Scale House, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Full Description SCALE HOUSE
Scale House is an imposing, beautifully renovated, Grade II country home set in private woodland and nestled within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.Located in Rylstone which is within easy driving distance of both Skipton and Grassington which both boast abundant local amenities and yet provides an idyllic rural setting.There are regular train services from Skipton providing an easy commute to Leeds and London Kings Cross and with access via airports at Leeds/Bradford and Manchester if your travels take you farther.There are also excellent school facilities nearby with Skipton offering Grammar School education at either Skipton Girls or Emysted’s for the boys.
The property has been carefully renovated by the current owners to an extremely high standard and they have added exciting new features, including converting the attic space into an extra floor which accommodates three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a cinema room and a family/games room.Everyroom in this delightful property has been lovingly restored and offers a warm and cosy feel whilst retaining many of its original features.
The property offers in excess of 10,000 square feet of extremely well-proportioned living accommodation which comprises in total of: nine double bedrooms; five reception rooms; a stunning reception hall complete with a beautiful, bespoke, handmade, listed staircase; morning room; drawing-room; cinema room; study/office; large breakfast kitchen and utility room.This magnificent property also benefits from five bathrooms and a downstairs cloakroom with a further WC.
As you drive through the bespoke, wrought iron, electric gates and up the long, sweeping, private driveway you are greeted by a delightful, private courtyard with parking for ten to fifteen cars.There is a stunning early C20 single-storey portico which protects the grand main entrance double doors complete with striking Tuscan columns in antis, which takes you into the first reception hall of this magnificent property and your first taste of what awaits you.
The historic Scale House sits on a six and a half acres plot comprising of stunning lawned areas, summer house, sunken garden, vegetable garden and all are surrounded by beautiful woodland.
Scale House is an imposing Grade II country home reputed to date from around 1580.This section is devoted to placing Scale House has played its part in history and its evolution in form into its current incarnation. This is relevant as the significance of Scale House is equally attributed to its history in the region as it is to architectural characteristics.Early in its history Scale House was the home of the Watkinson family, supporters of the Society of Friends and became a place for general meetings.In 1660 the first General National Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quaker Movement) was held at Skipton, reflecting the region’s importance to the early years of the movement. A Journal entry from George Fox (founder of Society of Friends) directly mentions Scale House, “And so the National Meeting at Scale House about the Church's affairs did continue from 1657 to 1660...”Harry Speight in 1891 wrote “…The tourist now passes the turreted Scale House, one of the stateliest and most compact old mansions in Craven, associated with the troublous times of Craven Quakerism, where the Friends had a meeting-house and a burial-ground as early as 1650. The late Capt. Blake, who died in 1870, and from whom the property was acquired by its present owner, Capt. Henderson, J. P., added two wings to the house, and otherwise improved it…”Indeed, it was Captain Blake who added the three Italianate towers and the substantial East Wing which is now the separately owned Blake House, which has its own driveway and separate access to Scale House.
Scale House has green credentials too, the introduction of Biomass Heating has preserved this Heritage asset.Biomass iscarbon neutralas the carbon dioxide emitted when wood fuel is burned is the same amount that was absorbed over the previous years as the plant was growing.Heating an old stone building of this nature is a significant challenge because the property cannot benefit from modern efficiency improvements and a three storey home with a number of windows and large rooms with high ceilings, heat loss was a real challenge.The cost of heating with oil meant that when the current family moved in, thousands of pounds a year went towards purchasing fuel.Biomass is less expensive per unit and more efficient. This means, for the same level of heating, the cost of heating Scale House is at least a third less and is UK sourced from sustainable forestry management.The implementation of the Biomass heating system ensures Scale House is warm and ensures that there is no risk to masonry and historic beams making an affordable, warmer home also a benefit in keeping the architectural integrity of Scale House
Scale House is quite unique in not only does it have this amazing heating system, but it is also entitled to index-linked quarterly tariff-based payments per kilowatt of heat generated through theRenewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme which is contracted for 16 more years.The combination of fuel savings and RHI income mean that it’s possible to wipe out Scale House’s annual fuel bill or because the RHI income received is greater than the operating costs, the heating system generates an annual profit for the next 16 years.Biomass iscarbon neutralas the carbon dioxide emitted when wood fuel is burned is the same amount that was absorbed over the previous years as the plant was growing.Two biomass boilers (to ensure continuity) have been installed in the Oak Barn outside Scale House and are very low maintenance.Due to their high efficiency, only 1-2% of ash is produced from the original fuel material.
