Enjoying the best of both worlds….Beautiful nature walks through the greenbelt, along the River Aire and nearby canal with a variety of wildlife, yet under 5 miles from Leeds City Centre, Newlaithes Manor is a delightful characterful property with six bedrooms, ideal for family occupation, together with an attached cottage, superb south facing gardens and double garage. EPC E.
Newlaithes manor - historical background
Newlaithes Manor is considered to be by far the oldest house in Horsforth. Mud and wattle walls and a thatched roof are thought to be the beginnings of this unique home, which is believed to be 800 years old and considered something of a historical enigma.
Newlaithes means "new barn" and it is thought the Manor House was one of the several tithe barns constructed by the monks of Kirkstall Abbey. It is now principally a stone building, but its existence can be traced back to the days before stone was used for building, when walls were of mud and wattle.
Now listed Grade II and mentioned in the current edition of Pevsner, most of the present structure was built in the early 15th century, the time, when it is thought, the construction was replaced by stone, possibly with stone from Kirkstall Abbey.
From the mullion windows to the tudor fireplace, from the Jacobean panelling to the Georgian cupboards, it is clear this house has survived a considerable amount of "home improvements". Every knot and chisel mark of the beautiful panelled woodwork conceals a wealth of historic information. An exceptional Tudor open fireplace dominates the dining room. Lovely old stone walls reveal the mason's chiselled mark on the ashlars. Newlaithes Manor has survived unscathed, although altered, through eight centuries of social changes spanning the reigns of over thirty monarchs and is an excellent example of the evolution of domestic architecture in this country.
Of particular note therefore are the magnificent tudor style open fireplace, screen panelling to most of the rooms, the fitted Georgian china cabinet and the panelled gallery to the first floor. Also worthy of mention are the stone cushions on the ground floor carrying the crook beams.
The sale of Newlaithes Manor presents a very rare opportunity to acquire what is believed to be the oldest house in Horsforth. It is a house of great historic interest and one to which there have been additions and alterations through the ages. Internally the house possesses a most interesting internal layout with probably its most impressive features being the extensive timber panelling, part of which are believed to date back to the Reformation.
Included is Manor Cottage, itself a two bedroom property interconnected at both ground and first floor levels and the attached Manor Lodge to the east which is self-contained. An opportunity therefore to acquire a flexible family house satisfying those with dependent relatives/teenage needs or those who choose to work from home.
The setting is quite delightful with a private, south facing garden with a summerhouse, lock up garden sheds and a detached double garage with electric up-and-over doors and a garden wc. The property is offered with gas fired heating.Newlaithes manorGround floorDrawing Room
With beamed ceiling and magnificently panelled to all sides. Of particular interest is the extremely rare full-length section believed to date back to the early 15th century. There is an open Georgian staircase, delightful inset Georgian china cupboard and working shutters to the fine example of original Georgian windows. The stone feature fireplace incorporates a multi-fuel stove and the floor is stone flagged.Study
Again superbly panelled, part of which is believed to have originated from Kirkstall Abbey at the time of the Dissolution. Also of particular note are the twin Tudor stone foursquare mullioned windows to the north and east elevations.Breakfast Kitchen
With a gas fired Aga comprising a range of oak fitted wall and base units with granite working surfaces. Appliances also include a fridge/freezer and dishwashing machine. Quarry tiled floor, beamed ceiling and stone walling with mason's marks and further excellent panelling with panelled door to:Dining Room
With exceptional Tudor open fireplace and Rayburn Open Fire. This is possibly the oldest room in the house, displaying a fine Tudor mullioned window, full length Oak screen and Tudor external doorway forming rear access. A further point of interest is the original Oak posts resting on stone cushions behind which is thought to have been a Priest's hole. There is an interconnecting door access to Manor Cottage.Utility Shower Room
Comprising stainless steel sink unit, quarry tiled floor, low suite wc, shower cubicle and Glow Worm gas central heating boiler.First floorGalleried Landing
With full height shuttered Georgian window setting off the full length original Oak screen and oak structured posts to the original tithe barn. Ample under eaves storage off, including airing cupboard with hot water cylinder. Interconnecting access to Manor Cottage at first floor level.Bedroom One
Having twin fitted wardrobes, south facing window and cast iron fireplace with stone surround.Bedroom Two
With south facing window and recessed walk-in wardrobe.Bedroom Three
With south facing window, built-in wardrobe and fireplace.Bedroom Four
Restricted to some degree by the exposed Oak beams and having ample recessed eaves storage off.Bathroom
With white suite and half tiled walls comprising panelled bath, wash hand basin and low suite wc.Manor cottageGround floorSitting Room
Having entrance vestibule off the dining room to Newlaithes Manor with understairs storage off, its own entrance door to the west and having a Montrose fireplace feature.Entrance Hall
With curved wall, separate cloakroom with low suite wc and wash hand basin off.Kitchen
Comprising range of fitted wall and base units with wipe clean working surfaces, stainless steel sink unit, provision for gas cooker, quarry tiled floor and walk-in pantry off.First floorBedroom One
With west facing window.Bedroom Two
With south facing window.Bathroom
With white suite and tiled surrounds comprising panelled bath, wash hand basin and low suite wc. Recessed storage cupboard and recessed cylinder cupboard with hot water cylinder.Inner Landing
With interconnecting door to the landing of Newlaithes Manor.Manor lodgeGround floorSitting Room
Approached by entrance door having underfloor heating and feature fireplace with Jotul multi-fuel stove.Dining Kitchen
Comprising range of fitted wall and base units with wipe clean working surfaces, built-in Candy oven/hob, plumbing for dishwashing machine and washing machine. Stainless steel sink unit and wall mounted Worcester gas fired central heating boiler. Under stairs cupboard.First floorDouble Bedroom
With south and east facing windows, exposed timbers and stone fireplace.Bathroom
With white suite comprising: Panelled bath, wash hand basin, low suite wc, shower cubicle and heated towel rail.OutsideDetached Double Garage 24' x 18'
With electric remote controlled up-and-over door and approached by a drive providing additional off street parking. There is a folding ladder to a storage loft area and there is a garden toilet and adjacent potting shed, log and fuel stores.Garden
Predominantly south facing, a most attractive feature offering privacy with shaped lawn, stone flagged paths and terrace. Kitchen garden, timber summerhouse and lock-up shed.