The interior is of considerable size, it is approximately 108 square metres in floor space under a single pitch slate roof. The internal height rises to 5.5 metres at the garden side. It is very light and has a contemporary feel with exposed beams and trusses throughout. With the exception of the bathrooms, which have tiled floors, the rest of the apartment is floored with Multigarrant oak on engineered board.
Derwent Court is a Grade II Listed Building dating from the mid-1700s. It was formerly the stable block for
Howsham Hall, which it neighbours and which is a Grade I Listed Building. Derwent Court was designed by
the renowned eighteenth century architect John Carr. It is within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Howsham is an attractive, quiet and friendly village in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It dates from before the Doomsday Book. It is within 7 miles of Malton And within 13miles of the centre of York. Monks Cross and the Vanguard shopping centres are within 10 miles. There are attractive walks from the door. The River Derwent is nearby (there is no history of Derwent Court or the village being flooded by the river). Castle Howard and the rest of the Howardian Hills are at hand and the east coast, the Wolds and the North York Moors National Park are easily accessible. There are 4 popular local pubs, at least two of which are well-regarded for their food, within 10 or 15 minutes drive.
LIVING ROOM, DINING AREA AND KITCHEN (5.18m x 7.26m)
The central area has the main access to the courtyard and also has access through French windows to the patio and garden. Substantial and good quality LPG log-effect stove fire with an exposed vertical black flue. The fire is seated on a black granite hearth. Traditional kitchen wall and base units with integrated fridge/freezer, plumbed for dishwasher, electric oven, hob and extractor, power points, radiators.
BEDROOM ONE (5.23m x 4.90m)
Independent access to courtyard, patio and garden through French windows. Small dressing room/utility room attached.
BEDROOM ONE EN-SUITE
Independent under-floor heating as well as central heating, radiator capable of operating also as an electric heated towel rail and has a bath as well as a shower.
BEDROOM TWO (5.23m x 2.84m)
Independent access to courtyard. Oak staircase with a steel and glass balustrade to a mezzanine floor. There is a wall to wall fitted unit with floor to ceiling sliding doors.
Shower, WC, sink, tiled floor
The apartment catches morning sun from the courtyard side and evening sun (and often spectacular sunsets) from the garden side. Sizeable shed in the common area as well as two covered parking/storage bays. The leaseholder is responsible only for tending any hedges and borders of their own garden. Grass-cutting is a responsibility of the Management Company. No.6 is the only apartment with no one above or below it and is one of only two apartments with private gardens. It is the only apartment with its own independent main entrance from the courtyard.
The apartment has oil-fired central heating throughout. Supply is individually metered from a common tank. There is a BT landline, good mobile signal by use of a booster and good broadband speeds achieved through Beeline.
There is generous storage space in two lofts, one over each bathroom. Both are boarded and have electric light. The loft over the western bathroom has been racked out for storage.
There is a large graveled car park with covered bays for parking and storage. The car park has an electric security gate operated by keypad, remote control or from within the apartment. The apartment owns two covered parking/storage bays. There is plenty of parking space for visitors.
GARDEN FOR APARTMENT 6
The private patio and garden has an irreplaceable view across an orchard towards the River Derwent with a view of Howsham Hall to the side.
The apartment is in a development situated at the very bottom of the village. The only way out is back up through the village. The apartment is therefore in a very secure location indeed. There is an electric security gate at the entrance to the car parking area with a digital entry system linked to a telephone receiver in each apartment. The area has a remarkably low rate of crime in any event. It is therefore ideal for anyone who wants a ‘lock-up and go’ property.
There are extensive grounds/garden with a tennis court and a small gym.
The tenure is a 1,000 year lease with ownership of 1 of 9 equal shares in Derwent Court Management Company Ltd., a private company wholly owned by the 9 leaseholders. Each share must pass with the lease so that the company is always owned by the then-current leaseholders. Derwent Court Management Company Ltd. owns the freehold of the entire development and is responsible for the development.
In summary, the leaseholder of the apartment is limited to responsibility for the cost of maintaining the apartment from the bottom of the floorboards to the top of the ceiling boards, together with the interior walls and the services/utilities only from the point at which they enter the apartment.
DERWENT MANAGEMENT COMPANY LTD RESPONSIBILITIES
Derwent Court Management Company Ltd is responsible under the lease for insuring the building and for ALL other costs of maintaining and servicing the building (eg the cost of maintaining the external walls
including all doors and windows), the roof, the services and the grounds. The cost of meeting the responsibilities of Derwent Court Management Company Ltd. and of maintaining an appropriate reserve fund is financed by the annual service charge to leaseholders. Service charge is payable in differing proportions by the leaseholders. The service charge for No. 6 is 9% (this was £2,205 for 2019) 9% is the lowest level of contribution. A fixed ground rent (£150) is also payable.
The exterior of the building was repaired as necessary and re-painted to a high standard in June of 2019, as was the common area serving Nos. 4,5,8 and 9 Derwent Court. The clock tower was renovated and repainted and the entire roof was cleared of moss and sprayed against future growth. The front grounds were re-landscaped, new paths laid, a new oil tank installed and screened and a new access gate provided.