Rutley Clark – Unique Homes

West Wing, Ingmanthorpe Hall

For Sale
£ 1,000,000

Enveloped in greenery, secluded yet not isolated, discover the entertaining delights of the West Wing, a unique and versatile home set within the Georgian splendour of Ingmanthorpe Hall.

Heritage home

Privately tucked away down Montagu Lane, only moments from the thriving town centre of nearby Wetherby, make your way along the imposing driveway of Ingmanthorpe Hall, a prestigious former mansion enchanting in its Regency symmetry and warm sandstone glow. Now accommodating an exclusive selection of apartments, West Wing stands distinct – an oasis of quiet and calm, brimming with characterful features.

Accessed along a ½ mile drive, pull along the drive and through the original gate posts to park up in the two reserved spaces outside the double garage in a secure, electric gated carpark, before making your way to the imposing front entrance where the large door opens to a grand entrance hall, leaded windows to the side drawing an abundance of light through. An impressive original fireplace is an eye-catching feature, whilst the handsome cantilevered staircase ahead is believed to be one of the earliest of its kind.

Peace and privacy

A home with a rich history, Ingmanthorpe Hall was built in the early 1800s, before being sold in the 1930s, becoming a boarding school in the 1960s before being developed into apartments in more recent years.

Sense the spaciousness of the West Wing immediately upon entering the hallway, via a small lobby, where a wall of windows delivers light throughout. Soak up views of the private courtyard through the windows on the right, where double doors open to provide instant access to the outdoors.

Respectful, heritage tones adorn the walls, allowing the features of the home to take prominence.

Light-filled living

Freshen up in the handy cloakroom with WC and washbasin topped in black polished granite, before turning left from the hallway to sneak a peek into the kitchen. High ceilings stretch up above, characteristic of the heritage and history of this prominent home.

Light, creamy tones to the walls balance the burnished tones of the Amtico tiled floor, itself harmonising with the gleaming hues of the Baltic brown granite work surfaces, which form a horseshoe and provide plenty of preparation space.

Beechwood cabinetry is classic in its design, sympathetically in keeping with the classic elegance of the building and providing an abundance of storage. Additional storage lies within the central island. Bright and airy, the high ceilings stretch up above, featuring suspended pendant lights above the dining area. Admire the ornate coving and unique mouldings on the wall, taking the shape of a fleur de lis and Yorkshire rose – fascinating original details, distinguishing this home thought to have once served as the anteroom to the hall’s main ballroom.

Feast your eyes

Integrated appliances include two Miele ovens, a Miele dishwasher, two wine cabinets in separate units, an integrated fridge & freezer and large, freestanding American-style fridge-freezer.

Across the hallway, to the right of the main entrance discover a guest bedroom, spacious and light, replete with a large ensuite containing an impressive spa bath, separate walk-in shower, wash basin with vanity mirror above, WC and ladder heated towel rail. Stylish travertine tiling surrounds, both to the walls and underfoot. Also tucked away in the bedroom discover a utility closet, with plumbing for your washer-dryer.

Ballroom splendour

Returning to the hallway, make your way through to the stunning former ballroom, resplendent beneath high ceilings stretching up almost 20 feet and embellished with remarkably ornate cornicing. Famously featuring in classic ITV comedy drama, The Darling Buds of May, there is a true sense of prestige to this room, the ultimate setting for evenings spent entertaining family and friends.

OWNER QUOTE: “There is a real sense of privacy here, as the West Wing is outside of the main building, so you get no noise from neighbours, and they don’t hear us either.”

A real wow-factor room, relax on the sofa and enjoy garden views through the tall windows, sun shining on the rolling fields and woodland behind. Set within an imposing marble fireplace, warmth emanates from the gas fire.

Versatile spaces

American teak flooring extends underfoot, in this versatile heart of the home. A room quintessentially designed for entertaining, this grand former ballroom has hosted parties with live bands, dinners for up to 80 and even wedding receptions. French doors open up to the peaceful private garden beyond, offering an easy flow between indoor and outdoor living in the summertime. Grand and spacious, yet warm and homely, the versatility of the room lends itself to zones, perfect for dining, reclining, catching up on your favourite television shows and playing games with the children.

