ORIGINALLY a conversion of traditional barns believed to date back some 300 years, Watergate Farm is a home packed full of character and skilfully designed to accommodate every need of contemporary family life with impressive living and entertaining spaces and options for multigenerational living.

Add this to its magnificent setting surrounded by rolling farmland and woodland in the Howardian Hills AONB, and it offers everything even the most discerning of buyers could possibly want.

Watergate Farm delivers so much more than its elegantly understated entrance on Mill Lane first suggests.

A contemporary home within a beautiful period building, it has been designed to provide generous space for family living, dining and entertaining, with high vaulted ceilings, exposed stonework and lintels, deep windowsills and massive original beams and joists adding character in abundance.

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A highlight of the accommodation is the entrance hall which extends some 75 ft through the interconnecting dining, kitchen and living rooms to the far end of the house.

The triple aspect kitchen/living room is filled with natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that open directly onto the garden terrace.

The living area is double height, rising to the galleried landing and vaulted roof space, with maple floorboards and a magnificent stone fireplace housing a multi-fuel stove, while the Peter Thompson kitchen features a substantial granite topped island with breakfast bar, integrated appliances and a five-oven oil-fired Aga with electric module. Alongside it is a useful WC and utility/laundry room with outside access.

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The formal dining room has a statement timber ceiling, three arched windows with bespoke wall-to-wall seating below, a wood-burning stove, maple floorboards and a door to the garden, and tucked away is a snug which offers a tranquil space with a beamed ceiling, bespoke bookshelves and an open fire with stone hearth housed in an elegant wooden fire surround.

The east wing offers the opportunity to create a self-contained annexe or ‘granny flat’.

It comprises a large drawing room with two pairs of bi-fold doors that open onto the formal gardens, a triple aspect bedroom with access to a private side garden, and a bathroom with underfloor heating, shower and free-standing bath.

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Opposite it lies the west wing, which is home to a stunning ground floor bedroom and bathroom accommodation, each room enjoying high ceilings into the vaulted roof space and garden views.

A light and airy double aspect reception room with access to the garden is currently used as an artist’s studio.

Upstairs is a large galleried mezzanine landing which provides versatile recreational space and gives access to the family bathroom, a double bedroom with vaulted ceiling and skylight and the master bedroom suite. This spacious bedroom has a stunning vaulted ceiling and three windows facing the garden and grounds as well as an elegant bathroom with a large walk-in shower and central Jacuzzi bath.

Watergate Farm is situated on the outskirts of Ampleforth village and is set in around 16 acres of gardens and grounds.

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This includes a Mediterranean-style quad garden featuring a large central lawn flanked by gravel pathways and stone terraces adorned with clipped box hedging, colourful climbers and herbaceous borders, lawned areas, a wildflower area, a large and productive fruit and vegetable garden with raised beds and a timber-framed greenhouse, and a secure fenced and hedged area with a timber hen house.

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For those with equestrian interests there is a stable block and yard behind post and rail fencing which incorporates five stables, a tack room, two open stores and dog kennel, as well around 11 acres of paddocks (including two horse shelters) and an additional five acres of grazing.

Watergate Farm is on the market at offers in excess of £2m.

For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact the York office of Blenkin & Co on 01904 671672.