BELIEVED to have been built in 1657 for the local schoolmaster by Lady Lumley – who retired to the nearby village of Sinnington but whose charitable works and wealth benefitted people throughout Ryedale – Bridgefoot House is today a handsome and immaculate period family home.

Set behind a high stone wall, in the village of Bridgefoot House, the house almost certainly gets its name from its position at the foot of the nearby (rather modest by today's standards) bridge over the Thornton Beck, which passes by a stone's throw from the house.

The current owners have made a significant number of improvements to Bridgefoot House, including adding a stylish contemporary kitchen, bath and shower rooms, new fireplaces and fitting conservation specification double glazed windows and doors throughout. They have also installed a new central heating system and boiler as well as introducing natural mains gas to the house and have restored a decorative chimney, the tiled entrance hallway and the original shutters. Bridgefoot House has been fully rewired and replumbed, the lofts have been insulated and new oak doors and an oak staircase have been added.

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The result is an exquisite family home that not only extends to about 4,715sq.ft incorporating a comfortable blend of traditional character with the highest quality of modern fitting and finishes but is very much fit for purpose as far as modern-day living is concerned.

Briefly, the ground floor accommodation comprises the entrance hall, cloakroom and three reception rooms: one currently used as an office which benefits from an en-suite shower room, fitted cupboards and original shutters; the dual aspect sitting room with a log burner, original shutters and French doors to the garden, and the spacious drawing room which also enjoys dual aspect with original shutters, cornicing and a new bespoke stone fireplace with log burner.

An inner hall leads to the kitchen/breakfast room which has been extended and is now home to a stunning bespoke kitchen by The Handmade Kitchen Company at Pickering, with a range of modern units, integrated appliances including a wine cooler, an electric Aga with induction hob and a large kitchen island finished with a granite worktops. Adjacent to the kitchen is a walk-in pantry.

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Also on the ground floor is a self-contained annexe which can be accessed either from inside the main house or via its own front door. Fully renovated by the owners and with a new kitchen including integrated appliances, it comprises a kitchen/living room, bedroom and a recently-revamped contemporary shower room. The owners have planning permission approved for the annexe to be used as a holiday let.

Back to the accommodation in the main house.

There are two staircases to the first floor – one at the entrance hall and a newly-installed oak staircase to the rear. On the first floor are eight bedrooms, all of which benefit from en-suite shower rooms. Of particular note is the spacious master bedroom with contemporary en-suite shower room and a free-standing roll top bath centered in the room and looking out towards the garden.

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The guest bedroom with en-suite is an equally impressive room with dual aspect and a bay window with seating that's ideal for watching the world go by from.

The detached garage to the east of the house has had the loft boarded out by the owners and to one side a covered seating and entertaining area has been created, ideal for relaxing on or entertaining friends and family on summer evenings.

To the east of the garaging is a delightful seating area within a 'secret garden' with roses climbing up the walls and a doorway which leads through to the walkway along Thornton Beck.

The Northern Echo: Bridgefoot House - Thornton-le-Dale - Savills

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The south-facing garden has been landscaped and an abundance of new bedding flowers and shrubs have been added to enhance the space along with the mature trees and shaped lawn which meanders along the driveway.

Bridgefoot House is situated in Thornton-le-Dale, a picture postcard village on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, and is on the market at a guide price of £1.295m.

For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Savills' York office on 01904 617800.