LOOKING for something a bit different? Well how about this amazing house in Strensall, you certainly won’t find another one like it - anywhere.

What’s really great about the property is its bold, no nonsense design which fully embraces the iconic 1960s style, particularly with large picture windows through which light floods in.

This unique and large detached house with south-facing gardens and grounds of approximately 1/3 acre, plus annex, is located in a quiet corner in the heart of the old part of Strensall village.

Constructed in 1968 as an individual stand-alone property the external walls at Blue Firs are an unusual mix of stone and clamp brick, all nestling under a slate roof. The result is a striking appearance with attractive symmetry to the rear elevation, which we think is undoubtedly its best façade.

Blue Firs is very individual inside too with the master bedroom suite located on the ground floor and you won’t be complaining about a lack of storage space, with three further rooms that are dedicated to doing just that.

This part of the house has previously been used as a separate granny annex and would also make an ideal flat for a growing teenager.

Another thing to mention is that the property was originally constructed for a family with horses. Now the adjoining stabling facilities have been converted to high quality office or study space, and shower room, There is even a sauna.

All these rooms could just as easily lend themselves to other uses, such as gym, games room or perhaps extended living accommodation for the main house.

Indeed there has already been a number of refurbishment programmes by successive owners, which now means this is a superb family home with very versatile accommodation.

And it’s full of bold statements. Earlier we mentioned the unusual mix of stone and clamp brick walls but how’s this staircase in the dining room for a confident statement of intent? Then there are those real sixties staples, the brick TV niche and exposed stone chimneys. Even some of the doors are unmistakably 50 years old.

That said this house is not stuck in a time warp, rather it pays homage to its roots.

Except, that is, in a few crucial areas. No one would thank you for the sort of kitchen Mary Berry learned how to bake in, so thankfully the owners have installed a sleek and modern one with a very Mediterranean feel thanks to its azure panelling.

Other more up to date creature comforts include timber double-glazing to most windows and a gas central heating system.

In brief the accommodation on offer comprises to the ground floor an entrance hall; cloakroom/WC; large open-plan living and dining room; sitting room; breakfast kitchen; utility room; living room; rear hall with storage; shower room and master bedroom.

To the first floor is a large landing, four further bedrooms and the house bathroom.

Part of the attraction of this family home is the size and arrangement of the plot on which it stands. Extending to approximately 1/3 of an acre, Blue Firs is approached from the corner of Southfields Road, through gates and into a cobbled courtyard and driveway.

There is plenty of parking for cars as well as a double garage and further car port. The courtyard also gives access to the former stables, now the home-office and the sauna rooms, and to some external store rooms.

A garden area and footpath to one side lead around the house to wonderful rear gardens which face south east over paddocks and farmland beyond.

The gardens are walled at the rear and have been beautifully landscaped and maintained, with a large lawn and a variety of mature trees and shrubs. They are not overlooked and create a surprisingly rural feel for a house in the middle of a village.

However, the star performer has to be the large patio/terrace area which lies immediately behind the house. This is a real sun trap; just add a chilled bottle of prosecco for the perfect way to finish off a hard day at the office.

Strensall itself is six miles north of York and three miles from the outer ring road, You will also have Strensall Common Nature Reserve on your doorstep, not to mention lots of marvellous walks close by on the common or along the River Foss.

The village has three pubs, a mini-market, doctors surgery, post office and library. There’s even a fish and chip shop.

Southfields Road is quietly situated in the centre of the old village and offers a good balance between proximity to amenities and peace and quiet.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Blue Firs isn’t named after an exotic tree, rather a rare and sought after design by Clarice Cliff from the 1930s.

So there you are. This unique home really does offer a masterclass in mid 20th century design.


Blue Firs, Southfields Road, Strensall, York

Reception rooms: 3

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 2

Gardens: Approximately one third of an acre

Wow factor: Utterly unique

Price: £625,000

Contact: Naish

Tel: 01904 653564