Seven-year labour of love turned derelict farm to dream Dales home

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Manch­ester House, Dal­lowgill, Grant­ley, Ripon

the house and barn and who bat­tled with plan­ners to cre­ate a sym­pa­thetic ex­ten­sion and sta­bles.

The cou­ple, whose pre­vi­ous home was a con­verted York­shire barn, were blown away by the lo­ca­tion of Manch­ester House.

“We’d been look­ing for a while but when we saw the lo­ca­tion we knew this was the one,” says Mike.

The cou­ple spent seven years on the build, which in­cluded an 18-month wait for plan­ning per­mis­sion.

They have re­tained all of the orig­i­nal fea­tures in­clud­ing stone­flagged floors and fire­places and they have used oak join­ery through­out.

In­side, there is a break­fast kitchen with four-oven Aga, a draw­ing room with oak stair­case lead­ing to a gal­leried land­ing, a snug, en­trance hall, cloak­room, util­ity room, liv­ing room and study.

On the first floor, there is a mas­ter bed­room suite with en­suite, four bed­rooms, two with en-suite, and a house bath­room.

Out­side, there are 42 acres. The gar­den has been laid mainly to lawn and there is a sub­stan­tial de­tached court­yard com­plex with di­rect ac­cess on to ad­ja­cent grass­land.

It fea­tures eight horse boxes and a hay barn.

Mike, an en­gin­ner, and Judy are selling to re­tire early and down­size but will miss Dal­lowgill.

“It’s a won­der­ful, peace­ful place to live and it’s full of wildlife,” says Mike.

The area was a favourite of crooner Bing Crosby, who used to shoot on the Dal­lowgill es­tate in the 1970s. He also vis­ited the nearby Drovers pub and even played pi­ano there.

He was a guest of Lord of the Manor, God­frey Bo­s­tock, at his home, the Moor House. Bing also recorded a lim­ited edi­tion record en­ti­tled Ode to York­shire.

ES­CAPE TO THE COUN­TRY: Manch­ester House has ben trans­formed from derelict farm­house to des res.

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