In brief, the property comprises of:
Original stripped floorboards and high ceilings with original coving and ornate features. There is a doorway leading into a cloakroom area with plenty of storage for coats and shoes.
High-level flush WC, chrome Victorian style heated towel rail. Period style wash basin with storage cupboard underneath and granite worktops. There is a frosted glass window allowing plenty of natural light.
This is a light and airy workspace with bespoke handmade bookshelves and space for two large desks this room has a triple aspect with views to the front and the side of the property. With its high ceilings and a beautifulfireplace with marble hearth. This room is a fabulous place to work or could be used as another reception area.
GRAND RECEPTION HALL
This magnificent space really is the heart of the house with a beautiful grade II listed staircase leading to the first and second floors. Marble flooring with underfloor heating and a doorway leading to the cellars and side courtyard.This space is ideal for entertaining guests. There are doors leading to the other reception rooms.
This is a large and comfortable space ideal for any family.It has carpeted flooring and a beautiful open fireplace.There are a bespoke handmade shelving area and storage cupboard, high ceilings and lots of original features including the most exquisite, ornate ceiling. There are two large windows with double glazed panels and views overlooking the delightful lawns to the rear. This room also benefits from reclaimed traditional cast iron radiators and has a door leading directly into the office.
This is one of the largest reception rooms in the house and is spacious enough to accommodate the whole family.Ideal for entertaining or just relaxing in front of the open fire which has a beautiful wooden surround and marble hearth. The drawing room has two large windows and French doors leading out to the Terrace area and gardens. This room has high, ornate ceilings with stunning original features.There are also two reclaimed cast iron radiators.
This is a fabulous entertaining space with wooden floors and a fantastic Inglenook fireplace and wood-burning stove. The room has high ceilings with original beams and beautiful exposed stone walls and has kept many of its original features.There is even a little surprise of ancient wallpaper inside the window shutters preserving in secret little bits of history.This room has space for a large dining table and chairs and has a doorway that leads through to the kitchen area.
BACK STAIRS AREA
Originally the part of the house used by its servants, this space has original stone floors and a second staircase leading to all floors.There are doors leading to the kitchen breakfast room, utility room and family room. There is also access to a private courtyard garden.
Scale House has a stunning family kitchen with plenty of workspaces. The kitchen comprises of bespoke handmade wall and floor mounted units with a large central island. There is an integrated fridge, Quooker boiling water tap, Induction hob, working four oven Aga, freezer, dishwasher and wall mounted double oven and microwave, integrated wine fridge and has granite work surfaces throughout.There is a delightful seating area with views overlooking the courtyard garden. The kitchen also offers a fantastic walk-in pantry which has plenty of storage.
This is a fantastic useful space with a range of floor and wall mounted storage units with pull out drawers.There is space for American-style fridge freezer, built-in wine rack, two washing machines and a tumble dryer. There is also a Belfast sink with granite worksurfaces.
A cosy, snug room with an open fireplace with tiled hearth and stone surround.The room has a double glazed window with views overlooking the rear gardens. There is also a storage cupboard which also houses another bit of history of the house – a very old safe.
Scale House has a very good-sized cellar and storage area.The Cellars are head height and currently house the MegaFlow water tanks and the oil heating system which is disconnected now as the house is run on a Biomass heating system.There is also a handy wine cellar area.
FIRST FLOOR LANDING
A beautiful galleried landing with ornate, high ceilings and many original features. There are doors leading to the first-floor living accommodation.
A beautifully presented Master suite of generous proportions.This delightful room has carpeted flooring, two double glazed windows with stunning views overlooking the grounds and breathtaking views of the local countryside. Once again the room benefits from high ceilings with LED inset spotlights. There is a doorway leading through into a generous dressing area with bespoke fitted wardrobes and storage drawers and has two cast iron radiators.
