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Sit­ting Pretty, Hov­ing­ham: 01653 628208.

Pam Roberts, near Eas­ing­wold: 01347 838201.

How­dens, Mal­ton: 01653 695027.

Far­row & Ball at The Olive Branch, Eas­ing­wold: 01347 823402.

In­side, it’s still man­aged to hold on to its pe­riod charm. The orig­i­nal slen­der Ge­or­gian beams span the ceil­ings in much of the cot­tage and a later Vic­to­rian fire­place is a hand­some ad­di­tion to the liv­ing room. The walls are enor­mously thick, a re­as­sur­ing sign of age and a great ex­cuse to cre­ate win­dow seats for cush­ions in fabrics from GP& J Baker and Laura Ashley.

Even the orig­i­nal out­houses re­main, per­fect for stor­age and a use­ful place to put freez­ers and wash­ing ma­chines that would oth­er­wise clut­ter up the small but per­fectly-formed kitchen from How­dens. The out­build­ings also help to cre­ate a se­cluded court­yard area, filled with top­i­ary, hang­ing bas­kets and pots gleaned from Cas­tle Howard plant cen­tre.

The walls have been painted us­ing Far­row & Ball paint,

The houses that con­tinue to do well seem to be those where the own­ers cher­ished them.

mainly the qui­etly grey Old White and creamy Off-White. Pure new wool car­pets from Calverts and Ro­man blinds by Pam Roberts and Sit­ting Pretty fin­ish the look.

I’ve been in the restora­tion game long enough to know that you’re never sup­posed to get emo­tion­ally in­volved with any house you in­tend to sell. But I don’t sub­scribe to that phi­los­o­phy. Af­ter all, how can you ex­pect some­one else to fall in love with a house if you haven’t both­ered to pump your own heart and soul into it?

In the next few years it will be re­ally in­ter­est­ing to see what hap­pens to the prop­erty mar­ket. One thing I’m sure of is that the days of cheap and cheer­ful makeovers are num­bered. Lots of things af­fect how much a house is worth but the houses that con­tinue to do well seem to be those where there is a real sense that the own­ers cher­ished them.

It’s cer­tainly true that some of the wilder ex­cesses of per­sonal taste will put off po­ten­tial buy­ers – ex­u­ber­ant colour schemes, stone cladding and swirly car­pets all spring to mind – but, for me, the dif­fer­ence be­tween a house and home al­ways comes down to one thing. It has to have heart.

Dene Cot­tage is for sale with Carter Jonas for £210,000. Tel 01904 558200.

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