Dream home forged from a cottage in an idyllic rural location
The Forge. Price: £600,000. Contact: Chesterton Humberts, York tel: 01904 611828 MOVING to Castle Howard country was a long-held ambition for Sarah Ironside and an old forge and attached cottage proved to be the perfect live-work opportunity.
Sarah moved her home and her antique and salvage business from York to Thornton-le Clay almost 12 years ago.
“It was perfect. I bought the place off the blacksmith Leonard Dickinson and had the business in the forge, while we lived in the house.”
But her brood, which doubled from two to four daughters after moving, has resulted in a series of reincarnations for the property. The result is a large and characterful family home in a beautiful location, where the Vale of York meets the Howardian Hills. “We started by putting a new roof on the forge, so it was watertight enough for my stock. We then started work on the garden areas.
“Three years later after the birth of my third daughter, I closed the business and we began to renovate the house,” says Sarah. “We stripped it right back to four walls and everything from the roof to the windows, doors, floors were redone. While pregnant with my fourth daughter, we began work on the Forge part to make one large property big enough for all of us.”
The house, which dates back to 1780, now has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, three garden areas including a vegetable plot and a two-acre paddock.
Downstairs there is a cloakroom/laundry, drawing room, study, breakfast kitchen with Aga, dining room and sitting room
Upstairs there is a master bedroom suite with dressing area and en-suite bathroom, three further bedrooms, a house bathroom and a guest suite with landing, bedroom and bathroom.
Sarah and Chris, whose daughters are now 13, 11, eight and three, have decided to sell to free equity for a new business project and another renovation.
“This is my dream house and all our money has gone into this property, but I am at a stage where I want to start a new business venture, so that is why we are selling,” says Sarah.
“I intend to stay in the area though. I have never regretted moving up here. It is so peaceful and we have all been very happy here.”
The Forge at Thornton-le-Clay, near York. The house and the old forge were converted into one large renovated family home.