Big and beau­ti­ful home that housed Bri­tain’s fat­test man

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - The Old Vicarage, Min­ster Yard North, Bev­er­ley

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.”

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