A beautiful Grade II* listed hall which has only recently undergone a comprehensive yet sympathetic programme of restoration, set in well tended 17th Century style private south facing grounds and in all extending to approximately 3 acres.
Clarke Hall is a landmark building in Wakefield which until its closure in 2014 was described as a living history museum and successfully operated as a specialist historic facility until the loss of dedicated schools funding in April 2011. However over the past 2 years the property has undergone a comprehensive yet sympathetic programme of restoration and improvement to create a simply stunning private residence. The beautiful Grade II* listed hall also sits in well tended 17th Century style gardens including a Grade II* listed wall, mounting blocks and other historic structures which together form a unique location of national importance.
Clarke Hall is situated just off the Aberford Road approximately 1½ miles to the north of Wakefield town centre. Both the M1 and M62 motorways are within some 5 minutes’ drive providing excellent access to Yorkshire’s principal commercial centres and travel further afield. Wakefield Intercity railway station also allows access to London’s Kings Cross within some 2 hours.
The ground floor is approached through an entrance vestibule with original doors and into a most impressive dining hall panelled to dado height, with the original stone fireplace and floor and off which is a concealed storage cupboard and large walk in former dairy/utility room with stone floor and beamed ceiling. The stunning panelled drawing room features a heraldic ceiling, original stone fireplace and deep walk in bay window overlooking the grounds. Equally the library/sitting room is fully panelled again with an original stone fireplace, concealed storage cupboard and walk in store cupboard. The spacious family breakfast kitchen boasts a new handmade bespoke kitchen by Peter Thompson comprising wall and base units complemented by marble preparation surfaces and with a matching central island with integrated four ring induction hob and concealed extractor fan. There are matching Siemens twin ovens, steam oven and grill, pantry cupboard and separate large integrated fridge with drawer freezer below.
A feature of the room is the magnificent Inglenook stone fireplace with canopy and grate and separate preparation area with Frankie twin Belfast sink, marble work surface and integrated Siemens dishwasher. A side entrance hall has a range of fitted store cupboards and glazed display cabinets and hanging for cloaks off which is a new fitted kitchen and new shower/cloakroom with wash basin and WC. There is also internal access from the hall into the self contained element of the hall which leads off a living room. The first floor accommodation is approached from the original turned staircase initially leading up into a beautiful three quarter panelled through chamber suitable for a number of uses with the original fireplace, concealed priest hole and secret access panel, arched recess overlooking the cobbled forecourt and off which is a large walk in store room which may be suitable to provide a house bathroom or en suite facility, subject to approval. The large principal bedroom features an original stone fireplace and deep walk in bay window facing south and overlooking the grounds. A second inner landing with three quarter panelling leads initially to the second panelled double bedroom with original stone fireplace with concealed store room and lobby. There is a third double bedroom/guest suite with dressing area and an en suite facility for a shower room and WC for which the plumbing and services are installed and there is then a fourth bedroom and new spacious shower room with bidet, wash hand basin and WC together with a fitted walk in wardrobe.
A second staircase leads down into a living room with fireplace recess and large fitted cast iron stove and an archway open through to a new fitted kitchen with split level cooker and separate access to the rear. These two rooms together with the bedroom and bathroom above would readily form self contained annexe for a dependant relative if required. The vehicular access leading in from Aberford Road is owned by Clarke Hall and feeds around the rear of the property into a large private parking area for numerous vehicles and where there may be space to erect garaging subject to the necessary planning approval. The adjoining building enjoys an easement across the driveway into its parking area. The front of the hall features an extensive stone cobbled courtyard with the original stone mounting blocks still in evidence. There is a lawned garden to the side of the courtyard.
The principal grounds to Clarke Hall lie to the south of the property and are divided into several rectangular panels each with its own individual feature including extensive lawns separated from the ornamental maze by a yew hedge. At the bottom of the garden running along its southern boundary is part of the original moat alongside which is the summer house built with stone columns taken from Wakefield markets cross in 1866.
Situated immediately to the west of the formal gardens is an area of paddock land which is subject to a clawback provision should any form of future development be permitted. The hall and its grounds are listed and as such consents may be required for any alterations both internally and externally.