Leeds property news: Rare chance to rent piece of history

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FEW driveways are as imposing or steeped in Yorkshire history as the breathtaking route which leads visitors to the latest property on the books of residential sales and letting agents Linley & Simpson.

Tenants who rent The North Wing of the Grade 1 listed building of Steeton Hall, on the outskirts of Leeds at South Milford, can lay claim to having one of the grandest entrances in the country.

For Steeton Hall Gateway is a listed ancient monument and protected by English Heritage, whose distinctive plaque sits by the structure and chronicles its fascinating history dating to the 14th century.

“This is a rare chance to have a unique piece of Yorkshire history on your doorstep – as well as one of the most impressive entrances to a home that anyone could wish for,” said Steve Kilby, manager of Linley & Simpson’s Wetherby office, which is handling the property.

“English Heritage cite the gateway as being of national interest and describe it as ‘a fine example of a small, well-presented manorial gatehouse’. If first impressions count, then this can only add to the property’s appeal.”

The North Wing is a four-bedroomed family home with landscaped gardens including a summer house and decked area, with a single garage with useful storage area and ample gated driveway parking.

The gateway is one of four such structures that once marked the corners of the estate. It has been described as “a fair and stately structure in the brave days of old” by historian and author Edmund Bogg in his bookRound About Leeds.

It has two arched passages – the larger one in the centre was originally designed to let horsemen and carriages through

Several hundred years later it is now a different forms of horsepower that uses the route – cars.

The smaller arched passageway to the left was for footmen.

South Milford is conveniently located close to York and Leeds and with ease of access to A1M (3 miles) and rail networks from the village station.

The property which has been newly decorated throughout and comprises: reception hallway with beamed ceiling and underfloor heating, large lounge with stone flagged floor and inglenook fireplace with multi-fuel burning stove, study with wood panelled walls, dining kitchen with AGA, utility room/ second kitchen, downstairs WC, rear entrance lobby, galleried landing leading to large master bedroom with dressing area and ensuite bathroom with feature stone walling and beamed ceiling, two further double bedrooms,newly fitted house shower room, large double bedroom with built in speaker system and home cinema entertainment unit, bathroom with Jacuzzi whirlpool bath.

Marketed through the Wetherby office of Linley & Simpson, the property is available furnished or unfurnished for £1,600 per month, including the services of a gardener. For further details, visitwww.linleyandsimpson.co.uk or call 01937 586060.

Waterside Residents Association members Judi Graham, Conrad Plowman, John Broadbent, Margaret Plowman. and Susan Martin. (1708051AM3)

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