Coun­try­side charm of the farm that’s a fam­ily trea­sure

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High Ash Bank, near Bedale Price: £700,000 Con­tact: Robin Jes­sop tel: 01677 425950, www.robin­jes­ 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.

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