IMAGINE the perfect period country house and the chances are what you're thinking about isn't a million miles from Grasmere House.

With climbing wisteria covering its handsome stone facade, beautiful gardens within approximately eight-and-a-half acres of grounds and the most amazing setting on the edge of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is a quintessentially English home with it all.

The Northern Echo: Grasmere House - High Birstwith - S+P

Grasmere House is a substantial family home with 4,106sq.ft of light and airy living accommodation that exudes both character and elegance, combining period architecture features with contemporary fittings in a blend perfect for modern family living.

The majority of the ground floor accommodation lies off the reception hall. This comprises an extremely spacious triple aspect drawing room with wooden flooring, a feature fireplace, a large bay window and two sets of French doors to the gardens; the dining room, which adjoins the well-equipped kitchen in an open-plan layout, a comfortable snug and a home office/study. The modern kitchen has a central island unit and range cooker set into an alcove.

An inner hall leads to a cloakroom, large laundry room with ample storage space and room for home appliances, the pantry and the boot room – both of which also provide further useful storage space.

The first floor is home to a family shower room and four well-presented bedrooms. These include the generous master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, extensive fitted storage and French doors opening onto a balcony which offers magnificent views over the gardens and grounds beyond, plus a further bedroom with a dressing room and en suite bathroom.

The Northern Echo: Grasmere House - High Birstwith - S+P

Upstairs again on the second floor is a further well-proportioned double bedroom in the eaves, with an en suite shower room.

Both the ground floor and first floor accommodation benefits from underfloor heating.

Grasmere House is surrounded by extensive gardens and grounds and benefits from two main outbuildings – a barn/garage and the carport, which provide plenty of parking space in addition to the gravel courtyard area and are home to a workshop and store rooms.

The Northern Echo: Grasmere House - High Birstwith - S+P

There are solar panels fitted on the roof of the garage which provides enough electricity to power the electric car charging points.

The gardens include extensive paved and gravel terracing, a vegetable garden with raised beds and a greenhouse, an ornamental pond, a wood-fired hot tub and rolling lawns and meadows, with border flowerbeds, various shrubs and numerous mature specimen trees.

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Grasmere House has the added advantage of a ground source pump and there is planning permission in place to further extend the property, should the buyers wish to do so.

The property enjoys a peaceful rural setting, approximately 1.2 miles from Birstwith village 1.2 miles, 2.4 miles from Hampsthwaite village and 6.3 miles from Harrogate town centre. It is on the market at a guide price of £2.5m.

For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact the Harrogate office of Strutt & Parker on 01423 561274.