An exceptional Grade II* listed 15th Century hall recently restored retaining a wealth of original features and including a new wing with a superb contemporary interior, leisure complex and swimming pool all set amidst private grounds of almost 4 acres.
Ackworth Old Hall is a lesser gentry hall house dating from the mid to late 15th century, steeped in history and indicated in the West Yorkshire Historic Environment Records as probably being preceded by a 14th century manor house on the same site. The house was acquired by the present owners in 2005 and has since undergone a comprehensive and meticulous programme of renovation, conservation and redevelopment to create what is arguably one of the finest private residences in this area of Yorkshire. The original principal section of the house was sympathetically renovated retaining the majority of the original period features. The former stables, threshing barn and associated outbuildings, now referred to as the west wing was completely rebuilt incorporating a magnificent bespoke kitchen and leisure complex creating perfect fusion of a period house with luxury contemporary living. The original house retains several stone fireplaces, exposed ceiling beams and Oak Attic trusses together with oak panelling in the family living room and stone mullioned leaded windows practically throughout. The redevelopment of the outbuildings in contrast now offers outstanding and luxuriously equipped accommodation which includes a bespoke family dining kitchen by Mark Wilkinson and a leisure complex including a heated indoor swimming pool, Spa / Jacuzzi, gymnasium and a magnificent entertaining room above enjoying magnificent views across the adjoining open countryside. A Sonos sound and TV / DVD system is networked throughout this wing of the house together with Lutron mood lighting and the whole of the first floor could be adapted to form self contained accommodation for a dependent relative / au pair / nanny or provide exceptional home office accommodation if required.
High Ackworth sits on the northern fringe of Ackworth village in the parish of Wakefield and offers a good selection of shops and local amenities. There is also an excellent choice of schools in the vicinity including Ackworth Quaker Boarding and Day School together with QEGS and Wakefield Girls School nearby. Ackworth is also ideally placed for access to Yorkshires principal commercial centres including those of Wakefield, Leeds and Sheffield with both the M62 and M1 motorways within approximately 10 minutes drive.
From the east elevation the ground floor is approached through a panelled door with leaded lights and matching fan light above into a reception hall with beamed ceiling, original panelled inner doors, exposed stone archway and arrow slit window. The formal drawing room enjoys dual aspects over the formal gardens and features an original stone fireplace with wide cast iron grate, canopy and log effect gas fire. Across the hall is an original oak panelled family sitting room again with dual aspects over the grounds, original stone fireplace with cast iron grate, canopy and log effect gas fire. A spindled gallery and stairway leads down from the hallway into a completely refurbished wine cellar with full height glazed doors and off which is a bespoke cinema room with Epson projector and screen together with Bose surround sound system, TV / Sky HD, DVD server and automated mood lighting.
There is also a separate WC. An inner hall with the original oak staircase providing access to the first and second floor levels opens through into a morning/living room with beamed ceiling, bespoke fitted book shelf unit and exceptional stone inglenook fireplace with open cast iron grate. An inner lobby with original panelled door to the front garden leads through into the superb open plan family dining kitchen with a comprehensive range of handmade units by Mark Wilkinson including Wolf professional range cooker in tiled recess, integrated appliances including Miele steam oven, coffee machine, dishwasher, Wolf warming drawer, stainless steel fridge freezer, Sub Zero dual cooling drawers, large oak lined larder cupboard and crockery display cabinet, central island/breakfast bar with rotating circular butchers block, vaulted ceiling, Travatine stone floor, stable type door and 6 section folding / sliding picture windows / doors opening out into the private south facing rear garden.
Twin side hallways lead to a fitted cloakroom, a utility room with matching units to those of the kitchen with concealed washing machine and tumble dryer, Gaggenau stainless steel full height fridge freezer and cloakroom with wash hand basin and WC.
The leisure complex is part of the recent contemporary addition to the house and comprises an indoor heated swimming pool with tiled surround, electric pool cover, Jacuzzi and full height picture windows overlooking the gardens to the south of the house, integrated Bose sound system and Aquavision built in TV. Leading off the pool is a fitted changing room with a Villeroy & Bosch steam shower, fitted store cupboard and shelving, wash hand basin and separate WC. This in turn then leads through into a gymnasium with mirrored walls, integrated Bose sound system and air conditioning unit. Above the leisure complex with separate access down to the kitchen is a stunning entertaining area with formal dining and sitting area, full height picture windows enjoying magnificent views across the adjoining paddock land and countryside beyond. A door leads through into a home office beyond which is a separate shower room with WC and built in store room. Agents Note: the whole of this first floor section could be adapted to form a superb self contained annexe for a dependent relative if preferred; all plumbing and power connections are available in the store room to create a small kitchenette.
In the original section of the house the first floor accommodation is approached off a small landing and archway into the master bedroom suite with private entrance vestibule and oak panelled doors. The master bedroom itself has windows on three sides overlooking the gardens and original stone fireplace with cast iron grate and canopy.
An oak door leads through into a bespoke fitted luxury en suite bathroom with white suite comprising enclosed bath with marble surround in mirrored recess, mirrored Aquavision TV, matching vanity unit with twin inset wash hand basins, bidet and WC. This in turn leads through into a fitted dressing room with an extensive range of bespoke fitted furniture including eight double wardrobes and dressing table recess. Also at this level is the second bedroom with beamed ceiling, views over the paddock land and countryside beyond and luxury en suite bathroom with Travertine tiled walls, Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle, wash basin and WC. At second floor level is a landing with vaulted and beamed ceiling leading off which is a wash room with WC and double bedroom three with exposed roof attic trusses (uniquely numbered by carved Roman numerals), vaulted and beamed ceiling. An inner landing provides access to double bedrooms four and five, each with magnificent original exposed trusses, beamed and vaulted ceilings and one having a full width walk in store room with extensive fitted shelving. Bedrooms four and five share a jack and jill bathroom with oval shaped free standing bath, integrated Aquavision TV, tiled shower cubicle, wash hand basin and WC.
Outside the property is approached through stone entrance pillars with electric wrought iron gates and matching hand gate down a wide stone set driveway providing ample private parking and in turn giving access to a built on garage with electric double doors. A further sliding electric gate opens through into an additional walled stone set courtyard providing additional parking and a secure environment for young children. A five bar entrance gate leads off the main forecourt into an extensive lawned and enclosed garden/paddock with mature trees and boundary hedging and feature screen stone wall with trained cotoneaster running the full length. Double gates lead through into a beautiful and completely private south facing rear garden with extensive manicured lawns, a full length stone flagged sun terrace leading on to a raised circular decking area, all of which is bounded by mature lavender bushes. A second stone screen wall with hand gate leads through into a further lawned garden on the east side of the Hall off which is the lovely original formal walled garden with shaped lawns, extensively stocked flower borders and a central stone block pathway leading up to the side of the house. At the front of the house is a beautiful rose garden with neat topiary privet hedges. Beyond the courtyard is an extensive orchard with apple, plum and pear trees and what is to believed to be the oldest walnut tree in the area.
Beyond the formal gardens to the east are adjoining paddocks ideally suited to those with equestrian interests. In all we understand the grounds extend to almost 4 acres.