** now with added land & outbuildings ** A unique property with approx 6 acres of land and an additional piece of land of approx 2.5 acres plus associated outbuildings. Situated in a private, rarely available location in open countryside yet only 2 miles from Yarm School and 4 miles to Teesside High School. A property of over 6100sqft plus garaging of 1150sqft and outbuildings of over 1100sqft.
A rare and exclusive opportunity to purchase one of the most prestigious properties in Yarm and the surrounding areas. Handley Cross was originally constructed in 1951 by the Crossley family - well known as brick manufacturers. It was subsequently extended in 1964 and again in 1972 to create the impressive dwelling that now sits in approximately six acres of outstanding grounds. Handley Cross has since been sympathetically restored and improved by the current owners and benefits from a host of modern upgrades whilst still retaining the charm and character of the original building.
The site is elevated high over the Leven Valley, an area of considerable unspoilt natural beauty, and there are spectacular views - particularly from the bedrooms - along the valley and to the Cleveland Hills beyond. The River Leven runs into the Tees, the traditional northern boundary of the old North Riding of Yorkshire, just to the south of Handley Cross. Although it is in an area of often breathtaking beauty, within sight of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, the house is within minutes drive of each of the major centres of Teesside. By way of contrast, nearby Yarm is a traditional market town - busy, thriving and providing a great range of shopping needs and entertainment options.
Situated in a private, rarely available location within close reach of Yarm school and Teesside high school. Transport links to all local or national business centres are excellent with a comprehensive network of dual carriageways (A1, A66 and A19) serving the area, rail services from Yarm Station and mainline routes from Darlington Station and international flights from Durham Tees Valley Airport, a 15 minute drive away. Additionally, the grounds are approved as a private helicopter landing site. To view call Bridgfords Estate Agents in Yarm on .
• Six Bedrooms
• Kitchen/Breakfast Room
• Dining Room
• Rear Lobby
• Utility Room
• Entertainment Annexe
• Dressing Room
• En-Suite Bathroom
• Shoe Cupboard
• Family Bathroom
• Dressing Area
• Front Garden & Approach
• Formal Rear/Side Garden
• Sunken Woodland Garden
• Walled Garden
• Kitchen Garden
• Garage Block / Workshop
• Additional Information
Entrance Porch With solid oak storm door with solid oak framed side panel, oak parquet floor, coving to the ceiling, solid oak inner door leading to:
Reception Hall24'8" (7.52m) into bay x 16'11" (5.16m). With oak parquet floor, solid oak skirtings, architraves and doors, delft rack, solid oak "Mousey" Thompson built in storage cupboards. Feature "Mousey" Thompson solid oak chimney piece with feature rustic brick inset and hearth and open grate. Double radiator, single radiator, coving to the ceiling, carved solid oak staircase with spindles and banister leading to the first floor. UPVC double glazed bow window with solid oak inserts to the rear aspect, solid timber bay window seat crafted from a Church pew. Telephone point. Under stairs storage cupboard housing a 5x25 pabx telephone system with telephone outlet in each room including garage and outbuildings.
Lounge25'10" x 18' (7.87m x 5.49m). A spacious and well appointed room having panoramic south-facing windows (with external sun blinds) looking out over the gardens and surrounding countryside and providing an exceptional degree of natural light. There is a chimney breast and hearth with marble tiled inset and open grate, skirting radiators (with thermostat controls), two TV aerial points and Sky hd connection, telephone point, two ceiling light points. French doors to the side elevation giving access directly to the gardens and side patio.
Study15'9" x 11'3" (4.8m x 3.43m). UPVC door and uPVC window to the rear both with oak inserts, separate fax line and telephone line, coving to the ceiling, radiator.
Inner Hallway Leading off the main hallway via an arched opening and having oak parquet floor, solid oak skirtings, architraves and doors and solid oak door to the kitchen.
Ground Floor Cloakroom/WC Double glazed window to the front with oak frame, tiled floor and splashbacks, wash handbasin inset into vanity unit, low level WC, recessed wall-mounted glass fronted cabinet, double radiator.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room27'9" (8.46m) x 17'6" (5.33m) plus recess. Stunning kitchen refitted with a range of cream gloss wall and base units with black granite worksurfaces and splashbacks and a stainless steel one and a half bowl sink unit with granite drainer and mixer hose attachment. The centre of the kitchen benefits from a large central island, again with granite worksurfaces, a range of illuminated storage and hidden 'pop up' powerpoints. The kitchen is luxuriously appointed with a range of Miele appliances including two stainless steel electric integrated ovens, a stainless steel steam oven, built-in stainless steel microwave and integrated Miele dishwasher. Five ring gas hob and griddle plate with twin illuminated extractors. Integrated wine cooler and two integrated tall fridge freezers. Fully tiled floor and a range of feature lighting including kickboard lights, under cupboard lighting and remote controlled ceiling spotlights. TV point, telephone point, two central heating radiators, French doors and window to rear, bow window to the front and window to
Dining Room24'9" x 15' (7.54m x 4.57m). Open plan to kitchen and with a raised solid oak floor. UPVC double glazed bay window with oak frame to the front giving a delightful view across the front gardens, further double glazed windows to both side aspects and a coved ceiling, radiator, telephone point.
