Off the beaten track lies a hid­den gem of a fam­ily home in the Dales

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Cote Bot­tom, Tho­ralby, near Ley­burn

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.

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