St Helen's House , Eshton

Asking Price of £1,190,000
5 Bedrooms3 BathroomsDetached House
  • Beautifully Elegant Queen Anne Detached Property
  • Two Graceful Reception Rooms
  • Farmhouse Kitchen & Separate Pantry with Cloakroom
  • Five Double Bedrooms on Two Floors
  • Three Bath/Shower Rooms
  • Range of Substantial Outbuildings around Courtyard
  • Charming and Extensive Gardens
  • Adjoining Grassland Paddock approx. 3.8 acres
  • Long range Views across Open Countryside
  • Excellent Location 6 miles from Skipton

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A STUNNING GRADE II LISTED QUEEN ANNE PROPERTY, OFFERING SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT FIVE BEDROOMED THREE BATHROOMED ACCOMMODATION, SET IN DELIGHTFUL GARDENS AND WITH A RANGE OF SUBSTANTIAL OUTBUILDINGS AND AN ADJOINING GRASSLAND PADDOCK OF APPROXIMATELY 3.8 ACRES. St Helen's House is a much-admired property enjoying a beautiful South-facing setting on the edge of Eshton, just 6 miles from Skipton. Graceful and elegant accommodation has many original character features and offers two Reception Rooms, Farmhouse Kitchen, Pantry, Cloakroom, five Double Bedrooms and three Bath/Shower Rooms. There are charming and extensive gardens and a range of stone outbuildings grouped around a courtyard, with an adjoining 3.8 acre grassland paddock. This is an impressive period home with wonderful views across Yorkshire Dales National Park countryside.

  • Beautifully Elegant Queen Anne Detached Property
  • Two Graceful Reception Rooms
  • Farmhouse Kitchen & Separate Pantry with Cloakroom
  • Five Double Bedrooms on Two Floors
  • Three Bath/Shower Rooms
  • Range of Substantial Outbuildings around Courtyard
  • Charming and Extensive Gardens
  • Adjoining Grassland Paddock approx. 3.8 acres
  • Long range Views across Open Countryside
  • Excellent Location 6 miles from Skipton

The hamlet of Eshton is the perfect combination of being rural without at all being remote set just over a mile from Gargrave, it is surrounded by spectacular rolling scenery with the famous Malham Cove a few miles up the road, and yet is just a 20 minute level walk into Gargrave village where there is a range of local shops, supermarket, church, public houses, sporting facilities, doctor and dentist. For schooling, there are Primary Schools at both Gargrave and Kirkby Malham (5 miles) with well-respected secondary schools at both Skipton (5 miles) and Settle (9 miles). Both Gargrave and Skipton have train stations with services to Bradford, Leeds and London Kings Cross.  

St Helen's House is a much-admired double-fronted Queen Anne property, stunning in its appearance and architecture, believed to have been built in 1710 (or earlier) as the Estate Manager's farmhouse for Eshton Hall and enjoying a wonderful south-facing position looking across National Park countryside. Reflecting craftsmanship of a bygone era, the house is planned on three floors around the central hallway and landings; the rooms are spacious and elegant with a host of character features such as exposed beams, original fireplaces including a magnificent Inglenook, old oak woodwork and low wide doorways.

The range of stone outbuildings provide opportunities for a number of hobbies and/or equestrian use, and potentially offer the possibility of additional annexe or holiday accommodation, subject to any necessary planning consents. The grounds have been thoughtfully designed and offer a charming variety of formal and informal, with linking walkways and even a secret garden! Adjacent is the grassland paddock extending to approximately 3.8 acres.

The property has oil-fired central heating and the accommodation is described in brief below using approximate room sizes:- 


WIDE RECEPTION HALL Recessed display shelving. Radiator. Open square arch to:- 

SITTING ROOM 17' 10" x 15' (5.44m x 4.57m) Magnificent arched stone Inglenook fireplace with recess, stone-flagged hearth and canopied multi-fuel stove with double folding doors. Exposed beams. Recessed shelved cupboard. Leaded/stained hatch door to kitchen. Two windows to the front with window seating. Radiator. Two wall light points.  

