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For sale: Hwith, Ravenstonedale, Near Kirkby Stephen, Yorkshire Dales, CA17 4LL

Guide Price £475,000

Summary: *UNIQUE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY* An exquisite 3.75 acre development opportunity with fixed planning permission for a Quinlan Terry classically designed country house. Beautiful formal and informal gardens and woodland grounds. Substantial, high quality six car garage block already built.

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Near Kirkby Stephen
Yorkshire Dales
CA17 4LL
Property TypeLand
Sold StatusAvailable
Bedrooms0 Beds
Bathrooms0 Bathrooms
Reception Rooms0 Receptions
ParkingOff Street Parking , Garage , Double Garage , Triple Garage
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*UNIQUE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY* An exquisite 3.75 acre development opportunity with fixed planning permission for a Quinlan Terry classically designed country house. Beautiful formal and informal gardens and woodland grounds. Substantial, high quality six car garage block already built.

Stunning rural location with breathtaking views. Within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, close to the Lake District. Convenient for Kirkby Stephen, Sedbergh, Penrith and Kendal.

This intriguing and quite stunning property includes much of the original landscaped gardens and grounds of a once magnificent Victorian mansion, including a walled ornamental garden, a part walled tennis lawn, an impressive stone built "folly" with castellated bastions, terraced lawns and a handsome ornamental gateway complete with stone pillars mounted with lions holding shields and curved walls mounted at each corner with large strapped roundels.

The gateway leads to a sweeping driveway which passes through a beautiful mature wood with a fine array of specimen trees. The driveway emerges into a wide gravelled plot where the foundations and cellars have been built for the Quinlan Terry designed country house. The building of the cellars fixes the planning permission.

On the far side of the plot is a modern, purpose built garage/workshop block of high quality, built for the present owner in 2005. The garage block effectively provides two double and two single garages together with a utility room and shower room/w.c.

The gardens, landscaping and grounds of Hwith have been painstakingly restored by the present owner to create a beautiful and majestic setting completely in keeping with the proposed house.

An exquisite 3.75 acre site with established formal gardens and woodland grounds.
Fabulous views.
Formerly an impressive Victorian mansion, now demolished.
Fixed planning permission for a Quinlan Terry classically designed country house.
Ground works and cellars completed and services in place.
Modern, high quality garage/workshop block with garage for six cars.
Handsome pillared entrance gateway and castellated folly.
Beautiful landscaped formal gardens and a part walled tennis lawn.
Fine, mature wood with an array of specimen trees.
Highly attractive, picturesque rural location about two miles from Ravenstonedale, within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, on the edge of the Lake District.

Coming from the direction of junction 38 of the M6 follow the A685 Kirkby Stephen road for several miles before taking a right turn to Ravenstonedale. Go through the village and at the end of the village keep left when the road forks. Follow the country lane to reach a T-junction at The Fat Lamb pub and the A683 Kirkby Stephen to Sedbergh Road. Turn right and follow the road southwards for about a quarter of a mile. Turn left, signposted to Street. Follow the open road to reach the entrance to Hwith.

The property occupies a beautiful and highly picturesque setting between the farming settlements of Street and High Stennerskeugh, overlooking Cote Moor and surrounding by magnificent open countryside. The views are breathtaking.

The property is located about a mile from the delightful village of Ravenstonedale where there is a thriving community. Here amenities include two pubs, a gallery, a nursery school, a golf course, a church and a village hall.

Hwith nestles within the northern perimeter of the Yorkshire Dales National Park between the majestic Howgill Fells and the gentler Wild Boar Fell. The property is a short distance from the A683 Sedbergh to Kirkby Stephen road.   Sedbergh has an internationally renowned private school and there is a Grammar School at Kirkby Stephen.

Hwith is well placed for junction 38 of the M6 motorway which can be reached via a very straight forward 15 minute drive along the A685 road. Hwith is therefore convenient for the Lake District, Kendal, Penrith, Carlisle, Lancaster and beyond.

