BEING GRADE II LISTED, THIS IMPORTANT AND SPLENDID HOME IS APPROACHED OVER A LONG SWEEPING DRIVEWAY, AND A MAGNIFICIENT CASTELLATED FRONTAGE APPEARS FROM WITHIN THE TREES TO GREAT EFFECT. WITHIN, BEAUTIFUL FEATURES ARE PLENTIFUL INCLUDING A STUNNING OAK CENTRAL STAIRCASE WHICH GENTLY RISES FROM THE GREAT HALL. BIRTHWAITE HALL OFFERS WELL OVER 7500 SQUARE FEET OF DELIGHTFUL ACCOMMODATION INCLUDING:
impressive entrance hall, the great hall with sitting area (29’3” x 21’8”), drawing room, dining room, family/garden room, dining kitchen, utility room, basement, gym and workshop, seven bedrooms, three bathrooms, top floor games room/lounge, garaging, gardens, paddock, field and stabling all amounting to an estimated two-and-a-half acres. Being approximately one mile from Junction 38 of the M1 and a short drive away from the villages of Bretton, Darton and Cawthorne.
Beautiful very tall period timber and glazed door with matching glazed over-panel set within a delightful surround gives access through to the property’s entrance hall. The entrance hall sets the scene in terms of grandeur and style, having a particularly high decorated ceiling with wonderful plaster work on display, decoration to the dado-height, chandelier point and polished timber boarded floor. Double doors lead through to the great hall.
This very large and impressive central space within the property is a fine reception room in itself. It also features a stunning beautiful sweeping oak staircase which is open and turns and rises up to the first-floor landing. Looking upwards, the first-floor level is apparent from the hall level. There is a galleried first floor landing giving a fine view down to the great hall with wonderful panelling, polished timber boarded floors, and a beautiful fireplace. This hall with its magnificent feature of the oak staircase with oak balustrading and hand-rails, being of a cantilever design, is something that truly needs to be viewed to be fully appreciated.
Fitted with a period suite comprising of low level w.c. with polished timber seat and pedestal wash hand basin with marble back cloth and mirror over, and period-style window with coloured glazing.
From the entrance hall a beautiful mahogany door leads through to the drawing room. This splendid reception room enjoys a fabulous degree of natural light with three particularly tall period windows giving lovely views out over the garden, grounds and beyond. These windows are fitted with window shutters and the room also has a beautiful marble fireplace with fuel-burning stove. The room is of stunning proportions and has ornate coving, intricate ceiling decoration, polished floorboards, and a large useful full height cupboard.
With an impressive door leading from the great hall, access is gained through to the dining room. This, which on occasions has been used as a further sitting room, has two windows overlooking the property’s gardens. It has a particularly high ceiling height of approximately fourteen feet. The dining room is elegantly presented and, once again, has enjoyable coving to the ceiling, a delightful fireplace with marble inset, polished timber boarded floor, dado rail, storage cupboard and last, but by no means least, a central chandelier point.
A delightful light room that enjoys a lovely view out over the gardens and delightful wooded scene beyond, at a high level the room enjoys a good degree of natural light and has a glazed door/window which gives access out on to the stone flagged terrace and gardens beyond. The three windows provide a huge amount of natural light, and there is a beautiful fireplace. The room has coving to the ceiling and a central ceiling light point. It is currently used as a family room and has a delightful feel particularly as it enjoys easy access to the gardens.
This has a fabulous door giving immediate access out to the rear of the home. There are two large skylights being particularly characterful, a large window and a further window above the door itself. The kitchen is fitted with a delightful range of units principally at the low level with integrated appliances of both Bosch and Miele manufacture. There is a delightful pine cupboard providing a huge amount of storage space. As the photographs indicate, this room also features wonderful stone masonry which surrounds the doorway between the kitchen and the great hall.
The utility room adjoins the dining kitchen and some may consider it suitable for the amalgamation of the two. If this was considered, the total dining kitchen space would then increase to 25’4” x 13’0”. The utility space, in some respects, acts as a secondary kitchen, the basement level having useful space for utility items. It is currently home for a delightful period cupboard, work surface with plumbing for an automatic washing machine, and space for a dryer beneath. It is also home for delightful shelving. There is a period-style window and further matching roof light similar to those in the dining kitchen. A further door gives access to a staircase with open balustrading which leads down to the basement level.
