Thorp Arch Hall and Snape Castle Barn - the legacy of John Carr's architecture in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 01:28 27 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:19 20 February 2013

Thorp Arch Hall and Snape Castle Barn - the legacy of John Carr's architecture in Yorkshire

Thorp Arch Hall and Snape Castle Barn - the legacy of John Carr's architecture in Yorkshire

Enjoy a sneaky peek into the vaulted halls of two properties with a real sense of history

Architect John Carr had a great influence on the visual impact of Yorkshire in the 18th century. The architect (and lord mayor of York) designed and remodelled some of the countys most iconic public buildings, including the Grandstand at York Racecourse, Leeds General Infirmary, Horbury Church, Harewood House and Thorp Arch Hall.

If youre a house-hunter with 1.35 million to spare, its the latter that should interest you most as its currently on the books of Beadnall & Copley (01937 580850; This grade two listed family home was designed by Carr in 1749 in the Palladian style in private grounds of about two acres with great views over glorious parkland to the River Wharfe.

The palatial accommodation includes a drawing room with a carved chimney piece (typical of Carr), a sitting room with working shutters, a panelled dining room (ideal for entertaining on a grand scale), a breakfast kitchen and an extensive range of barrel-vaulted cellars (five in all).

And thats just the lower levels of the house. On the first and second floors, you will find a master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom, a house bathroom with a central bath, six further bedrooms, two useful storerooms and a spacious activity room (ideal as a childrens playroom or teenage hangout).

A great many of the rooms have lovely views of the grounds, which are home to a substantial limestone barn (perfect for stabling and garaging); a private, yew-hedged Italian garden; a stunning Palladian-style pavilion with a terrace for al fresco dining; a wildlife pond, box-hedged topiary, a ha-ha and a gazebo.

If you like the scale of this property, but are looking for a different location, location, location (Phil and Kirsty have a lot to answer for), Snape Castle Barn could be the alternate home for you.

Also on the books at Beadnall & Copley, this time for a marginally more modest 1,285,000, this is a magnificent conversion in a historic North Yorkshire village just south of Bedale. As if the deal wasnt sweet enough, the versatile family accommodation also comes complete with a 17th century detached dovecote that has been skilfully remodelled into a separate holiday let.

As the name of the property cunningly implies, the building was formerly part of the adjacent grade one listed Snape Castle, one-time home of Catherine Parr before her marriage to Henry VIII.

On the ground floor of the beautifully converted barn, you will find an imposing grand hall, a drawing room with arched doors to a patio, a stylish family dining kitchen, a spacious family room, a study (gym or playroom, whichever takes your fancy), a useful cloakroom, and a large, characterful bedroom with arrow slits, arched windows and an en-suite shower room.

The accommodation is completed on the first floor with a master bedroom with a Juliet balcony, a dressing room and an en-suite bathroom; three further bedrooms, one with its own en-suite shower room; a house bathroom; and a study with exposed beams and a balcony overlooking the family room.

Snape Castle Barn sits in almost an acre of land enclosed by a six foot high stone boundary wall. It has spacious paved terraces and lawned gardens which, at the rear, overlook open fields.

It also has a raised deck which houses a large spa tub with grand
views of the castle something that would undoubtedly have proved a valuable selling point for King Henry as, apparently, the tub is big enough for six.

The print version of this article appeared in the May 2012 issue of Yorkshire Life

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