Cruck Cot­tage: The medieval home with its own hol­i­day let­ting an­nexe

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Cruck Cot­tage, Mal­ton­gate, Thorn­ton-le-dale, near Pick­er­ing

ship’s tim­bers have been dated along with other el­e­ments of the build and the re­sult is the house cel­e­brates its of­fi­cial 500th birth­day next Au­gust. Ring dat­ing is so ac­cu­rate that it re­vealed the tim­ber was cut in July and put in place in Au­gust.

Al­though the orig­i­nal build­ing would have been thatched, it has been much mod­i­fied with strength­ened lime­stone walls and a red pan­tile roof,

The walls were height­ened in the late 18th cen­tury and the first floor was prob­a­bly con­verted later in the 19th cen­tury

Al­though the prop­erty has un­der­gone nu­mer­ous changes over the cen­turies, it re­tains a wealth of pe­riod fea­tures. As well as nu­mer­ous ex­posed ceil­ing beams, there are fire­places and a va­ri­ety of sash win­dows,

It was the char­ac­ter that per­suaded Brian Tiffney and his late wife Su­san to buy the grade two listed house in 1997.

Brian says: “We lived in Hull but we liked to visit Rosedale and while we were there we saw this in an es­tate agent’s win­dow. We fell in love with it and said, if we can sell our house we’ll buy it, and that’s what hap­pened.”

The prop­erty had been mod­ernised, but the Tiffneys put a new roof on, re­placed win­dows and fin­ished the for­mer byre with cedar cladding.

The house has and en­trance hall, sitting room, din­ing room, break­fast kitchen, bath­room, util­ity room, three dou­ble bed­rooms and a shower room

There is also a self-con­tained an­nexe which op­er­ated as a suc­cess­ful hol­i­day let. This has a sitting room, kitchen, shower room and bed­room.

This ad­joins a use­ful barn, which as for­merly a cow byre.

Out­side, there is a sum­mer house, park­ing and gar­dens with lawns and fruit trees.

Brian, who was head of art ther­apy at Hull Men­tal Health Trust, says: “It took me 55 min­utes to drive to but I didn’t mind be­cause this place was lovely to come home to.”

With grown-up chil­dren, Brian, an artist, is sell­ing to down­size.

Cruck Cot­tage is sit­u­ated on the south­ern edge of Thorn­ton le Dale op­po­site a me­an­der­ing beck with a field be­yond.

The vil­lage lies on the south­ern edge of the North York­shire Moors and is best known for its pic­ture post­card high street and trade­mark thatched cot­tage on the banks of the beck.

Pick­er­ing and Mal­ton are both within easy reach.

DE­SIR­ABLE: Cruck Cot­tage has a wealth of char­ac­ter and also has an an­nexe suit­able for hol­i­day let­ting.

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