Property of the Day: Otterington Hall, North Yorkshire
THE PROPERTY: To approach this 19th-century house, visitors drive through electric gates, past the lodge and through parkland and woodland. The nine-bedroom property comes with 91 acres of land, outbuildings, cottages and some of the best yew topiary in the country: the gardens have a unique, 100-foot-long gallery of yew sculptures. There is a pond at the bottom of the parkland that could be stocked with fish and a small family shoot on the estate.
THE LOCATION: Otterington Hall is three miles away from Northallerton, which offers shopping, restaurants and food markets. The boutiques and restaurants of York, Leeds and Harrogate are within easy reach.
THE INTERIOR: At the front of the house is an eye-catching semi-circular porch with two Doric half-columns and two pilasters supporting a frieze and cornice. Inside, the ornate plasterwork, ceiling roses, window shutters and large sash windows are equally impressive. There are parquet wood floors throughout and a lovely sweeping staircase.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The property comes with an all-weather, floodlit tennis court so you can practise your serve, whatever the weather.
BUY IT NOW: £3,950,000 with Strutt & Parker
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