Spir­i­tual at­mos­phere and stun­ning views from a per­fect fam­ily home

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - The Old Quaker Meet­ing House, Carperby, near Ley­burn

within sec­onds we wanted it,” she says.

“We loved it, es­pe­cially the liv­ing room, which is vast and a great place for par­ties.”

The Old Quaker Meet­ing House boasts spec­tac­u­lar views and a spa­cious in­te­rior. It was built in 1864 for Quaker wor­ship, but in 1990 it be­came a pot­tery and in the mid-1990s it was con­verted into a house.

The con­ver­sion brought in more pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing stained glass pan­els and a Welsh chapel door, to sit along­side the Quak­ers’ orig­i­nal fire­places.

The Walling­tons, who have three chil­dren, have also put their own stamp on it, re­dec­o­rat­ing and fit­ting a new kitchen,

The prop­erty now has a re­cep­tion hall, kitchen with LPG range cooker, a shower room, large sit­ting room, din­ing area, study and util­ity room.

On the first floor there are four bed­rooms and a bath­room.

Out­side, there is a large gar­den with herbs, chick­ens and a veg­etable patch, plus a sta­ble and garth.

The old Quaker burial ground is at the front of the house.

“The burial ground doesn’t bother us at all. The whole house feels very spir­i­tual, which we like. It’s got a lovely at­mos­phere,” says Tivoli.

The Walling­tons had plans to ex­tend into the at­tic space cre­at­ing a read­ing room, rose win­dow and two more bed­rooms,

Out­side, there is a large gar­den with herbs, chick­ens and a veg­etable patch, plus a sta­ble and garth.

but they are now sell­ing to move closer to their son’s school in Kirkby Stephen.

“It’s such a long day for him with the trav­el­ling and so we have de­cided to move closer to the school,” says Tivoli.

“It’s been a won­der­ful fam­ily home, but we will also miss the vil­lage. It’s a lovely place to live.

“There are about 100 houses, a pub and a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity. We have Christ­mas shop­ping trips from the vil­lage, an an­nual bon­fire and lots of other events.”

Carperby is also set to get a sports pavil­ion thanks to fundrais­ing ef­forts by the vil­lagers and a £125,000 do­na­tion from con­fec­tionery gi­ant Mars.

In re­turn, mem­bers of the ju­nior foot­ball team are set to star in a Mars TV ad­vert in the spring. Rich­mond MP Wil­liam Hague, who laid the foun­da­tion stone, praised the vil­lagers for their de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mu­nity spirit.

PEACE­FUL RE­TREAT: Clock­wise from top – the views over the Wens­ley­dale coun­try­side are spec­tac­u­lar; the Old Quaker Meet­ing House is in the small, but thriv­ing Wens­ley­dale vil­lage of Carperby; the sit­ting room is vast and per­fect for par­ties; and the large fam­ily bath­room.

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