OWNER QUOTE: “Our friends refer to it as ‘party central’ – we had our own and our daughter’s wedding reception in here – you can’t be heard in the main building, it’s very private.”

Epitomising its versatility, spiral stairs wend up to a mezzanine level at one end, currently used as a discreetly tucked away office, ideal for keeping home and work separate for those working from home.

Safe and snug

Offering a cosy retreat in which to watch television or read a book, the snug lounge is nestled to the end of the hallway. Dressed in neutral shades, enjoy the peace and tranquility of this restful room, offering pretty views out over the private garden.

Privacy and security are at the heart of this home, fitted throughout with an alarm system. Technology also makes its mark, Cat5 wired for broadband with speeds of up to 350 Mbps and with an integrated Bose speaker system in the entertaining rooms.

Turning left out of the snug, at the end of the hallway, a second guest bedroom provides direct access out to a patio area, perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee whilst listening to birdsong. Fitted wardrobes provide plenty of storage, with a handy bathroom privately located next door, tiled to the walls and underfoot in travertine and featuring wash basin, WC, bath and separate shower.

Sweet dreams

Returning to the hallway ascend the staircase to the first floor, where two further bedrooms await. Currently serving as the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, views extend from windows to two walls, framing verdant views out over the gardens and countryside. Carpeted underfoot, storage is providing in the built-in wardrobe with sliding door. Freshen up in the stylish, travertine-tiled ensuite, featuring a sophisticated shower, fitted with jets to function as a Turkish spa. Peaceful and quiet, the neighbouring fourth bedroom currently serves as a dressing room, with fitted storage, although is it could equally serve as a comfortable double bedroom in its own right.

Overlooking rolling paddocks, backing onto acres upon acres of woodland, the picturesque outdoors surrounding the West Wing is the perfect accompaniment to its grandeur.

Garden escapes

The private garden soaks up the westerly sun right through until evening. Sheltered from the wind by mature hedging, enjoy the privacy and protection this space offers. A cellar used to store wine is accessed via steps in the courtyard, pluck out a bottle and dine alfresco on the patio, before meandering down the pathway that intersects the lawn to arrive at a further paved area, perfect for barbecues.

OWNER QUOTE: “We love being out there of a summer’s evening, the garden enjoys the sun until it sets, it’s a really tranquil place to be.”

Near and far

Secluded, but not isolated, it is only two miles to the nearest major road networks. For those commuting into the city, York Railway Station is accessible in 20 minutes, while it is only 30 minutes to Leeds Railway Station. Harrogate, meanwhile, is a mere eleven miles away.

Several local villages are on hand when it comes to dining out or enjoying a thirst-quencher following an invigorating walk around the local countryside. Only two miles away, the nearby town of Wetherby offers a number of options for shopping, including Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. For late night essentials, on approach to the motorway, there is a service station only a mile from the West Wing, with an M&S, ideal for picking up dinner after a busy day in the office.

Dine out at the Bay Horse in nearby Kirk Deighton or pay a visit to the Fox & Hounds in Walton. Meanwhile, in Wetherby there is a profusion of places to choose from including the Baanrai Thai Cage, Moji’s Pizzeria and The Bengal Brasserie. For a celebratory dinner, head to The Ivy in Harrogate, dining on modern British cuisine outside on the terrace. Only eleven miles away, Harrogate is also home to a number of prestigious schools.

Walk out from the doorstep of West Wing, and within easy reach head down into Wetherby alongside its prestigious Racecourse. The old train track has been repurposed as a walking-cycling route, passing through Wetherby and halfway to Harrogate.

A haven for nature, foxes, deer, birds of prey and hares are all resident to the surrounding countryside, making the West Wing ideal for lovers of the outdoors.

With London accessible in two hours by train, West Wing offers all the tranquility of the countryside in conjunction with convenient access to the city. A home designed for entertaining and restful quiet in equal measure, West Wing is a prestigious home in a historic building; book your viewing today to learn more.

Apartment 2, Ingmanthorpe Hall, York Rd, Wetherby LS22 5EH, UK