INNER HALL Wide low-tread return staircase to first floor with oak panelling and balustrade. Access to cellar.  

DINING ROOM 18' x 15' 02" (5.49m x 4.62m) Adam-style fireplace with marble inset and electric coal-effect stove fire. Picture rail. Recessed shelved cupboard with carved oak sliding door. Two windows to the front with window seating. Radiator. 

CLOAKROOM Two piece white suite comprising:- wall-mounted hand basin and low suite w.c. Recessed shelving. Extractor fan. Radiator.  

PANTRY 10' 02" x 9' (3.1m x 2.74m) Stone bank shelving. Fitted cupboards. 

FARMHOUSE KITCHEN 15' 07" x 13' 06" (4.75m x 4.11m) Extensive range of Shaker-style wall and base units with Pewter handles, incorporating glass-fronted display cupboards, larder unit, plate rack, book shelving and central island with Belfast sink. Granite worktops. Cream-coloured electric twin hob three-oven Aga, inset into recess with stone surround. Integrated appliances comprise:- refrigerator; microwave; dishwasher. Ceramic stone-effect flooring. Two windows to the rear courtyard. Radiator. Door to:-  

REAR PORCH 4' 08" x 4' 07" (1.42m x 1.4m)  

CELLAR The cellar area comprises two rooms:-  

UTILITY ROOM 9' x 4' 08" (2.74m x 1.42m) plus staircase. Plumbing for automatic washing machine and space for dryer. Fitted cupboards and shelving. Stainless steel single sink. Stone-flagged floor.  

BOOT ROOM 10' x 9' (3.05m x 2.74m) Mistral oil-fired boiler. Stone-flagged floor.  


LANDING Return low-tread wide staircase to second floor with oak beam and oak struts.  

MASTER BEDROOM 19' 08" x 18' (5.99m x 5.49m) - a beautiful south-facing room with three windows looking across the front gardens. Adam-style fireplace. Picture rail. Two radiators. Door to:-  

EN SUITE BATHROOM 13' 03" x 9' 05" (4.04m x 2.87m) - a generous bathroom with four piece suite comprising:- panelled bath with overhead fixed shower head; square pedestal hand basin; bidet; low suite w.c. Fitted "limed oak" wardrobes/cupboards. Radiator.  

BEDROOM TWO 18' x 15' 02" (5.49m x 4.62m) Chamfered stone fireplace with arched pewter inset and cast-iron/brass fender. Two windows to the south side. Picture rail. Two radiators. Recessed shelving.  

BEDROOM THREE 13' 03" x 10' 03" (4.04m x 3.12m) Original stone fireplace with splayed cast-iron grate. Radiator.  

HOUSE BATHROOM Four piece white suite comprising:- bath; separate shower cubicle; pedestal hand basin; low suite w.c. Cylinder cupboard (hot water cylinder and electric immersion heater). Mirrored panelling and painted dado panelling. Radiator. 


LANDING Part of which is ideal as a study area, measuring 9' 06" x 9' 01" (2.9m x 2.77m) with two roof windows. Open oak beams and uprights.  

BEDROOM FOUR 20' x 15' (6.1m x 4.57m) plus limited headroom. Exposed roof trusses. Circular window to the west looking across the side garden. Radiator. Door to large under-eaves storage area.  

BEDROOM FIVE 15' x 11' (4.57m x 3.35m) plus limited headroom. Exposed ceiling trusses. Circular window to the east, and roof window. Radiator.  

SHOWER ROOM 3 piece white suite comprising corner shower cubicle; pedestal hand basin; low suite w.c. Painted dado panelling. Radiator. Under eaves storage. 

OUTSIDE St Helen's House is approached by double cast-iron gates on stone pillars, leading to a large hardstanding area with chippings over a drained honeycomb grid, and gravelled edges, giving a wide parking area for several vehicles. Formal gardens stand to the front of the house, with a central pathway leading through double lawns and herbaceous borders to the front door.