Once again, as the photographs and floor layout plan suggests, the basement level comprises principally of two very large rooms, gym/cellar number 1 with a stunning stone flagged floor, wonderful beams and timbers to the ceiling, two very large stone impressive pillars, and is currently used by the family as a gym with additional storage space. Workshop/cellar number 2, again with a stone flagged floor, features beams to the ceiling, one corner of which is separated off as a shelved store and a timber and glazed door gives access to a staircase which rises up to the attached garage and also through to an external door.
FIRST FLOOR LANDING
Gently rising up, the oak staircase provides a suitable place to admire the great hall, and leads up to the first-floor landing. The galleried first floor landing has an oak floor and windows at both the front and rear giving a large amount of natural light. A staircase and door lead up to the secondary first floor landing which, in turn, has a yet another staircase up to the top floor level.
BEDROOM TWO/GUEST SUITE
EN-SUITE BATHROOM TO BEDROOM TWO
Once again, perhaps best demonstrated by the floor layout plan, this room is of a particularly good size and has twin windows giving a huge amount of natural light and lovely views out over the property’s gardens, grounds, and long-distance views beyond. There is a useful storage cupboard, central ceiling light point, and the room is decorated with a picture rail. The room is also fitted with a vanity sink with tiled splash-back and mirror over.
HOUSE BATHROOM ONE
This has a period window giving an outlook to the side, low-flush w.c., panelled bath and wash hand basin with mirror and light over.
This is currently used as a dressing room to bedroom one. Due to its size, it could be considered as a dressing room and en-suite if so required. The room has a lovely view out over the property’s gardens and grounds and, once again, has coving to the ceiling.
TOP FLOOR LANDING
At this level we have three good sized bedrooms and a large bathroom together with a fabulous games room/lounge.
Perhaps, once again, best demonstrated by the photographs and floor layout plan contained within this brochure, here are wonderful roof construction timbers on display, and the room has windows to both the front and rear and is of enormous proportions. There are inbuilt cupboards, and it has been used by the family for a variety of purposes including overspill bedroom space for great family events, a sitting room, but is currently used as a games room with music area and chess playing area.
A large double room with a lovely outlook over the valley.
HOUSE BATHROOM TWO
Set in approximately two-and-a-half acres with beautiful gardens, grounds, paddocks, woodland and an impressive driveway, this home is approached over a long private road leading up from Huddersfield Road to its own very personal driveway which has automatically operated wrought iron gates. The driveway leads up through the grounds, and the frontage of the home is presented superbly as one drives through the shaped trees and gardens. The gardens truly need to be viewed to be fully appreciated. As stated, the whole extends to approximately two-and-a-half acres. At the upper level there are beautiful lawned gardens, which presents the home particularly well, and a staggering feature is a huge copper beech tree which is a fine addition to the home. Also, at the upper level, there are terrace gardens that give a delightful view across the valley. The driveway peels off to the rear and gives access to an attached garage. On the southerly elevation is where the majority of the gardens are to be found with a patio area, terrace gardens with pond and lawns, and these lead down to other delightful garden areas including an orchard. There is a paddock with stable block and adjoining field which, in turn, has access to the driveway (the principal private road), thus providing easy access.
With period windows has a personal access point through to the property's accommodation and is of a good size. This could be considered as further accommodation if deemed necessary subject to the necessary consents.
Please note a right of way exists over the field (not the paddock) and this right of way gains access to the field belonging to one of the neighbouring properties.
There is a gateway from the upper driveway area where a right of way exists through neighbouring land acting as a secondary driveway if needed.
The property has gas fired central heating and an alarm system.
Carpets, curtains and certain other extras may be available by separate
Please note, there is much history available to be seen online regarding Birthwaite Hall. The fascinating history is also to be found in the book entitled A History of Birthwaite Hall Darton. This, by Martin Shepherd, was published by the local history group of The United Villages Partnership.
From Junction 38 of the M1 Motorway, take the A637 heading south towards Barnsley for 1 mile and turn left after descending Birthwaite Hill and having gone around the left-hand bend, this left turns into Birthwaite Hall. It is signposted Birthwaite Hall. Proceeding up the private driveway, Birthwaite Hall is the impressive driveway on the left.