Rear Lobby Tiled floor, solid oak doors to front and rear, two wall mounted heaters.
Utility Room9' x 5'9" (2.74m x 1.75m). Accessed via rear lobby. Fitted with base units and worktops. Double drainer sink unit, plumbing for an automatic washing machine, vent for tumble dryer, oak framed window to the rear, tiled splash backs.
Inner Lobby Ceramic tiled flooring, giving access to entertainment area.
Separate WC Low level WC, wash hand basin, tiled splashbacks, continued tiled flooring.
Shower Room Fully tiled shower area with electric shower and changing area, tiled flooring continued from lobby, radiator and panelled ceiling.
Secure Store8' x 10' (2.44m x 3.05m). Secure storage room with steel faced door and alarm.
Games Room/Bar37'9" x 29'9" (11.5m x 9.07m). An extremely spacious room with a wooden floor, stage with feature lighting and fully functioning bar area with draught pumps, sink unit and canopy light. The room features two sets of double glazed sliding patio doors to the side overlooking the gardens. There is scope for the new owner to fit the room out with a wet room/sauna and have a hot tub on the adjoining patio area. There are three radiators and a contemporary wall mounted electric fire, telephone point. Beneath the ballroom floor the original swimming pool still remains which could be re-instated if the new owner wished. The room also has the potential for conversion into an attached dwelling for a dependant relative or teenager.
Gym Room17'2" x 17'9" (5.23m x 5.4m). Featuring double glazed patio doors to the rear garden, bow window to the rear with woodland view, television point, telephone point, feature halogen lighting, wooden floor with floor mounted power sockets.
Cinema Room17'1" x 11'11" (5.2m x 3.63m). Wooden floor, blackout cinema style curtains, black panelled ceiling, radiator, telephone point and white cinema screen. The existing cinema equipment will be included in the sale and includes a ceiling mounted projector, surround sound speaker system, Samsung DVD player and Sony amplifier.
Landing Giving access to the first floor rooms and having radiator, coved ceiling, feature solid oak framed leaded light window on half-landing, built in storage cupboard and loft access via ceiling hatch with wooden folding drop down ladder.
Master Bedroom Suite Separate landing area with double glazed window to the front leading to all Master Suite rooms.
Bedroom18'8" x 18'2" (5.7m x 5.54m). This bedroom provides magnificent views at both elevations. In particular the rear elevation overlooks the immediate formal garden and the surrounding woodland towards the open countryside beyond. There are fitted Chippendale solid wood wardrobes and fitted dressing tables providing ample hanging space and storage. Telephone point, double radiator, TV aerial point, coved ceiling and recessed ceiling spotlights. Oak framed uPVC double glazed window to the front and rear.
Dressing Room12'3" (3.73m) x 7' (2.13m) including robes. Two double fitted wardrobes, double glazed window to the rear, shaving point, radiator.
En-Suite Bathroom Fitted with a luxurious six piece white suite comprising a sunken spa bath with air and water jets and a marble surround and steps. There is also a Showerlux multi jet steam shower with massage jets and touch controls, low level WC, bidet and his and hers wash hand basins inset into a vanity unit. The floor and walls are fully tiled and there is a vertical raidator with full length mirror, separate radiator, underfloor heating and a towel radiator. To the rear aspect there is a double glazed bow window with oak inserts. The room has a variety of feature lighting including remote control spotlights and 'daylight' uplighter and also feature LED lighting inset into the bath panel. There is also a built in storage cupboard, shaving point and extractor fan. Telephone point, Sony sound system.
Shoe Cupboard Featuring a range of shoe storage racks.
Bedroom Two13'8" x 14'4" (4.17m x 4.37m). Double radiator, built in double wardrobe, television point, telephone point, uPVC double glazed window with oak frame looking out over the rear garden and countryside beyond.
Bedroom Three13' x 11'10" (3.96m x 3.6m). UPVC double glazed bay window to the front and double glazed window to the side - both with oak frames. Two built in double wardrobes and dressing table, telephone point, coving to the ceiling.
