Lawn House is a lovely pad indeed; minimalistic with country-chic good looks and a location that’s as dreamy as can be. The Grade II listed Georgian Manor house opened only three months ago, following a period of ravishing renovation, transforming it into a stylish, elegant holiday home for groups, friends and couples. Farrow & Ball colours and contemporary styling brings the place to life and creates a gorgeous blend of comfort and grandeur.
Set on the banks of the river Swale, in its private grounds in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, the property boasts its own private river frontage and a waterfall running through the gardens.
Most of the ground floor is taken up by the large open plan reception rooms encompassing the living room and formal dining space. The living room is a statement in modern style, dominated by a huge original fireplace complete with a roaring open fire.
Chic contemporary furniture gives the room a bright and welcoming feel and three large sash windows offer a bird’s eye view of the gardens and river beyond. Original window shutters give a sense of period glamour, too.
For family movie nights, a Sony SMART Flatscreen 3D TV with Freesat, Amazon Prime Video & a Sony Blu-Ray DVD Player is provided. There’s also a Bose Sound Touch Multi Room System covering most of the house, which can also be used for Bluetooth music streaming. And to keep the kids happy, a Playstation and traditional board games are available too.
Wander through to the stunning formal dining room and you’ll find a magnificent 10-foot Irish linen table dating back to the 1700s. An antique French Vitrine dresser and large period mirror complete the look, while another large original fireplace provides the perfect backdrop to a special candlelit dinner.
Make your way down to the lower ground level to discover a charming country kitchen complete with an informal dining area – just the place for a late night catch-up over a bottle of red. Underfloor heating keeps the room nice and toasty and another exquisite stone fireplace and antique butchers block adds traditional character.
All the expected mod cons are provided within the Neptune bespoke kitchen, including a dishwasher, Stoves range with induction hob, Panasonic combi microwave oven & grill, De Longhi coffee maker and SMEG fridge/freezer. A further TV and DVD player are provided.
The lower ground level also has a handy cloak room, laundry room with washer/dryer and boot room. If you have the family pooch with you, this area has direct access from the back door, so it’s the perfect place to dry them off after a walk in the hills.
Back up to the ground floor to discover the first of four bedrooms, the Library room. All of the bedrooms in Lawn House feature the finest sumptuous fabrics and furnishings. This charming room features a king size French bed with Loaf mattress, exposed floor boards and soft peaceful colours. A quirky touch with the bedside tables which are Hungarian milking stools and an old typewriter and Nickel floor lamp are your bedside lights. Solid oak bookcases line the walls of the snug area in this room offering a host of reading material, and a comfy antique French armchair from which to enjoy them.
The remaining three bedrooms in Lawn House are set on the first floor at the top of the beautiful wooden staircase. The breathtaking master bedroom offers uninterrupted views of the river and Yorkshire Dales from two large windows. The fabulous super king-size bed boasts a Hypnos mattress, Hungarian goose down feather topper and duvet with beautiful White Company bed linen. An original fireplace and huge en-suite add to the wow-factor in this room. The en-suite bathroom has a large bath with marble surround and shower head attached to the taps. We’re particularly fond of the super-wide floorboards in here.
The third bedroom sits at the front of the house – another lovely room with a contemporary handmade king-size canopy bed commissioned by the owners and made by an artisan blacksmith. The family bathroom sits next door, a spacious and grand room with traditional his-n-her sinks, a large cast iron bath tub and a separate walk in shower with power shower. Open the window, run yourself a long hot bath, sink in and enjoy the river views.
In addition to the gorgeous interiors, Lawn House offers much within its extensive grounds to enjoy. Step out of the back door onto the terrace, with views across the large lawned garden and down to your private river frontage. There’s an additional paved terrace set right by the river complete with a circular rattan sofa so you can chill with the sound of running water below – heaven on a warm summer’s day.
An Indian Kadai fire-pit also allows you to extend your time outdoors well into the evening. Snuggle up under a blanket and watch the sun set over the hills with the sights and sounds of Yorkshire wildlife all around. The Kadai can also be used as a BBQ and an additional large gas BBQ is provided on the main terrace.