Space to be creative at farm­house

Yorkshire Post - Property - - FRONT PAGE - West­field Farm, Sher­iff Hut­ton, near York. Guide price: £1.2m. Con­tact: Blenkin and Co., tel: 01904 671672, www. blenk­i­nandco.com

WHEN the Rev Sue Nightingale and her hus­band Nick bought their farm­house in 1981 they knew that the huge barn and other out­build­ings had po­ten­tial, though they didn’t re­alise quite how spe­cial they would be­come.

For a few years the 55ft long barn was used as a makeshift bad­minton court for the cou­ple and their three chil­dren, but af­ter a makeover that gave it new floors, a wood­burn­ing stove and light­ing, it has been used for ev­ery­thing from choral and or­ches­tral con­certs to fundrais­ing fetes, par­ties and fam­ily wed­ding re­cep­tions.

“It’s proved very use­ful in­deed es­pe­cially for mu­sic and drama. We’ve had con­certs, a Friends of Opera North event here and choir work­shops. It has lovely acous­tics,” says Nick.

The space and its ad­join­ing 30ft meet­ing room, which has kitchen and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, has also given peace and so­lace to many as a venue for the In­ter­na­tional Quiet Gar­den Move­ment.

The Rev Nightingale says: “I read an ar­ti­cle on the move­ment and I thought it would nice to al­low other peo­ple to share the gar­den here. So we’ve had lots of groups us­ing the barn to have talks and dis­cus­sions and then en­joy­ing the out­side space. It’s very tran­quil and pri­vate. We have weep­ing trees and lots of birds and wildlife. It was very pop­u­lar and we had 50 groups one year.”

The Nightin­gales also cre­ated a self-con­tained flat above an orig­i­nal cartshed. This has two bed­rooms, sit­ting room, bathroom and a kitchen.

The six be­d­room farm­house, which they ren­o­vated, has an en­trance porch and hall, cloak­room, sit­ting room, din­ing room, draw­ing room, of­fice, kitchen with elec­tric Aga, small laun­dry and boot room.

On the first floor, there are six bed­rooms and two bath­rooms.

Out­side, there is a court­yard, ten­nis court, or­chard, kitchen gar­den and a pond. The grounds ex­tend to 4½ acres and the prop­erty is reached along a halfmile drive that is sur­rounded on all sides by the beau­ti­ful ma­ture gar­dens and grounds.

RU­RAL IDYLL: The main house has six bed­rooms.

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