Nine Of The Best Country Properties For Sale In Yorkshire

‘One of York’s most important country houses’ is among the joyful homes for sale right now in England’s biggest county — we’ve picked out some of the best.

Leyburn — £1.1m

Live out your rail master dreams at this former Station House and Old Waiting Room, in the village of Leyburn in North Yorkshire.

With roll-top baths a plenty, plush interiors and a unique setting adjacent to the Heritage Wensleydale Railway, the fully renovated Station House and the Old Waiting Room is a unique property that will certainly delight any current and former fans of Thomas the Tank Engine.

On the market via Robin Jessop at £1.1 million — see more details.

Howardian Hills, Yorkshire — £8m

What was once a crumbling farmhouse has been transformed into The Valley Farm Estate, a genuinely spectacular 21st century home that really must be seen.

It’s a sleek, ultra-modern main house, an 18,000sq ft symphony in concrete, glass and stone, which sits comfortably within the landscape against a spectacular backdrop of seven cascading, spring-fed lakes, healthy, well-managed, mixed woodland and organic grassland grazed by several species of deer originating from the Duke of Bedford’s Woburn Abbey estate.

For sale at £8m — see more.

Ampleforth, Yorkshire — £2,250,000

It’s a little hard to reconcile the agents’ enthusiasm (‘ONCE IN A LIFETIME!’ and so on) with the pictures that show merely a field. Yet then you take a look at the artist’s impression of what this will become.

Permission and plans are in place for a genuinely extraordinary 12,000sq ft home that fits perfectly into the landscape at Knowl Hill.

The 80 acre site will — if all goes ahead to plan — be the location of an eco home that looks like a cross between The Hobbit and Star Wars. It won’t be everybody’s glass of blue milk (Star Wars fans will see what we did there) but we truly hope it all goes ahead as planned, if only to show the world what is possible.

For sale with Croft. See more pictures of this property.

Darley, Yorkshire — £1,000,000

A converted barn sitting in Darley, a popular village situated between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge.

There are five bedrooms and a large garden, and while the outside is traditional stone, it’s fairly modern within.

Plenty of exposed beams lend the house character, though, and the great upside of the modern building techniques are there to see on the EPC certificate, on which it scores a very healthy 76.

For sale with Verity Frearson. See more pictures of this property.

Whitby, Yorkshire — £600,000

If you’re after a coastal home rather than heading for the hills, this grand old house in Whitby has 2,600sq ft of space and six bedrooms over its three floors, yet comes in at the sort of money you’d pay for a decent flat in many British cities.

It’s currently run as a guest house, and a new owner could easily continue the business — or just as easily return it to be a large family home.

One thing to note which will be blessing or a curse: there’s outdoor space but it’s paved rather than a garden. The view out the back is green, though, since the playing fields of a local school are right behind the house.

For sale with Hope & Braim. See more pictures of this property.

Ilkley, Yorkshire — £1,250,000

Not on Ilkley Moor, but in a nearby village named Addingham you’ll find this 18th century home which is a gem — the sort of place you could walk right past without seeing what lies within.

High ceilings, gorgeous windows and original beams set the character, but this is also a house which has been refurbished by someone with an incredibly strong designer’s eye.

Five bedrooms and a large, pretty garden make it a perfect family house, and the Dales are just a few minutes away.

For sale with Dale Eddison. See more pictures of this property.

Sheffield, Yorkshire — £1,750,000

Clearly as you can tell from the pictures, Sheffield is merely the nearest settlement; this is a house in the Wyming Brook Nature Reserve far away to the west of the city in the Peak District National Park, and in the sort of setting that will let you live out all your Wuthering Heights fantasies.

Stanedge Lodge is a ‘unique and imposing’ eight-bedroom home, in the agent’s phrase — we’re reading that as code for ‘slightly scary’, yet what an incredible home this will be.

It’s even a place which could pay for itself: several outbuildings are ripe for conversion — subject to planning, naturally — with an estimated potential holiday let income approaching £100,000 a year. You’d have to make your own enquiries, of course, but that’s quite a lot of potential.

For sale with Saxton Mee. See more pictures of this property

Bishopthorpe, York — £4,750,000

Named ‘one of York’s most important Grade II listed residential country houses,’ Bishopthorpe Garth was built in 1908 by architect Walter Brierley and is located in a sublime village, yet only three miles from York.

The gardens and grounds surrounding the property were designed by Gertrude Jekyll — Brierley’s partner — and are formed of expansive lawns, a wonderful terraced area which can be accessed directly from the house, plus an ornamental pond and tennis court.

In addition to the principal house, there is also a mews property, previously used as offices but with approval to turn it into a four-bed dwelling; a wonderful guest cottage plus a timber garage and 20 acres of fields.

For sale with Savills. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

Find more property nearby.

Barnsley — £1,250,000

Birthwaite Hall, with its castellated stone exterior, imposing stature and sprawling grounds is the sort of property you might expect to find within an historic thriller novel.

Recommended videos for you The property exudes history, with imposing features including a grand hall with spiral oak staircase, expansive reception rooms with tall ceilings and decorative panelling, ornate plaster work and a number of grand, open fireplaces.

The property is surrounded by mature woodlands and lawns laid out over various levels, interjected by a sweeping private driveway.

For sale with Simon Blyth. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

Find more property nearby.

Country Life’s choice of the very best restaurants and places to eat throughout Yorkshire.

Credit: GBR restaurant review GBR in London’s Dukes Hotel offers a laid-back atmosphere that’s perfect for Sunday brunch, as Rosie Paterson found out.

Credit: Leeds Castle Being locked in the tower was once a sentence to fear – now it’s an opportunity to relish.

Credit: Knight Frank Catch up on the best houses that have come up for sale via Country Life in the last few weeks.