En-Suite Fitted with a white suite comprising a step in shower cubicle, low level WC and wash hand basin. Double glazed window to the side.
Bedroom Four10'4" x 8' (3.15m x 2.44m). UPVC double glazed window with oak frame to the rear, double radiator, coved ceiling, telephone point. Currently used as an office.
Family Bathroom Fitted with a suite comprising a panelled bath, wash hand basin inset into vanity unit, bidet and low level WC. Tiled walls and flooring, recessed ceiling spotlights, cupboard housing hot water cylinder.
Dressing Area Serving bedrooms five and six this dressing area features a double glazed window to the front, built in cupboards, coving to the ceiling, telephone point and a radiator. Access to bedrooms five and six and bathroom.
Bedroom Five13' x 9' (3.96m x 2.74m). UPVC double glazed window with oak frame overlooking the front garden, skirting radiator, coved ceiling, TV aerial point, telephone point, fully fitted wardrobes.
Bedroom Six14'10" x 10'4" (4.52m x 3.15m). UPVC double glazed window with oak frame overlooking the rear garden, skirting radiators, coved ceiling, telephone point.
Bathroom Accessed from the dressing area and serving bedrooms five and six, this bathroom is fitted with a white suite comprising a low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and corner shower cubicle. Double glazed window to the rear, tiled floor and splashbacks, coved ceiling and extractor fan.
Attic31'6" x 9'2" (9.6m x 2.8m). A wooden folding ladder leads from the landing area to this useful attic space with dormer window (with beautiful views over the gardens and surrounding countryside) and fitted storage. The attic is fully boarded and has a wealth of under eaves storage and access at either end into adjoining loft space. The adjoining loft areas are perfect for additional storage and measure 6.6m x 3m and 8m x 2.5m. Subject to the relevant building regulation approval, the attic area would be perfect for conversion into further accommodation or bedrooms and enjoys the finest views in the house!.
Outside The property stands in grounds that total approximately 6.5 acres and have been separated into several different distinctive areas. The grounds are highlighted by a range of external floodlighting.
Front Garden & Approach The property is approached through double timber gates that are powered and remote controlled. The meandering driveway then leads you to a block paved turning circle and forecourt immediately in front of the property which provides ample parking. The front garden is laid mainly to lawn and bordered by a variety of mature trees and conifers and provides a suitably breathtaking entrance to the property.
Formal Rear/Side Garden The rear garden is laid mainly to lawn with numerous well established and fully stocked beds and borders and a wealth of mature tree screening. The property is bounded by mature woodland and the actual boundary of the property is 30' into this woodland. The main rear garden has a south facing aspect and there is a stone flagged patio to the side and rear of the property. To the side there is a delightful rockery garden set under extremely large & mature trees. The gardens look over the surrounding woodland and beyond and enjoy truly panoramic views.
Sunken Woodland Garden Stone steps lead down to this private and peaceful sunken garden with a wooden built bird hide and a picnic area and patio with seating. Tiered flower beds provide additional interest and the garden is nestled deep into the wooded area.
Walled Garden A large and very private walled garden is situated to the side of the house and boasts a formal lawned area with established beds and borders. Enclosed by a brick wall which has trained fruit trees including apple, pear and plum trained to grow up it. The walled garden has a timber covered seating / bbq area which is ideal for entertaining. This area has a log burner, power and lighting and a log storage area. Trellising with an integral archway lead to the kitchen garden and double gates lead to the outbuildings.
Kitchen Garden Also enclosed by high walls, this kitchen garden features a traditional rustic layout and is utilised for vegetables, herbs and cut flowers. There is an ornamental pond, duck pond and central paved seating area. A timber gate leads to a 'secret garden' beyond the wall. A greenhouse with power to it is included in the sale and there is also an external WC with wash hand basin.
Recreational Land A piece of land measuring approximately 2.5acres including a concrete hardstanding. This land adjoins the main site and has separate access via secure metal gates plus an additional entrance gate via Leven Bank. Suitable for many uses according to the buyers requirements.
Outbuildings70'x15'9" (21.34mx4.8m). A block of outbuildings sited on the recreational land and opening onto the concrete hardstanding. Suitable for a range of uses such as workshop space, garaging, hobby or office space.
Garage Block / Workshop41' x 28'1" (12.5m x 8.56m). This attached garage block provides parking for four vehicles plus additional space for a workshop area. It features two double up and over doors - one of which is electronically operated. In addition there is light, power and windows to the rear of the block.
Additional Information The property is fully wired for cable TV in each room and also benefits from a monitored alarm system.