A place to put down roots

If you’re look­ing for the Good Life, this small­hold­ing close to Rosedale Abbey could be per­fect place to ‘veg out’, says Sharon Dale.

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SARAH Agar-Bren­nan ad­mits that six years ago she was a stranger to chit­ting, didn’t know her mulch from her com­post and couldn’t tell a root fly from an aphid.

Now she could give Bob Flow­erdew a run for his money af­ter an ex­cep­tional prop­erty trans­formed her from su­per­mar­ket shop­per into a grow-your-own en­thu­si­ast who is al­most com­pletely self­suf­fi­cient.

She and her hus­band Carl bought Al­lot­ment Farm, near Rosedale Abbey, in 2004 af­ter a two-and-a-half year search.

“We lived in Teesside where we had a busi­ness but we re­ally wanted a change of life­style,” she says.

“We started look­ing in the Dales but we dis­cov­ered the North York Moors and we couldn’t be­lieve how beau­ti­ful the area is.

“As soon as we saw this place we fell in love with it.”

The lo­ca­tion is stun­ning and the views sen­sa­tional.

The four bed­room house is set in 24.5 acres and has a hall, util­ity room, cloak­room, a large din­ing kitchen with Aga and panoramic views, a study and a liv­ing room with wood burn­ing stove.

Up­stairs there is a mas­ter bed­room suite with dress­ing area and en-suite, a sec­ond en­suite bed­room, house bath­room and two fur­ther bed­rooms.

Sarah says: “The house didn’t need ren­o­vat­ing but we made the kitchen more open-plan and put new bath­rooms in when we bought it.”

Out­side there are gar­dens plus a chicken coop, or­chard, large veg­etable gar­den and high qual­ity sta­bles. The sta­b­le­yard at the rear of the house has four pur­pose-built sta­bles with tack room and a games room.

A large grav­elled park­ing area is suit­able to turn a 20ft horse­box or ve­hi­cles with large horse trail­ers.

There is also a mod­ern gen­eral pur­pose barn, work­shop, stor­age build­ings and ken­nelling along with meadow and pas­ture land in a com­pact ring fence.

There are shoot­ing rights on the land, which is reg­is­tered for the Sin­gle Farm Pay­ment Scheme.

The mi­cro-cli­mate al­lows Sarah and Carl to grow ev­ery­thing from fruit, in­clud­ing blue­ber­ries and straw­ber­ries, to a va­ri­ety of veg­eta­bles, in­clud­ing pota­toes, cour­gettes, pep­pers and beet­root.

They also have a vine with grapes and keep chick­ens, ducks and sheep. “It’s a beau­ti­ful place and we’ve found so much peace and tran­quil­lity here,” says Sarah, who has three young chil­dren aged be­tween seven and nine.

“It’s com­pletely changed our lives. I didn’t know any­thing about gar­den­ing be­fore I moved here and now I love it. In fact, liv­ing here has en­cour­aged a few of our friends to move to sim­i­lar prop­er­ties so they can live the good life.”

She adds: “The chil­dren adore liv­ing here be­cause they have so much free­dom and they rarely watch TV. There’s so much to do in­clud­ing walk­ing the dogs, feed­ing the chick­ens and chop­ping wood. It’s a kids’ par­adise.”

But their ru­ral idyll has been com­pro­mised by real life con­cerns, which is why they’re re­luc­tantly sell­ing.

Sarah, who teaches skate­board­ing in schools, can’t jug­gle her work with the school run and the chil­dren are keen to see more of their friends.

“When I first bought the house I wasn’t do­ing what I’m do­ing now and the trav­el­ling just doesn’t fit in with work and child care.

“The school is at the other side of the val­ley so time-wise it’s tricky drop­ping chil­dren off and get­ting to work, oth­er­wise we’d never leave this house.”

She and Carl, a sales ex­ec­u­tive for a soft­ware com­pany, are search­ing for an­other prop­erty with land close to the chil­dren’s school.

The house-hunt­ing is prov­ing tricky, says Sarah. “I know we have to move but it is dif­fi­cult be­cause I know I will never ever live any­where as beau­ti­ful as this for as long as I live and that’s why it’s so hard to leave.”

Wher­ever she goes must have space for her veg plots and her menagerie.

She says: “I could never go back to buy­ing ev­ery­thing from a su­per­mar­ket. Ev­ery­thing we grow is or­ganic and tastes won­der­ful.”

Al­lot­ment Farm has a guide price be­tween £850,000 and £950,000. For more de­tails, con­tact Robin Jes­sop tel: 01677 425950, www.robin­jes­sop.co.uk

ROOM TO GROW: Al­lot­ment Farm is a small­hold­ing in the heart of the North York Moors.

PRAC­TI­CAL: There are out­build­ings and sta­bles.

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