Garage/Workshop Block: A superb modern purpose built L-shaped block of garages and workshops, substantially constructed with cavity block built walls under a beautiful pitched slate roof supported by a traditional rafter and purlin frame with oak trusses.

Each garage has electrically operated, roller shutter doors, power and lighting. Windows and sky lights are double glazed. Whilst the building is installed with a system of gas fired central heating, served by a Vaillant boiler with pressurised water cylinder, the gas tank will be disconnected, being on neighbouring land, and therefore the purchaser should note that they will need to install a new tank at their own expense. Cast iron radiators will also be removed.

Garage No1:26'7" x 18'8" (8.1m x 5.7m). A double garage with twin roller shutter doors.

Garage No.2:28'7" x 18'8" (8.71m x 5.7m). A double garage with a partitioned office on one side and twin roller shutter doors.

Garage No.3/Workshop:22'4" x 18'8" (6.8m x 5.7m). A good sized workshop with a storage mezzanine. Roller shutter door in front of a timber framed and double glazed full length window and entrance door. Rear entrance door.

Utility Area:9'4" x 7'7" (2.84m x 2.31m). Sink unit, work surface, storage cupboard and drawers. Stone flagged floor.

Shower Room: Shower cubicle, wash hand basin with cupboard below and w.c. Stone flagged floor.

Garage No.4:18'8" x 13'1" (5.7m x 3.99m). A single garage/workshop with a roller shutter door in front of a timber framed and double glazed full length window and entrance door. Range of built-in storage cupboards.

The original Hwith House was built between 1869 and 1876 by John Hewetson. The name derives from the first initials of John and his four brothers, Henry, William, John, Thomas and Humphrey.

After the Great War Hwith became redundant to the needs of the Hewetson family and the mansion was demolished in 1927. Materials from the house were sold and some were re-used for new houses in and around Kirkby Stephen. Stone pieces from the facade of the mansion were luckily discovered in the wood, cleaned and incorporated in the gable end of the garage block. This reads, in pictorial style HWITH 1869.

Full planning permission was granted by Eden District Council on 29th January 2009 for a "change of use" from domestic curtilage to residential to form a new planning unit and construction of a Country House (application No: 08/0741). The foundations and cellars of the main part of the house have been built and therefore the planning permission is fixed.

Full copies of all documents, plans and drawings can be found online on Eden District Council's planning portal ( and simply keying in the planning application number (08/0741).

The approved design for the rebuilding of Hwith has been prepared by the Award winning, highly respected Architect, Quinlan Terry, whose drawings show proposals for a traditional style detached country house, completely in keeping with the setting and landscaped formal gardens.

The drawings show a magnificent symmetrical front elevation with a classical style portico entrance. Windows are stone mullioned and the roof features tall chimneys and parapeted gables.

The accommodation is shown as comprising:

Ground Floor:
Open Porch
Reception Hall
Living Room
Dining Kitchen
Utility Room

First Floor
Four Bedrooms
En-suite Bathroom

The plans also show a six car garage block with six individual entrances however this is effectively superseded by the current garage block.

Quinlan Terry, CBE, has been described as the single most distinguished and prolific architect at work in the classical tradition in either Britain or the United Stated. Quinlan Terry Architects LLP, is an Award winning firm of Architects who specialise in designing high quality new buildings in the classical and traditional style. Projects have included The State Rooms at 10 Downing Street, Brentwood Cathedral, Richmond Riverside in Surrey, Paternoster Square in London and now Hwith. The planning process for Hwith is mentioned in Quinlan Terry's book "Radical Classicism" with the foreword written by Prince Charles.

It is worth exploring for more information.


Mains electricity. Private water supply (shared). Septic tank drainage. High speed fibre broadband is available.

Any fixtures or fittings at the property, including sculptural features, not referred to in these particulars, are not included in the sale, although they may be available for purchase by separate negotiation.

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