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Welcome to the truly fabulous West Acre, a stunning 6-bedroom luxury holiday home just under half an hour from central York. Sleeping up to 14 people comfortably over 5,000 sq feet of internal accommodation, this is the perfect house for that special get-together with family or friends. Highlights include a large living room and separate snug/games room, a dining table that doubles as a pool table, a Swedish sauna, cinema room, a large private garden and a wow-factor first floor terrace with a hot-tub overlooking open countryside.
West Acre is a new build property which has been designed and built with comfort and entertaining in mind, from the underfloor heating to the incredible array of entertainment on offer. Let's start with the generous living room. With a cosy wood-burner keeping the room warm and toasty the whole family can gather round on one of the 3 large leather sofas. A low-level oak table is just the place for playing one of the many board games on offer. For more contemporary entertainment there's a huge 52 inch SMART TV with a full BT package with surround sound. The whole ground floor is connected to a Sonos music system which is controlled by a house iPad allowing you to play music in all rooms or separately as you wish.
Next door you'll find a large games room / snug with a second TV connected to a gaming area. You can plug in your own console or use either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox 360, both provided with a small collection of games to play. There are two sofas and two moveable egg chairs in here so it's great for giving the younger members of the family their own space.
At the heart of the home is the large kitchen / diner, an impressive room designed to cater for even the most adventurous entertainer. You'll find all possible mod cons in here including a large induction hob on the central island, two ovens, a microwave, steam oven, coffee machine, dishwasher, two sinks, an American fridge freezer with ice and water dispenser, and if required an additional drinks fridge. There's also one of those handy boiling water taps, so no waiting around for the kettle for that morning cuppa! A separate utility houses the washing / drying facilities and next door is a downstairs cloakroom, one of two on ground level.
This kitchen has a dining table which seats 8, and through the open-plan doorway takes you to the formal dining room. This room boasts a large oak dining table seating up to 12 adults. You'll also find a charming 'honesty bar' Gin drinks trolley in here for those pre-dinner cocktails. And when the food is finished clear the table and flip it over to discover a full-size pool table, guaranteed to keep everyone entertained for the evening.
And for anyone who isn't into pool, how about the chilling in the entertainment space on the first floor. Up here you'll find a Swedish sauna and a stunning large South-facing terrace with glass balcony panels, home to a hot tub, outdoor seating and even a couple of sun-loungers. Looking out over Yorkshire farmland it's just the place for wildlife spotting; you can see grouse, pheasant, foxes and even the occasional deer walking past. With lighting fitted into the terrace it's an ideal place to share an evening cocktail watching the sun set over the surrounding countryside.
There's a mini-kitchen up here perfect for storing those bottles of bubbly, and next door is a private enclosed cinema room with a projector screen, black-out blinds and cinema surround sound. No need to bring your own movies, just choose from the large selection on offer. There's also an en-suite shower room and every guest is provided with a bath-robe for those journeys to and from the hot tub and sauna.
West Acre has 6 good sized bedrooms all of which have their own TV. The first bedroom is on ground level and sleeps up to 4 people in two double beds. There are 5 further bedrooms upstairs, all of which have King-size beds and en-suite shower rooms, with the exception of the master bedroom. This impressive bedroom has a Super King-size bed with a built in TV, and a larger en-suite which includes a waterfall walk-in shower and jacuzzi bath.
The grounds of West Acre are equally enticing. Discover almost an acre of private gated grounds offering a fully enclosed area for little ones to run around in (they will love the playhouse and swings). As well as the large lawn there's also an additional terrace complete with a fire pit, table tennis, a basketball stand, garden furniture and BBQ. The star of the show down here is the thatched African Hut which comes with full cushions and a heater to keep you cosy even in the colder months.
West Acre has also been designed to be wheel-chair friendly. There's a lift in the house up to the first floor and one of the second-floor bedrooms has been designed with an accessible bathroom.
Lastly, challenge yourself to find all the pineapples hidden in the house - there's at least one in every room!
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Please note, Hen/Stag & same sex parties must contact the office before booking for approval and a £1000 security deposit will be required.
West Acre is set in the village of Wistow, a charming little village less than 30 minutes from Central York. It's set within the heart of the village yet the house has a unique private position looking out over the local countryside. You have the best of both worlds here, the delightful small village atmosphere of old Yorkshire twinned with the vibrant city of York. Within the village there's a pub which serves good home cooked pub grub and a sweet little fish and chip shop perfect for those take-away nights in.
The neighbouring village of Cawood is a handsome little place and offers more options for eats. Only 5 minutes' drive in the other direction takes you to Selby where you'll find all the main supermarkets, more restaurants, the famous Selby Abbey and a direct train route to London.
The city of York is a must-see on any visit to this area of Yorkshire. The jewel in North Yorkshire's crown, we think York is one of the best visitor destinations in England. But don't just take our word for it. Voted 'Best UK City' by the Telegraph's travel section in 2008, York is a favourite amongst even the most seasoned of travellers. Make your way around its medieval cobbled streets or walk the panoramic city walls and discover its many shops, cafes and restaurants. Lunch at The Star Inn the City down by the river or a Fat Rascal at Bettys tearooms are both highly recommended.
The cosmopolitan city of Leeds is also just 40 minutes away and well worth a visit if you love shopping and fine dining. Take in Harvey Nichols and wander around the Corn Exchange area to discover a contemporary city that rivals the very best in dining options. No surprise that its known as the Capital of Cocktails in the North.
The village is an ideal base from which to explore The Yorkshire Wolds. Still a relatively quiet location in terms of tourism, the Yorkshire Wolds are a range of beautiful low rolling hills rising from the river Humber and sweeping along to the stunning cliffs at Flamborough Head, peppered with countless pretty villages and towns. A favourite with David Hockney, it inspired many of his greatest works including 'Bigger Trees Near Warter', his largest ever work. The largest permanent collection of his work can be found at nearby Saltaire.
The gentle nature of the countryside here makes it an excellent location for walking and cycling in fact there are several nice walks and cycle routes from the house. The Wolds are home to many historical homes and religious sites, as well as one of Yorkshire's largest lavender gardens. The Yorkshire Coast, North York Moors and Yorkshire Coast are also all within easy driving distance from here and make for a great day trip.
You are also well-placed to discover the stunning North York Moors, this dramatic landscape of heather and open moorland is just a short drive away. Somewhat smaller than the Yorkshire Dales, the North Yorkshire Moors still cover an area of almost 600 square miles and like the Dales you can easily find yourself miles from anywhere relatively quickly. But there is something distinctly more civilised and less remote about the Moors. In place of harsh limestone and dramatic peaks you'll find gentle rolling hills of heather, ancient woodland and lazy rivers winding through lush green valleys. There is a sense of wilderness, particularly on top of the high central moorlands, but its cast in comforting soft focus.
Other attractions within easy reach include the Yorkshire Sculpture Trail encompassing The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Hepworth Gallery and Henry Moore Institute, all some of the UK's most outstanding destinations and a fantastic day out for everyone from the serious art enthusiast to young children.
There are a great many lovely racecourses in Yorkshire with York being the jewel in the crown. Known as the Ascot of the North, this is a beautiful race course with meetings held throughout the year. A wonderful day out for a group of friends.