in well maintained grounds, with fantastic views, private parking and garaging, then this property has to be the best available in The Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Of fantastic proportions and with the most spectacular views from the almost full height Georgian windows looking out across the open park land immediately in front of the hall. Also with fabulous views onto the hills including Sharphaw and Greathaw. This room has previously been the library for the main house. With some of the superb book casing still visible for displaying ornaments but much of the original is still in situ behind plaster boarded panels from when the building was refurbished. A multi-function room with ample space for two or three sofas to the living end, all centred around a magnificent bespoke period fireplace with marble surround and open dog grate (not currently in use). To the side of this living space and set across the front of the property, with those stunning views, there is space for a twelve person dining suite, also benefiting from the good natural light that this splendid window offers.
With a dividing half-height wall separating this from the previously described main reception area, a beautifully presented and designed breakfast-kitchen. In a shaker-style, finished in a soft cream with antique-effect pewter handles. A fabulous range of units including pull out larder cupboards providing excellent storage, as well as a dresser-style unit with glass fronted doors, providing an attractive display area. Integrated appliances include a fridge and two freezers, a full size dishwasher, five ring gas hob, built-in AEG microwave and matching AEG fan oven and grill with a bespoke canopy hood with built-in extractor over. Finished with cornice and under unit lighting. Vast amounts of light from the almost full height Georgian window, being south-west facing, with a delightful outlook onto the formal gardens.
Off from the kitchen and handy for the main reception areas. A modern cloakroom with dual-flush WC, wall mounted half pedestal wash basin with half tiling, oak flooring and recessed lighting.
Approached off the bespoke, curved, open tread staircase with contemporary glass panels and brushed chrome hand rail onto a light and unique large landing space. With full height Georgian windows to three sides having superb original timber panelling, giving delightful westerly views over the gardens onto Gargrave. Having a return balustrade from the stairs, providing a break for display furniture and with heating radiator. Further inner hallway leading to bedroom two and the utility room. A full height door gives access to a large walk-in storage cupboard.
A small but useful utility room with a range of shaker-style base and wall units finished in soft cream with antique-effect brushed pewter handles. With granite effect worktops over incorporating a single bowl sink with lever tap, having space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. With tiled splashbacks to the worktops, ladder style radiator, recessed lighting, an extractor fan and tiling to the floor.
Wow! They don't come any more opulent and impressive than this master bedroom. Of generous proportions and with ample space for a super king size bed and side tables along with a range of fitted shaker-style wardrobes with cupboards over providing excellent storage. Still with ample space for further free standing or fitted bedroom furniture and with the most tremendous views of Sharphaw and Greathaw through the splendid Georgian mullioned windows. The views from here are simply amazing and one of the main reasons the current vendors bought this property. With large double panel heating radiator, tall ceilings, a feature wall to the bed head, period-style centre light point and with a window which can be curtained off onto the landing to take advantage of the west sun and views in the afternoon and evening.
Giving access from both bedrooms to the house bathroom. With an original door leading out onto the first floor reception hall and atrium to the main house. With ornate archway over the door leading to the first floor reception landing and with period-style chandelier.
A mix of the old and new, with a clawed foot contemporary bath having shower head attachment to the taps, half pedestal basin and a dual flush WC. With the added advantage of a separate shower enclosure with 900 x 600 tray, with sliding glass door, encompassing a thermostatic shower valve with monsoon head. Having attractive full height tiling to the walls with centre listellos to match the contrasting tiling to the floor. With ladder-style heated towel rail, cornice to ceiling, shaver point and recessed lighting.
Again, an impressive room with ample space for a king size bed and side tables along with bedroom furniture which includes a range of fitted, sold timber wardrobes with cupboards over. Ample space for further furniture, currently with a home study area and feature period wallpaper to the bed wall. Vast amounts of natural light is from large Georgian windows looking across the formal gardens onto the open fields and woodland, catching the afternoon and evening sun. With two heating radiators, tall ceilings with ornate cornice, chandelier light point and an en-suite shower room.
ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM
A modern en-suite with a good size shower enclosure incorporating a thermostatic shower valve with drench head with full height tiling and attractive central listello. With half tiling for the remainder and with contrasting tiling to the floors. A dual-flush WC and half pedestal wash basin are both finished in white. Having shaver point, ladder-style heated towel rail, recessed lighting, extractor fan and drop down loft hatch giving access to the roof space. A pair of doors give access to the property's Remeha combination boiler and un-vented hot water tank.
Situated in attractive landscaped grounds, entered via the substantial original remote control wrought iron gate. The hall is accessed via the main driveway and Number One has a private parking space immediately in front of the apartment, close to the main front entrance and there is a private garage with electricity to the rear. With beautiful and extensive communal gardens and a hard flagged terrace area for al fresco dining, entertaining and relaxing.
Tanked gas, private drainage, mains water and electricity.
The property is leasehold and is held on the balance of a 999 year lease. A management company is established to look after the communal areas of the property with the current annual maintenance charge of around £4000 per year.