Dream home forged from a cot­tage in an idyl­lic ru­ral lo­ca­tion

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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.

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