This useful space has an open fireplace with carpeted flooring and double aspect windows with views to the side and the front of the property.There is ample bespoke fitted wardrobes ideal for storage and a cast iron radiator.There is a door leading straight into the ensuite bathroom.
As you walk into the ensuite bathroom there are two antique washbasins and a large walk-in shower area with a thermostatically controlled mixer shower with rain shower head.This is a light and airy room with two windows and access leading out onto a balcony area.There is a door that takes you into the separate bathing room. The bathing room is a cosy, tranquil space, ideal to unwind and destress. The room has two windows with stained-glass and two wall mounted heated towel rails.
A double-sized room currently being used as a gym. The room has carpeted flooring and a large window with views overlooking the gardens.
A good size room with two large double glazed windows with views overlooking the gardens. The room has carpeted flooring, an open fireplace and two cast iron radiators.
Another generous double room with carpeted flooring, open fireplace, high ceilings and windows with views overlooking the side courtyard of the property. The room has a door leading to an en-suite shower room and to cast iron radiators.
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM
Low-level flush WC, heated towel rail, pedestal washbasin and walk-in shower cubicle with Metro tiles and thermostatically controlled mixer shower.
Generous bathroom with an Amtico wooden effect designer floor and cast-iron radiator. There is a window with a view overlooking the courtyard garden and a walk-in shower cubicle with thermostatic control and mixer shower.Panelled bath, vanity style wash-basin with a storage cupboard underneath.This room also benefits from a cast iron radiator, bespoke fitted storage cupboards and LED downlights.
Double room with carpeted flooring and storage cupboard.Wall-mounted radiator and a window with views overlooking the courtyard garden.
Another delightful double size guest bedroom with a cast iron radiator, open fireplace, built-in storage cupboard and a window with views overlooking the gardens.
STAIRS LEADING TO THE SECOND FLOOR
SECOND FLOOR LANDING
This is the most recently added part of the house and the current owners have renovated this previously derelict attic space.The area comprises of a landing area and stairs leading to a fabulous guest suite, cinema room, two additional bedrooms and a family room.
This is a fabulous space for people to relax and watch the latest movies. The room has carpeted flooring, original exposed beams, wall mounted radiators and LED inserted ceiling lights.
GUEST BEDROOM SUITE
A beautiful room and amazing use of space, this room has carpeted flooring and original beams. The room has LED ceiling lights and two storage cupboards areas. There is a small walkway leading to an ensuite shower room with a large walk-in shower area with a thermostatic control mixer shower, concealed system WC and wall-mounted washbasin.
FAMILY ROOM/GAMES ROOM
This is ideal for a Play/Games room with bespoke fitted storage cupboards and space for sofas and a television. There is also a door leading to the two bedrooms and feature bathroom.
A beautifully presented bathroom which is situated within one of the house turrets.It has a walk-in shower area with a thermostatically controlled mixer shower.Panelled bath and a vanity style washbasin with a storage cupboard underneath.Low-level WC and a wall-mounted heated towel rail.
A good size double room with bespoke built-in storage cupboard, original feature beams and inset ceiling LED spotlights.
A further good size double room with bespoke fitted cupboards, original feature beams and LED inset ceiling lights. There is also a Velux roof window.
Scale House is set in private woodland, nestled within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and sits on approximately six and a half-acre plot with stunning grounds and gardens. There is a detachedoak framed and larch bespoke carport and barn which houses the Biomass Heating System for the property.
The house is approached by a long sweeping tree-lined drive from the south-west which leads to a terrace in front of the entrance portico where there is ample parking for ten to fifteen vehicles.Below the terrace, steps is a former rose garden now planted with rhododendron, azaleas and mature specimen trees including two very large Wellingtonias, probably of late-19th-century origin.
To the south of the house, beyond a lawn, steps lead down to a sunken, walled and yew-hedged rectangular enclosure that was laid out as a formal rose garden in the 1939 re-modelling.It has a half-moon lily pond below the steps, stone paths and a central plinth.
There are stunning lawned gardens, a large rockery, vegetable garden, summer house and an abundance of woodland area.
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