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