Two years in a car­a­van for 10 years in a dream home

Restor­ing this farm­house was a chal­lenge for Barry and Trion Ket­tlewell, but the re­sults were well worth the ef­fort. Sharon Dale re­ports.

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TRION Ket­tlewell had driven past Sum­mer Farm scores of times and never gave a moment’s thought to the For Sale sign out­side.

“I was vis­it­ing my par­ents in Cyprus when my hus­band called to say he’d been to an open view­ing at the farm,” she says.

“He thought we could make it into some­thing re­ally spe­cial even though it’s not what we had in mind when we wanted to up­size.

“It was for sale by ten­der and we didn’t think we had a chance be­cause we had a prop­erty to sell, but we won, and our own prop­erty sold within days.”

That was De­cem­ber 2000 and and soon the cou­ple and their two chil­dren Rory, then aged eight, and Lily, three, were liv­ing in a car­a­van while they tack­led the mam­moth ren­o­va­tion project at Lit­tlethorpe, near Ripon.

“It had no kitchen or proper bath­room and it was just un­in­hab­it­able, but for­tu­nately Barry has a good eye for de­sign and he is very handy,” says Trion.

The fam­ily lived in the car­a­van for two years be­fore mov­ing in and car­ry­ing on with the project.

When they had fin­ished the in­te­rior, fur­nished with items from Trion’s favourite shop: An­gel and Rose in Bor­ough­bridge, they started on the neigh­bour­ing barn and hayloft.

“They were fall­ing down and it was a case of hav­ing to act. We de­cided to make them into guest ac­com­mo­da­tion for our own fam­i­lies and we let them out as hol­i­day homes from Easter to Septem­ber,” says Trion, who adds: “We never set a bud­get and haven’t tot­ted up what we’ve spent. I think we’d be hor­ri­fied if we did.”

The main farm­house now has a kitchen, study, kitchen, din­ing room, sit­ting room, cloak­room plus three bed­rooms, one en-suite and a house bath­room.

The barn has three bed­rooms while the hayloft now has two bed­rooms.

The prop­erty sits in 14 acres and has a range of out­build­ings, garag­ing, gar­dens, or­chard, pas­ture and a wildlife pond.

“We’re sell­ing be­cause we’ll have been here 10 years at Christ­mas and we feel it’s just time to move on.” says Trion. “But we will miss it. It’s a won­der­ful place to live.”

Sum­mer Farm at Lit­tlethorpe, near Ripon , is for sale for £1.4m. Con­tact Strutt and Parker on 01423 561274, www.strut­tand­parker.com

MA­JOR PROJECT: The farm­house, barn and hayloft at Sum­mer Farm have been fully ren­o­vated. Right, the kitchen.

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