Off the beaten track lies a hidden gem of a family home in the Dales
as she, husband Arthur and their two daughters, battled with the property’s idiosyncracies.
“We shared our back gate with sheltering livestock for three years and had many stuck wellie boots getting to Maggie, the trusted 1966 landrover, which came with the house. But we bought part of the field, which now gives us a hard standing for adventurous vehicles and a small paddock .”
They also lived with gas lights and numerous temperamental genarators for five years, until they managed to get mains electicity connected.
In 2005 they added cattle grids, which made their daughters’ lives much easier.
“It had been their job to open the gates and we paid them pocket money for it,” says Alison, a district nurse.
“Our oldest daughter opened them in the morning as she was quickest and there was always a rush to get to the school bus, then the youngest opened them on the way home as there was no rush.”
The house was restored by the previous owner and the Blacks have enjoyed the privacy and rural splendour.
Arthur, who custom sprays motorbikes, says: “It’s remote in some ways but then you’re only minutes down the track to the village. We will miss the privacy we have here and the beautiful views. I think moving back to a more conventional house with neighbours will take some getting used to.”
The family is selling to downsize now their eldest daughter is off to university.
“Our youngest wants to be nearer her friends, so it’s time for someone else to live the adventure that is Cote Bottom. It is the most fabulous family home, but it is now time for someone else to develope the plans and start the next chapter.”
The property, described as a hidden gem, comes with full planning permission for a twostorey extension for new kitchen and two bedrooms and bathroom together with a two-storey barn with garaging and storage.
Cote Bottom has an entrance hall, kitchen with Rayburn, sitting room, utility, pantry and a study. Upstairs, there are three double bedrooms and a bathroom. Outside, there are outbuildings, a garden store/coal shed and a workshop plus gardens and one acre of land.