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