A home that was so in de­mand it had its own en­trance exam

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - 12 St Peter’s Grove, York

was a re­tired deputy head­teacher at St Peter’s School, which is just op­po­site the house.

“They were very keen to make sure the house went to the right peo­ple. They asked us how keen we were on gar­den­ing and whether we were go­ing to spoil the char­ac­ter of the place.

“We must have passed be­cause we were al­lowed to buy it,” says Christine, who couldn’t prom­ise to pre­serve it in as­pic, as the prop­erty needed up­dat­ing.

She and hus­band Martin com­pletely mod­ernised the house, and work in­cluded new plumb­ing and wiring and restor­ing the old sash win­dows.

The pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing the cor­nic­ing, deep skirt­ings and fire­places re­main, as do the old ser­vants’ bells, which have been very handy. “They were use­ful for call­ing the chil­dren down and very use­ful if you’re ly­ing in bed and want a cup of tea bring­ing up,” says Christine, an award­win­ning wine writer.

The house, which sits at the head of a leafy no-through road, is a short walk from the city cen­tre. It has an im­pres­sive stair­case hall that gives way to a draw­ing room with a work­ing fire­place and a curved bay win­dow. There is a sep­a­rate din­ing room, a kitchen, cloak­room, and boot room.

Up­stairs, there is a spacious land­ing lead­ing to three large dou­ble bed­rooms, one with en suite shower room, and a fam­ily bath­room. There is po­ten­tial to cre­ate more rooms in the at­tic space, sub­ject to the nec­es­sary con­sents.

Out­side, there are ma­ture gar­dens set be­hind se­cure rail­ings plus an es­tab­lished wildlife pond, rose gar­den and a green house.

There is also a garage and of­froad park­ing be­hind wrought­iron gates.

Christine and Martin have lived in the house for 13 years, but now their two chil­dren have left home, they are keen to down­size and this is only the sec­ond time that the house has been on the open mar­ket.

“It’s been a won­der­ful place to live, es­pe­cially as the chil­dren were able to walk to their school, but this is a fam­ily house and it re­ally needs a fam­ily to live in it,” says Christine who wants a smaller house with a big cel­lar, where she can store her wine.

“I don’t want to leave it, but my head says it is time to go.”

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