Blythe House, Main Street, Hayton
Offside Water's Edge
Blyth House is an idyllic traditional farmhouse with grounds of nearly three acres including over 140m of frontage to the Chesterfield canal. The house dates from about 1675, and includes many period features incuding stunning exposed beams, timbers, and fireplaces. It is located on the edge of the village of Hayton with easy access to the attractive market town of Retford. The land is assessed in the SHLAA as suitable for development, and planning permission has previously been granted for the erection of a new home on the site of a former barn, although this consent has now expired. The Boat Inn, a popular canalside pub, is just next door.
A walled rose garden creates a beautiful front garden and formal entrance to the house. The front door leads into a spacious and impressive entrance hall featuring a fabulous inglenook fireplace and a herringbone brick floor. The drawing room is currently divided into two areas for sitting and for dining. It features a beautiful inglenook fireplace, and French doors opening to the gardens. A secondary staircase rises from this room to the first floor sitting room. The snug is a delightful room with French doors to the rear terrace, a vaulted ceiling, and a brick chimney breast with an open fire grate and a flagstone hearth. The charming study has a quarry tiled floor, an original well with glazed floor over and display lighting, a former charcoal oven used as a wine store, and a stable door to the garden. The stunning traditional farmhouse dining kitchen has a gas fired Aga, a quarry tiled floor, and an attractive pine staircase leading to the first floor. There is a door into the kitchen from the main courtyard. There is also a utility room and cloakroom on the ground floor.
On the first floor there are four bedrooms and a separate bathroom. The master suite comprises a spacious bedroom, a fabulous en-suite with a spa bath and a separate shower, and a spacious adjoining room with views over the gardens towards the canal, and a secondary staircase down to the drawing room. This is an exceptionally bright triple aspect room, and would suit a variety of uses including a studio, nursery, or reading room. Bedroom two benefits from an en-suite shower room, and bedroom four features an attractive fireplace.
The grounds extend to 2.676 acres. The house is approached from a large gravel courtyard enclosed by the farmhouse, the Grade II listed dovecote which has a wood store and workshop beneath, and a covered barbecue area with adjacent pond. There is gated access to the rear gardens and paddock. Outbuildings include a double garage, brick and pantile tractor shed, and the detached Grade 2 listed dovecote containing a wood store and a workshop. To the south of the property are part walled formal gardens with good sized lawns, mature shrubbery, a paved terrace and fruit trees. The outer gardens or paddock are grassed with trees and shrubbery, running down to a 147m frontage onto the Chesterfield canal.