An exciting opportunity has arisen to own a piece of history in one of the most important villages in England. This is certainly a home with a story to tell and as owners and indeed guardians, one could easily spend many hours researching its history, nestled by the fire or while enjoying the sunshine in the private garden.
Built as a detached property in c1740, and believed to have once been the village sweet shop, this previous shop fronted home is a Tardis of character and charm within the conservation area of this attractive village. Testament to the appeal of this delightful property, it has been a much-loved family home to the current owners for 37 years.
Two reception rooms feature inglenook fireplaces and open beams, there is a spacious library-style entrance hall, original staircase, kitchen diner with views of the garden, utility room, ground floor WC, three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor with a spacious fourth bedroom in the attic. A well-stocked private garden features patio seating areas, lawn, flowerbeds and a garden shed. The property also owns two parking spaces beyond the garden, accessed via a private driveway.
As the current owners rarely access the property via the front door, the entrance hall is used as a library/study area with its spacious feel, built-in bookshelves and wooden desk. High ceilings, period internal doors and the original staircase provide a glimpse of the captivating features within this home.
Off the entrance hall the old shop front, now a relaxing living room, features an Inglenook fireplace unearthed by the current owners during their restoration of the property some years ago. This spectacular feature, once hidden away from view, now rightly commands prominence alongside exposed beams and deep chimney alcoves.
The inner hallway has an original staircase leading to the first floor. Useful storage for a home of this size is located below the staircase in the form of a family-sized, walk-in pantry and a separate cupboard currently used to store wine. Black and terracotta floor tiles are the perfect finish for this high-traffic area of the home.
Such is the quirky layout of the ground floor, a second reception room gives access to the kitchen via two internal doors. Yet another Inglenook fireplace with large oak beam mantel above acts as the focal point.
The kitchen features an open dining area with custom made dining table, perfectly crafted to fit the space. Double doors open to the patio seating area and provide views of the walled garden beyond. This is a useful extension to the property which was carried out in 2002.
The kitchen area itself is fitted with a range of white shaker-style wall and base units with wooden work preparation areas over and tiled splash backs. Space is provided for a freestanding Range-style oven, fridge freezer and dishwasher. The stainless-steel sink and drainer sit next to the rear kitchen door, which opens to the patio. Tiled flooring is an ideal finish to this area of the home.
Once the house bathroom, the external buildings to the rear of the property have been transformed into a utility and ground floor WC. The oil fired, central heating Worcester Bosch boiler is also located here and fed by a tank in the rear garden, providing hot water and central heating to the home via radiators in each room - with the exception of the attic. Space and plumbing are provided for a washing machine and other freestanding appliances. Traditional, yet still essential to modern day living, a clothes drying rack has been hung above the boiler for obvious reasons. The cloakroom off the utility features a low-level WC, hand wash basin and window to the rear elevation.
Heading up the staircase, in the centre of this property, opposite the high window to the rear, is yet another storage cupboard, making the most of the void behind the staircase to the second floor.
The rear double bedroom features fitted sliderobes and double doors which open out to a roof terrace seating area. Perfect for morning coffee in the warmer months.
Two further double bedrooms are located to the front of the property and all are served by the house bathroom.
As part of an extension to the property in 2002, the recently replaced house bathroom has been skillfully fitted within the quirky room to the rear of the first floor. Fitted with a four-piece, white bathroom suite including low-level WC, hand wash basin, bath and shower cubicle. The bathroom is finished with grey, wood-effect laminate flooring and a Velux window provides light.
A door leads off the spacious landing to a staircase to the fourth bedroom up in the attic. Another area developed by the current owners in their time here, this sizable bedroom features impressive, exposed timbers, three Velux windows to the rear and two original chimney stacks taking centre stage on the rear wall.
The long garden to the rear comprises a large patio seating area located just off the kitchen and dining space, ideal for alfresco dining in the warmer months. There is also a raised deck providing space in which to soak up the last of the evening sun, a shed with power and light and a recently rebuilt wall to the right-hand boundary. Beyond the patio, softer landscaping includes a lawn with well stocked flower beds and fruit trees. A path meanders to the rear gate which provides access to two parking spaces belonging to the property. The property owns a right of access over the private driveway to the right, belonging to the chapel, which gives access to the parking spaces.
A side passage, which is covered and has lockable doors, gives through access to the rear and is also an excellent storage space
Extensive works were carried out after the current owners' initial purchase, including appropriate underpinning of external wall, necessary repair of roof, damp proof course work and treatment for dry rot.
The village of Cawood is located some 10 miles south of the historic City of York, 5 miles from Selby and 7.5 miles from the market town of Tadcaster, not to mention the major rail and road links which connect neighbouring locations. Along with its rich heritage, notable landmarks and beautiful riverside walks, the village boasts many local amenities, public houses and a primary school.
Noted as 'The Windsor of the North' due to previously being home to the Archbishops of York, Cawood is one of the most historic villages in England. Rumour has it that the children's nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty may refer to Cardinal Wolsey's 'great fall' at Cawood, when he was arrested by King Henry VIII's men.
The property has no history of flooding. The village itself has been protected from flooding by the erection of a flood wall in 1985. Further information can be found on the Environment Agency website.