Big and beautiful home that housed Britain’s fattest man
beneath his bed and the widening of some internal doors.
Owners Tim and Maggie Wilkinson have undertaken work of a more comprehensive and conventional nature and the result of their restoration is a stunning family home with a separate two-bedroom coach house. They bought the property in 1994 and it took all Maggie’s powers of persuasion to convince her husband.
“It had been on the market for some time and I really wasn’t looking to buy but felt compelled to see it. The place was a disaster, riddled with damp and in serious decay. I reported back to Tim that it was a crime that such an important building was in such a state. Tim’s response was that only an idiot would buy it. For the following few weeks and over Christmas I thought of nothing else. In the New Year I informed Tim that we were going to buy and restore it and his response is unprintable. He felt confident enough that my efforts were doomed to failure that he told me to go ahead. We were in a housing low and he didn’t think we could even sell our property let alone buy this one but in six weeks I had sold our house in Beverley and installed us in a flat over a toy store. The whole family thought I had finally gone mad.”
Four months of serious reconstruction followed. The roof, plumbing and electrics were replaced. In the subsequent 17 years, Tim and Maggie have diligently brought the property back to life.
It has a hall, study/sitting room, drawing room, breakfast kitchen, dining room, utility room, cloakroom, master bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom, four further bedrooms, an office/playroom and family bathroom. The Coach House has a dining kitchen, family room, shower room, bathroom, two bedrooms and a sitting room. Outside, there is a garage, parking, inner courtyard and formal and kitchen garden.
The Wilkinson’s, whose children have grown-up and moved away, are looking for a country property so they can make their young grandaughters’ dream come true.
Maggie says: “I hope to find another property which needs saving, no project too daunting, and as long as it has room for a pony for the girls, some sheep for company and a tractor for the boys, then it will be for us.”