Countryside charm of the farm that’s a family treasure
High Ash Bank, near Bedale Price: £700,000 Contact: Robin Jessop tel: 01677 425950, www.robinjessop.co.uk ESTATE agent Robin Jessop describes High Ash Bank as: “probably one of the most beautifully situated country properties in North Yorkshire”, which is praise indeed from someone who has seen hundreds of rural idylls.
The traditional small farm is in an area renowned for its local shoots and fishing and has glorious views with delightful walks from the doorstep into woodland and moorland
It comes with a six-bedroom farmhouse in need of some refurbishment, walled gardens and a range of traditional outbuildings set in an attractive courtyard. These include an attached two storey barn and former washhouse which provide potential for conversion (subject to planning). There is also a substantial range of traditional brick built farm-buildings including fold yards, barns, loose boxes and stabling.
The farmstead also comes with 32 acres of land.
The house is full of rustic charm and period features after remaining in the Lancaster family for 85 years.
The Lancasters have not over-modernised the property and have preserved its character, leaving the kitchen unfitted with a range for cooking and warmth, a pantry and a separate wash room.
Their only recent addition is a tasteful conservatory, which makes the most of the views over the Vale of York.
Miss June Lancaster, who lives with her sister at the farm, says: “We love being here and have no desire to leave but it’s time to move on.
“We hope that whoever buys the farm will love it as we have and retain its character.”
The Lancaster sisters are moving to a more manageable bungalow, but leave with many happy memories of their longtime home.
June Lancaster says simply: “We love it dearly”, which describes better than any hyperbole why her home is so desirable.
IDYLL: High Ash Bank has a six-bedroom farmhouse, other buildings and 32 acres of land.