20 November 2015
IT’S the North Yorkshire home that has had upwards of 10 million 'viewings' already - even before it was put up for sale through Linley & Simpson for the first time in about 15 years.
ITS the North Yorkshire home that has had upwards of 10 million 'viewings' already - even before it was put up for sale through Linley & Simpson for the first time in about 15 years.
For the Georgian family home, nestling in one of the finest central positions in the sought-after village of Bishop Monkton, played a starring role alongside Sir David Jason in the hit TV detective series A Touch of Frost.
The four-bedroomed property between Harrogate and Ripon, dating back to the mid-18th century, was among the most prized locations for the Yorkshire Television blockbuster.
In its heyday, the programme attracted viewing audiences of 10 million-plus in the UK and became just as popular as far away as Australia, Russia, India, the United States and Croatia.
Photos of Sir David - who played supersleuth Detective Inspector William 'Jack' Frost - filming on set at the property take pride of place in the house, with many people unaware of its secret claim to fame.
Set in almost a quarter of an acre, The Chestnuts in the heart of the village on Main Street has uninterrupted views across the village back and is now on the market for £699,950 through the Ripon office of Linley & Simpson."You do not have to be a detective to see why it oozes the type of charm and history that appeals to buyers," said the branch's residential sales manager Ashley Durrans. "And the Touch of Frost connection adds an extra dimension."
"With four good-sized bedrooms and three reception rooms, it provides an ideal opportunity for buyers to develop the existing potential of this detached property with their own mark, as well as incorporating adjoining buildings to the rear to create even further accommodation subject to necessary consents."
The programme had 'transported' the home from its historic North Yorkshire roots more than 150 miles to the fictitious South Midlands town of Denton as part of the filming.
"Yorkshire has no shortage of superb filming locations and we were delighted to be instructed on the sale of a property that had played a role, albeit a small one, in the countys success on the small screen," Ashley added.
"Bishop Monkton is a very tranquil and scenic village in the heart of rural North Yorkshire and yet, thanks to the series, it has enjoyed its five minutes of fame - and a lot more - in front of a worldwide audience."
The property in all occupies a site area of approaching one quarter of an acre, the majority of which is laid to lawn with a private driveway leading to a paved area for several vehicles. The rear garden is private and well-screened, with apple trees and views over the open countryside; while the front of the house is elevated enjoying an uninterrupted view across the village beck and Main Street.
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