Clarghyll Hall, Alston, Cumbria


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  • Bedrooms: 8
An important Grade II* listed country house with great architectural interest, together with a former Estate Manager's house and enjoying a private position in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and set within walled gardens and grounds of approx. 8.8 acres (3.5ha).

The Property

Clarghyll Hall is comprised of a Grade II* listed Hall which has been carefully and sympathetically updated and improved, using local and traditional skills and materials wherever possible, to provide impressive accommodation arranged over 5 floors, including many fine period features such as interesting stone mullioned windows, bearing carved decorations and inscriptions. There is a superb Oriel window in the dining room, which has stained and leaded glass incorporating the text of the Latin grace (the ante prandium) said by a Scholar before formal dining at St John's College Cambridge, which Octavius James attended before ordination. There are also many fine fireplaces, oak panelling, stained glass, ceiling cornicing and a wealth of other features such as a christening cupboard and numerous 17th Century spice cupboards. Clarghyll Hall is mentioned in Pevsner's Buildings of Cumberland and Westmorland.

In addition to the principal property there are is also the former Estate Manager's house which dates from 1749 and was completely derelict until consent was granted to restore and rebuild the property and create a four bedroom home with commanding views over the fells and the valley. There are full plans for the restoration and conversion of the building, which have been approved by English Heritage. Works were commenced a few years ago but have not been completed, so permission is now granted in perpetuity and offers a great opportunity for someone to create a separate dwelling next to the Hall if so required.

Gardens and Grounds

The property occupies a private and mature setting at the head of the Ayle Valley and enjoys gardens and woodland of extending to approximately 8.76 acres (3.544ha). To the front of the Hall there are large lawned gardens with colourful rhododendrons, mature trees and bounded by high stone walls with a gravelled driveway sweeping down to reveal the Hall. There is a large terrace with stone steps to the front door and an ornamental pond and columbarium. There is also a stream running to the front supplying continuous fresh water to the pond which is then channelled away through a sluice to the Ayle Burn. There are further lawned gardens to the rear which take full advantage of the views down the valley and include a large terrace with subtle lighting and planted beds. To the south of the property there is a magnificent walled kitchen garden which has various fruit trees, raised beds, cold frames, a greenhouse and a central water feature. Beyond the gates to the front there is a separate gated and enclosed area of woodland extending to approximately 5.7 acres (2.3ha) belonging to Clarghyll Hall, which is a haven for wildlife and provides a constant and renewable source of logs for the fires.

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