Crayke Castle in Yorkshire is a remarkable property which has been added to and existed in various incarnations since it was built in the 12th century. It has a reception hall, dining room, study, magnificent vaulted kitchen, sitting room, drawing room, conservatory, four bedroom suites, four further bedrooms, and a family bathroom as well as a self-contained two bedroom apartment.
The reception rooms are well-proportioned and light and the barrel-vaulted medieval kitchen is a superb room with an extensive family area alongside a practical and modern fitted kitchen. On the upper ground floor the sitting room and dining room has wonderful open stone fireplaces and fantastic wooden flooring with the adjoining conservatory opening onto the raised afternoon tea garden.
Outside there is a stable block with four loose boxes, double garage and two workshops, with a tennis court, woodland, two paddocks and a Grade I listed 12th century ruin, all in just under three acres.
The property boasts an impressive gated entrance which leads to a circular gravelled driveway. The gardens at the castle are mainly laid to lawn and there is also an attractive kitchen terrace with a small fountain surrounded by flowerbeds. In addition there is a beautiful orchard to the north of the stables and beside the tennis court, which is protected by a mature beech and box hedge.
The contours of the Roman battlements remain on the northern slope of the hill, along the top of which paths have been created. The summerhouse looks over the north garden and has commanding views of Yorkshire and the western side of the hill is wooded down to the boundary.
The village of Crayke has an active local community, and boasts a church and a good local primary school. York is just 15 miles away, from where the East Coast mainline takes under two hours. There is excellent walking, racing, golf and riding in the local area amongst some of the most scenic landscapes in England.
For further information, please contact Knight Frank on 01423 530088 or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk.