AS FAR as wedding presents go, a new house must surely be right up there amongst the very best.

When that house is Hurworth Moor House, a stunning country house set in 12 acres of private grounds that’s part of an even larger estate, you’re right off any measurable scale.

But that, indeed, is what Hurworth Moor House is – a gift given on the occasion of the marriage of Edward Lloyd Pease of Pierremont and Blanche Helen Pease, the daughter of Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease of Hutton Hall.

Clearly determined to make it a home that would stand for generations, well known and respected local architects Clark and Moscrop invited tenders for the building of a mansion in 1889, advertising that only reputable firms employing time-served craftsmen should apply.

They did, and the New Year carving of the date on the wall of the loggia, situated beneath the terrace, stands testament today to the wonderful job they did.

The property has, no doubt, changed considerably since the newly-weds made it their home, yet it still displays elegant and ornate styling and period detailing throughout, including original mouldings, cast-iron fireplaces, panelling, an oak staircase and oak doors.

Under the 25-year tenure of the current owners, Hurworth Moor House has undergone its most recent programme of modernisation which has seen the addition of an orangery and triple garage and the installation of double glazing and underfloor heating to many rooms, creating a comfortable family home fit for the times.

The house has a welcoming entrance hall with tiled flooring and intricately patterned leaded windows, while the inner reception hall includes an open fireplace with oak surround and an impressive original oak staircase.

Most of the principal reception rooms overlook the formal terrace and lawns. These include a large drawing room with an open fireplace, French doors and bay windows; a family room with dual aspect garden views and a corner log burner; a library with bespoke fitted shelving and a secret door through to the utility room; a snooker room with access to the paved courtyard and a well-proportioned formal dining room with parquet flooring, original panelling and an open fireplace with copper surround.

Both the orangery, with underfloor heating and log burner, and the conservatory provide light and airy living spaces with wonderful views.

Also on the ground floor are a spacious kitchen with hand-painted fitted units, a central island with sink and Franke boiling tap, an oil Aga and a separate oven with induction hob, granite worktops and integrated appliances. French doors open from the kitchen into the central courtyard.

There are two cellars – a two-roomed cellar currently used as a wine cellar (accessed from the hallway) and the second which is accessed from the courtyard.

The first floor is home to a family bathroom and guest bathroom, a shower room, box room, laundry room, a study which could be used as a further bedroom if required, and five double bedrooms. These include the master bedroom with a dressing room and en-suite bathroom.

Two staircases lead to separate second floor areas – one comprising two further double bedrooms and the second three useful attic rooms offering the potential for additional bedrooms, office space or storage.

As you would expect from a grand country house, Hurworth Moor House is approached via a long tree-lined driveway. Its gardens and grounds include two stable blocks with six loose boxes, a tack room and separate hay store, a vegetable garden and greenhouse with grapevine, a central paved courtyard, paved terracing and gravel pathways as well as fine trees and beautifully maintained lawns and borders.

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Lawns on the west side of the property lead down to a ha-ha, while the south-facing gravelled terrace has a balustrade and steps down to a further flat lawned area which extends down to a peaceful pond with a Monet-style bridge. Beyond the garden and offering uninterrupted views to the distant hills are extensive fields and paddocks which extend to approximately 41 acres, with a further 11 acres of woodland.

Hurworth Moor House lies in a peaceful rural setting just three miles from Darlington and 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.