Rooms with a view that won the heart of Abby

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Dorch­ester House, Devon­shire Place, Har­ro­gate Price: £299,950 Con­tact: Bead­nall Co­p­ley tel: 01423 503500, www.bead­nall­cop­ley.co.uk

IN­TE­RIOR de­signer Abby Parker has an ex­cel­lent eye for de­tail, so buy­ing her first prop­erty proved a chal­lenge.

“I knew I wanted an apart­ment in Har­ro­gate but I re­jected a lot be­fore I fi­nally found the right place,” she says.

Her first-floor flat close to the cen­tre of the spa town was cer­tainly worth the wait, though it wasn’t of­fi­cially for sale when she viewed it.

“I ac­tu­ally went to see a ground-floor flat and told the own­ers that, ide­ally, I’d like one on the first floor.

“They ac­tu­ally lived in flat above and ended up sell­ing me that and mov­ing down into the ground-floor one. I was very grate­ful.

“I knew in­stantly I walked in that it was the one. It has great pro­por­tions with lovely large rooms and high ceil­ings and it also has a lovely as­pect with views over the Stray.

“I grew up on a farm and was used to hav­ing views. I didn’t want to feel hemmed in,” says Abby, who bought the prop­erty three years ago.

The apart­ment has a pri­vate re­cep­tion hall, sit­ting room with bay win­dows over­look­ing the Stray, din­ing kitchen, mas­ter bed­room with en-suite, a sec­ond dou­ble bed­room/dress­ing room and a house bath­room.

It also has a bal­cony and shares com­mu­nal gar­dens.

Al­though it had ben­e­fited from a sen­si­tive restora­tion and boasted orig­i­nal Vic­to­rian fea­tures, in­clud­ing cor­nic­ing and pan­elling, Abby has made it her own with a full re­vamp.

“The peo­ple who had it be­fore did a great job. It has lots of charm. They made the gal­ley kitchen into a lovely large din­ing kitchen and it is one of my favourite rooms.”

She made the sec­ond bed­room into a dress­ing room/guest room and has painted all the walls in the prop­erty in neu­tral shades.

Colour comes from ac­ces­sories, soft fur­nish­ings and fabrics from Manuel Canovas and Os­borne and Lit­tle, and her col­lec­tion of art work.

“When work­ing with clients, I have to take ac­count of their tastes, but here I was able to in­dulge my own, which I re­ally en­joyed,” she says.

The cor­ri­dor re­sem­bles an art gallery where Abby has framed ev­ery­thing from a let­ter her brother wrote to her when he was a child, to a favourite poem and a col­lec­tion of vin­tage Ver­sace ad­verts that were pre­sented to her mother, Carolyn Parker, who helped the Ital­ian fashion house with some in­te­rior de­sign.

“It’s very eclec­tic and very per­sonal with lots of pho­tos, too,” says Abby, who is sell­ing the apart­ment af­ter de­cid­ing to buy a house.

“I will miss this place and I’m not in any rush to leave.

“The views up here are won­der­ful and it’s a lovely re­treat. It’s just a few min­utes’ walk from the town cen­tre, but it’s very quiet and peace­ful.

“I’ve al­ways felt safe and it’s a great place to lock up and leave if you’re go­ing away.”

THE PER­FECT RE­TREAT:

Abby Parker’s Dorch­ester House apart­ment in Har­ro­gate.

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