"Late Georgian manor built on site of castle, with wooded walks and follies stretching down to the river Ure and views over Wensleydale. Also a Victorian walled garden, still in full production today.
Built in 1802, Grade II* with ornate cornicing and finely proportioned rooms, it boasts possibly the finest staircase of its date in the county. House contents include important portraits, furniture, silver, china from 16th-19th century. Featured in Country Life magazine, where Giles Worsley described it as “having generous proportions and the quality of materials and of detail is very high, the standard of plasterwork is almost opulent”.
Tour of principle rooms on ground floor – hall, library, drawing room, dining room, sitting room. Also tour of gardens and grounds.
Front drive gates are next to a red telephone box on right hand side heading north; 2 ½ miles north of Masham on road to Richmond. Proceed down drive and house is on the left through gate at the foot of hill.
Tea/coffee and biscuits.
Ground floor only, gravel paths but steep banks in places.
No photography inside the house.