Hand­crafted home in a charm­ing Wolds vil­lage

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Hill­foot Lodge, Th ix­en­dale, Mal­ton

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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