3 October 2014
Linley & Simpson has gone back to the future as we rent out one of the county's oldest properties - at the same time as one of its newest.
College House in the brewery town of Masham is a historic Grade II listed Prebendal Manor Hall dating to the 12th century and can count Cardinal Wolsey among an illustrious list of visitors.
Built nine hundred years later, Wharfe Villa in Collingham, Wetherby, boasts the latest in ultra-modern architecture and created using ecologically sustainable building materials.
"In their own highly contrasting way, these are landmark properties that feature the best examples of design of their day," said Will Linley, of Linley & Simpson.
"One is already very much part of Yorkshire's history, while the other is at the forefront of a new era in property design and innovation.
"IIn our 16 year history, it is rare to have two such contrasting properties on our books at the same time and show the true breadth of choice that Yorkshire can offer people wanting to live here."
The Hall - which was let by Linley & Simpson within days of it becoming available - was visited during the medieval period by important church dignitaries including Cardinal Wolsey who were wined, dined and lodged here on Progresses to the north of the country.
In the 13th century it was raised to two storeys and the upper chamber became the seat of the ecclesiastical court for the area and was known as the Peculiar Court of Masham.
The current owners have taken great care to restore the house to its former glory with the majority of its original features retained. The drawing room opens to the rafters with its two elegant roof trusses exposed and is lit by the graceful and grand Romanesque arched windows.
The five-bedroomed Wharfe Villa, as its name implies, enjoys spectacular views across the valley directly towards the Wood Hall country house hotel The outstanding feature of Wharfe Villa is the exceptional spacious open plan family living kitchen with a comprehensive range of high gloss units complemented by white granite preparation surfaces.
The property also benefits from boating and fishing rights on the River Wharfe.
College House was let through Linley & Simpson's Ripon office while Wharfe Villa is being marketed by its Wetherby office for £3,750 per month.