To the side there is a variety of charming garden areas, with an array of pathways to iron gates leading under privet archways, with lawns, differing flower and herbaceous beds, mature trees and a choice of seating areas to suit the mood, as well as an ornate pond and a delightful secret sunken garden.

To the rear of the house there is a large courtyard featuring an old well and cobbled verges to the central tarmac/pebbled area giving access to a further lawn with vegetable garden, lean-to Greenhouse and access to the field.

From the courtyard there is a wonderful range of outbuildings which comprise:-
WORKSHOP/GARAGE measuring 37' x 22'10" (incorporating an OFFICE measuring 9'7" x 6'9" - presently used for joinery but would comfortably garage 4+ vehicles if required. There is central heating from 3 radiators (from the separate oil-fired boiler in the Hay Loft), fluorescent lighting, work benches and sliding doors.
THE HAYLOFT measuring 37'2" x 23'3" - the Hay Loft is over the Workshop and accessed by an external stone staircase from the courtyard, with wrought iron railings. This has been a magnificent party room for the present owners and would accommodation a variety of uses, including possibly having the potential for converting to annexe or holiday accommodation (subject to any necessary planning consents). There are exposed beams, radiators, fitted cupboards and the oil-fired boiler which provides heating and hot water to this building.
THE STABLES - there are two stables measuring 13'5" x 9' and 16'7" x 8'6" - each has a stable door and automatic water troughs.
COVERED SHELTER to the side of the stables has the oil tank for the house - the area is cobbled and provides an excellent storage area for bins etc, with an arched doorway to the front of the property.
THE BOTHY measuring 15'4" x 11' - a detached stone building with open frontage, overhead storage and gardener's w.c. To the rear of The Bothy there is a storage shed and to the side is a screened oil tank (which provides oil to the boiler heating the Hay Loft & Workshop).
COVERED BBQ BUILDING measuring 14'6" x 6'10" with corner water feature (currently non-functioning) - great for being able to eat outdoors on not-so-sunny days, the BBQ area is open to a lovely crazy paved terrace looking across one of the lawned and colourful garden areas.

The land included in the sale is a reasonably level grassland paddock to the western boundary of the garden, accessed from the rear of The Bothy, and extends to 3.805 acres or thereabouts, with direct road frontage across its southern wall. The total site area, including the gardens and courtyard, is approximately 4.53 acres. 

SERVICES Mains electricity and water are installed (please note that there is an additional supply free of charge to two outlets within the property, from the Winterburn Reservoir). Drainage is to a private septic tank (located by the workshop) installed around 20 years ago but recently upgraded with an air pump. Natural gas is not available in the area and central heating is provided by an oil-fired radiator system. 

PLEASE NOTE The extent of the property and its boundaries are subject to verification by inspection of the title deeds. The measurements in these particulars are approximate and have been provided for guidance purposes only. The fixtures, fittings and appliances have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. The internal photographs used in these particulars are reproduced for general information and it cannot be inferred that any item is included in the sale.  

MONEY LAUNDERING REGULATIONS Money Laundering Regulations (Introduced June 2017). To enable us to comply with the expanded Money Laundering Regulations we are required to obtain identification from prospective buyers once a price and terms have been agreed on a purchase. Buyers are asked to please assist with this so that there is no delay in agreeing a sale.  

COUNCIL TAX This property is in Council Tax Band G. For further details please visit the Craven District Council website. 

JOINT AGENTS Westlake & Co, The Estate House, South Street, Gargrave, Skipton BD23 3RT
Tel: 01756 748100 

VIEWING ARRANGEMENTS We would be pleased to arrange a viewing for you. Please contact Dale Eddison's Skipton office. Our opening hours are:-
Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am - 3.00pm  

DIRECTIONS From Skipton take the A65 towards Gargrave and just before the village, turn right onto Raybridge Lane. At the T-junction, turn right towards Airton & Malham. Proceed past Eshton Hall on the right-hand side, and after approximately half-a-mile, St Helen's House will be seen just beyond the turning to Winterburn on the right-hand side. Please note that a For Sale sign is not erected.