Handcrafted home in a charming Wolds village
reflect the flora and fauna of the area.
“The glass is from Harraps in Hull and is great but it took a while to make and so we had clear glazing in the windows until it was ready,” says Chris, who used local materials where possible, including green oak from the Castle Howard estate.
“I used a lot of oak in the construction and for the windows, which I made myself in my workshop. I would’ve used local reeds for the thatch but at the time we did the rood, but the thatcher, Jonathan Botterell, said the best reeds at that time were from Austria and they have a 65-year life span. So we used those and Jonathan did a fabulous job.”
Chris will miss the cottage but is selling to pursue another property adventure. He has bought a derelict house in Vallebona in Italy and is moving there to start work on it.
This six-bedroom chocolate-box cottage is full of character and craftsmanship. The thatched roof is a recent addition.
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